Getting married is usually in the top three memorable events of a person’s life, due to both the excitement and the stress that comes with it. The planning involves so many aspects, like the cake, the venue, and the flowers, that it can overwhelm you sometimes. The advice in the next few paragraphs will help streamline the process of planning your wedding, so you can focus on the enjoyable parts rather than the stress.
Wedding dresses can be very expensive. When shopping for your dress, consider dresses that may not be categorized as a wedding dress. You might find a great bridesmaid dress or simply a classy outfit that you like. Even with some alterations to complete your vision for the dress, it could be less expensive in the end.
Consider getting married outside of wedding season. The wedding season runs from May until September. At this time, it will be more costly to book a venue for your wedding. If you must book during this period, schedule many months in advance to save money.
Have your wedding at a friend’s home. Instead of booking a ballroom, try holding your wedding in a backyard or field instead. You could pay for a cleaning service to come through before and after the wedding and make that the only cost.
In your wedding plans, make sure you consider what types of alcohol you wish to serve, and which ones are most cost effective. If you have an open bar that is available for long intervals of time, the bill can run up really hard really fast. Inquire at your venue what your alcoholic beverage serving options are.
Check out the credentials of the makeup artist you choose. Evaluate the makeup artist’s techniques. Also, ensure that the makeup artist has the ability to do your makeup the way you want it done. Your appearance on your wedding day is important, so you don’t want to regret your decision later.
You can make great use of big box stores, like Costco, when planning your own food service for your wedding day. Shopping wholesale renders significant savings for food. See if your friends can split some of the cost.
If someone you know is willing to be ordained online, they can then preside over your wedding. Doing so allows for individual customization of your personal ceremony, and it can also save you having to spend money on an officiant. Before committing to this plan, check your local ordinances to make sure that it is not against the law in your area.
Keep transportation in mind when planning your wedding. Make sure your guests will have ways to be transported back to wherever they’re staying. Transportation is also helpful for those who have drank too much at your wedding.
If you want to have multiple courses during your meal, give them some sweets and appetizers on every table to keep them busy as serving takes place. Offer sweet sugar roses or flavored crackers.
Always hunt for skilled, experienced photographers prior to making a final choice. You never want a photographer who is unlikely to make you happy in the end. To find reputable photographers near you, browse online review sites or get a personal recommendation from someone you know.
Be sure that children who are appearing in your wedding are dressed in comfortable, well-fitting clothing. Try using soft fabrics that are loose enough to not be uncomfortable. The shoes need to be comfortable, and if they are new, they need to be broken in. 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.
While you are taking your wedding photos, do not let your guests wait. Have pictures of the couple and groomsmen in advance. Additionally, photographs of the bride with her parents and the groom with his parents can be taken before the wedding.
If you plan a destination wedding, consider your guests’ travel arrangements. Some guests may have conflicts with the timing or with the costs of attending. Try to send out save-the-date cards no less than eight months ahead so that your guests can make the necessary plans.
“Destination” wedding guests will appreciate a thoughtful gift of vacation items awaiting them in their rooms. Include items that will be useful, like a tourist map, disposable camera, sunglasses, a hat, and pamphlets from fun places to visit in the area. You could also include flyers and coupons for local restaurants.
Make sure that your wedding theme is cohesive throughout all of your decor elements, even the flowers. Retro and vintage themes should have a bright and colorful palette with showstopping flowers evoking feelings of wistfulness and nostalgia. Bright flowers are ideal for many situations.
Keep your wedding dress at the bridal shop until the big day. Putting it away in a closet could cause it to become wrinkled or even stained. When the big day arrives, your dress will still be in brand new condition.
So that you and your fiance are prepared for the first dance at your wedding, you should both spend some time practicing a dance with you wearing a long skirt. Even if you regularly wear long skirts or suit pants, your future spouse might not be used to dancing with you while you’re in this type of clothing. Your husband might feel clumsy because of the size or puffiness of your dress.
If you choose a wedding cake full of vibrant color that stands out as a focal point in your reception, you can enhance it further by presenting it on top of a fabric swatch coordinated with the cake itself. There are many options that you can choose. These include patterns, solids and fabrics that are heavily textured. You can use silk, velvet or satins to blend the elements together.
To make sure the bride thoroughly enjoys her wedding, you should make sure that everything you’re planning will meet or exceed her expectations. If she’s stressed about planning, and it’s a less than perfect wedding, it can destroy her. A Bridezilla will be on your hands if you do not let her make decisions.
Consider silk flowers for your wedding instead of spending a lot of money on luxurious floral arrangements. You can buy them months ahead of time, if you like, and it will save you the trouble of having to worry about your flowers for the big day.
If you’re wearing a tuxedo at your wedding, take the time to get one that fits well. Get the opinions of others before you decide on the tuxedo of your choice. The tux you wear will represent you in your photographs for many years to come, so choose wisely!
If the couple enjoys traveling, use decorative elements which convey a sense of wanderlust when planning the wedding. For example, you could make your wedding invites or your save-the-date cards look as though they were vintage postcards or travel passes. Prop open a vintage suitcase and display photos, programs, or favors in it.
If you are planning a wedding on a shoestring budget, it is possible! You don’t have to take on debt to have a beautiful wedding day. You can take care of the invitations yourself, design your own favors and arrangements and much more when it comes to both the wedding and reception in order for you to save some money.
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 will not only satisfy both sides of the family, but it will also make for an interesting ceremony.
Consider your wedding location when choosing decorations like floral arrangements. For example, a complicated floral arrangement with many parts will work well at any indoor venue; however, it is probably not the best idea in a windy outdoor venue. You may need certain types of arrangements for flowers depending on whether your wedding is indoors or outdoors.
Have flowers with a cohesive theme. If your theme is specifically vintage or retro for example, you will want the right flowers that will offer the same nostalgic feeling as the rest of your decor. Try pink peonies to inject energy into the room.
Start the wedding preparations early. If you plan a long time before the actual date, you can choose many more venues and other wedding services. You will be able to select service vendors that offer the best service at the best price.
A great way to place live flowers around your wedding without spending an arm and a leg on flowers that will end up in the bin is to use potted plants. There are a number of options for decorative pots, ranging from glazed ceramic to terracotta. Consider adding custom details, such as ribbons or decoupage. The plants can be distributed as gifts for guests, or the bride and groom may choose to take the plants home.
Always be aware of the weather. Know in advance what your plan is in the case of inclement weather. 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.
Designing a wedding that lives up to the bride’s expectations is the best way to ensure that she is thrilled on her wedding day. If she is left to worry about all of the planning, reservations and meals, and the wedding doesn’t live up to what she has been hoping for, it could be a disappointing day for the both of you. In order to prevent your fiancé from being upset, ensure that you run everything by her.
Asking your vendors to recommend other services you may need is a great idea. After finding a good photographer, ask for band recommendations. Once you settle on the band, have them recommend a caterer. These vendors may give you great rates, as well.
Before settling on a videographer, view the quality of the work. Also, find out what kind of editing sound he or she uses. The days of VHS tapes and grainy film are long gone, and you can now choose from digital or DVD formats. Your decisions should be made on these factors, in addition to the first impressions you get of the different videographers.
Open a special savings account for your wedding funds. Creating and adhering to a budget will be a more manageable task if you determine how much money you have to work with. The sooner you open such an account the better, even if a wedding is not yet on the horizon.
It’s quite possible to have a beautiful wedding on a small budget. You do not have to spend money you do not have just to have the perfect wedding. Creating invitations yourself, asking loved ones to contribute and making flower arrangements on your own can lead to massive savings.
A very nice gift for your bridal party is a customized piece of jewelry that connects you to your girls. This will give a lifelong memory to them.
Getting married is something a lot of girls dream about doing their whole lives. Planning the wedding of your dreams can be frustrating and overwhelming if you don’t know how to do it. Hopefully, after you read this guide, you will have an easier time in handling and planning your own wedding and you will be able to breathe a little bit easier.
Have no fear about entrusting tasks of your wedding plan process to others. Because you want your day to be perfect, you will probably want to play the main role in planning the entire wedding from start to finish. It is nonetheless possible to effectively delegate different tasks in a way that allows you to retain creative control over the event; this also allows you to reap the benefits of more experienced vendors.