Weddings can bring lots of stress, but you need to stay positive if you want things to work out well. By educating yourself to the process and remaining focused, you will be able to control any situation that may arise. So, here are some tips you can use to make that happen.
If you prefer to handle the refreshments and foods on your own, save money by shopping at wholesalers, such as Sam’s Club and Costco. If you shop wholesale, you will be able to purchase your wedding food affordably. You may want to ask your friends to chip in with buying food.
For a more affordable wedding, consider setting a date outside the traditional season for weddings. Most weddings are between June and August. Wedding venues are more expensive during these months. If you plan on getting married during these months, plan as early as you can for the lowest cost.
Wedding dresses can be quite an expense. When shopping for your dress, consider dresses that may not be categorized as a wedding dress. Consider a bridesmaid dress, which costs less than a wedding dress but can still fit your needs. Even if you need the dress to be altered, it will probably be less expensive than buying a wedding dress.
Include in your wedding elements of yourselves, your relationship, and your life’s events. Select a theme that corresponds to you as a couple, and evokes things you have done together.
Your wedding photos are important as they will be the memories you carry with you for the years to come. Have someone highly experienced help you with the pictures if you have the money to afford it. It will be important later in life.
Make sure that transportation is taken care of at your wedding. 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 the right thing to do if you’re serving alcohol at your reception.
Take the time to carefully consider the most important aspect of the wedding, your future spouse. There is no reason to hurry things–you have an entire lifetime with this person! Consider the things you need in a relationship, the thing you’d prefer to do without, and how all this applies to your potential partner.
Take the time to think about what you want to say in your vows since these words mean so much and will heard by all of your guests. The institution of marriage is lifelong and marked by willingness to enter into a major commitment. When you are saying your vows ensure your spouse knows and understands that you love them with all of your heart.
Before hiring someone to do your makeup, examine their previous work to be sure it suits your preferred look. Is the style of make up look attractive to you? Make sure it is something you can see yourself wearing. It can be helpful to do a practice run before the big day so that you will be happy with the results.
If you cannot justify the cost of a thousand-dollar wedding cake, consider contacting a local bakery and inquiring about single-serving portions, like cupcakes or cake pops. Many bakeries will offer healthier options, such as 100-calorie cupcakes, fruit fillings, meringue toppings, or gluten-free ingredients.
Even if your gut tells you otherwise, you should never commit to a wedding photographer without considering several other options. You’re not going to want to work with people that aren’t competent photographers. Check online reviews or ask your family members for recommendations on a good photographer where you live.
Don’t overcrowd your wedding reception tables with excessive flowers. Often, flowers just get in your guests’ way. Additionally, many people are allergic to flowers. Think about putting non-scented candles out to create a romantic atmosphere.
Think about asking your family if they want to stay for the honeymoon. By staying longer, they will save money because hotels offer discounts for people that stay longer. This will not only give them a single day to remember, but a whole vacation.
Even if your gut tells you otherwise, you should never commit to a wedding photographer without considering several other options. You don’t want a photographer who disappoints. It is smart to look online for user reviews of photographers or seek personal recommendations from those you trust.
Do not make guests stand around when you are taking photos. These photos should be taken in advance. This means that your guests won’t have to wait as long at the reception for you to get there.
Be certain that your reception venue has a good-sized dance area. There are few things that can suck the fun out a reception like not having the room to bust a move can, so do what you need to do to give you and your friends the space you need to boogie!
Try to have your reception during the middle portion of the day. During the day most people drink less alcohol, which can greatly reduce your bar needs. Furthermore, lunch receptions are often less expensive than dinner receptions. This allows you to add more to your menu or use the savings elsewhere.
Instead of going bankrupt for a wedding cake, try getting multiple tiers of mini-tarts or cupcakes. These arrangements are beloved for their affordable price range, versatility, and convenience. Each guest can just grab a cupcake or tart, then put them into special take-out inspired box.
When making plans for table sitting, make sure the number of guests is even at each table. Another thing to consider when arranging your table seating is the age of the people at the table. Try to group the same aged people at each table.
If you invite people to an exotic destination wedding, they will likely want to stay for part of your honeymoon time as well, since they are already there. By staying longer, they will save money because hotels offer discounts for people that stay longer. Then you can have a memorable wedding and your guests will enjoy a mini vacation.
Even if you’ve chosen and bought your wedding dress, think about keeping it at the shop until your special day. It can get damaged or wrinkled while hanging in your closet. By storing it at the shop, you will ensure that you get it after it is freshly pressed and hung.
Be sure to have a place for your guests to wait and mingle while you are taking your photographs. Get as many pictures as possible before the ceremony. Additionally, photographs of the bride with her parents and the groom with his parents can be taken before the wedding.
If you’re serving several courses, offer sweet treats. Some good examples are tasty crackers, sugar roses, and other dainty tidbits designed to blend with your wedding decor.
You can have a loved one go online to become ordained so that they can officiate over your wedding. Your ceremony will be less formal, and you will save money. You should check the legality of this option in your area before you make a decision.
Individual centerpieces at each table can quickly add up to a big expense, unless you keep them simple. Instead of purchasing a large centerpiece that will take up the whole table, keep it very simple. It won’t block the conversation of your guests, will save you some money and yet will still look amazing in your photographs.
If you don’t plan on serving dinner for reception guests, think about eschewing furniture in lieu of renting multiple tables. Lounge chairs, chaises and comfortable sectional pieces will help encourage interaction between your guests. You can create special lounge areas with plush seating throughout the venue to make guest feel comfortable and special.
Silk flowers are an attractive alternative to expensive floral arrangements at a wedding. You don’t have to buy these fresh as you can pick them months in advance, saving you the hassle of worrying about your floral arrangements on the big day.
If you are planning to hold your reception outside, let the caterer know in advance. They will need to plan your meal knowing that the weather could be less than ideal for your food. A pretty cover is recommended for foods at outdoor weddings, to keep them fresh and free of debris or bugs. A mini-fridge may be useful for keeping your drinks chilled.
If the bride and groom share a fondness for travel, look for decorative elements that convey a shared sense of wanderlust. Use a little artistic skill to get your invitations appearing like aged postcards from a far-away land. Prop open a vintage suitcase and display photos, programs, or favors in it.
Always understand the legal requirements for your location when planning a destination wedding. There may be red tape you need to address, such as fees or residency requirement, and you should get these ducks in a row before taking care of anything else.
If you intend to deliver a speech at your wedding, be sure to rehearse. Don’t wait until the last minute to write your speech, or forget about it once it’s written. If you don’t practice, you might ramble, make silly mistakes or completely forget what you wanted to say.
Ensure your flowers look beautiful at the wedding. Retro and vintage themes should have a bright and colorful palette with showstopping flowers evoking feelings of wistfulness and nostalgia. You can use pink and yellow peonies, bright daisies, or red poppies.
If your environment is humid and tropical or it is cool and dry like in the Mediterranean, it can be difficult to find seasonal flowers from your state. Contact professionals near the destination site to find out which blooms are readily available.
When it comes to weddings, be sure to consider if you want to invite children. This point is very important in regards to budget and stress should you allow children to attend. If you are not going to allow children at your wedding, be prepared for certain guests to not be able to make attendance.
If you’re planning a wedding outdoors, you better have a plan B in case of any nasty surprises by Mother Nature. It can be as simple as renting tents to accommodate the wedding party and guests, or choose a location where either an indoor or outdoor wedding is possible. You can also install planks on the ground so that your guests do not get mud on their shoes.
Interview candidates to see their past work. You will want someone who has very high quality. People used to get great VHS tapes of a wedding, but these days you’ll want a digital video or DVD that will last you quite a while. Use these things, along with your gut, to make the final decision of whom to hire.
With weddings, consider if you wish for children to be invited. Having children attend can be aggravating, and it can run up your costs. You may find that some guests will not be able to make it because of no one to watch their children.
Plan your wedding well in advance. You may think that planning a year in advance is silly, but if you put it off, you may find the venues you want are already booked on the date you want to get married. Begin planning as far in advance as you can in order to have many choices.
If the bride’s wedding experience doesn’t live up to her expectations, expect to have an unhappy bride. A stressed-out or disappointed bride may melt down or get depressed during the wedding. To avoid this, run everything you’re planning through her first.
Be aware of the weather. Your guests probably won’t be willing to stay at your outdoor wedding and celebrate, when it’s miserably hot. Similarly, they may leave early, if they are too cold at your winter party. You can make little accommodations in order to improve your guests’ comfort, such as including small fans for them during a scorching summer wedding.
Grooms should ensure that the tuxedo is tailored to fit perfectly. Get the opinions of others before you decide on the tuxedo of your choice. 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.
See if you can recommendations from vendors regarding other services you may require. If you are happy with the photographer you hire, see if they can recommend good wedding bands. Talk to the band and see the recommendations they have. 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.
Hopefully these tips have helped to prepare you for all of the planning that you are now going to do. Hold on to your positive attitude and know that things really will fall into place for a wonderful wedding day.
Brides should remember to practice their smiles in front of mirrors before the big day. You can ensure you’re sporting the smile you wish to capture for your wedding photos. Soon, the perfect smile will be second nature for you.