A meaningful wedding needs only the bride and groom, someone to unite them and, of course, the love that will bind them forever. Everything else is simply window dressing, and while pretty to look at and enjoyable to have, they can create stressful distractions for you. After reading this article you will understand what is important to have the wedding of your dreams.
Use someone’s property for the wedding. If you know anyone with a farm or a large back yard, you can drastically reduce or even eliminate a major wedding cost. The only real cost would be to hire someone to clean beforehand and afterwards.
Rehearse your walk in advance of the big day. Also, practice it at the wedding venue in the shoes you plan on wearing. This will lend confidence to your walk when your wedding day arrives.
Instead of one large, expensive wedding cake, consider serving cupcakes or several small cakes. 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.
You can save money by choosing an off season wedding date. This would be sometime that is not between May and September. Wedding venues are costly during these months. If you need to book during this time, make sure you book far in advance to get the best deal.
Let your DJ know what he absolutely should not play. It could be a special song representing “old love”, a heavy metal song, or a country song. Whatever your dislikes, make sure your DJ knows about them.
For food, consider going to a store such as Costco. This will allow you to save loads of money. Think about asking friends to help you out with food costs.
See if your family wants to come for the honeymoon. It’s a great way to get a group discount and they can share in the special memories you are going to make at your chosen destination. This will not only give them a special day to remember, but will also give them a vacation they have dreamed about.
Internet bridal shops have wedding dresses for bargain basement prices, but make sure to order well in advance so that you can get your dress altered before the big day. In fact I spent $300 in total, $100 for the gown itself, and only another $200 for the tailoring. The cost of an alteration should also be included in your budget.
Your guests shouldn’t wait while you are having pictures taken. You should take wedding pictures beforehand. You will want to respect everyone at the ceremony and reception.
The pictures that are taken at your wedding are very important as you will look at these for the rest of your life. Choose the best photographer you can, even if it costs you extra. You want to be sure that your wedding will be remembered fondly.
If your wedding cake is a more colorful one that easily serves as the star of the show at your reception, after you and your new spouse of course, consider having it displayed sitting on a piece of fabric that coordinates with the colors in the cake. Your fabric could have patterns or solids and range from heavy textures to silk or satin. All of this can play up visual interest and tie various facets together into a cohesive aesthetic.
When it comes to the decor of your wedding, spice things up with small, but meaningful decorative items. You can use a nice little ribbon in many places, such as on your gown, in your hair, or even intertwined with bouquets of flowers. When you show small details, it lets others know you have put in lots of effort.
If you will be serving a meal served over multiple courses, keep your guests entertained while food is being served with small dishes filled with sweets at each table. You can leave sugar roses, thin crackers or any other type of little treats.
Rather than spend a bunch of money on a huge cake, you may want to opt for a few tiers of great cupcakes or small tarts. These treats are not only affordable and convenient, but you can do many things with them. Guests can just grab one or two cupcakes on their way out, putting them inside an embellished cardboard box.
If the wedding couple have very different cultural backgrounds, use a wedding ceremony from one tradition and have a reception and feast honoring the culture of the other half of the couple. This solution creates a contrast that will honor the traditions of both families.
If you are inviting your family members to your wedding at an exotic location, wee if they want to stay for the honeymoon as well! Many hotels will reduce their prices for extended stay vacations as opposed to just staying for the wedding itself. You can make your destination wedding a vacation for your friends and family as well.
When planning an outdoor wedding, it is important to have an alternate plan established so that you are prepared if bad weather becomes a factor. You can rent several tents or look for a location that has a community hall, in addition to an outdoor space. Also, make sure that there is something covering the ground so your guests don’t get muddy shoes.
If you are hosting a destination wedding, your guests may appreciate receiving a basket of vacation goodies in their room on their arrival. Some useful items to include might be tourist information, sun hats, sunglasses, disposable cameras, maps of the area, sunscreen, and so on. You may also want to include a guide for the restaurants in the area so they can choose where they prefer to eat.
Do your research before hiring a wedding planner. Follow stylists with look books to get better ideas for your wedding. Your project can be made up of photos, clippings and other objects that will help you communicate your ideas to your wedding planner.
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. Grouping your tables according to age is one way to seat people with others that they will have things in common with.
Consider your guest and their finances and circumstances when looking into adestination wedding. You may have guests who will make vacation plans around this day and they should have adequate time to prepare. Ample time should be approximately eight months in advance, providing them with “save the date” invitations.
Ask someone to borrow an item to wear on your big day. This “something borrowed” will enhance the way you look and feel and add a special touch to the day.
Always look into legal requirements and restrictions when planning to get married abroad. There may be fees to pay or other red tape to get through. You do not want to book a hotel or pay for a flight until these are taken care of.
Give your wedding guests something to do on your wedding day. This is a wonderful change to having your guests simply loitering around between the nuptials and reception. There can be a variety of games and activities. If you set up activities for guests to participate in, your wedding reception will be more fun for everybody. Your guests may even make new friends by playing games together, and everyone will be talking about your wedding for weeks to come.
Silk flowers can be a good alternative to fresh flowers in some cases. One advantage to silk flowers is the fact that they can be purchased ahead of time and the arrangements can be made prior to your wedding day.
As a groom, you should make sure that your tuxedo is a perfect fit. Ask for friendly advice from other people before you make a decision on what tuxedo you want to get. Aim to look even better on your wedding day than you do the rest of the time so that you can show yourself off in the wedding pictures.
Centerpieces can quickly cause your reception to be a dud financially and socially. Avoid large and complicated centerpieces; choose simple, elegant ones instead. You will then allow people to have a conversation without unnecessary distractions; this will bring your guests closer.
Write your own vows for the wedding. While it may be easier to copy from a different source remember that no one knows your future spouse better than you. Writing your own vows can add more meaning and romance to your special day and make your loved one feel closer to you. You can draw inspiration from many places, but making it your own will add a special touch.
To help add depth to floral arrangements, incorporate flowers of different heights throughout your arrangements. Use vases that are tall for long stem and compact head flowers. Then, place flowers such as sweet peas, hydrangeas or peonies around the tall vases. The full flowers should be a lighter color than the tall flowers.
As you consider music for the ceremony and reception, it is a good idea to fully research whomever will be providing the music. Check references before you hire. When you set a date, confirm the agreement. The music is an important element to your wedding so ensuring you make the right choice is vital.
As you consider a videographer for the event, always interview each candidate and request samples of their previous work. Make sure that you also keep in mind the quality of the sound and editing that your videographer provides. Many years ago, people wanted to get the VHS videotape of their wedding, but today make certain you will get a digital video or DVD so that you are able to see your wedding for years. Base your decision on these things and your own personal feelings about the videographers you talk to.
The sooner you begin with planning your wedding the better off you will be. If you can start your wedding plans well in advance of the big day, you will enjoy a better selection of venues and services to pick from. This allows you to get services you not only need, but can afford.
You might think you want to do some kind of traditional family things, but if you do not want to, don’t. 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. You’ll be able to remember your wedding day and say that it was everything you wanted it to be!
Don’t fear trusting others with your wedding planning. Since a wedding is a big emotional investment, you are likely to want complete control of the entire planning process. However, you can certainly overextend yourself, and there are going to be times when you have to entrust specific responsibilities to the expertise of professionals.
As you already know, there are only a few things that a wedding must have. Most everything that people put energy into is just an add-on. These things may be nice to get, but they also stress you out and that drains your happiness. Think about what you’ve read in this article. You want your guests to be happy, but the most important thing is that you and your spouse are happy while planning the wedding and on your wedding day.
Gold is extraordinarily expensive, yet there are many other attractive metals you may choose for your wedding bands. Titanium, platinum and silver are some great options. Not only are they more affordable and look great, but they go well with most wedding attire. There is actually nothing wrong in being different than others as it only makes you and your wedding day stand out from the pack.