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Food for thought dear bride

who will do it cheaper

There is always someone who will do it cheaper

Dear Bride,

Wedding Presenter, Master of Ceremonies and Party Host Colin Cook would like to ask you a question or two.

So – if you were to suggest the following to a Bride:

Wedding Dress – Primark

Wedding Cake – Asda Essentials

Wedding Rings – Elizabeth Duke at Argos

Bridesmaids Dresses – Tesco

Basics Catering – Lidl and Aldi Buffet Range.

You’d probably get laughed at and told ‘not a chance’. I totally understand that! It’s an incredibly important day and you want everything to be just perfect. Yet when choosing entertainment for the longest part of the wedding day with the highest number of guests and creating the memories which guests will take away at the end of the night why do so many brides go for the cheap budget DJs?

For many couples it is one of, if not the most expensive days of their lives yet so many finish on an ‘ok’ or ‘average’ note due to skimping on the things which make a real difference. To put it into context, if you have a buffet on the evening in the middle of the entertainment you have chosen, then even if you choose the very cheapest buffet option the chances are that bacon sandwich will have cost more than your DJ. Many times more than your DJ: Sounds crazy, but that’s a fact. Even the very best DJs cost only a tiny portion of your wedding budget. Many couples pay more for a bacon butty than for their evening entertainment.

A few more facts for context:

1 – Most couples will spend more on chair covers for people to plonk their bottoms on than on their entertainment.

2 – Many couples will spend more on the cake, which never gets eaten, than on their entertainment.

3 – Most couples will spend more on ONE DRINK per daytime guest for their drinks reception than on their entire evening’s entertainment.

But, after the day you have only memories and photos (and probably a big bill!) so here is a little experiment for you – just for a bit of fun. Find 20 people who are either not engaged or have not got married in the past 3 years. Ask them the following questions and take note of their answers.

1 – Did the bride look amazing?

2 – What was her dress like?

3 – What did the cake look like?

4 – What did the cake taste like?

5 – What was the music like for the ceremony?

6 – Was the food good?

7 – What food did you have?

8 – What were the bar prices like?

9 – What was the evening entertainment like?

10 – What is your single most lasting memory of the wedding.

Now in true Derren Brown style I can tell you what around 90% of the answers will be.

1 – Yes, don’t they always?

2 – I have no idea (men), I can’t remember (women)

3 – I can’t remember

4 – I don’t think I had any. (or on the rare occasion they did – it was cake).

5 – I don’t remember. (Unless the music was professionally managed or performed in which case 90%+ of family members and 70% of other guests will remember)

6 – 95%+ will remember if the food was good or not

7 – Around 70% will remember exactly what they had.

8 – 80% of men will remember whether the bar prices were high or not, around 50% of women will remember.

9 – I’ll hedge my bets that 99% minimum (lol) will tell you EXACTLY what they thought of the evening entertainment. It will stick in their minds far longer than anything else. Also, for your evening guests it will be their only measure of the day (along with the bar prices).

10 – This one I am going to leave to you to find out. I think the answer might surprise you. If you really want to know what is genuinely important for a great wedding these are great questions to find the answers to. And as a follow on to that, if you do decide to book professional, high quality entertainment for your wedding then it is really worth putting some time aside to have a few chats (phone or email if you like) with your chosen entertainer as any Top Quality DJ will be able to make some suggestions to turn your day into something spectacularly memorable at little or no additional cost. Memories happen regardless. How great they are or how long they last takes some work!

Contact Colin Cook enquiries@colincook.co.uk

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How to avoid an “Average Wedding” Reception

How to avoid an “Average Wedding” Reception

With more and more hotels offering “All-In-One” wedding packages it’s easy to see that many brides-to-be will consider this an attractive option. Packages start from as little as £995. Often the deal will include a drink on arrival, meal for a minimum number of guests, wine for your toasts, a member of staff as your Master of Ceremonies, an evening buffet and a DJ. It all sounds too good to be true doesn’t it?

A typical wedding these days will usually cost around £10.000 to £15000. So what exactly can one expect from a low-cost, All-In-One, package deal?

If the bride is looking for a “No Frills”, No fuss, lets just provide the bare minimum, and get through the day on a minimum budget, sort of wedding reception: It’s probably a good idea. If she is happy to have what is, to all intents and purposes,  a “McWedding”, where everything is the same as it was yesterday, and will be the same as it was tomorrow – fine.

However, if the bride wishes to have a day which is special, unique and personal to her and her husband and family, then she will need to look further into the deal. It may well be that she can enhance the package by adding options or upgrades. When planning an event it’s often easy to get swept along and distracted by the many additional products and services now on offer to someone getting married. The budget can easily run out of control. I would recommend that a bride should seriously take advice as to what adds value and what does not.

Get help from the experts

“Wedding Day Secrets – Facts the industry would prefer Brides didn’t know” is a new book for brides written my Derek Pengelly. It contains many facts and figures collected from brides AFTER their wedding day. You will be surprised at how perceptions change after the event. Hindsight is perfect vision, as they say. In the book the author compares perception with reality. All too often, it transpires, that what is actually delivered to a bride is very different to what she was promised, or what she imagined would be provided.

These days brides can be preoccupied with the “look” of the event. I always encourage brides to think more about how she and her guests will FEEL on the day. Will they laugh? Will they cry? Will they feel involved and a part of the celebration, or will they mealy be observers, on the outside looking in?

It may surprise you to know that of all of the items which constitute a wedding budget, the item given the lowest priority, and usually the least valued, is entertainment. Yet after the event it is entertainment which the majority of the guests value most highly after the ceremony and the bride’s wedding dress.

Quality, personalised entertainment is the key to producing a wedding reception which is fun, memorable and unique. Adding a different twist to your Introductions, Toasts, Entrances, Cake Cutting, First Dance and Big finish will achieve a wedding reception which the guests will be talking about long after the day is over.

To help anyone planning a wedding reception I have created a web site which will help steer planners in the right direction. There is also a directory of specially trained Wedding Party Hosts who can answer questions and make suggestions. More importantly they can explain what often occurs at a McWedding and show how this can be avoided.

So my advice would be, stop worrying about the table decorations, the chair covers and the favors. Start looking at who is going to Host the event. Who is going to take responsibility for your guests? Who is going to represent you and entertain your guests? How are you going to get everyone involved and a part of the celebration?

Choose the right Party Host and entertainment and you can relax and enjoy the day. Many brides have testified that “Peace of Mind” was one oaf the most important factors in the planning process. No bride wants to feel anxious or uncomfortable on her wedding day, so why do so many put themselves through unnecessary torture. Giving priority to what people value and employing the right host will provide the peace of mind which will enable her to relax and enjoy her special day.

More information and ideas can be found here.