Should you be lucky enough, you will marry the right person and spend the rest of your life with that person. You want your wedding planning to be as serious as your love for each other. Use the following tips to help you create a beautiful, memorable wedding.
Take into consideration that you will want to address the topic of religion since it will be a part of your wedding day and the life you’re building together. Make time to talk to your fiance and their family about their religion.
To make your wedding more personal, include a theme that encompasses you, your future spouse, and the things that are most important to your relationship. Select a theme that represents the time that you have spent with each other.
For a more affordable wedding, consider setting a date outside the traditional season for weddings. Traditional wedding season is from May to September. Wedding venues are usually more expensive during this time. Your best bet is to book your venue as soon as possible to secure the best possible price.
Have your wedding on the property of friends or family. Using someone else’s property can free a huge expense from off your plate and allow you to allocate funds elsewhere. Offer to pay someone to come in ahead of time and after the event to do the cleaning for them, but that should be your only cost.
You can save a lot of money by purchasing your wedding gown online. However, remember to give yourself plenty of time for alterations. Keep in mind that sometimes the alterations will cost more than the gown itself. Figure in this additional cost while making your budget.
The most important thing to consider when you get married is obviously the person you marry. This is a huge commitment, and rushing into things for the sake of being married may be catastrophic. Make a detailed list of the things that endear this human to you, and likewise the things that you may not appreciate so much.
Your wedding photos will contain the memories of a lifetime. Have someone highly experienced help you with the pictures if you have the money to afford it. It will be important later in life.
You don’t need a big, expensive, flashy wedding cake. Talk to your local bakery owner about something smaller, or pre-cut into individual portions. Many bakeries can provide wedding cupcakes that come in at 100 calories or less per serving. Other healthier options include gluten-free pastries, no-calorie sweeteners, and icing alternatives, such as meringue or fruit spreads.
The most critical factor to keep in mind when you are getting married is of course the person you are marrying! Don’t rush into this decision. Take care to consider the person’s characteristics–both the things that you love about them and the aspects that are challenging.
Don’t go overboard on decorating tables with flowers. Most of the time, the flowers are just in the way of your guests. There might be a few of your guests that are also allergic to flowers. Instead, you could place candles (non-scented) on the table tops to add a romantic feel to the reception.
As the bride, you may feel stressed before the big day. Treat your skin right with a great skincare routine. Asking about a bridal spa treatment that contains skin soothing ingredients such as oatmeal proteins, sea salt and rose.
Before choosing a photographer for your wedding day, browse around for ones with the most skill and experience. Having a photographer take pictures you do not like would be a shame. Ask for recommendations and read reviews online when choosing a photographer.
Don’t use an overabundance of flowers as table centerpieces for your reception. Frequently, these flowers are a nuisance to your guests, since they get in the way. Make sure to keep in mind that some guests may have flower allergies. In order to provide a romantic look, you can place unscented candles centered on the table.
Those brides that are lovers of fashion and luxury can have bouquets embellished with rhinestones, diamonds, or Swarovski crystals. Doing this isn’t difficult. It works with adhesive crystals, costume jewelry, and expensive antique jewelry. To create a cohesive look, be sure that the colors, cut, and the size of any stones you use match or compliment each other.
When you are planning your reception set the time for the afternoon hours. Your bar tab will be significantly less as people drink less in daylight. It will also be cheaper if you have a lunch time reception and you can have better food or use the money saved to invest in your honeymoon!
Consider asking someone you know to become ordained and preside over your wedding. They can do so online. Your ceremony will be less formal, and you will save money. First, make sure your area allows this to happen.
When you plan out tables at the wedding, be sure that there’s even numbers of guests sitting at them. Also group the tables by age, this will give people things they can talk about.
For couples who enjoy the jet-setting lifestyle, incorporate thematic decorations that convey a love for travel. Save-the-date notices and invitations are available in styles that resemble passports, boarding passes or vintage postcards. Prop open a leather vintage suitcase and display family photos, wedding programs and party favors.
If your reception does not involve a sit down meal, hire furniture instead of traditional tables. Items such as chaise lounges, or lounge chairs can help your guests to interact more easily. You can create special lounge areas with plush seating throughout the venue to make guest feel comfortable and special.
If you are going to be giving a wedding speech, make sure that you practice and plan appropriately. You need to carefully plan out what you want to say, and then rehearse it in front of someone who can give you honest feedback. Otherwise, you may end up with egg on your face.
Do some homework on wedding planning before meeting with a planner. Take notes from different designers or stylists that have look books or mood boards that show swatches of fabric, images or other things that give your planner an idea of what you want. You can even clip articles, photos, and song lyrics in order convey your vision to the wedding planner.
No matter what type of reception you want, keep your caterer informed; for example, if you want an outdoor reception, help your caterer understand that. The food you serve will need to be kept at certain temperatures to be safe, or will need to be shielded from wind and flying debris. One way that these weather issues can be dealt with is to use sturdy covers for the food. If you feel a need to have cold drinks present, a mini refrigerator should work nicely.
Don’t neglect to take into account any legal requirement of the location of your destination wedding. 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.
Hire a professional photographer who will capture memories for you. Discuss your photographer’s vision of the day with him or her. Ask how they will capture those precious moments. You should know their style to make sure you get what you want.
The aesthetic of your big day should include all aspects of your wedding, even the flowers. If it is a vintage theme, you will want a colorful palate of flowers that hit on the nostalgia of the theme. Try pink peonies or bright daisies to spice things up.
Write your own wedding vows. You can, of course, say the traditional words, but make it special. Write in things that have special meaning. You can gather inspiration from other sources; however, make them your own.
You can have beautiful arrangements on a budget by opting to place potted plants throughout your ceremony and at reception sites, instead of ordering expensive floral arrangements. You can purchase colorful pots or decorate plain pots yourself. When the wedding is over, the guests can then take those plants home with them as a favor and have a constant reminder of the new couple.
You always want to do your homework about any vendors you will be hiring for your wedding and that is especially true when it comes to the music. Check references before you hire. After you have made a decision, get a signed contract with the band or DJ. These steps are necessary to ensure that music will not be the cause of a ruined wedding day.
Your floral arrangements will be more interesting if you select flowers in varying heights. Use vases that are tall for long stem flowers. Surround those vases with more voluminous flowers that are shorter, like sweet peas and peonies. The tall flowers should be in dark colors, and the short flowers should be light.
Talk to vendors to get great deals on other services. For example, your photographer may know the perfect band for your wedding. Ask the band that you are hiring to recommend a different service. You can find the best wedding professionals in this way, and it also makes for a smooth cooperative relationship on the wedding day.
To look sharp as the groom, ensure you have a well-fitting tuxedo. Get the opinions of others before you decide on the tuxedo of your choice. You want your wedding pictures to memorialize you and your bride looking your best.
A bride should not forget to practice her smile while looking in the mirror. This helps you prepare for a perfect smile for pictures. With just a bit of practice, you’ll get the desired look.
You should definitely consider writing your wedding vows yourself. While it may be easier to copy from a different source remember that no one knows your future spouse better than you. Self-created vows create deeper feeling and meaning for your wedding, and shows your partner how much they matter. Use some inspiration from elsewhere, but write them from the heart.
If you are the bride, your mother and your bridesmaids who plan on helping you get your gown on should be ready themselves well in advance, so they have time to assist you. Right before the ceremony, you need to be the focus. Keep in mind that if there are other distractions then the attention isn’t going to be on you.
Be sure to select your videographer with care. Begin early and interview several. Remember that the editing and sound quality are especially important. People used to get great VHS tapes of a wedding, but these days you’ll want a digital video or DVD that will last you quite a while. Look for a videographer who meets all technical requirements. Beyond that, listen to your heart.
Have an account set aside for the wedding only. If you have a set amount of money to work with, you are going to have an easier time sticking to the budget. If you don’t have a marriage date set for yourself, consider starting an account to save money for your wedding for the future.
When looking for music for your wedding, be sure to research the DJ or band that you are considering using. Require references before you hire them. When you make your choice, it is important they know of the wedding date and that you both sign the contract. This is important, as you want the music for your wedding to be perfect.
A wedding should represent the love that you have for your husband or wife. So use these tips to help you plan a wedding that is uniquely yours.
Your family or future in-laws may be stodgy traditionalists, but if they make demands, tell them to pound sand. Thank them for their concern and affection but firmly remind them that you and your spouse ultimately make the decisions. This way, your wedding day will have good memories for you, and not one filled with regrets on things you wish you had done.