A wedding should be about two people in love and not about seeing how much money and outrageous details you can cram into one event. The focus is on the coming together of two individuals in celebration with their families. Use these tips to make sure you stay focused on what is truly meaningful about your wedding.
Practice your walk for your wedding day. Try to do this on location to ensure accuracy. In this way, you can be sure everything will go smoothly on your wedding day.
You can get a better rate on almost any venue by booking during an off period. This would be anytime other that May through September. Wedding venues can be pricier at this time. If you can’t plan your wedding at any other time, book your venue as soon as possible to get a great deal.
Purchasing a wedding dress can be expensive. When shopping for your dress, consider dresses that may not be categorized as a wedding dress. For example, a bridesmaid dress is typically much less expensive and may be just what you’re looking for. Even if you want the dress altered to change some of the styling, it could turn out to be cheaper than a wedding dress.
If you prefer to handle the refreshments and foods on your own, save money by shopping at wholesalers, such as Sam’s Club and Costco. If you shop wholesale, you will be able to get lots of food at much better prices. See if your friends can split some of the cost.
If there will be toasts or speeches given at your wedding reception, ask the speakers to practice in front of you to ensure that the material is appropriate for those attending your wedding. Many generations and people of differing viewpoints will attend your wedding, so your speech makers need to make their speeches geared to everyone and not just play to their own friends.
The photographs of your wedding will build your book of memories to look back on for years to come. Hire a professional. Don’t be shy on spending money in this area as they can document this magical day to perfection.
The wedding pictures are amongst the most important wedding mementos. Hire a professional to take your photographs even if it costs a little more as you’ll be able to rely on the fact that your entire day will be captured properly.
If the thought of a cake that costs thousands of dollars and packs on thousands of calories ruins your appetite, check with local and specialty bakers and inquire about individually sized portions. Some specialty bakeries also ship fresh, low-cal cupcakes and healthy fare, like gluten-free options if you so desire.
Do not under-eat in an effort to fit into your dress. You may not feel good on the big day if you haven’t eaten enough. You wouldn’t want to pass out. Instead, choose a dress that has a corset back that can be taken in and out as needed on the big day.
Try to avoid placing a lot of flowers on each table at your wedding. The majority of the times, the flowers just get in the way. Also, some of your guests may have allergies to the flowers. As an alternative to flowers, place non-scented candles on the tables. This will also help to create a romantic ambiance.
When it comes to the decor of your wedding, spice things up with small, but meaningful decorative items. If you have a ribbon on the bouquet, use it for other things like your gown, centerpieces or on chairs. These little details will add up to create one giant aesthetic.
Be certain that your reception venue has a good-sized dance area. Nothing is worse than everyone being crammed together during a dance, so move things out of the way to help create extra space.
When picking out a makeup artist, make sure you see what looks they have created previously. Is the style they do to your liking? Make sure it is something you can see yourself wearing. The last thing you want is to walk down the aisle with a last-minute makeup job.
Use a mirror to visualize and practice when you walk down the aisle, especially if you plan to wear heels. If you’re worried that you will twist your ankle, you can wear flats instead. Having footwear that is less sexy but will keep you from falling is an easy decision to make.
Make sure that you carefully consider what to include in your vows, as they will be something that your future spouse remembers forever. Keep in mind the magnitude of the commitment that you are pledging and how each of you will be making sacrifices during your marriage. Don’t just make a list of promises, however. Your vows are also your opportunity to express your deep love for your partner.
Even if your dress has been selected and paid for, you may want to store it with the bridal boutique until the day of your wedding. The likelihood of something happening to it is much higher than if you leave it at the bridal store! Keeping it safely at the shop will ensure that it is in pristine condition and ready for your wedding day.
Don’t overcrowd your wedding reception tables with excessive flowers. Often, flowers interfere with guests being able to converse across the table. Also, some of your guests may have allergies to the flowers. As an alternative to flowers, place non-scented candles on the tables. This will also help to create a romantic ambiance.
If children will be playing a role in your wedding, you should dress them comfortably. Choose fabrics that are softer and loose-fitting, in order to maintain a high comfort level. It’s important that any shoes they wear are comfortable, which means new shoes, will need to be broken in. You want children to be as comfortable as possible on that day so that they aren’t being distractions by fussing with their clothing.
Be sure the disc jockey you employ for your reception knows which songs you want and which sorts of songs you do not want. It could be heavy metal or country, or even a song that reminds you of someone not-so-special. Be sure your DJ is well aware of your preferences in advance to avoid discomfort.
If you plan on giving a wedding speech, plan it and practice enough. A poorly planned wedding speech can make the audience uncomfortable or bored, and leave you feeling disgruntled and disappointed in yourself.
You will want a dance floor space in the room you rent for the wedding reception. People love to dance at weddings and no one wants to be crammed in a small space. If needed, move tables and chairs to free up some room for dancing.
Plan out every detail and facet of your wedding, ranging from reception events to the dishes served. You want to make it exciting and engaging to those who are part of the special day.
A great gift for your guests at a destination wedding is a basket that you have delivered to their room full of vacation goodies. Useful items you will want to include would be tourist maps, sunglasses, hats, disposable cameras and brochures of fun places they could visit while in the area. Also make sure you include a local restaurant guide that makes it simple for them to grab a bite to eat.
If you do not plan to serve your guests dinner at the reception site, consider foregoing multiple tables in favor of rented furniture. Furniture like chaises, sectional pieces, or a lounge chair can often get your guests to interact more. Plush seating offers a way for their to be separate lounging areas, as well as a place for guests to get comfortable and relax.
Midday is the best time to have wedding receptions. You will find that people are not so ready to drink heavily during the day, which will cut back on the costs of an open bar. By having a lunch reception, the costs for food will also normally be less expensive. This could allow you to put the money saved towards other services required for your wedding.
Practice the first dance with your spouse-to-be while wearing clothes similar to what you’ll wear at the wedding. Dancing with your spouse-to-be is romantic, and in addition it will help you get used to each others’ clothes so you won’t feel awkward on your wedding day. While you may be accustomed to the art of dancing in a dress, your groom may not be quite so confident in his abilities. This will make the experience a lot smoother for the both of you, particularly if you’re wearing a gown with a puffy hem.
Divide your table settings evenly. Don’t put an odd number of people at any table. It’s also a good idea to have people of similar ages all at one table because they will tend to have more in common.
Are you planning on inviting children to your wedding, and how many are there going to be? If you want to save a little money and stress, you can avoid inviting children. On the other hand, there may be adults who won’t attend because you did not invite their children or they can’t find a sitter.
You may decide to go with a boldly colored wedding cake which can function as the main centerpiece at the reception. In that case, consider placing a swatch of color-coordinated fabric beneath the cake. You can opt for patterns, solids or heavily textured fabrics, such as silk, satin or velvet, to add visual interest and tie all elements together.
Carefully plan out activities that will entertain your guests. Don’t just let your guests mill around patiently biding their time until your nuptials end. There are all kinds of fun activities to plan, such as games, contests and informal gatherings. You can make your wedding more memorable by planning activities that allow your guests to have fun and interact with each other.
If you’re able to afford this kind of a wedding, take a cruise and have your closest relatives and friends come with you. The honeymoon can ensue right after the wedding is over! Some ships will give special deals to people who get married on board.
Check out the previous work of your videographer. You will want someone who has very high quality. VHS wedding videos were popular years ago, but make sure you get either a DVD or digital video which can be played for many years. Make choices based on your impressions and other factors mentioned.
If you want a relative or friend to officiate the wedding, they can get ordained online. Your ceremony will be less formal, and you will save money. 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.
One money saving idea is to consider alternatives in lieu of flowers arrangements. For flower girls, you can use ribbons for a more economical and simply elegant solution to floral wreathes. Silk flowers are great because they do not die and have to be thrown away. Silk flowers last forever and cost much less than the fresh alternative. You can easily move them and use them for the reception.
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. One could age the invitations and notices to look like they are 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.
Brides can benefit from practicing smiling when standing before a mirror. It also guarantees that others will not notice any nervousness and all of the photographic memories show you beaming from ear to ear. This will help you get tons of great pictures that will be treasured forever.
As you can see, weddings are a time of love; money should not be the main focus. Focus on the love to make your wedding truly special. So use the advice from this article to plan a wedding that is both special and just right for your budget.
Everyone in your wedding entourage, including your mother and your bridesmaids, should be dressed and ready before the time that you need to slip into your gown. You need to be the central focus during the final moments prior to the ceremony. They cannot focus on helping you if they are still trying to get ready themselves.