Wedding planning, when not handled correctly, can drain all the joy out of the days preceding your ceremony. The following tips will help you make that special day one that is remembered as something joyous rather than something stressful.
You may be able to save money on your wedding by planning it during an “off season”. The traditional season for weddings is May to September. During this time, wedding venues will be more expensive. Your best bet is to book your venue as soon as possible to secure the best possible price.
When you are planning your wedding festivities, think hard about the kinds of alcoholic beverages that are going to be available, and also how much of a price tag they will carry. An open bar can be very expensive over a long time period. Inquire at your venue what your alcoholic beverage serving options are.
You may be surprised at how expensive wedding dresses are. To help defray the cost of a wedding gown, you may wish to shop for dresses that may not be considered a wedding dress. You might even consider whether a dress designed for bridesmaids could meet your needs. Remember, the dress you chose can be altered to change the styling, and the total cost will still probably be less than the cost of purchasing an official wedding dress.
The wedding pictures are amongst the most important wedding mementos. Choose to hire a professional who can photograph your day in a way that is going to document all of your special moments, even if it means spending a little extra.
Do not avoid eating just so your wedding dress will fit. All you are going to do is tire very easily and not have the energy to enjoy the big day you have been torturing yourself to plan. You wouldn’t want to pass out. Rather, get a dress with an integrated corset so that it can be easily adjusted.
If you want a much better wedding day look but on a budget that is tight, consider renting diamonds. By renting jewelry instead of buying, you can get the look that you dreamed of for your wedding day without having to spend thousands of dollars.
One of the things to consider for your wedding is transportation. Try to have limos and taxis available for those who do not have a ride to take them back to their hotel at the end of the night. In addition, this benefits those who drank alcohol during the festivities.
Tie little decorative items into all the elements of your wedding decor. Make sure that some of the accessories you have are included in the wedding. These little details will elevate your wedding since it will show all the effort you put into it.
It may sound odd but it might be fun if you ask your family if they would like to join you on the honeymoon as well. Longer stays at hotels are often discounted so it’ll save you money in the long run. This will give them a day to remember and a vacation of their dreams, too!
Only place a few flowers in the centerpieces at your reception tables. A lot of times, the flowers may be getting in the guests’ way. Some people attending your wedding may have pollen allergies, as well. Adorn the tables with romantic, non-scented candles instead.
Your guests shouldn’t have to hang around while your pictures are taken. Many photographs, including the bridal part and the groomsmen, can be taken before the ceremony. Pictures with those being wed and their parents should also be taken beforehand if possible.
Interview a lot of skilled and experienced photographers before settling on the one you want. You never want to hire a photographer who doesn’t fit your style. Get recommendations from people you know if you aren’t sure who to use.
During your wedding planning, arrange for even numbers of guests at each table. To keep table conversations flowing, group the people you have sitting at the tables by their age.
If could be another family member or friend, they just have to be able to carry your gear around with you. Your assistant can help you round up the family members for the group pictures to make things run even smoother.
Give your guests an online list of events, including out-of-time attendees, so that they would be aware of the events they could attend. For family members and members of the bridal party, give them information about the rehearsal dinner, as well.
Do not make guests stand around when you are taking photos. Photos of the bride and her party and the groom and his groomsmen should be taken ahead of time. The pictures for the bride, groom and immediately family can also be done in advance.
A wedding cake can serve as a beautiful work of art, making a great focal point for a reception. Add a coordinating table cloth, and you are sure to have a great presentation. The right piece of fabric can create a stunning display that makes the cake stand out even more. You can select from a variety of fabrics, including velvet, satin or silk. Likewise, you can choose a solid color or go with something textured or patterned.
When choosing a venue for your wedding reception, check to see if the lighting is able to be dimmed. This small detail allows for little things like low lights on the first dance, and bright for the duration of the event. Inquire about the lighting with the venue, prior to signing any contracts.
Consider being married on a cruise ship surrounded only by family and friends. This can help ensure your honeymoon follows the ceremony’s ending. Many cruise companies have special deals for wedding and honeymooning couples.
A wedding cake can serve as a beautiful work of art, making a great focal point for a reception. Add a coordinating table cloth, and you are sure to have a great presentation. Whether you use a solid piece of fabric or opt for one with a pattern, choosing the right material can help attract your guests’ attention and create a more stunning visual display. Consider the fabric’s texture as well as its color when choosing display fabrics.
You can turn one of your friends into a “mail-order minister” so that she can officiate the ceremony. While having someone special officiate makes the ceremony truly yours, it also has the additional perk of allowing you to redirect the money for something else, such as flowers. Check your local laws to ensure that this does allow you to have a legally binding marital union, some locations need you to use an official ordained in a church.
If your meal entails several different courses, make sure you add in little sweets between the plates. You can also offer crackers, but sweets that match the wedding colors are a great choice.
Table centerpieces for your wedding can be very costly, both financially and in terms of aesthetics. As an alternative, try selecting a simple but elegant centerpiece that isn’t too large or overwhelming. This way, your guests are able to talk among themselves a lot easier, without having to try to do so through foliage.
For instance, you might want to use a menu of popular and modern fusion dishes. Add an unusual twist with ethnic fare and edible wedding favors.
If you have an outdoor wedding, make sure you have a plan B in case it rains or there are other unforeseen conditions. Rent some tents, or choose a venue with indoor shelter in addition to its outdoor setting. Mud can ruin footwear, so for the convenience of your guests it is a good idea to lay down planks of wood for them to walk on.
If the wedding couple have very different cultural backgrounds, use a wedding ceremony from one tradition and have a reception and feast honoring the culture of the other half of the couple. This can make for an intriguing and memorable combination that both families can be happy with.
Pick your flowers carefully. You can use a vintage theme for a classy look. Bright flowers are ideal for many situations.
Every aspect of your wedding needs to be planned. Everything from the food served to what happens in the reception should be planned. Those that have elected to join you on this important day in your life deserve to enjoy themselves.
As you begin to plan your wedding, make a prioritized list of your wants. For example, some may feel that great food is more important than having a DJ or dance floor. Prioritizing your wants can ensure that you don’t step over your allotted budget and still have the wedding day of your dreams.
You want to think about your guests and any travel involved when you are thinking about wedding plans. There might be guests who have to plan their vacation time around your wedding, and they will need plenty of time for preparation. Sending cards to save your date a minimum of eight months ahead of time permit your guests to make any arrangements necessary.
Gift registries are a tradition. Let your guest know, they don’t need to bring anything. Allow them to choose from numerous items and be sure they range in price. Your guest should be comfortable about affording a gift that will please you.
Floral designs that vary in height can help improve your decor. Use vases that are tall for long stem and compact head flowers. Place shorter, bulkier flowers like peonies, sweet peas or hydrangeas around the taller flowers. Make the shorter flowers lighter in hue than the taller blooms.
If the cost of extravagant floral arrangements is too high, one cost effective alternative that you should consider is potted plants. You can obtain potted plants in various sizes and place them throughout the ceremony area and reception. You can put them in decorative pots, or decorate their pots yourself with paint and ribbons. The guests will be able to take the plants home with them as wedding favors or the lovely couple can use them in their new yard.
When you decide on decorations for your wedding, especially floral arrangements, try to keep your venue in mind. For example, a tall, complicated arrangement may get toppled over on a windy day. You may have to have specialized tools and equipment in order to secure your decorations in outdoor venues.
A gift registry is a traditional part of weddings and it can ensure that guests do not have to come bearing cards and gifts that could get mislaid. This helps guests understand that they need not bring anything, thereby easing up the atmosphere of your guests at the wedding. So, set up a registry that have items of all prices so that everyone can afford to buy something that they know you will love. People need to be comfortable giving what they are able to afford bringing.
When planning a wedding, be sure to consider the weather. If it is going to be an outdoor wedding, guests probably will not want to spend a lot of time, if the day is a hot and humid one. Similarly, they may leave early, if they are too cold at your winter party. Make small accommodations to ensure the comfort of your guests, like providing fans for a hot summer wedding.
Get fully prepared for your first wedding dance by practicing your steps in a skirt that is similar to the one on your wedding dress. You may be used to wearing long skirts, though you future husband may not be used to dancing while you are in this type of clothing. This will reduce any feeling of awkwardness that your fiance may have dancing around your large skirt.
Wedding dresses can expose areas of the skin that become immediately noticeable to those around you, like the back. For this reason you want to ensure that tan-lines are not going to draw attention. A nice tan will make you look even more beautiful.
Utilize the above tips to ensure your wedding is well-planned, so you can relax on the big day. Start your relationship with that special someone off right by intelligently planning a wedding that you will never forget.
Open an account for just the money that you plan to invest into your wedding. If you know in advance how much you can spend, you will find it easier to stick to your budget. It may be helpful to start a wedding budget for later in life; even if you aren’t planning to get married just yet.