Weddings are exciting and fun, though they definitely entail a good deal of work and planning. During the final weeks, the pressure will build. Proper planning will help reduce this stress immensely. The following tips will help you stay sane while planning the wedding.
Wedding dresses can be very expensive. When you are shopping, try getting a dress that might not be traditionally thought of as one made for a wedding. A bridesmaid dress might strike your fancy as an option, and it would be cheaper than a dress designated for the bride. Even if this dress is not perfect and you need some adjustments made to make it your dream dress, it could still run you quite a bit less then an actual wedding dress.
Wedding dresses can be very expensive. Don’t limit yourself to considering dresses that are marketed specifically as wedding gowns. A Bridesmaid dress can be a good fit, and it doesn’t cost half as much as a wedding dress does. With the lower base price, you can likely also afford alterations to the style of the dress and still come in under the price of a traditional wedding gown.
If the idea of a thousand-dollar, thousand-calorie wedding cake leaves you with cold feet, contact local boutiques and specialty bakeries and ask about smaller, individual-sized portions. Many bakeries offer beautiful cupcakes with a variety of healthy fillings.
Strive to incorporate personal elements in your wedding, things that accurately reflect you and your future spouse. Think of a theme that truly represents the two of you as a couple.
Flowers are great, but don’t place too many of them on your tables or they can become tacky. Oftentimes, those flowers are simply in the way for your wedding attendees. Not only that, but you may have some guests who are allergic to flowers. Candles without scent are a romantic and beautiful centerpiece.
Use the property of a friend or a member of the family for your wedding. If you know someone who has a large farm, or even just a huge backyard, you can eliminate one of the larger costs of your wedding. The only real cost would be to hire someone to clean beforehand and afterwards.
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. They taste great, are easy to eat and are affordable. Guests are able to take a cupcake when they leave, if you put them in a fancy take-out container.
Try ethnic-themed catering to add some spice to your reception. Chicken and steak have both been done. Go with something creative! Your wedding dinner can be very memorable when it includes interesting variety.
It might be a friend or a family member. All that’s needed is someone who can happily carry your gear during the ceremony and photo sessions. You can even have the assistant help you collect family members when it’s time to take a group shot!
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. Many bakeries offer beautiful cupcakes with a variety of healthy fillings.
One ideal gift idea for your friends and family joining you for a destination wedding is to consider having a selection of local goodies delivered to the room of each guest. Include useful items like sunglasses, a hat, tourist map, pamphlets and a disposable camera. Also make sure you include a local restaurant guide that makes it simple for them to grab a bite to eat.
You want to make sure the photographer you hire is experienced by checking them out beforehand. You do not want to have someone taking wedding pictures that you are not pleased with. Some excellent ways to narrow your search include talking to friends or checking out websites.
Make a detailed itinerary with directions, so guests know when and where the wedding and reception will be held. Let the guests know what they need to come to, so they can get there when you want them there.
Even if your dress has been selected and paid for, you may want to store it with the bridal boutique until the day of your wedding. The likelihood of something happening to it is much higher than if you leave it at the bridal store! This will keep your dress as fresh as possible.
Don’t leave your guests waiting while you, your new spouse and the wedding party have an hour long photo shoot. The photos concerning the rest of the wedding party should be done in advance. Make a list of all the shots that you want and arrange for many of them to be taken before the wedding begins.
Have your wedding while on a cruise with your close family and friends. This can help ensure your honeymoon follows the ceremony’s ending. Some cruise ships offer special wedding and honeymoon packages.
Make sure your wedding reception lighting can be dimmed at the venue. While this may appear trivial, you want to have this option, perhaps for your first dance, then brighter for the remainder of your ceremony. Before you sign any contracts with the venue, make sure this is an option.
You can have a loved one go online to become ordained so that they can officiate over your wedding. This can not only save you money, but can also add a touch of personality to your ceremony. Make sure to use caution by asking the local officials, to make sure doing this isn’t against the law where you are.
If the future newlyweds enjoy traveling, display decorations that portray a sense of wanderlust. For example, you could make your wedding invites or your save-the-date cards look as though they were vintage postcards or travel passes. You can use old luggage to display things like photos, wedding favors, or wedding programs.
Online classified websites are a great place to seek out local talent for your wedding. Take along your groom to the first meeting, and ensure there is at least one face-to-face meeting prior to any money being handed over.
If you want to have a good wedding speech, see to it that you practice and plan for it sufficiently. If you fail to plan your wedding speech, you may lose your guest’s attention, flub your words, or forget what you have to say.
Ensuring you do your own homework can help you make the most of your time with a wedding planner. Create a look book or board with fabric swatches, magazine clippings and other interesting items. Your project can be made up of photos, clippings and other objects that will help you communicate your ideas to your wedding planner.
If dinner isn’t being served at your reception, you should consider renting comfortable furniture instead of having tables for everyone to sit at. Your guests will be more likely to interact if they are in a comfortable setting with lounges and chaises. Perhaps you could create different lounges and add plush seating to allow your guests to relax.
Consider your guest and their finances and circumstances when looking into adestination wedding. You always want to make sure that you give your guests enough time to plan. Sending out save the date cards or invitations, if possible, at least 8 months in advance, will allow for just about any arrangements your guests will need to make.
If you’re planning on having your reception outdoors, talk to your caterer about appropriate food choices for the event. Some foods won’t keep in the heat, and some food might not weigh enough to stay in its dish if there are strong winds. You may want to cover foods with decorative coverings. Perhaps a small fridge could be used to keep drinks chilled.
Pick your flowers carefully. If your theme is specifically vintage or retro for example, you will want the right flowers that will offer the same nostalgic feeling as the rest of your decor. You might want red poppies or pink peonies.
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. You can embellish terracotta pots with colorful ribbons, paint or decoupage, or you may choose glazed stoneware. Once the wedding is over, it is possible for guests to take home the potted plants as a memento of the wedding, or the newlyweds may want to plant them around their new home.
A tradition linked to weddings is the gift registry. Make sure your guests know that they don’t have to bring a large gift if they’re unable to. Provide a large assortment of gifts to choose from at varying prices. Make sure that you put a lot of thought into your wedding registry.
Don’t forget the gift registry, which is a wedding tradition. 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. Give them varying price ranges and several gift options to choose from. Your guest should be comfortable about affording a gift that will please you.
Know what your bridesmaids are going to wear prior to the wedding. The choice of dress can often lead to disgruntlement between bride and bridesmaid. You want what you decide to be affordable and to match your theme appropriately. This will help ensure there aren’t any misunderstandings.
Do some functions as a group on your wedding day. It is unfair to expect your friends, or even your family members, to stand around bored to tears on this important day. There can be a variety different games or contests that your guests could take part in. Your guests will have fonder memories of your special day if it is an event filled with fun and entertaining interactive activities.
Consider your wedding location when choosing decorations like floral arrangements. An example might be an elaborate arrangement that does well indoors, but would not be suited for an outdoor venue where wind might be an issue. You may need certain types of arrangements for flowers depending on whether your wedding is indoors or outdoors.
You can save money by finding alternatives for wedding flowers. Use your imagination when it comes to what your flower girl could carry. You can also use silk flowers instead of decorating with real ones. Silk flowers are not only more affordable, they can be kept forever. You can easily move them and use them for the reception.
Ask vendors you’re already using to recommend other services you need. Do you think your photographer is awesome? Well they may know of a caterer who is just as good. Ask the band to recommend another service that you need. Not only will you find quality vendor that work well with each other, you could also get better prices from your wedding vendors.
Do your research on the band or DJ you want to hire. 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 that there is great music on the day of the wedding.
Those that are helping you get ready for your wedding such as a bridesmaid or the bride’s mother should prepare well before hand. The last few precious moments prior to the ceremony should be focused on you. If they have to worry about getting ready, they are not focused on helping you.
Families are all too willing to push family traditions on you for your wedding, but gently remind them this is your wedding and try to compromise. Let them know in no uncertain terms that the two of you are in control and that they have no say in the matter. As you reflect on that day when you had your wedding, you will not regret it.
Consider an alternate piece instead of a new engagement ring. Think about using some jewelry that is a family heirloom. A keepsake along this line of thought can really make the recipient and wearer feel like they are really joining the family, and they get a beautiful piece of vintage jewelry they get to wear around too.
You want to begin all wedding preparations very early on. By planning early, you’ll have a better selections of wedding venues. This will allow you to explore different vendors and choose the perfect ones for you and your vision.
Solid gold rings are not always an option for couples who are on a budget and luckily there are many different options available. You can pick titanium, silver, platinum, stainless steel, tungsten, etc. These other metals are less expensive and often times just as beautiful. It’s time for you to shake things up a little.
Ask for recommendations. If you have selected a good wedding photographer, see who he or she recommends as a wedding band. You can then ask the music provider about another service provider you have need of. 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.
Pregnant brides should anticipate the need to adjust the size of their dress. It only makes good sense too find a dress which will still fit as your waistline expands.
The important facet of a wedding is getting married. This means that both people should know they will be marrying the right person. It should be something that you will always remember. With any luck, your wedding will be a memorable affair that brings you nothing but joy.
Gentlemen attending weddings may wear black tennis shoes. The fanciest shoes may look amazing but they are likely uncomfortable, overpriced and unlikely to be ever worn again. Of course you should wear only nice looking clean shoes to ensure they aren’t an eyesore.