The Female Perspective: What Makes a Wedding "Great"?

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Time flies when you're having fun, and obviously, girls just wanna have fun. But what is it about some weddings that make you lose track of time completely, whereas others it's a struggle just to stay (up) until the end of the evening? We asked a bunch of ladies to give it to us straight. In their own words, here's what makes a wedding "great".

A Truly Happy Couple
"The bride and groom are the determining factor for me. If she's uptight and stressed or he's drunk and falling all over the place, it's uncomfortable and awkward for everyone. If they're dancing, happy, in love, smiling and excited about the day though, that energy will feed into the room and everyone will have a blast." — Lori

The Perfect Match
"The number one thing that makes a wedding great is knowing the couple is a good match. If there are concerns about that, then it's hard to enjoy the ceremony and be happy for the families. Everything else is secondary, although I love when couples read their own vows." — Megan

A Good Flow
"One thing that can put a damper on the day for me is the flow. I hate going to weddings that don't have a schedule, and I can't figure out how long the ceremony, cocktail hour, dinner, etc. will be. Having a timeline keeps me from getting restless." — Tosh

The Venue
"The setting of the wedding can make or break the ambiance of the day for the couple and their guests. For example, a sunset wedding on a cliff will be infinitely better and memorable (for the right reasons) than a sunset wedding in a rec center or at a little chapel in Las Vegas." — Claire

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Attention to Detail
"It's the small things! For my wedding, I really tried to focus on the details and everyone commented on how intimate it felt despite the fact that it was a fairly large wedding. I'd advise brides to come up with three words they want guests to feel (I picked love, comfortable and intimate) to help guide design decisions." — Kimberlyn

The Music and Drinks
"Lots of booze! An open bar, perhaps a signature cocktail or two, flowing champagne, or in our case, 200 tequila shots handed out to guests as they entered the reception! Nothing starts a party faster and keeps it going longer than tequila and a rocking band."— Treva

The vibe
"For me, it's the feel of the wedding. I think that incorporates a lot of things. The colors, the location, the guests at the wedding making the bride and groom feel loved and special. It's all about the ambiance and good vibes!" — Pam

"I like to see some creativity and personal touches! A wedding to remember is one that is creative in nature and not your typical style wedding." — Tamara

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