Unfortunately, many get stressed and overwhelmed planning what should be one of the most important events of their life. Don’t let wedding stress destroy your excitement and joy. Follow the tips below to make wedding planning easier, and ensure you have the wedding you’ve always envisioned.
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. Religious beliefs or the lack of religion should be discussed well before marriage.
It is likely that religious matters will come up from time to time during the course of your marriage. Make sure you understand everything about your fiance’s religion and what the expectations concerning religion will be in your marriage. Talk with the extended family as well.
Prior to your big day, practice walking down the aisle. This needs to be done where the wedding is going to be held so that you’re familiar with the specific area and flooring as well as how your shoes react. This will help to improve your flow when the big day comes.
You can save quite a bit of money by purchasing your wedding dress over the Internet, but make sure to factor in shipping and alteration time when planning when to order. You want to make sure that you think about other expenses that you might not commonly think of, like having the wedding gown altered, which can cost extra money. Include the additional cost in your budgeting.
Set a date outside of the wedding season. That may means having a wedding in a less popular month or on a weekday, but the savings can be significant. During the wedding season, venues are generally more expensive. If it is imperative that your wedding be at this time, be sure to make your reservations far ahead of the date.
When you’re planning on who to give the speeches at your wedding, have them rehearse the things they would say in front of you so you can determine if everything they say will be appropriate. There are a lot of different age groups at a wedding. This makes some jokes told by the younger crowd inappropriate to older people.
Going online to purchase your wedding dress can save you a small fortune. However, you should make sure that you order it well before the big day in order to allow time for any alterations to be carried out should they be needed. You want to make sure that you think about other expenses that you might not commonly think of, like having the wedding gown altered, which can cost extra money. Include this additional cost when you plan for your budget.
Do not go on a crash diet to fit in the dress. Like a mixed martial arts fighter preparing for a fight, you will end up dehydrated and light-headed if you try to rush losing weight. Fainting is a distinct possibility, and you don’t want that to happen to you! Rather, get a dress with an integrated corset so that it can be easily adjusted.
Personalize your wedding by including unique touches that express the essence and interests of you and your new spouse. Find a theme or topic that reflects your time as a couple.
Make sure that transportation is taken care of at your wedding. If you have people who need to get home after the reception, have taxis ready to bring them. This helps those who have drank too much.
The pictures that are taken at your wedding are very important as you will look at these for the rest of your life. Choose the best photographer you can, even if it costs you extra. You want to be sure that your wedding will be remembered fondly.
Do your research when it comes to your photographer. Having your wedding ruined by bad pictures isn’t what you’re aiming for. It is smart to look online for user reviews of photographers or seek personal recommendations from those you trust.
You can use the property of someone you know for your wedding. You might know someone with farm or large piece of real estate, which will alleviate one major cost for the wedding. Try paying someone to come out in advance and after your event to clean the place for the only location-based cost.
For a destination wedding, one wonderful present for your guests is a basket brimming with vacation goodies delivered to each room. Some useful items to include might be tourist information, sun hats, sunglasses, disposable cameras, maps of the area, sunscreen, and so on. You may want to include a food guide to some local restaurants so that they can eat.
Serve ethnic food at your wedding if you want to spice it up. Chicken and steak are a little boring, so how about going for a variety? Variety is important and you want everyone to remember your wedding dinner.
If you are on a budget, consider scheduling your reception for around lunchtime. Most people will make plans after the reception, which minimizes the amount your guests may drink. Lunch receptions are often cheaper and will allow you to use more money toward other needs for the wedding.
Practice your walk for the aisle when you’re standing by a mirror so that you can be sure of how to walk right, especially when you want to wear heels. If you have difficulty walking in heels, opt for a pair of ballerina flats. Having less than sexy footwear is an easy trade-off for not falling on your derriere!
Even if you’ve already chosen and bought your dress, it’s wise to leave it in the bridal store until the day of your wedding. If you keep it in a closet, you run the risk of wrinkles or stains. It will stay fresh and unwrinkled at the store.
Send each guest an online itinerary, so that they know exactly when and where every important event will be. Maintain an updated lists of all events, such as the rehearsal or a pre-wedding dinner, so your guests know exactly where they will be at all times.
Getting a relative or friend ordained online can give him authority to officiate the wedding ceremony. This will not only save you money by not having to pay for an officiant, but will also make your wedding very special. Before finalizing your plans though, check local regulations to make sure that this will be legitimate in your area.
Keep your guests happy while waiting for food by giving them a tray of sweets. Offer sweet sugar roses or flavored crackers.
Silk flowers are a great alternative to some of the different types of flowers that you can purchase for your wedding. You don’t have to purchase these fresh so you can buy them months ahead, and you don’t have to be concerned with huge floral arrangements.
If the couple getting married has a strong love for travel, try to incorporate design elements that reflect this in the planning and decoration process. Save-the-date notices and invitations are available in styles that resemble passports, boarding passes or vintage postcards. Prop open a vintage suitcase and display photos, programs, or favors in it.
Big centerpieces are overpriced and overrated, often taking more from table conversation than they add to it. Even though ornate centerpieces are very pretty, there is beauty in simple designs as well. Smaller centerpieces allow your guests to converse and interact without something blocking their view.
If you will not be serving a meal at your reception, consider ditching the tables and renting comfortable lounge furniture instead. Lounge chairs, chaises and comfortable sectional pieces will help encourage interaction between your guests. These plush seats give your guests a comfortable place to relax, while also creating separate areas throughout the venue where people can lounge around.
For instance, you might want to use a menu of popular and modern fusion dishes. You might even want to consider expanding your culinary options with wedding favors that are ethnically identifiable.
Tell your caterer if you plan on having an outdoor reception. Various foods will need to be judged for their ability to withstand outdoor conditions, such as wind, heat or cold. You may want to cover foods with decorative coverings. If necessary, have a small fridge to keep drinks cold.
It is important that every part of your wedding is well planned, from the food that shall be served to the specifics of the reception. You wedding day should be special to those in attendance.
Prior to deciding on a destination wedding, be sure you know of the laws of the location. You will need to address all of these legal issues beforehand.
If you want to get married outdoors, make sure you have a backup plan. You could for instance rent some tents, or choose a venue with a park and a hall. Planks can also be installed to prevent your guests from getting mud all over the their shoes and clothes.
If the cost of extravagant floral arrangements is too high, one cost effective alternative that you should consider is potted plants. You can obtain potted plants in various sizes and place them throughout the ceremony area and reception. Plants in decorative glazed pots or terracotta tones will look great and save money. The guest’s wedding favor can be the plants in the pots, or you can put them in your garden.
Make sure you know what you are doing when it comes to a destination wedding. Before you start booking hotels, make sure they will meet your needs.
Use flowers that are different heights when decorating centerpieces. Different types of vases should be included in the design. Put hydrangeas or other flowers with volume around these vases. The short flowers should be a light color.
Choose group activities to do on your wedding day. Do not just have your friends and family stand around waiting for your nuptials to end. You can have competitions and games, or maybe a karaoke hour. When your guests enjoy themselves and socialize with everyone else at the event, they are more likely to have fond memories of your wedding.
Be sure to get some practice dancing while wearing a long skirt to present the most graceful silhouette at your wedding dance. Be sure to practice dancing with your soon-to-be husband, so that he can get used to your long skirt, too! This can help you adjust to the feeling of wearing a long and puffy dress.
To be certain of having a happy bride on the wedding day, be sure that all arrangements are of a type and quality she will appreciate. If she is forced to plan and then handle a bad wedding, she will be mortified. Make sure that everything is run by her or you will have a bridezilla!
You want the bride to be happiest on her big wedding day, so make sure that you run everything through her first so that no surprises arise. You could cause her a lot of stress if she’s doing all of the planning or if there are any surprises that might disappoint her. If you run everything by your bride she will have a much happier wedding day.
When selecting a wedding videographer, interview as many candidates as possible and look at samples of their work. You will want someone who has very high quality. Though VHS used to be the popular go to, now you want to make sure you are getting a digital version or DVD that can be viewed for years. Decide on a videographer using the information located above.
Grooms should ensure that the tuxedo is tailored to fit perfectly. Show your favorite tuxedo choices to your close friends and family, so that you can get some objective opinions before settling on a tuxedo. Aim to look even better on your wedding day than you do the rest of the time so that you can show yourself off in the wedding pictures.
You certainly can plan your wedding on a tight budget. A wonderful wedding need not put you in debt. Doing a lot of things yourself can save a lot of money for you.
Use these tips, so that your wedding will go as planned and is a memorable occasion. Just keep in mind that this should be a joyous occasion with your loved one, so make it special by planning ahead.
Keep a close eye on the weather forecast. 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. Similarly, they may leave early, if they are too cold at your winter party. Look for little ways to accommodate your guests; for instance, provide some outdoor fans if you are hosting an summer wedding reception in the heat.