Unique Wedding Favors Your Guests Will Love

  • By Erin Levers
  • 24 Oct, 2017

It's hard to come up with wedding favors that guests will actually want. The ultimate wedding favor is personal, meaningful and affordable. These unique wedding favors are for couples looking for that perfect wedding favor for their guests.  

Mix CD

Put together a mix CD of your favorite songs played at your wedding. If you're not sure what's on your wedding playlist, work with your DJ to get a complete list. Adding a personalized case is a way to share your day with your guest.  

Charitable Donations

Pick one charity or a variety of charities that are important to you and your spouse. Make individual donations for each one of your guests, then leave a card on each place setting at the reception.  

Escort Card Paintings

The escort card points your guests to the right seat at the reception. In traditional weddings, escort cards are actual cards, but you can make the escort card anything - including a beautiful little painting! To make these escort cards, pick up tiny (no more than 2x2) canvases from your local art and craft store, then paint something small and sweet on each little canvas. You can make the image abstract, representational, simplistic or complex. It's up to you! To finish the project, attach small ribbons to each canvas listing the name and seat location for each guest.  

Hand Roasted Coffee Beans

Did you know you can roast your own coffee beans at home? All you need is a stovetop popcorn popper (the old fashioned kind that comes with a hand crank) and green coffee beans. Here’s how: put the green coffee beans into the popper, turn the stove heat on low and turn the popper crank until the beans are your preferred color. Home-roasted coffee beans make great wedding favors because they're so unique and tasty.

DIY Hot Chocolate

Fill a small mason jar with hot coco powder and marshmallows. To make the gift adult-friendly, use a piece of twine to tie a small bottle of Irish cream to each jar. When giving to children, of course, leave the Irish cream off. These gifts look great, taste great and can easily be made for any age.

Something Seasonal

Seasonal weddings need seasonal wedding favors. For a winter wedding, consider giving your guests Christmas ornaments. For a fall wedding favor, why not give a mini bottle of maple syrup, homemade apple sauce or a mini pumpkin?

Tips

When considering the type of wedding favors to give keep these tips in mind:

  • Wedding favors should be easy to transport.
  • If you’ll have children in attendance, look for favors that can be adapted to your younger guests.  
  • The most effective favors can be tied back to the event. Look for gifts that have meaning to you and your spouse-to-be.

Contact Bella Sera

At Bella Sera we work with couples to help them plan their perfect wedding. Offering a beautiful venue, a variety of rooms and a delicious menu, Bella Sera is ready to help you and your spouse plan a wedding to remember. To get started,  contact us today  at (724) 745-5575.  



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By Erin Levers 21 Nov, 2017

Winter weddings are magical and mysterious. Good decor helps warm the heart to make your wedding even more special. In winter, the best decor will reflect your state of mind and perhaps  the unpredictable state of the weather.

Touches of Evergreen

For many people, evergreen is one of the most widely recognized symbols of the season. Evergreen branches have a fragrance and beauty that can dress up a table, add elegance to a church pew, or make a truly gorgeous centerpiece. Fresh evergreen can also be costly. It must be picked and arranged shortly before the ceremony to prevent it from drying out. Work with an experienced florist to get the best evergreen available on your wedding day.  

Candles

Candles make your ceremony and reception glow with all the warmth that you feel when you think of your spouse-to-be. Real and artificial candles can both be used in wedding ceremonies. If using real candles, work with your wedding venue to ensure that this type of decor is handled safely. Many people opt for real candles at certain points in the ceremony, and use artificial candles at all other times.  

Snowflakes

Snowflakes are another widely recognized symbol of the season. Try dangling snowflakes from the ceiling above the reception area to create the illusion of snow falling from the sky. Sprinkle snowflakes on each table to create a beautiful tabletop pattern your guests will surely enjoy.  

Red Berries

Seasonal red berries have natural pizzazz that can dress up your floral bouquet, give life to your floral centerpieces and make your reception banquet table a thing of beauty. Artificial or real berries may be used. Remember, if using real berries, avoid toxic plants and berries as they can break and stain easily. This is especially important if you're expecting small children at your wedding.

Red and Gold Ribbons

There's nothing more romantic than a holiday-themed wedding. When having a November or December wedding, use red and gold ribbons to tip your hat to the season and make your event merry and bright. Use sparkly ribbons to decorate the chairs to add beauty and charm to the reception tables and to dress up the bridal bouquet.  

A Christmas Tree

Want your wedding to be more overtly holiday-themed?  A Christmas tree, wreaths, stars and other holiday-related items make excellent wedding decorations. For the rest of your life, you'll think of your wedding when you think of the holidays. To add a personal touch, use your favorite holiday decorations from home instead of generic holiday decorations from the wedding venue.  

Colored Lights

Winter is known as a dark time, but your wedding certainly doesn't have to be. String soft colored lights to  help transform your wedding into a gorgeous textured landscape. Hang string lights from the ceiling, install colored lights around the dance floor, and use soft, warm lights to cast a glow on your  reception cookie table  . Work with a professional to get the perfect  look for your wedding.

Make An Appointment With Bella Sera

At Bella Sera, we help couples plan their weddings and make each  event spectacular. Whether you're getting married this winter or next, we can help you develop a plan to make your wedding one of the best days of your life! To get started, come  in for a consultation and a tour of the grounds.  Contact us today  at (724) 745-5575.


By Erin Levers 14 Nov, 2017

By tradition, weddings are usually held in one location and the reception afterward is in another location. Although this type of wedding does work for many couples, there are numerous advantages to holding your wedding and reception all in one spot. Known as an on-site wedding, these celebrations are simpler, cheaper and easier for the spouses-to-be and their guests.

Save Money

Money savings is one of the biggest bonuses for couples holding their wedding on-site. Whereas holding the wedding and reception in two different locations often requires couples to rent double the equipment and pay double the fees, holding everything in one location allows couples to limit the expense and control costs. Some wedding venues may even offer discounts for on-site weddings because they're more efficient to organize and easier to plan.

No Worry About Other Parties

With a three-hour time slot in one location and a five-hour time slot in another, your party could be just one of many events at each venue on your wedding day. This means that members of other parties could show up at unexpected times, causing stress and confusion. Reserving one venue for the entire day can easily make this problem a non-issue.

No Travel Time

It's difficult to schlep from one end of town to the other. For your guests, getting oriented in multiple locations can sap energy and enthusiasm. For the wedding party, moving the guest book, gifts, makeup, flowers and other accessories from one location to another can be a pain. Traveling across town in the middle of the day opens up potential problems to everyone involved.

Having your entire wedding in one location just makes things easier, so you and your guests can enjoy a less stressful, more enjoyable event.

Less Troubleshooting At The Site

You never quite know what issues you're going to run into at each site where your wedding takes place. Orienting yourself to each location takes time, and that can slow you down. With only one site to work with, you'll spend less time figuring out where the bathrooms are and more time enjoying yourself.

Your Photographer's Job Gets Easier

Snapping photos of the ceremony and the reception becomes  a lot easier when no one is traveling from one location to another. This makes for more natural, less stressful photography sessions and can result in more satisfying pictures.

Contact Bella Sera To Get Started

At Bella Sera, we have space enough for a wedding ceremony and reception on-site. Our venue includes beautiful indoor and outdoor spaces for your big day. If you and your spouse-to-be are searching for a single location for your wedding and reception, contact us  at (724) 745-5575. We'll be happy to show you our location and discuss the particulars of your upcoming ceremony.

By Erin Levers 09 Nov, 2017

Are you having a difficult time finding the perfect venue for your wedding? When searching for the perfect wedding spot, couples will sometimes turn to outdoor venues. Gentle breezes, the sound of birds chirping, and romantic floral aromas  can transform your wedding into a truly special event. If you are looking for the perfect outdoor ceremony space, look no further.

Announcing Bella Sera’s Outdoor Garden Area

We’re proud to announce a new outdoor garden area at our venue. Imagine your wedding taking place on a beautiful green lawn, surrounded by mature trees, private pond and rustic landscaping. You can have all the beauty of a natural wedding, coupled with all the convenience and quality of a wedding at Bella Sera. What can you expect from our garden area?

Rustic and Wildflowers

Rustic and natural becomes the theme when you host an outdoor garden ceremony. With natural beauty all around, you won’t have to spend quite so much time wondering what your decorations will be or how you’ll make your wedding beautiful.

Outdoor Ceremony Space

Outdoor space is one thing that you can always find more of in the garden. You’ll never have to worry about how you’ll fit all of your guests into one space. Whether you’re hosting a wedding of tens or hundreds, our outdoor locations can accommodate everyone.

Fabulous Ambience

Bright sunshine makes your outdoor wedding ceremony a cheerful, happy event. When the sun goes down, soft lights and candles make your wedding feel more intimate and elegant.

Beautiful Pictures

Get ready to see some beautiful wedding photography! The Bella Sera garden will make the best backdrop for any wedding ceremony. To ensure that your  photographer  is able to make the most of your wedding, we’ll invite them to visit the venue ahead of time. Encourage your photographer to scope out the area and devise strategies to capture beautiful images.

Contact Bella Sera

At Bella Sera, we're here to help you plan the perfect wedding. If you're hoping to have a seasonal Halloween wedding, we can help! To make an appointment and get started with your plans, contact us today at (724) 745-5575.


By Erin Levers 31 Oct, 2017

There's nothing spookier and more fun than a Halloween themed wedding! These tips will help you get your Halloween-themed wedding underway.

Serve Halloween Candy

Fill your buffet tables with bowls full of Halloween candy and let your guests go trick or treating! To make candy collection easier, give each guest a black paper bag with his or her name written on it in silver marker.  

Give Guests Tasteful Masks

Some people hesitate to ask their guests to dress up in costumes for the wedding because costumes can be such an expense. To make costumes easier for everyone, ask guests to come in formal clothes, then pass out tasteful masquerade ball masks to every person when they arrive. In no time at all, you'll have a spooky and exciting collection of Halloween-ready guests to enjoy your Halloween-themed wedding.

Set Up A Scary Photo Booth

Set up a spooky old-time scene at your reception, then have a photographer take old-time black and white photos of your guests in their costumes. These pictures will make a nice wedding favor and will give your guests something fun and exciting to do. Plus each photograph will become a nice reminder of your big day.  

Decorate With Candles...Lots and Lots of Candles

Candles help set the mood and add a sparkly, magical quality to your ceremony and reception. Real candles can be a fire hazard, so we recommend using artificial candles if you plan to keep them lit throughout the ceremony.

Choose Elegant Black Dresses

Black and gray are unique colors for a bridesmaid, flower girl or wedding dress. To reinforce the Halloween theme, look for dresses with a lot of tulle, lace and satin. With these colors and fabrics, you'll have the most eye-catching wedding party ever.

Drape Your Reception in Loose, Gauzy Fabric

Loose, gauzy fabric can add an air of mystery to your wedding reception while also making the party a little more beautiful. When hanging gauzy fabric from the ceiling of your wedding reception, make sure that it doesn't obstruct your guests view or inhibit their ability to move safely about the party area.

Stand-Out Bouquet

Orange roses fit perfectly with the Halloween theme, and they're also unusual, which makes them eye-catching. Not such a fan of orange? What about a bouquet of black and white anemones? Or what about black roses? Choosing something unique can help make your bouquet the centerpiece of your wedding.  

Dress Up As A Couple

A bride in a fairy costume and a groom dressed up like an elf is just one way to keep the attention of the audience during the ceremony. You might even consider setting a theme with the couple's costumes ( Lord of the Rings , for example), and then asking guests to wear other costumes in keeping with that theme. Be wary of asking your guests to dress up in elaborate costumes, as this can be expensive and difficult for some people.

Have A Nighttime Ceremony and Reception

Nighttime ceremonies and receptions can be mysterious, romantic and beautiful. Of course, if you're having your wedding on Halloween, you'll want to take into consideration the needs of your guests. If your guests have children, they'll want to be home in time to trick-or-treat, so you may need to move your wedding to the day before Halloween.

Contact Bella Sera

At Bella Sera, we're here to help you plan the perfect wedding. If you're hoping to have a seasonal Halloween wedding, we can help! To make an appointment and get started with your plans, contact us  today at (724) 745-5575.

By Erin Levers 24 Oct, 2017

It's hard to come up with wedding favors that guests will actually want. The ultimate wedding favor is personal, meaningful and affordable. These unique wedding favors are for couples looking for that perfect wedding favor for their guests.  

Mix CD

Put together a mix CD of your favorite songs played at your wedding. If you're not sure what's on your wedding playlist, work with your DJ to get a complete list. Adding a personalized case is a way to share your day with your guest.  

Charitable Donations

Pick one charity or a variety of charities that are important to you and your spouse. Make individual donations for each one of your guests, then leave a card on each place setting at the reception.  

Escort Card Paintings

The escort card points your guests to the right seat at the reception. In traditional weddings, escort cards are actual cards, but you can make the escort card anything - including a beautiful little painting! To make these escort cards, pick up tiny (no more than 2x2) canvases from your local art and craft store, then paint something small and sweet on each little canvas. You can make the image abstract, representational, simplistic or complex. It's up to you! To finish the project, attach small ribbons to each canvas listing the name and seat location for each guest.  

Hand Roasted Coffee Beans

Did you know you can roast your own coffee beans at home? All you need is a stovetop popcorn popper (the old fashioned kind that comes with a hand crank) and green coffee beans. Here’s how: put the green coffee beans into the popper, turn the stove heat on low and turn the popper crank until the beans are your preferred color. Home-roasted coffee beans make great wedding favors because they're so unique and tasty.

DIY Hot Chocolate

Fill a small mason jar with hot coco powder and marshmallows. To make the gift adult-friendly, use a piece of twine to tie a small bottle of Irish cream to each jar. When giving to children, of course, leave the Irish cream off. These gifts look great, taste great and can easily be made for any age.

Something Seasonal

Seasonal weddings need seasonal wedding favors. For a winter wedding, consider giving your guests Christmas ornaments. For a fall wedding favor, why not give a mini bottle of maple syrup, homemade apple sauce or a mini pumpkin?

Tips

When considering the type of wedding favors to give keep these tips in mind:

  • Wedding favors should be easy to transport.
  • If you’ll have children in attendance, look for favors that can be adapted to your younger guests.  
  • The most effective favors can be tied back to the event. Look for gifts that have meaning to you and your spouse-to-be.

Contact Bella Sera

At Bella Sera we work with couples to help them plan their perfect wedding. Offering a beautiful venue, a variety of rooms and a delicious menu, Bella Sera is ready to help you and your spouse plan a wedding to remember. To get started,  contact us today  at (724) 745-5575.  



By Erin Levers 17 Oct, 2017

Can you have a great wedding party without an open bar? Of course! Some couples offer a limited bar, others look for alcohol-free alternatives; and all of these options can be fun.

Mocktails

Mocktails are attractive, thirst-quenching, and can be just as delicious as their cocktail counterparts! When trying to decide what drinks to put on your mocktail menu, we recommend getting creative and cute.

  • Pick color themes. Select drinks that correspond to your wedding's color themes. Not only will your guests have a great drink menu to choose from, but your wedding reception will be more beautiful as a result.

  • Name some of your drinks something cute. Making up a cute or funny name for some of your mocktails can add a sense of playful fun to your reception. When picking cute names, try to tie the drinks back to your wedding. For example, you might name a drink something that combines your name with your spouse's name.

  • Pick a few exotic beverages that your relatives may not have tried in the past. Virgin mojitos, anyone? Your older relatives will go wild for some of the fun, flavorful drinks that have become popular in bars and restaurants in recent years.

Seasonal Beverages

Serving mulled cider in fall, wassail in winter, and lemonade and fruit juice in summer can help set a mood at your reception. Supporting these choices with seasonal decorations can help reinforce the theme and can keep guests in the mood for a party.

Beer and Wine Only

Instead of a completely open bar, many couples choose to serve beer and wine only, or beer, wine and a signature drink. Doing this can help control costs while giving your guests a modest range of choices.

Signature Drink

To help control costs, offering complimentary signature alcoholic drinks and a cash bar cuts back on the type of alcohol being offered at your reception. Some couples, hoping to give their guests more choices, will offer his and her signature drinks.

Signature drinks can be anything. Many couples like to attach a story to their signature drink. Consider offering a drink that you enjoyed on your first date, or a drink that you both enjoy together at your favorite restaurant. This can help keep the signature drink meaningful while also tying the party back to your relationship.

Tickets

Some couples, hoping to offer drink choices without a completely open bar, will provide a limited number of drink tickets to each family member. This is a good option for small weddings. At larger weddings, the tickets can become confusing. Distributing tickets to large numbers of guests can be challenging. Having a clear plan in place for this option helps to ensure that everyone gets their share of the tickets.

Work With Your Wedding Venue

Working closely with representatives from the wedding venue can help you plan the wedding you've always wanted. At Bella Sera, we help couples plan a truly fun and enjoyable wedding. For your convenience, our caterers offer a range of drink and menu choices. To get started with your wedding planning,  contact us today  to make an appointment at (724) 745-5575.

By Erin Levers 10 Oct, 2017

If there's ever a time for your makeup to look even more beautiful, it's on  your wedding day Many women think about their makeup for weeks in advance of the big event. But practicing your makeup well before the big day and deciding on  a style and look that fits you is important. The right look should accentuate your dress, coordinate with the wedding colors and, of course, bring out the best in your personal style.

Best Wedding Makeup Looks

Below are our three favorite wedding makeup styles.

  • Soft and neutral. Apply neutral, earthy tones above the eyes and on the cheeks. Over the lips, use soft pink (almost nude colored) lipstick.
  • Smoky and sultry. Apply gradated, smokey colored eyeshadow, neutral colored blush and neutral-colored lipstick to keep the focus on your eyes.
  • Pink and sweet. Peach blush, soft pink lipstick and shimmery purple eye shadow gives your face a sweet, natural glow that people will love.

Basic Tips

These tips will help you achieve a beautiful, long lasting look for your big day.

  • Practice, practice, practice. Don't be afraid to practice your makeup application before your wedding. Do it several times if need be! If you need feedback, do this with a friend so she can give you tips and honest feedback.
  • Wear long-lasting formulas. It might feel short, but your wedding day will be a long one. Try out long lasting formulas before your wedding day arrives. Look for mascara that doesn't run, lipstick that won't quit and eyeshadow that stays in place no matter how much you sweat or cry. To put things to the test, wear your wedding makeup to your bachelorette party. After a night out on the town, check your makeup before you turn in for the night. If your makeup still looks great, you've found the right products for you!
  • Get your skin ready in advance. Make a visit to a spa, get regular facials, and moisturize your skin daily in the weeks leading up to your wedding. This way, your skin will look its best when the big day arrives.
  • Use powder to control shine. You're going to sweat on your wedding day, no doubt. You might cry a little too! Skin that glows is a good thing, but skin that shines not so much. Use a light powder to control shine. Not only will you look better in person, you'll also look better in your photographs.
  • Avoid very dark lipsticks. Very dark lipsticks can wash out your face and give you a “Goth” look that might look weird in the photos. Unless you always wear dark lipstick, avoid wearing it on your wedding day.  
  • Stay hydrated. Nerves and anxiety can leave you feeling dry on your wedding day. Unfortunately, this might also lead to dry lips and dry skin. Stay hydrated so your lips will retain their full, sexy shape.
  • Stick to neutral colors on your nails. Bright nails can distract from your beautiful dress. A nice French manicure or soft, beige colored nails will help keep the focus on your gorgeous ensemble, beautiful flowers and your face.  
  • Be you. More than anything else, you want to look like yourself for your wedding photographs. Avoid makeup styles that are wildly different from your normal everyday look. You want to look back on your photographs and recognize the face you see.

Contact Us At Bella Sera

At Bella Sera, we help couples plan their perfect wedding. Our beautiful venue and professional staff can make your wedding day an event to remember. To make an appointment,  call us today  at (724) 745-5575.

By Erin Levers 04 Oct, 2017

The wedding bouquet may seem like a small detail when it comes to planning the entire  wedding, but the flowers are an important component  of the bride's ensemble. Picking the right bouquet can help make the dress even more beautiful and romantic.

Choose the Dress First

The gown and flowers should match one another. Picking the dress first makes it possible for you to bring a picture of it with you to the florist when choosing the bouquet. For best results, bring a picture of yourself in the dress, so your florist can consider things like its shape and size, and the shape of your body as well. This makes it easier to pick the right size and type of bouquet.

Consider Color

Not all wedding dresses are plain and simple white. Taking into account the various colors of your dress, including those shades of ivory and cream, can help ensure that your flowers will look right. You should, of course, consider the color of the other flowers and the wedding colors in general. Coordinating colors can help ensure that your wedding flowers won't clash with the other colors in the background.

Research Flowers Ahead of Time

Roses, peonies, lilies and hydrangeas are all examples of popular wedding flowers. Knowing popular flowers in advance can help you pick the right flowers for your ceremony. If you're having a hard time deciding after doing some online research, your florist can show you examples of some of the most popular wedding bouquets for your area.

Size and Shape

Wedding bouquets come in various sizes and shapes. Some bouquets are short and sweet, others are trailing and large. Coordinating the size and shape of your bouquet with the size and shape of your dress is important. For example, picking a large bouquet against a tiny dress can make your dress seem disproportionate and strange. This is another good reason to pick the dress before selecting the bouquet.

Get Some Photos

Your wedding bouquet will only last a few days, but getting photos of the bouquet on the morning of your wedding can help you remember it forever. Talk to your photographer in advance about getting pictures. This way your photographer will be sure to get several good shots before the ceremony.

Contact Bella Sera

At Bella Sera we help couples plan the perfect wedding. As your wedding venue in the Pittsburgh area, we can help you make various decisions that will make your wedding day truly magical. To find out more,  contact us today  at (724) 745-5575. We can help you get started with your wedding plans.

By Erin Levers 26 Sep, 2017


Choosing a wedding party can be a challenge. Your wedding party should be people who can offer support when it's needed and help you solve problems as they arise on your big day. This is especially important for the Maid of Honor and Best Man, who each have important duties that help keep the wedding plans moving forward and prevent the event from becoming overwhelming. To ensure the wedding goes smoothly, it's important to choose the right people for the job.


Include Your Siblings/Siblings-In-Law

To include or not to include? Long after the wedding is over and friends have gone their separate ways, your siblings will always be a part of your life. Unless there's a good reason not to include your siblings in your wedding party, they should be among the first people you ask. If your siblings aren't being included for whatever reason, consider giving them a different role in the wedding. Ask them to plan a party, pass out programs, decorate or give them other tasks.


Pick the People Who Will Always Be Around

A role in your wedding is a big deal and shouldn't be given away lightly. The friends you choose for your wedding party should be people who you expect will continue to be an important part of your life forever. When choosing friends for your wedding party, ask yourself if you expect this person will still be a good friend for many years to come.


Know Who Not To Include

Knowing who not to include can help you narrow your choices. First, give consideration to the amount of time and energy that each candidate might have to give to your wedding. People who live far away, who have busy schedules or who can't afford to travel to the site of the wedding may not be the best choice. Don't choose anyone who might find participation to be a burden or hardship.

Other general tips for knowing whom not to ask include:

  Don't ask anyone because you were in his or her wedding. This alone is not a good enough reason to include someone in your wedding.

  Avoid asking people who might not mesh with the rest of the group. Asking someone who doesn't get along with the other members of the   party could make your wedding awkward and may even lead to problems.


More Than One Best Man or Maid of Honor?

It's perfectly acceptable to have more than one Best Man or Maid of Honor. Given the important roles that the BM and MOH play in the wedding, having more than one person on each side can help prevent problems.


Get Started With Your Wedding Planning At Bella Sera

Need more tips and help planning your wedding? At Bella Sera, we provide elegant wedding space for couples about to begin their journey together. To make an appointment,

contact us today

at (724) 745-5575.


By Erin Levers 19 Sep, 2017

Tech free weddings are a relatively new concept. In a tech free wedding, also known as an "unplugged wedding," guests are asked not to take pictures or use their cell phone during all or part of the event. Cell phones are kept on silent and pictures are not taken.

Couples who choose to have a tech free wedding are often happy with the results, with a few caveats. Knowing why a couple might choose to make this dramatic choice, and what challenges they face when they do, can help you decide whether or not you'd like to have a tech free wedding yourself.

Why Go Tech Free?

There are many reasons that couples choose to go tech free! Some of the most common reasons include:

  • Your guests will be present in the moment. Nothing is more distracting or less romantic than an audience of wedding goers who can't get their eyes off their cell phones. Forcing guests to put their cell phones down for a minute helps them to be present in the moment. It's your big day; your ceremony should be the focus!
  • It would be a shame if all the guests were looking down in your official wedding photos. Imagine getting your wedding photos back from the photographer and seeing nothing but heads looking down and all devices out. Making your wedding tech free can help ensure that your guests will be looking up at you and your spouse to be throughout the duration of the ceremony.
  • Flash photography can ruin the mood.Flash photography in particular can be invasive and distracting. Asking guests to put away their phones can help ensure that no flash photography will be used during your wedding ceremony.

Reasons Not To Go Tech Free?

Although there are many reasons to go tech free at your wedding, there may be just as many reasons not to go tech free.

  • Some guests may become upset when they're asked to leave behind their favorite piece of electronic equipment. Presentation is important  when asking guests to leave their phones at home or turned off during the event. Be tactful and kind, and explain your reasoning gently so guests will understand and appreciate your logic.
  • If you go tech free you'll need to enforce it. Many guests will forget or just choose to use technology anyway, so you'll need to have someone on point who can ask cell phone users to hide them in their purse or pocket.
  • You'll have to share your wedding photos with everyone. People take cell pictures of the wedding because they want the memories. Couples who ask their guests to put away their phones should be prepared to share some of their wedding photos with everyone who attended. Getting these pictures out there can be logistically challenging and kind of a hassle.  

Work With Your Wedding Venue

Some couples ask their guests to keep cell phones put away through the ceremony and reception. Others ask guests to keep cell phones put away through the ceremony only. Whatever the logistical challenges you face as a result, your wedding venue can help. Putting up tasteful signs and making other small accommodations for the photographer can help ensure that your tech free wedding goes smoothly. At Bella Sera, we help couples put on the wedding they've always wanted. To get started with your wedding planning and to find out more about tech free weddings, call us today  for a consultation at (724) 745-5575.


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