Finally, you’re nearing the date of your big day. This is the day you have been waiting for all your life. It’s not easy to make everything perfect. How do you get what you want, with the budget you have? Luckily, this article can help you plan a great day without breaking the bank.
To save money, choose a date that is not when most people typically get married. Traditional wedding season is from May to September. Wedding venues can be pricier at this time. If you must book during this period, schedule many months in advance to save money.
If you choose to take care of your own food serving at your wedding, try going to wholesale stores, such as Costco. Shopping wholesale renders significant savings for food. Think about asking people you know to assist with the food costs.
Keep transportation in mind when planning your wedding. Limos should be booked well ahead of time. Transportation is also helpful for those who have drank too much at your wedding.
If there will be toasts or speeches given at your wedding reception, ask the speakers to practice in front of you to ensure that the material is appropriate for those attending your wedding. Remember that you’ll have people there from all generations, so keep the jokes appropriate.
The wedding DJ needs a list of the songs you want played at the reception, but make sure they know what you dislike. If you hate a specific song or a genre, such as heavy metal or country, you don’t want that played at your wedding reception. Tell the man you are marrying so that he is not surprised.
While it may seem obvious, remember that who you plan to marry should be the biggest consideration of all! Marriage will change your life, and the decision to wed should never be taken lightly. Give careful thought to that person, what you absolutely must have in your life, and what might irritate you.
Make certain that the reception area you choose has enough dancing space. Forgetting this can end with a cramped reception, so don’t forget this important detail. You can always move chairs and tables to have more space for dancing.
Tie little decorative items into all the elements of your wedding decor. You could use the same ribbon from your bouquet as you do on your floral centerpieces or veil. Little details like this can make for a superior look since it shows you put a lot of effort in your special day.
Practice walking in your wedding dress and shoes. If you’re worried that you will twist your ankle, you can wear flats instead. Having footwear that isn’t exactly what you wanted is a good trade-off.
Try talking to local and specialty boutiques and bakeries about individual-sized portion cakes if you don’t want a fatty and expensive cake. Some bakeries are able to make healthier cupcakes that contain less than 100 calories in each serving providing you with healthier options such as fruit- fillings in replacement to frosting, calorie-free sweeteners and gluten-free ingredients.
Avoid having guests wait while taking the photos. Photos of the bride and her party and the groom and his groomsmen should be taken ahead of time. Additionally, photographs of the bride with her parents and the groom with his parents can be taken before the wedding.
Do not crowd tables with too many flowers. The majority of the time, these flowers are in the guests’ way. In addition, some guests could be allergic to flowers. Candles without scent are a romantic and beautiful centerpiece.
The lighting at the wedding reception venue should be able to be dimmed. This may seem minor, but lighting is important to setting the mood and dimmed lights are preferable for your first dance. Before committing to the venue, ask them about this.
While you should always let your DJ know what songs you want played for your reception, it is just as important to alert him to any songs you do not like or want played. You may not like country music or metal, or you may have a certain song that is associated with an old flame. Whatever it is, let him know so you don’t end up cringing at your own wedding!
Send a planning and an itinerary to your guests to help them schedule their activities and find their way. Include relevant information about the rehearsal dinner, reception and so on, so that each person knows where to be.
Always hunt for skilled, experienced photographers prior to making a final choice. You don’t want to end up with wedding pictures that you’re unhappy with. To identify good local photographers, solicit advice and referrals from family and close friends.
If you wish to have a wedding cake that stands out and is a focal point in your reception, you may want to consider a matching piece of fabric. To make things interesting, fabric can be solid, patterned or heavily textured materials of silk, satin or velvet.
The venue that you select for your wedding reception should have enough space for dancing and activities. You want to have ample room for everyone to get down, so if the dance floor of your favorite venue is lacking at least make sure that you can add some size by moving nearby tables and chairs.
You can use Craigslist to locate talent in your area. Be sure you meet up with them in person, safely, before you pay them any money.
Make sure the lighting at your wedding reception venue can be dimmed. This may seem like a minor factor, but many couples like dimming the lights for a first dance, and switching to brighter lights for the remainder of the event. Be sure to find out about these details before you decide for sure.
Try to incorporate interests from both the groom and the bride when decorating. For example, if both enjoy traveling, then include little decorative touches that are reminiscent of their travels. Save-the-date notices and invitations are available in styles that resemble passports, boarding passes or vintage postcards. Distinctive props can be used to hold items for the wedding guests to see.
If you want your colorful wedding cake as the focal point of your reception, present it on a coordinating fabric tablecloth. Good options include designer prints, novelty fabrics or special occasion fabrics like satin, velvet or silk.
You possibly want to think about fusing two or multiple menus together making the food available diverse and comfortable for everyone present. You might even want to consider expanding your culinary options with wedding favors that are ethnically identifiable.
Search Craigslist for local businesses to help with the things you need for your wedding. Make sure to meet them in person, with your groom for safety, before you give them any money.
If you want to have a good wedding speech, see to it that you practice and plan for it sufficiently. You want to write a wedding speech ahead of time, and practice it until you know it by heart. If not, you may become tongue-tied and do a poor job of it when the time comes.
If you’re having an outdoor reception, tell your caterer. The foods you have may be too light or may not last long enough for outdoor usage. Or maybe you could put fancy covers over your dishes. Regardless, make sure you have access to a fridge or a large amount of ice for cooling drinks.
If you are planning a wedding outside, always make sure that you have a ‘plan b’ in case mother nature does not cooperate. You can rent several tents or look for a location that has a community hall, in addition to an outdoor space. Planks can also be installed to prevent your guests from getting mud all over the their shoes and clothes.
To be totally ready for your first couple’s dance at the wedding reception, a few days prior begin practicing dancing while wearing a long dress. You may already be comfortable moving about in long skirts, but your fiance may not be. This helps remove any awkwardness that he might feel, especially if the dress that you wear is puffy.
Your caterer needs to know if you are planning on having a reception outdoors. Some dishes won’t fair well in heat, and others might just not weigh enough to stay place in firm wind. You might be able to use fancy or insulated covers for dishes. A small refrigerator can be used to keep the drinks cold if needed.
Decide in advance if you will be inviting children to your wedding. If children are excluded, it may be easier to realize cost savings. Then again, many people may not attend if they cannot find a babysitter.
As you begin to plan your wedding, make a prioritized list of your wants. For some couples, the venue is higher on the list than the cake, or the table decorations are higher on the list than the music, and so on. Making the lists will allow you to establish a budget. Once you know how much you have to spend, you will be able to set a specific amount of money to each item on the list and be able to stay within your designated budget.
Try writing your own vows for your wedding. While it may be easier to copy from a different source remember that no one knows your future spouse better than you. When you write your vows yourself, you add a bit more meaning and depth to this special day to remember. You can use other sources for inspiration and build your own touches into them.
Have your floral decoration display flowers of different stem length and different sizes and shapes to add dimension and uniqueness to them. Tall vases can be used for long-stemmed blooms and those with compact heads. Place shorter vases with shorter and plumper flowers around the tall vases. Have the shorter flowers be lighter in hue than the taller blooms.
You can often get some great recommendations from the other services you hire. Photographers have another ability that you can take advantage of. When you find one you are comfortable with simply ask if they can recommend a few D.J.’s they have enjoyed, or even bands, at other weddings. See if the band has suggestions for other vendors. These vendors may give you great rates, as well.
One big expense in a wedding is using fresh flowers in all of the traditional ways. For the flower girl, you can use ribbons instead of a floral wreath; it looks simple and elegant. Use silk flowers rather than fresh flowers. Why spend hundreds on something that is destined to wither and to be thrown away? They provide a nice keepsake, too.
Brides ought to practice their smile in their mirror. This can help you find the ideal smile for your photos. Soon, the perfect smile will be second nature for you.
When you select your wedding decor, and especially your flowers, do so with the layout of your venue in mind. Elaborately detailed floral arrangements and displays can be very striking indoors but lose their majesty in the windy weather. You will need to set up special equipment if you are having your wedding on the beach.
If you are worried about planning your wedding within a budget, you are not alone. You somehow have to find a way to get everything you want at a price that you can afford. In this article, we have provided you with some cost saving tips that can help any wedding work with any budget. Use these wisely so you can enjoy the big day.
Think about applying for a credit card to get rewards on your purchases. Frequent flyer miles or other credit card rewards can help defray the cost of your wedding. Charge all wedding expenses to this card, and you can enjoy witnessing the dividends rack up fast.