Many people think about the type of wedding they want. It is a special time to declare your love in front of those you love, but planning it can be difficult. The following ideas can help ensure that you have a seamless wedding planning process.
Consider getting married outside of wedding season. The traditional season for weddings is May through September. Wedding venues are costly during these months. If you need to book during this time, make sure you book far in advance to get the best deal.
Be sure that any reception venue you select has enough space for you to dance. There is nothing worse than being crammed like sardines while the people around you are trying to do the Mashed Potato, so move some tables and chairs to make the extra room you need to get your groove on!
If you decide to cater your own wedding party, go to the big wholesale stores, like Costco. If you shop wholesale, you will be able to purchase your wedding food affordably. You may even ask for help with food costs from family or friends.
Fashionable and luxury-loving brides can choose to embellish their bouquet with a touch of sparkle; think Swarovski crystals, rhinestones, and even a sprinkle of diamonds. You can accomplish this by including some heat-fixed or adhesive crystals, some costume jewelry or an heirloom that is treasured. Consistency is important in regards to stone sizes, cuts and the colors that sparkle, as all this needs to coordinate with your overall ensemble.
Use a friend’s property to host your wedding. If you know anyone with a farm or a large back yard, you can drastically reduce or even eliminate a major wedding cost. The only real cost would be to hire someone to clean beforehand and afterwards.
Instead of choosing an expensive, towering wedding cake, choose several tiers of mini tarts or decadent cupcakes. People love these arrangements because they don’t cost a lot, are versatile, and convenient. Each guest can just grab a cupcake or tart, then put them into special take-out inspired box.
Look to renting diamonds for your special day if you are on a strict budget but still want to have that special look. At a mere fraction of the cost, you can add that perfect touch of glamour to your wardrobe for the big day.
If you are having a destination wedding, why not treat your guests with an indulgent gift basket delivered right to their hotel rooms? Include maps, cameras, hats, disposable cameras, or guides on local attractions that they may want to visit. Another nice gesture is to include a restaurant guide, since people do need to eat after all.
When choosing a makeup artist, ask to see a sample book of makeup the artist has done. Are you comfortable with the makeup they’ve done before? Be absolutely certain that you are happy. You don’t want to wait till the last minute only to find out that you are not pleased with the makeup job they will be doing.
A midday reception may be the perfect way to cut costs at your wedding. During the day, you will see that people are less likely to drink, which can noticeably reduce your costs. Furthermore, lunch receptions are often less expensive than dinner receptions. This allows you to add more to your menu or use the savings elsewhere.
Spend quite a bit of time writing your vows so that they include all the things that are important to your union with your spouse. Realize that both you and your spouse-to-be are about to make the strongest commitment you can and it will require sacrifices of both parties. Of course, the most important thing for vows to convey is your love for your partner.
Even if you picked out and bought your dress, the wedding shop should keep it until your wedding. When you put it in your personal closet, it may get stained or wrinkled. Keeping it at the bridal shop ensures that it will be fresh and pressed for your big day!
If you cannot justify the cost of a thousand-dollar wedding cake, consider contacting a local bakery and inquiring about single-serving portions, like cupcakes or cake pops. Bakeries can offer options, such as sugar free cupcakes or a gluten-free cake, if you want a healthier option or if you have guests with special dietary needs.
If you are going to use a wedding cake with vibrant colors, opt for a coordinating tablecloth. You can also try solids, patterns and heavily-textured fabrics like satin, velvet or silk for more visual interest that helps bring everything together.
Don’t use an overabundance of flowers as table centerpieces for your reception. A lot of times, the flowers may be getting in the guests’ way. In addition, some guests could be allergic to flowers. In order to provide a romantic look, you can place unscented candles centered on the table.
If both bride and groom have a love for travelling, then incorporate a wedding theme that includes this passion. Invitations and save-the-date notices can be made to look like aged or vintage postcards and boarding passes. Vintage luggage, post cards and vacation photos can be part of your wedding decor.
You want to make sure the photographer you hire is experienced by checking them out beforehand. Having your wedding ruined by bad pictures isn’t what you’re aiming for. To find some talented photographers near you, look for reviews online or see if friends or family can recommend anyone.
You could ask from any friend or family member that is capable of carrying your gear. The assistant can help line up family members and round them up for group shots.
When the wedding party is from different backgrounds, flexibility is important when planning the big day. This will help create a memorable wedding that honors both sides of the wedding party’s family traditions.
Always guarantee full control of a lighting system at the venue, particularly the ability to dim or brighten the output. This may seem like a trivial detail, but this will allow a romantic, low-light setting for your first dance, while still retaining the bright lights you desire for the remainder of the evening. Talk to the venue owner about the light settings. Don’t rent a venue that doesn’t have the settings you want.
Let the kids dress comfortably at your ceremony. Select loose, soft, natural fabrics that allow children to move around without any discomfort. Break in new shoes first, and make sure they are comfortable. Making sure that the shoes aren’t bothersome will let the children focus on their job in the wedding, and they won’t be messing with their outfit.
If you are going to use a wedding cake with vibrant colors, opt for a coordinating tablecloth. The right piece of fabric can create a stunning display that makes the cake stand out even more. You can select from a variety of fabrics, including velvet, satin or silk. Likewise, you can choose a solid color or go with something textured or patterned.
If you plan on giving a wedding speech, plan it and practice enough. If you don’t practice your speech beforehand, you run the risk of forgetting your speech, saying something you didn’t intend to say, or losing the audience.
If the couple has two diverse backgrounds, try honoring both of their traditions. One background can have traditional dishes, decor, or traditions at the reception, and the other can have their traditions be a part of the actual wedding. Both families will be happy when each person’s culture is taken into consideration.
Before meeting a wedding planner for the first time, do your homework. Consider creating a scrap book of appealing fabric swatches and wedding images that represent the look that you are going for. Anything that is special to you, such as items from magazines, can be used to convey your ideas to the planner.
If you are going to have kids in your ceremony, dress them in clothing that is comfortable. Favor soft fabrics, and avoid dressing children in clothes that are too tight to fit comfortably. You also need to give children a chance to get used to new shoes. Whether shoes are old or new, your children need to be comfortable in them during the wedding. By doing this, the children will be less inclined to fuss with their outfits, and more likely to partake happily in whatever roles have been assigned to them.
Create a list of what you want to have at your wedding, ranking items by importance. For example, some may feel that great food is more important than having a DJ or dance floor. This will help you put your priorities first on your budget and the optional things can be worked out if the budget allows.
If you aren’t planning a reception meal, choose comfortable furniture for seating instead of tables and chairs. Luxury chaises, lounges and plush sectional seating can encourage your guests to interact with each other. Plush seating is also conductive to a relaxing time, and is comfortable for those with mobility issues. You can also use your furniture to customize your space.
Find a wedding day photographer who is able to capture memories. When selecting a photographer, be sure to ask them how their wedding days typically go. Ask about the flow of the day. You will want to match styles with the photographer of your choice.
Before you dance at your wedding with your husband-to-be, make sure that you both have practiced while you are wearing a long dress or skirt beforehand. You personally may be fine moving in a longer dress, but your fiancee may be very happy for the practice. This will ease any awkwardness that he might be feeling, especially if your wedding dress is puffy on the bottom.
A great way to save money on your wedding is by using other alternatives to flower arrangements. Use a ribbon in place the wreath for the flower girl. Decorating with silk flowers will help you save money too. Silk flowers last forever and cost much less than the fresh alternative. You can move it from place to place and even use it from your ceremony to your wedding reception.
Use flowers that are different heights when decorating centerpieces. Use tall vases for flowers with longer stems and more compact heads. Surround the tall flowers with short, stocky flowers. The full flowers should be a lighter color than the tall flowers.
They may have all kinds of ideas about how you should orchestrate your wedding, but remember that this day is to celebrate you and your soon-to-be spouse. Appreciate their enthusiasm, but let them know that things are being done the way that you want them to be done. That way, you won’t have any regrets about how the wedding day goes.
Decide upon the matter of inviting children to the wedding early in the planning process. Many times you can save money by not inviting children to the wedding. You may find that some guests will not be able to make it because of no one to watch their children.
When planning a wedding, be sure to consider the weather. Guests will not appreciate a hot and sticky outdoor wedding and most likely won’t want to stick around to socialize and celebrate with you. They also may not have a good experience if it is very cold out and you plan a winter celebration. You can make little accommodations in order to improve your guests’ comfort, such as including small fans for them during a scorching summer wedding.
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. Sound quality and video editing are just as important as capturing the shot. You should always ask for not only a digital recording but also a hard copy on Blu Ray or DVD. You are spending a lot on this service and hard copies should not be something you do on your own. Base your decision on these things and your own personal feelings about the videographers you talk to.
Talk to vendors to gain recommendations for additional services that will be needed. If you love a photographer, see if they can give you the name of a band. Likewise, the band members may know other wedding resources that will help you. Not only will you find quality individuals this way, the vendors will probably all work better together if they like one another.
Whilst you may feel guilty for not following family traditions or recommendations, you need to remember that your wedding day is yours, not theirs. Let your family know that you appreciate their support and input, but kindly and firmly tell them that the final decisions will be made by you and the person you’ll be marrying. Remember that your wedding day is for you and your new spouse and stick to the things that you both want and there won’t be any regrets about it later.
It is okay to let some of the responsibility of planning your wedding rest on someone else’s shoulders. Because a wedding is such a personal expression of your love and personalities, it is easy to get carried away with all of the details. However, there may be a point when you are in over your head, and in such cases, it is important to recognize that it might be better to trust a more qualified professional to do the job properly.
There may be a lot involved with planning for a wedding, but the payoff is huge. This is one of the biggest celebrations you’ll have in your life, so you must make sure you have fun and enjoyment. The tips provided will help to ensure your wedding is a wonderful affair.
For a more traditional experience, skip the engagement ring. Perhaps you could use a ring that has been in the family for generations. Using a sentimental piece of jewelry like this, will truly welcome your significant other into the family. And they will have something antique and cherished that will have special emotions attached to it.