In your relationship, becoming engaged is one of your most memorable and romantic moments. But it can be far from tender when you are going about planning your special day. Here are some tips to help you make your wedding planning as stress free and enjoyable as possible.
Practice walking down the aisle before the wedding. Also, practice it at the wedding venue in the shoes you plan on wearing. That way, you will know precisely how you should move.
Choosing your favorite gown online can be faster and cheaper, but do so well in advance to allot extra time for alterations. While buying a dress online may be less expensive, alterations can quickly add to the cost. When deciding how much to spend, remember to include the cost of alterations.
For a more reasonably priced wedding, consider a date that’s not in the traditional wedding season. Wedding season runs from May through September. During these months, venues become more expensive. If you can’t plan your wedding at any other time, book your venue as soon as possible to get a great deal.
Do not under-eat in an effort to fit into your dress. Like a fighter getting ready for a big fight, you will wind up light headed from dehydration by rushing to lose a little weight. Fainting is a distinct possibility, and you don’t want that to happen to you! The best idea is to purchase a dress that has a corset back. This will allow you to adjust if necessary before walking down the aisle.
Should you want to cater the food yourself, look to wholesale stores like Sam’s. When you shop this way, you can buy your food cheaper than at regular retailers. Think about asking friends to help you out with food costs.
Transportation is something you shouldn’t forget. Try to get taxis and limos for people that can’t get a ride so they can get back to where they’re staying when the night ends. This is especially good thinking because many guests at your wedding are likely to be drinking.
By going international with your food choices, you not only make the event different but also exciting and fun. Chicken and steak are a little boring, so how about going for a variety? Variety makes things interesting and will ensure you have a memorable dinner!
Brides should a skin care routine that offers a glowing complexion without causing irritation or breakouts. Look for a bridal facial treatment that includes skin-soothing and brightening ingredients like rose, sea salts, oatmeal proteins, and creamy scrubs.
Think about your guests when planning flower arrangements for the reception. If you have too many flowers, they can actually become a hindrance to your guests. Plus, some guests may be allergic to flowers. To give the tables a romantic look, consider using non-scented candles as a centerpiece.
Choose someone who has an interest in photography that you will enjoy working with. They may be able to help you as you gather the family for a group shot.
Of course you probably know to tell your DJ or band what songs you expect, but also consider telling them songs you absolutely do not want at your wedding. An old song from your past may no longer be a favorite. Whatever you choose, be sure they know about it so you don’t get mad about the song choices.
Evenly disperse all of your invited guests among the available tables at your wedding reception. This means making sure there are no odd numbers at any table. Use age and relationship models to help group your tables, as this will help people locate good company.
Don’t rent a reception venue that has little room for dancing. Nothing is worse than a tiny, crowded dance floor where there is no room to move around. To make the dance floor larger, clear out some chairs and tables.
Consider being married on a cruise ship surrounded only by family and friends. The honeymoon can ensue right after the wedding is over! Call around to different cruise lines to see if any are running wedding specials.
If you have a destination wedding and your family is there, see if they want to stay for the honeymoon. By staying longer, they will save money because hotels offer discounts for people that stay longer. Also, this will increase the quality of memories that you have.
You can use Craigslist to locate talent in your area. Be sure you always meet the people who you are going to have provide you a service before the big day; you want to get a sense of who they are and what they’re capable of in advance.
When you are planning your reception set the time for the afternoon hours. People don’t tend to overdo it on the alcohol during this time of day, which saves you money on beer. Lunch receptions tend to be cheaper than dinner ones because of a possible lower need for alcohol. That money can then be used for other wedding expenses.
Keep your guests happy while waiting for food by giving them a tray of sweets. Whet their appetite with sugar roses in the colors of your wedding, sugared edible flower petals, or tasty thin crackers.
If you opt for a colorful wedding cake that can stand on its own as a focal piece for your reception, you might choose to present it atop a coordinating swatch of fabric. Good options include designer prints, novelty fabrics or special occasion fabrics like satin, velvet or silk.
Silk flowers are an attractive alternative to expensive floral arrangements at a wedding. You can buy them months ahead of time, if you like, and it will save you the trouble of having to worry about your flowers for the big day.
If you have the budget, consider a cruise as the venue for your wedding and just invite those who are dearest to you. By doing this, you can be on your honeymoon as soon as the ceremony ends. Many cruise companies have special deals for wedding and honeymooning couples.
If children will be playing a role in your wedding, you should dress them comfortably. Use soft fabrics that have a somewhat loose fit for comfort. Try to make sure their shoes are comfortable, especially if they are new and not yet broken in. Paying attention to the clothes children wear will allow kids to enjoy their wedding experience without being uncomfortable.
Silk flowers can be a good alternative to fresh flowers in some cases. You can buy them months ahead of time, if you like, and it will save you the trouble of having to worry about your flowers for the big day.
Make sure to properly practice your wedding speech if you plan on giving one. If you don’t get all the practice you need, it’s easy to forget what you want to say, make a misstep, or leave the audience bored.
This can be as simple as having a modern fusion menu that includes popular dishes. You can add personal touches and twists like culture specific desserts and beverages, or even edible wedding favors.
Plan every wedding detail, from all the events you are having down to the food. Those that have elected to join you on this important day in your life deserve to enjoy themselves.
Improve your wedding by enhancing the flowers. Retro and vintage themes containing bright colors require robust, wistful flowers that give the feeling of nostalgia. These may include peonies in yellow or pink, bright daisies, and red poppies.
If dinner isn’t a part of your reception plans, formal tables shouldn’t be either. Lounges, chaises, and even cushy sectional pieces can encourage greater interaction between guests. Plush seating is also conductive to a relaxing time, and is comfortable for those with mobility issues. You can also use your furniture to customize your space.
You wedding plans should begin with a list of those things taking top priority to you. After doing this, you may realize that the flowers, or the venue, are more critical to you than the number of guests, or the type of cake you choose. This will help you put your priorities first on your budget and the optional things can be worked out if the budget allows.
Get the most from your wedding planner by doing your homework prior to your first meeting. Take a tip from stylists and fashion designers. Create a look book and/or a mood board of inspirational tidbits, imagery and fabric swatches that will help you envision the big day. Anything that is special to you, such as items from magazines, can be used to convey your ideas to the planner.
To help add depth to floral arrangements, incorporate flowers of different heights throughout your arrangements. One great way to do this is to use tall vases and longer-stemmed flowers with smaller heads. Surround these tall vases with short vases filled with voluminous hydrangeas, sweet peas, or peonies. The shorter flowers should have more prominent blooms and be more lightly colored.
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. Some foods may spoil quickly on hot days, and other dishes may not fare well in strong wind. You may want to tell your caterers to brings some stylish covers to preserve certain dishes. If you need to, have a small refrigerator handy to cool down drinks.
In order to keep the bride happy and stress free on her wedding day, you should make certain that the quality of the wedding meets her standards. Planning the wedding is stressful for the bride, and sub-par results may leave her crushed. Secretly, the bride runs every wedding behind the scenes and you should allow her to do so, because it could be the difference between a happy wife or a bridezilla!
Find a few group activities to occupy your guests. A wedding where everyone is just hanging around isn’t fun for anyone. You can fill the event with a variety of activities, from volleyball to contests. Everyone will more easily remember your wedding when they have fun and get to socially interact and mingle.
You might think you want to do some kind of traditional family things, but if you do not want to, don’t. You should just thank them but make sure they know that you are your spouse are calling the shots. By doing this you can reminisce on your wedding without feeling any regrets.
When you choose a videographer for the wedding, try interviewing as many as you can to see their work examples. Look at samples of the videographers work to be sure it is high quality in every way. You should get a DVD of your wedding or you could get a digital video. Refer to the factors we have listed and trust your first impression of each videographer.
Brides planning to be married in a strapless gown should avoid having obvious tan lines. You may want a tan before your wedding, but tan lines can be distracting.
Any couple that works together to put these tips into action will undoubtedly learn more about each other in the process, and find themselves even closer. The compromise and communication that go into the planning process lay down the foundation for a lifetime of happiness. Follow these pieces of advice to not only create a wonderful wedding experience for yourselves, but also to lay the groundwork for a lifetime of cooperation and mutual support.
Open a special savings account for your wedding funds. Establishing a budget on paper and delegating how much to spend in each area will help you stick to the budget. Start a bank account to save money for a wedding later on in your life.