It is easy for costs to spiral out of control when planning a wedding. It’s important to keep at least part of your focus on practical matters, even though a wedding is a very enchanting event. There are a number of things that you can do to keep within your wedding budget. Apply the tips from this article and you will be sure keep your wedding budget on track, while still having a wedding to remember.
Hold a dress rehearsal for all members of the party that are giving speeches at the reception. This will give them a chance to practice, and you’ll also be able to make sure no inappropriate remarks are planned. There will be a lot of different generations at your wedding, and a joke that young people can relate to might not be good for elders to hear.
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.
Serve ethnic food at your wedding if you want to spice it up. Too many people serve up chicken and steak, so go against the grain and spice things up. Weddings are known for being unique and your reception should offer a variety of foods to satisfy everyone.
Practice walking down the aisle before the wedding. Try to practice at the wedding site so you can test your chosen shoes on the flooring at the site. In this way, you can be sure everything will go smoothly on your wedding day.
If you feel as though it is wasteful to pay hundreds of dollars for a cake that will have a lot left over, consider a smaller bakery to create a smaller cake that will cost less and be more personal. You may be able to find a bakery willing to provide freshly-baked cupcakes that are low-calorie and available in healthier options for family with special dietary needs such as gluten or sugar-free.
Go easy on the number of fresh flowers you put on the guest tables for your wedding reception. A lot of times, the flowers may be getting in the guests’ way. There are some guests that have allergies to flowers, as well. Consider placing non scented candles on the table for a romantic look.
Wedding dresses can be quite an expense. Perhaps you could look at dresses not considered as wedding dresses. A bridesmaid dress could fit your needs and would not be as expensive as an actual wedding dress. Even if you want the dress altered to change some of the styling, it could turn out to be cheaper than a wedding dress.
A great gift for your guests at a destination wedding is a basket that you have delivered to their room full of vacation goodies. This gift basket can include helpful items such as sunscreen, sunglasses, disposable cameras and tourist maps that add a nice touch of flavor to the vacation. You could also include flyers and coupons for local restaurants.
Try to make your wedding day more personal by using elements that symbolize you and your future spouse’s relationship and personalities. Pick a wedding theme that tells the story of your relationship.
If possible, see if your reception venue offers lighting choices. You may not think this detail is important; however, consider the effect of low lights on parts of your reception. For example, you may want to dim the lights for your first dance or other important dances and brighten them when you want everyone to participate in dancing. Discuss this with the venues you’re considering before making your final choice.
Don’t starve yourself silly just to fit in a wedding dress. This will only make you lightheaded and dehydrating, and it could even make you ill. You would hate to faint while standing at the altar. Buy a dress that has a corset back instead for more flexibility.
See if you can get your wedding on board a cruise ship. This will allow you to get your honeymoon started when you’re done with the ceremony. Many cruise companies have special deals for wedding and honeymooning couples.
Transportation is a key element to consider when planning your wedding. Make taxis and limos available to transport people to their accommodations after the affair is over. This helps those who have drank too much.
Offer sweet treats between courses to keep your guests amused. Consider sugar roses which match the wedding colors.
Take a long time to write your vows, as this is something that is very important towards your husband or wife. Understand that marriage requires an endless commitment from both parties and that sacrifices often have to be made. Express your love in your vows.
Ask to borrow something from a friend to wear on the day you get married. This “something borrowed” will enhance the way you look and feel and add a special touch to the day.
Be certain that your reception venue has a good-sized dance area. You won’t have as much fun dancing if the space is too tight. Consider removing unneeded tables and chairs before your reception begins so that there will be more room to dance.
Finely crafted flowers made of silk can be a good selection for some of your needs, such as table centerpieces. You can avoid the hassle of wilted flowers and even make your purchase in advance, making them one less item to worry about on your big day.
Instead of spending a bundle on a monolith wedding cake, consider a multi-tier design with mini-tarts or cupcakes. Times have changed and despite the oddness you may feel based on tradition, guests tend to prefer this and it saves not only money but also prevents waste. Guests are able to take a cupcake when they leave, if you put them in a fancy take-out container.
The table centerpieces can be expensive and should be artistically pleasing. Rather than spending a fortune on centerpieces that are almost as big as the tables themselves, keep them small and simple. It won’t block the conversation of your guests, will save you some money and yet will still look amazing in your photographs.
If you have a destination wedding, offer a basket full of goodies delivered to guests in their rooms. Include gifts that are sure to be useful while on location at the wedding, like sunglasses, tourist maps, disposable cameras, hats, and pamphlets that detail all of the best attractions in the local area. Also make sure you include a local restaurant guide that makes it simple for them to grab a bite to eat.
If children are attending, make sure they are dressed comfortably. Choose fabrics that are soft against the skin and that fit without bunching or pinching. If the children are going to be wearing new shoes, make sure they are comfortable, and let them walk around in them a bit so that they can get broken in. Paying attention to your children’s comfort can help them behave appropriately during the wedding. Uncomfortable children will be focused on fixing their discomfort and may fidget or engage in other distracting behavior. If your children are comfortable, however, they’ll be excited about participating in the wedding and behave appropriately.
Although you may have found and purchased the perfect dress, it is a good idea to have the bridal shop hold it until the big day. In this way, you can be certain it will be properly stored and protected from damage. Storing it at the store will guarantee it stays pressed and fresh for your wedding day!
If you are planning on having your wedding outdoors, make sure you have a plan B just in case the weather turns against you. Rent a few tents or find a venue that has a hall, as well as a park. Planks can also be installed to prevent your guests from getting mud all over the their shoes and clothes.
Get more from a wedding planner by researching wedding material before meeting them. Create a book with samples of fabric swatches, designs you like, and other items to show the planner. You might want to include pictures from magazines, photos, and lyrics from your favorite songs to help show your vision to a planner.
Try adding some depth to the centerpieces and floral decor by placing elements at differing heights. Put taller flowers in tall vases with compact heads. Surround the tall flowers with short, stocky flowers. Make sure the fuller, shorter flowers are lighter than the more prominent, taller blooms.
Do not plan a destination wedding without taking the legal requirements of your location into account. Whatever fees or red tape you encounter, you definitely want to address any needs prior to booking any services or hotels.
Plan group activities for those who are sharing your special day. Don’t just let everyone stand around tapping their feet, waiting for something to happen. You can plan any number of fun games, from wedding couple trivia to musical chairs. The wedding will be memorable in proportion to the amount of fun.
A common wedding tradition is having a gift registry. It is always suggested to inform guests they are not required to gift you as this will make them feel more at ease about the amount they should give or spend. Additionally, choose items with a wide price range. Everyone should feel comfortable with what they can spend.
Your family or future in-laws may be stodgy traditionalists, but if they make demands, tell them to pound sand. Be appreciative and even grateful for their attention, affection and suggestions, because some of them might be good, but don’t let on to that right away, and instead just gently, yet firmly help them remember that you call the shots when it comes to your day. As you reflect on that day when you had your wedding, you will not regret it.
Consider your bridesmaids needs when choosing their gowns. Many friendships end over a disagreement about the bridesmaids’ gowns. By choosing an affordable, cute dress that matches your wedding theme, you can rest assured your choice will be a hit. This will keep the tension really low at the wedding.
Plan properly ahead of time. You may think that planning a year in advance is silly, but if you put it off, you may find the venues you want are already booked on the date you want to get married. The sooner you start planning, the more choices you will have.
When you choose a videographer for the wedding, try interviewing as many as you can to see their work examples. You will want someone who has very high quality. Make sure you will be receiving a digital video or DVD. Make choices based on your impressions and other factors mentioned.
Any female participants in your wedding, such as the bridesmaids, should aim to be ready before you are. It’s important that your assistants are focusing on you in the final moments before the ceremony begins. If your helpers are worrying about their own preparations, they will neglect yours.
Think about serving a small meal for your wedding reception. Accommodating numerous guests on a limited budget may require spending less in certain areas. Serving a small meal with only close friends, family members and relations in attendance will save you some money. If you don’t want to do this, you can cut costs in other ways as well.
Open a special savings account for your wedding funds. Wedding expenses can get out of hand quickly, so make a budget and stick to it. If you want to have an extravagant wedding when you are older, start saving now.
Keep the weather in mind. The guests may be uncomfortable if it is outdoors and very hot out. On the same note, winter weddings might chill your guests to the point of leaving early too. Do make sure that your guests are provided for during weather extremes at a wedding, such as having fans available if the heat is high.
Customize jewelry if you are looking for a bridal party gift. This lets them all have something after the wedding they can all relive and enjoy.
Your budget does not determine the quality of your wedding. Use the information you just learned to make your wedding unforgettable while saving some money for your honeymoon.
Instead of purchasing a new engagement ring, consider using something else. An heirloom piece of jewelry can be a wonderful engagement ring that has great sentimental value. A ring that has been kept in the family can have far more sentimental value than a ring that is purchased in a jewelry store.