Is the gargantuan task of planning your wedding getting you down? Does the thought of eloping sound good to you? Planning your wedding is naturally stressful but it doesn’t have to be overwhelming. The next few paragraphs will give you a wedding planner’s eye view of the process, which means you’ll be able to plan your wedding smoothly and efficiently.
When you’re getting plans together for your wedding, consider the types of alcoholic beverages you’re going to be serving. Also be aware of the cost. Open bar is the most expensive option, and the longer the bar is open, the more expensive it becomes. Ask about which alcohol serving options are available through your venue.
Take into consideration that you will want to address the topic of religion since it will be a part of your wedding day and the life you’re building together. You should talk about religion not only with your fiance but his family as well, to build understanding between you.
You won’t get a second chance to get your wedding pictures right, so make sure these memories are recorded the right way. To ensure that your wedding day is documented properly, you should be prepared to spend some money on a professional, experienced photographer.
Bear in mind the cost of the alcohol that you will be serving at your wedding, and try to find one that is cost efficient. The open bar option is the most costly of choices and the cost can be prohibitive for many couples but do not feel bad if you cannot afford it. The folks running your venue may have affordable bar services, so be sure and ask them about it.
Use the property of someone you know. Having your wedding in someone’s yard or even farm can reduce wedding costs. Your only cost will be hiring someone who can come in before the wedding to set up and stay after to clean.
Personalize your wedding by including unique touches that express the essence and interests of you and your new spouse. Pick out a theme fitting for the time the two of you have spent together.
If you cringe at the thought of purchasing an extremely expensive yet incredibly unhealthy wedding cake, there are other options available. You should consider getting in touch with local bakeries and specialty boutiques to inquire about individual portions that are healthier. There are boutiques that will bake fresh cupcakes with very few calories specifically for your event, and deliver them. These boutiques also often have healthy options available such as gluten-free, fruit based fillings instead of frosting, and healthier alternative toppings.
Do not starve just so your wedding dress fits. You can dehydrate and get dizzy by rushing weight loss. You want to stay on your feet during the ceremony and reception. Purchase a dress that will hug your curves and fit you well the way you are.
Employ a good friend or relative, as long as they can haul your equipment and gear through the evening. They can help you get group shots of the family too!
Add decorative items in your wedding. If you have a ribbon on the bouquet, use it for other things like your gown, centerpieces or on chairs. When you show small details, it lets others know you have put in lots of effort.
Try having your reception midday. People don’t tend to overdo it on the alcohol during this time of day, which saves you money on beer. In addition, you can save money by serving lunch instead of dinner at your reception. You may be able to purchase a higher-quality menu at lunch time for the price you would have paid for dinner. Keep in mind that if you spend less on food, you can use the savings to pay for another service your wedding requires.
Brides who want a look of luxury can embellish their wedding bouquets with something that sparkles, like rhinestones, Swarovski crystals, or even a tiny bit of diamonds. You can add some crystals that have been glued on, some costume jewelery, or an heirloom of your own. The bouquet should not clash with your overall look, so pay close attention to the colors, cut and size of each stone.
Don’t pick up your wedding dress until you need it, even if it’s already paid for. In this way, you can be certain it will be properly stored and protected from damage. It will stay fresh and unwrinkled at the store.
Plan an itinerary and post it online. Share this with your guests, so they are aware of what is happening when. Let people be aware of the events, such as rehearsals and the things that they must come to, so that they could be there at the appropriate time.
Offer sweet treats between courses to keep your guests amused. Offer sweet sugar roses or flavored crackers.
Once you have your dress paid off and all ready, it is wise to leave it at the store so it can be properly stored until the big day. This will reduce the chance that it becomes stained or wrinkled. By storing it at the shop, you will ensure that you get it after it is freshly pressed and hung.
For instance, think about a modern fusion menu with popular dishes. Make the menu unique by adding ethnic desserts, beverages and wedding favors that are edible.
A piece of fabric that matches your cake can be placed on a table and function as the focal point. A pretty tablecloth made of textured fabric, velvet, shiny satin or a lace that matches the wedding dress are all nice choices.
If you have children in the ceremony, dress them comfortably. Use soft, loose fitting fabrics. Shoes, particularly new ones, should be broken in and comfy. Paying attention to the clothes children wear will allow kids to enjoy their wedding experience without being uncomfortable.
You can have a loved one go online to become ordained so that they can officiate over your wedding. This can be a wonderful way to honor someone special in your life, and to make them an important part of your big day. First, make sure your area allows this to happen.
If you decide to give a wedding speech, be sure to plan and practice sufficiently. If you don’t plan and rehearse properly, you could embarrass yourself by talking too much, making an offensive joke, or simply forgetting what to say.
Centerpieces on the tables at your wedding can really set you back from a budget and aesthetic perspective. Keep your centerpieces very simple instead of large and ornate. It won’t block the conversation of your guests, will save you some money and yet will still look amazing in your photographs.
Make your floral arrangements more complex by incorporating different heights. If you want long stem flowers, then choose tall, elegant vases to show them off properly. Then use shorter vases around the taller ones, filled with big flowers like peonies or hydrangeas. The taller florals’ will always be vibrant and full of color while the short ones should be more of the spring type colors like pastels.
Meeting a wedding planner? Do your homework. Use fashion designers as inspiration and create a look book of inspiration that can be used as a starting off point. Incorporate pictures, songs, magazine clippings and other details that will help your wedding planning really understand your vision.
Consider including group activities within your wedding day. Don’t leave your loved ones bored as they wait for your wedding to be over. The possibilities for participation are endless, but it should flow with how the rest of your wedding is organized and styled. The wedding will be memorable in proportion to the amount of fun.
Make your caterer aware that the reception will be outdoors. This will allow the caterer to ensure that food and container choices work well with any weather-related issues such as heat, humidity, or wind. One way that these weather issues can be dealt with is to use sturdy covers for the food. If you can, use a small fridge for keeping drinks cool.
If you’re wearing a tuxedo at your wedding, take the time to get one that fits well. Model your tuxedo for friends and family members before making a final decision. You want to be looking your absolute best at your wedding, keep that in mind as you think about what tuxedo you want to be wearing.
When planning your destination wedding, be mindful of all your guests as well as their travel plans. Some guests may have conflicts with the timing or with the costs of attending. So, you should start asking months in advance if they would be able to or be interested in attending, but don;t take it personal if they cannot make it.
Write your vows yourself. It’s easy to find something online, but something personal is more special. Writing your vows adds a special memory to this special day. Use some inspiration from elsewhere, but write them from the heart.
Do not plan a destination wedding without taking the legal requirements of your location into account. No matter the fees, red tape, residency requirements or other issues, your needs must be addressed before you start booking services and hotels for your wedding.
When picking wedding decorations, especially flower arrangements, remember to consider your wedding location. For instance, complex arrangements can be great for indoor events, but they can be problematic when placed outdoors. You may have to have specialized tools and equipment in order to secure your decorations in outdoor venues.
One important thing to consider is a gift registry. In order to make the occasion more pleasant for your guests, don’t have them bring anything. Give them a lot of options at a lot of different price points. By selecting different priced items, people can find items they can comfortably afford to give.
Your family or future in-laws may be stodgy traditionalists, but if they make demands, tell them to pound sand. Be kind and loving if you have to reject your extended family’s suggestions, but don’t let them dominate or manipulate you. Firmly assert that you (and of course your partner too) have the final say when it comes to your wedding plans. The last thing you want to do is give in to suggestions that don’t fit your idea of the perfect wedding. If you do, you’ll have to live with regret after your big day is over. Instead, make your wedding everything you want it to be so that your memories will be purely happy ones.
Make sure your bridesmaids know what they are wearing. A lot of friendships can be damaged when people don’t agree on the gown for a bridesmaid. The bride should look for something affordable, comfortable and flattering to every bridesmaids. By choosing the dress yourself, you can avoid misunderstandings.
Plan ahead. A year-long lead-time might seem sufficient, but you will soon find that many venues and vendors will already be booked. Plan as soon as you can to make sure you get everything you want.
They may have all kinds of ideas about how you should orchestrate your wedding, but remember that this day is to celebrate you and your soon-to-be spouse. You should just thank them but make sure they know that you are your spouse are calling the shots. Remember that your wedding day is for you and your new spouse and stick to the things that you both want and there won’t be any regrets about it later.
You may want to cut down on a meal size for your reception. If you have a large guest list, then you might need to lower the budget in other areas. You will better be able to stay on budget if the dinner offered your family and friends is smaller. There is a possibility that no matter how you try, you will not be able to accommodate everyone.
Don’t let wedding planning get you down! You may have a lot to worry about, but the advice in this article will make the work you have to do much easier to manage. Soon, you’ll be able to stop stressing about your wedding, and start looking forward to your big day instead.
Keep an eye on the weather. Know in advance what your plan is in the case of inclement weather. Even if there is a small chance, you will still have an alternative.