Weddings do not always have to be expensive and outlandish, sometimes the best weddings are the simple ones. The couple and their loved ones are what count on a wedding day. Use these tips to make sure you stay focused on what is truly meaningful about your wedding.
Prior to your big day, practice walking down the aisle. Try to do this on location to ensure accuracy. Your walk will flow more smoothly when your special day arrives.
Choose a less popular month to get married if you want to save money. Wedding season runs from May through September. These are the times when wedding venues are most expensive. If you’re going to want to marry in this time period, be sure you’re booking in advance so you can still attract a good deal.
Internet bridal shops have wedding dresses for bargain basement prices, but make sure to order well in advance so that you can get your dress altered before the big day. Keep in mind that sometimes the alterations will cost more than the gown itself. Include the additional cost in your budgeting.
Look for a unique touch with your food such a ethnic theme, a style of cooking or something else to add flair. Chicken and steak are over-served, so why not pick some other foods in your desired cuisine? Variety makes life exciting and will undoubtedly make your dinner unforgettable!
Take the time to carefully consider the most important aspect of the wedding, your future spouse. Don’t make this choice in a hurry. You should consider the things you enjoy in your companion, as well as the things that irritate you.
Look at the portfolios of any makeup artist you are considering for your wedding day. 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. Consider doing a trial run before the big day. You will want to feel comfortable with all parties involved.
Your guests shouldn’t have to hang around while your pictures are taken. Get as many pictures as possible before the ceremony. Even pictures with parents can be shot in advance, reducing the time that guests must wait for you to arrive at your reception.
If you are having a destination wedding, surprise your guests with a basket chock full of goodies delivered to their hotel room. Fill the basket with useful, fun items like a map, camera, sunblock and brochures from local attractions. You may also want to include a guide for the restaurants in the area so they can choose where they prefer to eat.
If you conduct your wedding in a vacation spot, have a basketful of themed goodies delivered to each guest’s room. Some useful items to include might be tourist information, sun hats, sunglasses, disposable cameras, maps of the area, sunscreen, and so on. It would be nice to also include a guide to local restaurants to make it easy for them to eat.
When making wedding dinner seating arrangements, be sure to have even numbers of people at each table. Try grouping tables by age groups so that they can talk about similar things.
If possible, see if your reception venue offers lighting choices. You will probably want to lower the lights for your first dance, but have brighter lights during most of the reception. Inquire about the lighting with the venue, prior to signing any contracts.
Even if you’re sure of the dress you want and have bought it, keep it in the bridal shop prior to getting married. Putting it away in a closet could cause it to become wrinkled or even stained. If you keep it at the shop until the big day, it will ensure it is in pristine condition when you wear it.
When making table assignments for your reception, ensure that even numbers of guests will be at each table. If you group your guests together by age, they will have more in common in terms of conversation topics.
You can turn one of your friends into a “mail-order minister” so that she can officiate the ceremony. This saves you money, and makes your wedding feel more personal. Before committing to this plan, check your local ordinances to make sure that it is not against the law in your area.
Keep your wedding dress at the bridal shop until the big day. This will reduce the chance that it becomes stained or wrinkled. When the big day arrives, your dress will still be in brand new condition.
You can find some talented professionals in your local area to help you have the perfect wedding day by advertising for help on Craigslist. Always have a face-to-face meeting with anyone you hire off of Craigslist prior to giving them any cash.
If you’re serving several courses, offer sweet treats. You can leave sugar roses, thin crackers or any other type of little treats.
If both bride and groom have a love for travelling, then incorporate a wedding theme that includes this passion. Their are artistic ways to make wedding invitations distinct, so that they reflect the couple’s personalities and interests. Prop open a leather vintage suitcase and display family photos, wedding programs and party favors.
Silk flowers offer great alternative for many of the flowers that you would include in your wedding anyways. Silk flowers can be chosen and bought months in advance which will save you time and energy.
For instance, you might want to use a menu of popular and modern fusion dishes. Make the menu unique by adding ethnic desserts, beverages and wedding favors that are edible.
For instance, think about filling a menu with popular choices in a contemporary fusion style. You might even want to consider expanding your culinary options with wedding favors that are ethnically identifiable.
Dress children in comfortable clothes if they are in your ceremony. Select loose, soft, natural fabrics that allow children to move around without any discomfort. New shoes need to be broken in so that they don’t cause pain on the big day. Attention to these details will help the children focus on their part in the wedding instead of fussing with their clothing.
Take the time to plan all aspects of your wedding, including food, seating, schedules and who is responsible for overseeing each of these, so there won’t be unpleasant surprises. You want all your guests to be excited and constantly interacting with what you have planned on your special day.
Don’t neglect to take into account any legal requirement of the location of your destination wedding. Whether it comes down to fees, red tape or residency issues, you need to address all these things first before beginning to book services and hotels.
If your reception does not involve a sit down meal, hire furniture instead of traditional tables. Lounge chairs, sectional sofas and loveseats can be arranged into groupings that encourage your guests to intermingle. Plush seating can also make guests feel more comfortable and relaxed; this also allows you to create separate lounge areas throughout the site.
Hire the photographer who is interested in creating memories as opposed to snapping pictures. Ask the photographer how he sees the day unfolding. Ask how they will capture those precious moments. This will give you a better idea of how they approach work and you will know what to expect from them.
A gift registry is a traditional part of weddings and it can ensure that guests do not have to come bearing cards and gifts that could get mislaid. Gifts should not be mandatory to attend your wedding. Give them a lot of options at a lot of different price points. Your guests should feel welcome no matter what their budget can afford.
Decide upon the matter of inviting children to the wedding early in the planning process. Having children attend can be aggravating, and it can run up your costs. On the other hand, some people might not be able to come if you don’t let their children come with.
Think about whether you want to have children at 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. However, a lot of your guests might not be able to attend because they are unable to find childcare.
Using one credit card, with a liberal rewards program, can be a great way to keep wedding expenses in order and earn a bonus for doing so. This is especially useful if you plan to spend a lot of money on your wedding; why not make the most of it by getting airline miles? Pay for all wedding expenses with the card, and you’ll rack up some nice rewards.
Talk to vendors to get great deals on other services. If you are seeking a great band, ask your wedding photographer. He or she is sure to have some good recommendations. Experienced photographers or others in the wedding business are likely to know great sources for flowers, bands, and other things you will need for your wedding. You may also find that you can get better prices by hiring someone through one of your other wedding vendors, plus they will likely have worked well together before.
Why not use an alternative to wedding flowers if you are on a strict budget? Substitute a ribbon for the flower girl instead of a large wreath. You can bring in silk flowers to the ceremony as well. Using silk flowers not only saves you money, but you are able to keep it forever. You can store them away and use them for another future ceremony.
What bridesmaid or maid of honor wouldn’t be delighted to receive personalized jewelry as a token of your appreciation? This way, each of your bridesmaids will have special memories of your wedding and how much fun they had being a part of this exciting experience.
Don’t have too much money to spend on your wedding? No problem. It is not necessary to run up a big bill to have a great wedding day. You can create a special wedding day by asking family and friends to pitch in with their special talent for creating flower arrangements, foods, wedding favors and other things that your wedding will have.
Instead of shopping for an engagement ring, consider trying something unique. Perhaps using rings that were continually passed down through the generations of either family. This piece of jewelery can be a keepsake that can show you’ve become part of a new family and will also be wearing a beautiful piece of jewelery.
When you are thinking about decorations, especially the flowers, remember your wedding’s location. As an example, over-the-top floral displays are stunning inside but will not last five minutes outside. For venues like the park or the beach, you will need innovative ways to secure the decorations.
You’ll want to take pictures with many different guests at your wedding. With a large guest list and a huge venue, it may be difficult to coordinate posed photographs unless you have set aside a specific time frame for doing so. Speak with your photographer about spending a few hours during the day taking these photographs, and inform the appropriate guests prior to the specified time of where and when they should meet.
Do not allow yourself to be weighed down by obligation to traditions; this is your wedding and should be planned accordingly. 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. That way you can look back on your wedding day with no regrets.
Don’t let your friend be a wedding photographer. A professional knows just what to do to capture all of the special moments of this once in a lifetime event. You want these pictures to last your entire life. A friend won’t catch all the moments you want them to.
As was stated earlier, weddings are about two people and the love they share, not extravagant preparations to “wow” your guests. Your wedding will be beautiful if you have that love. Apply the advice from the article and you will be able to find that the important things in your wedding are the people and not the props.
Lately, more and more men have taken to wearing black tennis shoes in place of fancy dress shoes. These are far more comfortable than leather dress shoes, plus they probably won’t be noticed. Just be sure they are clean and presentable to avoid unwanted attention.