During which season do you want your wedding? Consider what flowers are in season and easily available. Planning the perfect wedding involves a multitude of decisions. Planning a wedding can be a challenging and daunting task, and these tips will make your task easier!
If a wedding cake with a high price tag or high calorie count doesn’t appeal to you, check around at local bakeries for beautiful individual portions. 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.
Before your wedding day be sure to practice walking down the aisle multiple times. Practice at your wedding venue, so you can see if the flooring works well with your footwear. That way, you will know precisely how you should move.
Let your DJ know what he absolutely should not play. Maybe you like metal, country, or have a great song that reminds you of someone from the past. Whatever it is, let him know so you don’t end up cringing at your own wedding!
You can not serve everyone’s favorite top-shelf drink or you would quickly exceed the price of the dress, so consider what you like, and what will keep you within your budget. If there is one thing people like more than alcohol, it is free alcohol, and an open bar can quickly become a huge expense, especially the longer it remains open. Ask the venue you’re thinking of having the wedding at about the different types of alcohol they serve, and what they have in stock.
Be certain to look for skilled photographers with experience before committing to one in particular. You don’t wont to hire someone who will not capture the memories you envision. To identify good local photographers, solicit advice and referrals from family and close friends.
Actual Wedding Dress
Brides who love fashion will perhaps want to add a dash of sparkle to their bouquet; think rhinestones, Swarovski crystals or even some diamonds. For example, incorporate vintage brooches, Swarovski crystals or costume jewelry into the design. The bouquet should not clash with your overall look, so pay close attention to the colors, cut and size of each stone.
You may be surprised at how expensive wedding dresses are. When shopping for your dress, consider dresses that may not be categorized as a wedding dress. A bridesmaid dress could fit your needs and would not be as expensive as an actual wedding dress. Many times, you can alter the dress to make it look like a wedding dress for a fraction of the cost of an actual wedding dress.
Instead of spending a lot of money to get a huge cake for your wedding, think about tiers of sweet, delicious mini-tarts or cupcakes. These are more affordable, versatile, and easily served than a two-story wedding cake. Each guest can just grab a cupcake or tart, then put them into special take-out inspired box.
Make your wedding personal by including elements that embody you, your soon-to-be spouse, and your relationship. Your wedding theme should reflect your shared journey with your partner, from the beginning to the present.
You don’t want to have your guests waiting as you have your wedding photos taken. Many photographs, including the bridal part and the groomsmen, can be taken 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.
While you definitely want to provide songs you like to your DJ, you also want to include songs you definitely don’t want to make the list. Maybe it’s country music, or heavy metal, or even your “special song” from an old lover. Whatever it is, let him know so you don’t end up cringing at your own wedding!
For destination weddings, a fantastic gift to give your guests is a basket full of goodies that is delivered directly to their hotel room. Some examples of items that you should put in the basket include: disposable cameras, sun hats, sun glasses and tourist maps and guides. You may also want to include a guide for the restaurants in the area so they can choose where they prefer to eat.
Plan an itinerary and post it online. Share this with your guests, so they are aware of what is happening when. It is important that you let people know about events, such as the rehearsal they need to attend; this ensures that they show up at the appropriate time, when they’re needed.
When you are planning table seating, try to set guests in pairs, so you can ensure every table has an even number of those sitting at it. To keep table conversations flowing, group the people you have sitting at the tables by their age.
If money isn’t an issue, you may want to get married on a cruise ship with close members of your family and close friends. By doing this, you can be on your honeymoon as soon as the ceremony ends. There are even packages available for people wanting to marry and honeymoon on the ship.
Ensure that all guests understand the scheduling of events by emailing everyone involved an itinerary of events; include maps for those who may be unfamiliar with the area. For family members and members of the bridal party, give them information about the rehearsal dinner, as well.
If one of your friends or relatives becomes ordained over the Internet, he or she can preside over your wedding ceremony. Your ceremony will have a more personal tone, and you can save money by not needing to hire an officiant. Before you do this, check with your city or town to make sure they recognize online ordinations.
Consider the appearance of your wedding cake when deciding how to display it. For example, if your cake is unusually colorful, match its color to the hue of the fabric underneath it. To make things interesting, fabric can be solid, patterned or heavily textured materials of silk, satin or velvet.
Craigslist is a good outlet for locating local talent for your wedding. Meet up with them in person, do an interview, and discuss your needs and wishes before you pay anything.
For aesthetic purposes, centerpieces are necessary, but they can really take a bite out of your budget. Rather than spending a fortune on centerpieces that are almost as big as the tables themselves, keep them small and simple. You will then allow people to have a conversation without unnecessary distractions; this will bring your guests closer.
If you plan on giving a wedding speech, plan the speech and practice it. If you are unprepared for the speech, this can become very obvious very quickly, and leave you feeling humiliated in front of the other guests.
For instance, you might want to use a menu of popular and modern fusion dishes. You can a unique touch by offering cultural favorites, such as desserts, drinks or and edible wedding treats.
If you plan on making a wedding speech or giving a toast, you should practice beforehand. If you are unprepared for the speech, this can become very obvious very quickly, and leave you feeling humiliated in front of the other guests.
Add depth to your floral decor and centerpieces by incorporating floral elements of different heights. Put taller flowers in tall vases with compact heads. Surround these tall vases with short vases filled with voluminous hydrangeas, sweet peas, or peonies. The short and full flowers should be a few shades lighter than the taller blooms that are more prominent.
Be considerate of your guests and their travel arrangements when planning a destination wedding. Some of your guests may be planning to vacation at the same time, and you need to give them time to make plans. You can send out invitations or reminders to save the date as far as eight months ahead of time. This will allow your guests to make proper arrangements.
Prior to your wedding day, make sure you know what gowns your bridesmaids will be wearing. Disagreements over bridesmaid’s gowns have been known to shatter friendships. Choose something that is affordable, matches your whole wedding theme and is sure to be a hit with all of your bridesmaids. The last thing you want to do is alienate a dear friend over something as simple as a dress.
The first step to planning a successful wedding is to make a wish list. Rearrange your list in order of priority after making it. For many people, the flowers are more important than the cake, or the venue is more important than the guest list. If you create a budget which lists the items in order of importance, you’ll have a much easier time picking out what you can afford and what you’re happy to live without.
As you audition various videographers to film your wedding and reception, compare several vendors. Always request a portfolio, or ask to see an online gallery of previous clients. Look at samples of the videographers work to be sure it is high quality in every way. While VHS used to be the preferred format for weddings, now you need to get a DVD or even a digital copy of your video. Decide based on those factors and your impression of each photographer.
A photographer will capture your wedding memories beautifully. During the interview, ask them to tell you about their vision. Ask them how they see the day playing out in their mind. You have to determine his style and how that will affect the experience you will have on your big day.
Flower arrangements can end up eating a large portion of your wedding budget, but they don’t have to. For instance, the flower girl could carry elegant ribbons instead. Another way to save money is to purchase silk flowers rather than real flowers. The silk flowers save money, but they also can be saved themselves. You can save the flowers and use them at different times in your wedding or even after the event is over for other occasions.
Practice the first dance with your spouse-to-be while wearing clothes similar to what you’ll wear at the wedding. Dancing with your spouse-to-be is romantic, and in addition it will help you get used to each others’ clothes so you won’t feel awkward on your wedding day. You may be used to wearing long skirts, though you future husband may not be used to dancing while you are in this type of clothing. This will help him adjust to dancing with you in your dress and prevent any awkwardness, especially if your gown is particularly full at the bottom.
It is entirely possible to have a great wedding with just a little budget. It’s not advisable to take on lots of debt for your wedding. Create invitations yourself, having loved ones help. Also, make favors and floral arrangements yourself, and have your wedding at a place in which you can have both the ceremony and reception.
For bridesmaids, be certain you know exactly what you want them to wear before you ask them to be in your wedding. Many friendships end over a disagreement about the bridesmaids’ gowns. Look for something affordable, goes well with the theme and will suit the bridesmaids you choose. This is part of your wedding making everyone feel important and involved so that things go smoothly.
Always do your research before you hire a band or DJ. Contact several references first. Always make sure that you sign a contract to ensure the DJ or band will show up on your specific date. You don’t want to wind up without music at your reception!
Write your wedding vows. You know your spouse better than anyone else. The personalization of your vows adds meaning and romance, creating an atmosphere of closeness and intimacy. You can use other vows as inspirations, but you need to add your own special touch.
After reading these tips, it’s safe to say that you probably weren’t aware of even half of these ideas. And that’s because no one ever realizes just how much goes into planning a wedding until they’re actually staring at it in the face. A wedding is perhaps the most detail-oriented celebration out there, so be sure that you’re using these tips to help you out.
Research the DJ that you are 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 will help make certain the music portion of the event goes well.