One of the best and most memorable couple moments you will ever have is when you get engaged. But, when it comes down to planning and preparing for the perfect nuptials, stress and chaos can abound. If you want to make your wedding planning as much fun as the actual wedding will be, follow these ideas.
Religion is an important element of your wedding and married life. You should talk about religion not only with your fiance but his family as well, to build understanding between you.
You can save money by choosing an off season wedding date. Traditionally, weddings take place between May and September. It is at this time that wedding venues will cost the most. If you want to book your wedding at those times, make sure you are booking far enough in advance so you get a great deal.
It is important to practice walking down the aisle as often as possible before the ceremony. This absolutely needs to be done where the event is taking place with the exact footwear you plan on wearing on the big day. It can also better the flow when the actual wedding takes place.
One thing you need to think about during the wedding planning process is what alcohol will be served, and how much you want to spend on it. If there’s a bar that’s open, it can be expensive, especially the longer it’s open. With only a quick question, your venue should be able to provide you with their alcohol serving options.
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. It is perfectly possible to purchase a gown for a few hundred dollars and have it altered for as little as $200. Figure in this additional cost while making your budget.
Wedding dresses can be very expensive. You might want to consider a dress which is not categorized specifically for the bride. You could get a bridesmaid’s dress, and it would be just a fraction of the cost. Even with some alterations to complete your vision for the dress, it could be less expensive in the end.
Try using the property of a loved one for the wedding venue. If someone you know has a large yard or farm, you can get rid of a big wedding expense. Offer to pay a person to do the clean-up before and after the wedding, which would be the only cost for you.
Your wedding photos will contain the memories of a lifetime. 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.
You may want to utilize ethnic dishes for a unique reception. The standard is usually steak or chicken, so consider standing out with something different. Variety is important and will make the dinner memorable.
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. The last thing you need is to pass out as the vows are being given. You would do better to choose a dress that has a corset back, as this allows you to adjust the fit with out the need for tailoring.
Look to renting diamonds for your special day if you are on a strict budget but still want to have that special look. Renting earrings or a glamorous necklace can complete your look but will not leave your pockets empty.
When it comes to the decor of your wedding, spice things up with small, but meaningful decorative items. Take the ribbon you use in a bouquet for instance, and use the same ribbon for table centerpieces, your hair or your gown. Your wedding will be perfect when you add in the small details.
Ask local boutiques about having small, individual portions of cake for the guests as your wedding. Some specialty bakeries also ship fresh, low-cal cupcakes and healthy fare, like gluten-free options if you so desire.
When you choose a makeup artist to help you with your wedding, you definitely want to check out prior work. Ensure you like their style of makeup. Be sure they can create the look you want. Don’t be one of those people who is stuck with makeup they don’t like an hour before they walk down the aisle.
Don’t use an overabundance of flowers as table centerpieces for your reception. Often, flowers just get in your guests’ way. An additional possibility to consider is that a number of your reception guests may suffer from allergies. Think about putting non-scented candles out to create a romantic atmosphere.
While you should always let your DJ know what songs you want played for your reception, it is just as important to alert him to any songs you do not like or want played. Maybe you like metal, country, or have a great song that reminds you of someone from the past. Make sure your partner knows about this too.
Choose sweet cupcakes or miniature tarts in tiers over a bulky expensive cake tower. Many people like these sorts of arrangements because they are convenient, versatile and affordable. Instead of eating cake off a paper napkin, you can give your guests the option to nab a sweet treat on the way out. A decorative container, such as a takeout box, is far more convenient.
You may want to consider getting silk flowers for your wedding. You can buy your silk flowers well in advance of the wedding whereas fresh flowers have to be selected, arranged and delivered on the wedding day, which can be more stressful and problematic.
Keep in mind all things when considering a venue for your receptions, like having adequate dance floor space. You want to have ample room for everyone to get down, so if the dance floor of your favorite venue is lacking at least make sure that you can add some size by moving nearby tables and chairs.
If the bride and groom share a fondness for travel, look for decorative elements that convey a shared sense of wanderlust. It’s possible to fashion wedding invitations and notices such that they look like old-fashioned postcards or train passes. A classic leather suitcase may be kept open to show family photos, wedding programs or favors.
For any stylish and fashion forward bride, there is always the option to add some flare to a bouquet with a splash of diamonds, rhinestones or Swarovski crystals. All this requires is some heat-fixed crystals or adhesive, small costume jewelry pieces, or an heirloom piece. Make sure you stay consistent with these decorations in cut, color and dimensions so it goes well with what you are going to wear.
Think about your guests if you are having a destination wedding. You do not want to give your guests extra anxiety. Send out your save the date and invitation cards at least six to eight months ahead of time to allow your guests the most time possible to make preparations.
Make sure the lights at the venue are on a dimmer switch. This might seem like a trivial detail, but you want to be able to lower the light for your first romantic dance as a married couple and increase the lighting for other moments of the reception. Inquire about the lighting with the venue, prior to signing any contracts.
You always want to do a lot of research before actually booking your destination wedding. Things such as residency requirements, blood tests and fees should be addressed before you book your venue.
If the culture of the bride’s and groom’s family are very different, plan the wedding ceremony in the tradition of one side and follow the traditions of the other side at the reception. This solution creates a contrast that will honor the traditions of both families.
One affordable alternative to elaborate floral arrangements is placing multiple potted plants of varying sizes throughout the ceremony and reception sites. You can choose pots with colorful glazes or add a little pizzazz to plain terracotta pots with decoupage, ribbons, or creative paint applications. With the potted plants, you can either take them home for yourself, or you can go ahead and let guests take them home as wedding gifts.
Though the groom is important also, it’s well-known that the reception should be as close to the bride’s dreams as possible; making this a day she will never forget. If she feels it’s her responsibility to undertake the planning and worry about a below par celebration, it will ruin her entire day. Secretly, the bride runs every wedding behind the scenes and you should allow her to do so, because it could be the difference between a happy wife or a bridezilla!
A common wedding tradition is having a gift registry. Make sure your guests know that they don’t have to bring a large gift if they’re unable to. Give them multiple options for gifts and a very wide price range. Your guests should be comfortable bringing gifts they can afford.
You want to have all dresses planned out ahead of time and communicated to the respective participants. In this way, you can let them know exactly what they are in for before they accept your invitation to participate. You want what you decide to be affordable and to match your theme appropriately. This will ensure a great wedding day free from hurt feelings and misunderstandings.
Choose group activities to fill your special day with fun. You do not want all of your guests simply biding their time until the wedding is complete. Organize contests, games or even sports. Your guests will have fonder memories of your special day if it is an event filled with fun and entertaining interactive activities.
Write your wedding vows. It can be easier to just copy other vows, but only you and your spouse know what your future may hold. Doing so adds a personal touch to your big day. You can draw inspiration from many places, but making it your own will add a special touch.
Write your own vows for the wedding. You can always find good sources that you can copy, but you know your spouse the best and can personalize your vows to be more meaningful. Those words help create a memorable bond for your special day. Draw on inspiration when looking at sources, but put things into your own words and speak from the heart.
Wedding music providers should be researched prior to hiring. Get references and never be afraid to contact them. Once you make a decision, you want to make sure the date is well known, and that a contract is signed to confirm the agreement. This will help that there is great music on the day of the wedding.
One big expense in a wedding is using fresh flowers in all of the traditional ways. A flower girl does not need a large flower wreath. You can also use silk flowers instead of decorating with real ones. It will save you money and you can keep them. You can store them away and use them for another future ceremony.
Anyone who is willing to use these guidelines is sure to enjoy a smoother, more hassle-free planning process. A couple that can make a wedding happen without arguing are probably on the road to a happy marriage. These tips should help couples have a great wedding and enjoy their married life together.
Get started as soon as you can planning the wedding. If your wedding is well into the future, you have more choices in venues and services. You will be able to find vendors that will meet your needs as well as your budget.