Wedding experts think trends like ice sculptures and champagne toasts can cost more than they’re worth.Mark van Dam/Shutterstock; evgeniykleymenov/Shutterstock

  • Weddings can be expensive, so Insider spoke to experts to learn what trends couples should avoid.

  • Donut walls are all the rage, but they can be a waste of money and food.

  • Instead of sending out entire invitation suites, couples can create a wedding website where guests RSVP.

Forget the champagne toast.

A bride and groom hold champagne flutes with champagne poured into glasses

It is unlikely that every guest will drink champagne.evgeniykleymenov/Shutterstock

Marie Kubin, Founder and CEO of rent my weddingtold Insider that champagne toast can drastically cut your budget.

According to Kubin, venues usually encourage couples to buy champagne ahead of time, so they end up ordering more than they need just to be safe.

“Not all guests like champagne, so there will almost always be full glasses left on the table and extra bottles unopened,” Kubin said. “It’s wasted money.”

Kubin recommended allowing guests to toast with the drink of their choice instead.

Balloon decorations don’t always set the right tone.

White balloon backdrop at white wedding venue with tables in front of display

A balloon backdrop can give off birthday party vibes.Anastasia Chkilnyk/Shutterstock

Balloon backdrops may look amazing on Instagram, but Kubin told Insider that they tend to look out of place at most wedding receptions.

“You don’t want your reception to look like a birthday party,” Kubin said. “Balloon backdrops rarely provide an elegant, wedding-worthy look.”

Instead, invite your guests to take photos in front of draped fabric or a display of lush greenery.

Donut walls can be unnecessary and too trendy.

cursive text saying "Donut be careful if "I do""    and a wall of hanging donuts with white and pink icing

A donut wall is a trend that probably won’t stand the test of time.Irina Lev/Shutterstock

This trend has couples displaying walls of real donuts for wedding guests to photograph and munch on.

“Nobody really wants to eat donuts that have been hanging on the wall for six hours,” Kubin said. “Also, the donut wall is so trendy you’ll cringe when you see it in your photos a few years from now.”

If you want to serve donuts, Kubin suggested placing them individually in monogrammed boxes for the dessert table.

Ditch the wedding favors and opt for a photo booth.

Blue boxes with white ribbon in a basket on a table with pink floral decorations in the background

Party favors aren’t as necessary as some couples might think.Miti74/Shutterstock

Many couples think favors are a required part of a wedding reception when they are often just a waste of money.

“Favors clutter the table and distract from the decor,” Kubin said. “Plus, guests don’t want trinkets to take home and don’t need extra food or sweets if you’re serving a meal and dessert.”

If you don’t want your guests to leave empty-handed, consider a photo booth where guests can take snaps home.

Food trucks are fun but pointless.

Side view of three people queuing for a food truck with a woman in a black dress ordering and condiments on the shelf of the food truck next to her

It may be cheaper to serve a traditional meal than to book a food truck.martinedoucet/Getty Images

Cavin Elizabethwedding photographer and owner of couture bridal boutique The White Flower, told Insider that food trucks are an expensive splurge that most nuptials can do without.

“No one expects to be fed twice at a wedding reception, so don’t feel like you have to bring in a food truck to feed guests again at the end of the night,” Elizabeth said.

An evening wedding reception should usually include dinner, but you can avoid the trend of midnight snacks.

Most weddings don’t need full salons.

A wooden fence with lights and "Love"  decor and a display of seats and pillows in front

Additional seating or a lounge probably won’t be a worthwhile investment.dfrolovXIII/Shutterstock

If you don’t think your guests would take full advantage of a wedding salon filled with sofas and ottomans, skip this expensive trend.

“Guests will use their seats around the reception tables to relax,” Elizabeth said. “No one will miss having a salon and neither will your wedding budget.”

If you want to provide additional lounging space, consider adding a few outdoor Adirondack chairs or placing extra seating along one wall in the reception room.

It’s time to skip the printed wedding programs.

Someone grabs a printed wedding program from a wooden crate on the table at the wedding

Printed wedding programs can easily get expensive.C.Harburg/Shutterstock

Printing wedding programs has been a trend that’s been going on for decades, but Elizabeth told Insider that it is usually an unnecessary and useless supplement.

“Your ceremony is not a complicated corporate seminar that requires an itinerary,” Elizabeth said. “Having a printed program not only increases your budget, but it’s also not environmentally friendly.”

You can easily give guests a preview of your special day by posting a program on a wedding website or sending out a virtual program on the day.

A dove release can be disappointing and dangerous.

Two doves in a heart-shaped cage with wedding guests coming out of the chapel

A dove release will likely be completed in seconds.MNStudio/Shutterstock

Kiana Jepsen, Events and Weddings Manager for Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spatold Insider that releasing live doves or butterflies during your wedding won’t get you much bang for your buck.

“It’s a pretty trend, but the truth is they only last a few minutes at most,” Jepsen said. “Doves or butterflies fly away very quickly.”

Couples should also consider the comfort and safety of any animals used in their wedding festivities, as transporting and releasing live creatures can be stressful and even dangerous for them.

Custom printed bar napkins don’t usually impress guests.

Letter monogrammed napkin

Personalized towels will probably go unnoticed.Ana Jacob/Getty Images

Some couples add their initials or wedding dates to bar napkins used at the reception, but the extra expense may not wow guests.

“Printed bar napkins are an expensive detail that is normally barely noticed throughout the event“, Jepsen said.

Using plain cocktail napkins in a color or print that coordinates with the wedding theme can be a cheaper option.

The ice sculptures are messy.

Ice sculpture of a swan with surrounding white fabric with dining area in background

It’s important to remember that even expensive ice sculptures won’t last all night.Mark van Dam/Shutterstock

Ice sculptures may seem like a romantic addition to a wedding decor, but they can be extremely expensive to commission and difficult to maintain.

“In reality, ice sculptures are difficult to install and tend to melt quickly, leaving a mess,” Jepsen said.

If you love the look of this trend but don’t want to end up with an expensive puddle, consider a faux plastic or resin ice sculpture.

Full invitation suites are not so convenient.

Wedding invitations stacked in four piles with red and purple ribbons

A full suite of invitations can be a waste of paper.Sharon Pruitt/EyeEm/Getty Images

Instead of making it simple, more couples send full paper invitation suites which include an invitation, reception details, accommodation suggestions and separate RSVP cards.

“Invitation suites full of paper and cards can get expensive quickly and aren’t very environmentally friendly,” Jepsen said.

To save money and trees, you can create a simple wedding website where guests can access relevant event details anytime and RSVP online.

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