If you have never planned a wedding, you may quickly feel that the process is overwhelming at best, and maddening at worst. It may not even matter if you are planning the event for yourself or for a dear friend. The advice presented here will help you make sense of the many different options for planning this very special event.
One of the major things that impacts your wedding day and married life will be religion. Of course, by this time, the two of you should have it worked out how things will operate on that level, but getting the families on the same page may be more difficult.
Before your wedding day be sure to practice walking down the aisle multiple times. Do this at your actual wedding site to make sure you’re familiar with the floor there. This will give you much more confidence on the big day.
When you’re planning on who to give the speeches at your wedding, have them rehearse the things they would say in front of you so you can determine if everything they say will be appropriate. Remember that you’ll have people there from all generations, so keep the jokes appropriate.
For food, consider going to a store such as Costco. This is no secret but buying your foods from the big club stores will save quite a bit of money over retail grocery chains and that is considering the membership charge. Try asking friends to split food costs.
Make sure you view examples of work from any makeup artist you’re considering hiring. Is the style pleasing to you? Be sure that it is exactly what you want. Your appearance on your wedding day is important, so you don’t want to regret your decision later.
You’re going to look at the pictures from your wedding for many years to come, so make sure that you get good quality photos taken. See to it that you hire professional photographers and pay a little bit more for this if needed in order to document this wonderful experience.
Make sure that transportation is taken care of at your wedding. Some guests might need a ride to their hotel, so make sure there are taxis available (at minimum). Also, this is beneficial for people who have consumed alcohol during the wedding.
Do not starve yourself just to fit into the wedding dress you want. You may not feel good on the big day if you haven’t eaten enough. You would hate to faint while standing at the altar. Instead, choose a dress that has a corset back that can be taken in and out as needed on the big day.
If you are inviting your family to a destination wedding, ask if they want to enjoy the honeymoon with you as well. Longer stays at hotels are often discounted so it’ll save you money in the long run. This will help give them a vacation they’ll never forget as well!
Take the time to carefully consider the most important aspect of the wedding, your future spouse. This lifelong decision should not be rushed. Think about this person and what things will drive you crazy, along with what you can’t live without.
Have a mid-afternoon wedding reception. Three or four o’clock is ideal. Your bar tab will be significantly less as people drink less in daylight. Also, lunch receptions will typically be cheaper than dinner receptions and allow you to either increase the quality of food or allocate the rest of your food and alcohol budget to another need for the wedding.
Silk flowers can be a wise and beautiful choice, rather than choosing fresh flowers, which can be more expensive and more likely to have potential problems. Because they don’t have to be bought fresh, you can get them far in advance of your wedding, making one less thing you have to worry about on your wedding day.
When choosing a makeup artist, look at their past work. Is the style of make up look attractive to you? You need to be sure you’re going to really like the style. You don’t want to discover right before the wedding that you do not like the way your makeup artist does things.
If the couple like travel, try to find wedding decorations that appeal to this hobby. Invitation can be designed to resemble a travel brochure, boarding pass or vintage postcard. On the date, a vintage suitcase can be used as a display piece. Simply fill it with favors, photos, or wedding programs and prop it open in a prominent location.
Make sure that transportation is taken care of at your wedding. Limos should be booked well ahead of time. Also, this will get people who drank alcohol during your wedding home safe and sound.
If the happy couple have different backgrounds, both ought to be taken into consideration when planning for the wedding. This means having a ceremony that fits the groom and bride’s culture and at the reception, having decor, food and rituals from both backgrounds. This will give lots of contrast and make it memorable.
Take a long time to write your vows, as this is something that is very important towards your husband or wife. The institution of marriage is lifelong and marked by willingness to enter into a major commitment. Express your love in your vows.
If you don’t want to serve a formal dinner at your reception, try replacing traditional table seatings with rented furniture. Furniture like chaises, sectional pieces, or a lounge chair can often get your guests to interact more. Perhaps you could create different lounges and add plush seating to allow your guests to relax.
When talking to your DJ, let him know the songs you like as well as the song you don’t like. Find a song that you enjoyed in the past. Whatever your tastes may be, communicate them so your wedding music is as joyful as you are.
If you plan to have an outdoor ceremony, be sure to take weather (sun or rain) into account to ensure happy guests. Some ideas are renting a couple of tents, or using a place that has indoor as well as outdoor accommodations. You might also think about putting wood planks down to prevent guests from stepping in mud caused by rain.
A multi-tiered wedding cake can set you back well over a thousand dollars. You can save money by serving cupcakes, small tarts, or cake pops. Such ideas are great for their affordability, adaptability and ease of use. Guests can simply pick up a cupcake or two as they leave, placing them in a takeout-inspired, embellished cardboard container.
If you want to get married in another state, you need to know the state’s marriage laws. 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.
If you have the budget, consider a cruise as the venue for your wedding and just invite those who are dearest to you. This would make the honeymoon begin immediately following the ceremony. Many cruise companies offer a special rate for a combined wedding/honeymoon package.
A great way to place live flowers around your wedding without spending an arm and a leg on flowers that will end up in the bin is to use potted plants. You can decorate terracotta stoneware using lacy ribbons and paint or by purchasing already glazed ceramic pots in coordinated colors. When the wedding is over, the newlyweds can either plant the potted plants in their yard, or the guest can take them home.
Search Craigslist for local businesses to help with the things you need for your wedding. Prior to giving them a dime, meet them personally, but have your groom along for safety.
To help you prepare dancing for your first dance, you should practice dancing in a long skirt a few days before your wedding. Your skirt might be something you are used to walking or dancing in, but your soon-to-be husband might not. You might feel better about dancing in a very fancy dress.
If the couple getting married has a strong love for travel, try to incorporate design elements that reflect this in the planning and decoration process. You could fashion your invitations to resemble boarding passes or vintage postcards. On the date, a vintage suitcase can be used as a display piece. Simply fill it with favors, photos, or wedding programs and prop it open in a prominent location.
When you choose a videographer for the wedding, try interviewing as many as you can to see their work examples. Remember that the editing and sound quality are especially important. The days of VHS tapes and grainy film are long gone, and you can now choose from digital or DVD formats. Use your intuition when choosing a videographer, because after all, they will be capturing your most memorable day.
If the happy couple have different backgrounds, both ought to be taken into consideration when planning for the wedding. This means having a ceremony that fits the groom and bride’s culture and at the reception, having decor, food and rituals from both backgrounds. This will help create a memorable wedding that honors both sides of the wedding party’s family traditions.
It can be tempting to honor family traditions or suggestions, just remember, this is your special day, not theirs. While family members may feel compelled to offer limitless advice and suggestions, a polite and firm ‘no, thank you’ is entirely appropriate. Doing so means you can reflect upon your wedding free of regret.
If your environment is humid and tropical or it is cool and dry like in the Mediterranean, it can be difficult to find seasonal flowers from your state. It is best to call ahead to a professional in the area where you are planning on being married, to see which blooms are plentiful, and what they suggest for your specific taste.
Plan ahead of time, as early as you are able. A year in advance is not at all unreasonable when you think of all the details you will need to plan. Start planning as soon as possible so that more choices are available to you.
If dinner isn’t a part of your reception plans, formal tables shouldn’t be either. A lounge, chaise or even a cushy piece of sectional can give guests a greater way to communicate. If you use plush seating, the guests may also feel more at ease. This may also create more areas to relax where you’re staying.
Keep the weather in mind. Your guests may not want to stay and celebrate your outdoor wedding, if it is extremely hot. Your guests will not want to sit outside through an extremely cold or hot environment, so be prepared to move indoors, if things become unsuitable. Try to keep guests comfortable by providing fans or space heaters, as necessary.
If you are planning a wedding outside, always make sure that you have a ‘plan b’ in case mother nature does not cooperate. Whether you rent some kind of rain cover, or have a location that can accommodate a quick move inside, always have a plan. Set up planks to prevent your guests from getting mud or dirt on their shoes.
You should open an account dedicated solely to your wedding costs. Maintaining a budget will be simpler if you have allocated the wedding funds to a special account. If you’re not ready to get married, start saving now, so you can use the money later.
Consider your guest and their finances and circumstances when looking into adestination wedding. You always want to make sure that you give your guests enough time to plan. Ample time should be approximately eight months in advance, providing them with “save the date” invitations.
Once you have formulated how your wedding will be designed, write it down and begin looking for the appropriate services. Once you start shopping for items and services, begin narrowing them down based on price.
Hire a photographer that will help make your wedding a memorable one and not just a pile of pictures. When selecting a photographer, be sure to ask them how their wedding days typically go. Ask them about the process they will follow on your big day. You want to understand their style to make sure it meshes with your own.
Don’t think that wedding rings have to be gold and nothing else will do. There is titanium, platinum, stainless steel, silver, tungsten, and more. These can be beautiful, cheaper, and unexpected when paired with whatever you choose to wear at the wedding. It’s time for you to shake things up a little.
Now that you know more about wedding hosting and planning, you can have a truly personal and memorable day. These tips can help reduce your stress for planning a memorable wedding for the groom and bride.
You’re going to want to put together wedding invitations as the first thing you do once you have your theme down, do this as soon as your date is set so people can plan in advance. Invitations not only provide the details about the ceremony, but they traditionally include the wedding colors and hints about the theme. Look over every available alternative before you choose your invitations.