I'm a professional wedding planner – couples always waste their money on the same things – place settings are the worst

THERE'S A LOTto consider when it comes to planning a wedding, each decision has a hefty price tag attached to it.

It's not uncommon for couples to only realise how much money they wasted on unnecessary faff.


Luckily, the pros at Insider got some of the best wedding experts to reveal the trends that are alright to skip on your big day.

Champagne toasts

Marie Kubin, founder and CEO of Rent My Wedding, revealed that the trend is a pricey one that is also a bit outdated.

He said: "Not all guests like Champagne, so there will almost always be full glasses left on the table and extra unopened bottles,

"That's money wasted."

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Of course, you can still do a toast, but there's no point splashing out on champagne especially for it.

Balloon backdrops

Just because they're at every Instagrammers events doesn't mean they have to be at your wedding.

"You don't want your reception looking like a birthday party," said Marie.

"Balloon backdrops rarely provide an elegant, wedding-worthy look." 

If you do want an area dedicated to snapping some pics, the pro suggests using some greenery as a backdrop instead

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Personalised napkins and place settings

You've probably been to a wedding where the couple have added their initials or even the wedding date onto napkins, but you probably didn't give it a second thought.

So why waste money on them for your big day?

Kiana Jepsen, event and wedding manager for Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa said: "Printed bar napkins are an expensive detail that is normally barely noticed throughout the event,"

"Using plain cocktail napkins in a colour or print that coordinates with the wedding theme may be a cheaper option."

Not only that but pricey personalised place settings are unnecessary, there's no use for them after the fact, opt for something cheaper and more simple.

Doughnut walls

By this point, you've probably seen them at one event or another, and yeah, it might've seemed cool the first time.

The trend it's so overdone that it's lost its wow factor.

"In reality, no one wants to eat doughnuts that have been hanging on a wall for six hours," Marie said.

"Plus, the doughnut wall is so trendy that you'll cringe when you see it in your photos a few years from now." 

Skip printed wedding programmes

They might be a nice to look back on for you and your fiancé, but in reality no one else is going to hang on to them.

Cavin Elizabeth, wedding photographer and owner of couture wedding boutique The White Flower, told Insider that the trend can quickly add up.

"Your ceremony isn't a complicated business seminar that needs an itinerary.

"Having a printed program not only adds to your budget, it's also not environmentally friendly."

Food trucks

They might look really cool but are one of the bigger splurges couples splash out on for their day.

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"No one expects to be fed twice at a wedding reception, so don't feel pressured to bring in a food truck to feed guests again at the end of the night," the pro said.

If you want to include more food after the main meal, opt for a cheaper option like a dessert table.

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