Wedding planning is full of challenges, whether it is your own, or the wedding of someone that you love. You have a lot of options when it comes to planning a wedding. Read on for some advice about what to do to make it truly memorable.
Consider your different options to find the right type of alcohol for your wedding. Keeping an open bar doesn’t come cheap, but keeping it open for an extended time can be even more costly. With only a quick question, your venue should be able to provide you with their alcohol serving options.
The most important thing to consider when you get married is obviously the person you marry. You should never rush into a marriage just because others are pushing your or because you are caught up in wedding planning. Take care to consider the person’s characteristics–both the things that you love about them and the aspects that are challenging.
Use food that has an ethnic theme for the reception. Choose a variety of dishes to add flair and flavor to your reception. Variety is the spice of life and it is sure to make your wedding dinner something to remember!
Don’t forget the small stuff when decorating. You could use the same ribbon from your bouquet as you do on your floral centerpieces or veil. When you show small details, it lets others know you have put in lots of effort.
When selecting a makeup artist for your wedding, be sure to see the makeup that they have done in the past. Are you comfortable with the makeup they’ve done before? Be sure they can create the look you want. It would be terrible to have the artist do your makeup only to realize you are unhappy with it.
Take your time when writing vows, and spend as much time as you need to write something meaningful. The vows should reflect the fact that marriage is not easy and will require sacrifice on the part of both partners. Make sure your vows truly reflect your feelings for your spouse.
Make sure you view examples of work from any makeup artist you’re considering hiring. Are you impressed with their style? Make sure that the style matches your vision. You don’t want to be stuck with a bad makeup artist.
Flowers are great, but don’t place too many of them on your tables or they can become tacky. Oftentimes, those flowers are simply in the way for your wedding attendees. An additional possibility to consider is that a number of your reception guests may suffer from allergies. Try putting some scent free candles on your wedding tables.
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. A variety of healthy alternatives are available for a wedding cake that won’t cause sugar shock.
If you want to dance during the reception, make sure there is enough room! It can be a horrible experience to feel crammed while everyone around you is trying to dance; move chairs and tables out of the way to give everyone some extra breathing space.
Place a full length mirror at that head of the aisle and practice walking toward it. This will help insure a trip-free wedding day. Find attractive flats if you find the walk difficult. Not falling beats wearing sexy shoes.
Those brides that are lovers of fashion and luxury can have bouquets embellished with rhinestones, diamonds, or Swarovski crystals. This can be done with the addition of adhesive or thermally attached crystals, smaller pieces of costume jewelry and maybe even a cherished heirloom. To create a cohesive look, be sure that the colors, cut, and the size of any stones you use match or compliment each other.
Perhaps enlist the help of a friend to help you to carry all your camera gear around. They may be able to help you as you gather the family for a group shot.
This person might be a dedicated friend or family member; he or she will be tasked with toting your gear. They may be able to help you as you gather the family for a group shot.
Even if you picked out and bought your dress, the wedding shop should keep it until your wedding. If it goes into your closet, wrinkles or stains may occur. Keeping it safely at the shop will ensure that it is in pristine condition and ready for your wedding day.
Have a mid-afternoon wedding reception. Three or four o’clock is ideal. 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. Also, dinner receptions tend to be more expensive than lunch receptions, and you’ll be able to spend your savings on something else.
If it possible for you to afford it, consider having your wedding on a cruise and invite only your closest family and friends. If you do this, you can start your honeymoon immediately after the ceremony ends. Some cruises have specific rates for couples who get married and honeymoon on their ship.
If one of your friends or relatives becomes ordained over the Internet, he or she can preside over your wedding ceremony. This gives your wedding ceremony a personal touch, while also saving you money as you now do not have to hire an officiant. But do not mar this important day by breaking the law; verify that it is permitted in your region.
If the groom and bride come from different cultural backgrounds, embrace each background by incorporating the traditions of both in the wedding and reception. This will satisfy the family traditions of both the groom and bride’s family.
For couples that enjoy traveling, look for wedding items and decorations that reflect this interest. Place cards or invitations can be designed in the style of a bus ticket or postcard. A vintage leather suitcase can be propped open to display wedding programs, family photos, or favors.
Dress any children attending your ceremony in comfortable attire. Stick to soft fabrics that fit just loosely enough to not cause discomfort. It’s important that any shoes they wear are comfortable, which means new shoes, will need to be broken in. Attention to this detail will give the children a chance to focus on their role in the wedding as opposed to fidgeting with their outfit.
A nice menu combining contemporary with fusion dishes may be just what you need. You might even want to consider expanding your culinary options with wedding favors that are ethnically identifiable.
If you plan on making a wedding speech or giving a toast, you should practice beforehand. If you do not plan your speech, you may cause the audience to stop paying attention, or you just might get stage fright.
Create a list of what you want to have at your wedding, ranking items by importance. Many people feel that flowers are a higher priority than the wedding cake or the guest list isn’t as important as the venue. Making the lists will allow you to establish a budget. Once you know how much you have to spend, you will be able to set a specific amount of money to each item on the list and be able to stay within your designated budget.
If you are planning a destination wedding, be sure to know the legal requirements for getting married in that location. Before you start making travel arrangements and booking accommodations, be sure all the nuts and bolts (e.g. license fees, residency requirements, etc.) are attended to.
Gift registries are part of a wedding. Your guests will appreciate knowing that a gift is not a requirement. Offer suggestions that span a wide array of price points. Times are tough no matter what the occasion and your guests will feel better knowing they aren’t being pressured to gift more than their budget may allow.
Make sure the theme of your wedding extends to all decor, including the flowers you choose. Retro and vintage themes containing bright colors require robust, wistful flowers that give the feeling of nostalgia. You can use pink and yellow peonies, bright daisies, or red poppies.
You want your photographer to capture your event perfectly. When you are interviewing your photographer, ask questions about how they see the day going. Question their process for shooting weddings. You ought to know what style they have and if your wishes will be fulfilled.
Do some functions as a group on your wedding day. It is unfair to expect your friends, or even your family members, to stand around bored to tears on this important day. You can plan any number of fun games, from wedding couple trivia to musical chairs. The more fun your guests have, the better the entire event will be for everyone.
It is important to think about whether you want children attending your wedding. Unless they are in the wedding or close family, children are usually better off not attending because they are usually bored, disruptive and add extra expense. But be aware that some parents may not have access to a babysitter so you could offer names of available babysitters to out of town guests.
As you audition various videographers to film your wedding and reception, compare several vendors. Always request a portfolio, or ask to see an online gallery of previous clients. Be sure that sound editing is something to which you pay real attention as well. Many couples use to have their wedding put on a VHS tape, but these days, DVDs are the common choice. Use these things, along with your gut, to make the final decision of whom to hire.
Plan group activities for those who are sharing your special day. You do not want your family and friends bored to death while waiting for your wedding to end. You can plan any number of fun games, from wedding couple trivia to musical chairs. If you set up activities for guests to participate in, your wedding reception will be more fun for everybody. Your guests may even make new friends by playing games together, and everyone will be talking about your wedding for weeks to come.
If you are planning a wedding on a shoestring budget, it is possible! A wedding should not put you into serious debt. There are many things like invitations, favors or floral arrangements that can be made as opposed to bought. You can look to family and friends to assist you and you can look for a venue that will allow for both a ceremony and reception in one place.
The groom must always make sure, prior to the wedding, that he has a tuxedo that fits properly. Get other people’s opinions when you are attempting to choose a tuxedo. You should strive to look your best, since your wedding pictures be around forever.
Plan out the wedding far in advance. You may think that planning a year in advance is silly, but if you put it off, you may find the venues you want are already booked on the date you want to get married. The sooner you start planning, the more choices you will have.
Brides-to-be should practice smiling in front of mirrors. This will guarantee the desired smile on your wedding pictures. Looking back at your wedding photos, you’ll be happy for all that practice time with the mirror.
Write your vows yourself. While it may be easier to copy from a different source remember that no one knows your future spouse better than you. Writing your vows will make your future spouse feel more special and will make your wedding more meaningful and romantic. This will help your event become very happy and emotional.
Many brides go tanning before their big day, but this can lead to problems sometimes. Nothing would look worse on your big day than having tan lines from your bikini top showing on an open back dress.
When planning the floral decorations of your wedding, consider where the venue is. Delicate arrangements and decorations might be damaged by winds or bad weather. You may also need special supplies to decorate for an outdoor wedding.
The invitations should serve to tie together the wedding theme, colors and details such as the date and time. Custom invitations usually include the wedding colors and graphics that reflect the theme of the wedding. Check out a variety of invitation types before settling on one.
With a familiarity with the basics of wedding planning, you’re now ready to strike out on your own and use this knowledge to build a custom wedding experience. These tips will help you have a wedding day that is less stressful, and allow you to enjoy the special day with a minimum of problems.
Plan for extra time between the wedding and reception. Weddings usually run late. Receptions are usually timed and you will pay for the time you booked, even if no one is there yet. Your reception usually has a set time. If you run late, you will be paying for it in most cases.