On your wedding day, all you really need is a minister, bride, groom, and lots of love. Everything else that people say must be included in your wedding is all just one big stressful distraction. In this article, we focus on the most important things to help you have a memorable and enjoyable wedding day.
Understand that religious faith will influence both what your wedding looks like and your relationship going forward. Discuss religion with both your future spouse and their family members so that you can develop a strong understanding of their beliefs.
Marriages between people of different faiths are common nowadays, but it helps to discuss how this will affect your marriage, in-laws and children, before you marry. It may help to discuss this with your families so that they understand how you plan on handling dual faiths in your marriage.
If you choose to take care of your own food serving at your wedding, try going to wholesale stores, such as Costco. If you shop at a wholesale store, you will get much more for your dollar than the regular supermarket. Also, ask family or friends to help offset the cost of the food.
Alcohol can be a big expense at a wedding, so consider limiting the types of drinks and opt for cost efficient choices. Open bars can be expensive and can be more so if they’re open a long time. Inquire with your wedding venue as to what their alcohol options available are.
The right wedding dress can be quite expensive. When you shop for a dress, try dresses that aren’t categorized as wedding dresses. A bridesmaid dress could be perfect and not as costly as a wedding dress. Even if you need the dress to be altered, it will probably be less expensive than buying a wedding dress.
If you’re doing your own catering, Costco is a place that can save you a lot on wedding food. This will allow you to save loads of money. You can also see if your friends can help with food costs.
Choose one item to incorporate into all the different aspects of your wedding. Take the ribbon you use in a bouquet for instance, and use the same ribbon for table centerpieces, your hair or your gown. These little details make all the difference in the effort you make in creating the perfect day.
Purchasing your wedding gown on the internet can be a budget saver, cutting down your costs by hundreds of dollars. Make sure to order early so you have time for alterations if any need to be made. In fact I spent $300 in total, $100 for the gown itself, and only another $200 for the tailoring. Figure in this additional cost while making your budget.
Look at samples of past work before hiring a makeup artist. Do you like how they do their work? It is critically important that you know they can meet your needs. You do not want to be an hour before your wedding with a make up artist who does your make up in a way that you dislike.
Choose catering with an ethnic theme to spice up your reception! Chicken and steak are over-served, so why not pick some other foods in your desired cuisine? Variety is important and you want everyone to remember your wedding dinner.
Brides who have sensitive skin can have a stress free wedding day by using skincare products that will give a glowing look without causing hives, irritation, or a breakout. Look for a treatment that includes sea salts, rose, creamy scrubs, and oatmeal proteins.
When picking out a makeup artist, make sure you see what looks they have created previously. It would certainly ruin your day to have you and your bridesmaids looking harsh in makeup that does not suit the colors or the styles you have chosen. Make sure you love it. You don’t want your makeup to be wrong on the day of the wedding when you can’t fix it.
Do not place too many flowers on the tables at your wedding reception. A lot of times, the flowers may be getting in the guests’ way. Excessive flowers can also be inconvenient for any allergy sufferers who are attending your wedding. Instead, you could place candles (non-scented) on the table tops to add a romantic feel to the reception.
You should put a great deal of thought into writing your wedding vows. Understand that marriage is a very strong commitment that requires the both of you to make sacrifices. Write your vows so that they express your love for your spouse and remind you of why you love them.
Instead of spending a lot of money to get a huge cake for your wedding, think about tiers of sweet, delicious mini-tarts or cupcakes. Many people like these sorts of arrangements because they are convenient, versatile and affordable. Guests can pick up their cupcake as they leave.
The wedding DJ needs a list of the songs you want played at the reception, but make sure they know what you dislike. You may not like country music or metal, or you may have a certain song that is associated with an old flame. Whatever you choose, be sure they know about it so you don’t get mad about the song choices.
For a destination wedding, one wonderful present for your guests is a basket brimming with vacation goodies delivered to each room. Also include practical items such as maps of the area, disposable digital cameras, sun protection, and tourist information. To make it easier for them to find good dining, a local restaurant guide is certainly helpful.
Keep in mind all things when considering a venue for your receptions, like having adequate dance floor space. Forgetting this can end with a cramped reception, so don’t forget this important detail. You can always move chairs and tables to have more space for dancing.
Try to arrange to hold your reception in mid-day. People consume less alcohol during daylight hours, and this can lower your bar tab. 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.
When making wedding dinner seating arrangements, be sure to have even numbers of people at each table. Also group the tables by age, this will give people things they can talk about.
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. If it goes into your closet, wrinkles or stains may occur. Having the bridal shop keep it will ensure that it’s pressed and fresh for your special day.
If you choose to use a wedding cake that is colorful, you might want to place it on top a coordinating piece of fabric. You can also try solids, patterns and heavily-textured fabrics like satin, velvet or silk for more visual interest that helps bring everything together.
Part of the wedding tradition is to wear “something borrowed,” so don’t hesitate to borrow jewelry from a friend. By doing this, you can get the look that you want and add a special touch to your wedding.
Having a friend or relative become ordained online can allow them to officiate your wedding. This will give your loved one an important roll in the ceremony, while also saving you a bit of money. First, make sure your area allows this to happen.
Incorporate all rituals and traditions in your wedding. Everyone will be happy with this compromise.
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. Design your wedding program and guest favors to match too.
Flowers that are in season where you live are unlikely to be available, or easy to find in wedding destination locations. Professional florists will be able to help you find blooms in your area that are readily available.
Make your flowers stand out by using centerpieces of varying heights. Obviously you want the low profile florals in the shorter vases, while the long and more spectacular flowers, like roses, should be in taller containers. Surround the taller vases with shorter, more voluminous flowers like hydrangeas, peonies, or rosy-hued sweet peas. The shorter, fuller flowers should be lighter in color than the taller, more prominent blooms.
Hire a photographer that will help make your wedding a memorable one and not just a pile of pictures. During the interview, ask them to tell you about their vision. Ask the photographer detailed questions about their work process and what a typical wedding is like for them to work. You want to understand their style to make sure it meshes with your own.
If the bride is to have a memorable wedding day, then all the details need to be held to her exacting standards. If she feels it’s her responsibility to undertake the planning and worry about a below par celebration, it will ruin her entire day. If you run everything by your bride she will have a much happier wedding day.
When you are thinking about decorations, especially the flowers, remember your wedding’s location. For instance, a fancy floral arrangement is beautiful for an indoor venue, but not the best choice for an outdoor venue that is windy. There might be a need for special equipment when it comes to certain outdoor wedding locations.
See to it that your tuxedo fits you, if you’re the groom. Ask others for an opinion before choosing a tuxedo. 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.
Do you really need to serve a four-course meal at your reception? Having a large amount of guests can really drive up the cost of the food. A smaller meal can help you stick within your budget. If you cannot do this, you may have to reduce your guest list.
Make sure you do a little research on what the weather is going to be like. If you have an outdoor wedding and the day is very humid, your attendees may not be up to celebrating for too long. They may also leave early, if it’s extremely cold at your wedding. To make sure your guests stay comfortable and happy, make small adjustments such as providing fans for an outdoor summer wedding.
Write your vows yourself. It can be easier to just copy other vows, but only you and your spouse know what your future may hold. Writing vows yourself makes them feel special. Your own words will be the words you remember throughout your life.
Keep an eye out for rain. If you want an outdoor wedding, have an alternate plan ready in case it rains. Even if you’re thinking that rain isn’t going to happen, it could occur anyways because weather is kind of random. You can be prepared for this by having another place for everyone to go.
Know what type of weather is being called for on your wedding day. An extremely hot day is not going to lend itself well to a wedding, where your guests have to stand. Similarly, they might leave early, if it’s too cold. Do make sure that your guests are provided for during weather extremes at a wedding, such as having fans available if the heat is high.
Ask vendors you’re already using to recommend other services you need. After finding a good photographer, ask for band recommendations. Likewise, the band members may know other wedding resources that will help you. You can find great service by doing this and everyone is more apt to work better.
As previously stated, a true wedding needs but a few things to make it complete. The other things that go into the wedding are totally optional. Anything that stresses you out to set up or include in your wedding isn’t worth it. If you’re upset or angry on your wedding day, it can ruin your wedding. If you put the tips in this article to work you will have a wedding which suits everyone, but most importantly you.
Choosing invitations is one of the first things you do once your wedding date is set. Usually the invitations include the wedding’s colors and can be a clue for your guests as to what your theme is. Choose carefully between all options available before you select the invitations you prefer.