The height of many romantic relationships is the day that the couple gets engaged. On the other hand, the wedding planning that follows is usually the opposite of romantic in its demands and stress. If you want to make your wedding planning as much fun as the actual wedding will be, follow these ideas.
When you’re getting plans together for your wedding, consider the types of alcoholic beverages you’re going to be serving. Also be aware of the cost. Keeping an open bar doesn’t come cheap, but keeping it open for an extended time can be even more costly. Check with your venue to find out the alcohol options they have for you to choose from.
Before your wedding day be sure to practice walking down the aisle multiple times. Also, practice it at the wedding venue in the shoes you plan on wearing. This can help you feel more confident during your special day.
The right wedding dress can be quite expensive. When you are shopping, try getting a dress that might not be traditionally thought of as one made for a wedding. For example, a bridesmaid dress is typically much less expensive and may be just what you’re looking for. Even with alterations, the cost may still be less.
Make sure that you listen to all the speeches before the big day so you can remove anything that is inappropriate. If there are going to be different generations there, you don’t want to offend anyone.
If you are assigning any guest to give a speech at your wedding, have him rehearse the speech with you beforehand to ensure that it is appropriate. Many generations and people of differing viewpoints will attend your wedding, so your speech makers need to make their speeches geared to everyone and not just play to their own friends.
Have your wedding at a location owned by friends or family. Instead of booking a ballroom, try holding your wedding in a backyard or field instead. You could pay for a cleaning service to come through before and after the wedding and make that the only cost.
Personalize your wedding by including things that represent your spouse-to-be, and the bond between the both of you. Pick out a theme that reflects your time together.
An overabundance of flowers on reception tables causes trouble. Oftentimes, those flowers are simply in the way for your wedding attendees. An additional possibility to consider is that a number of your reception guests may suffer from allergies. Consider placing non scented candles on the table for a romantic look.
Look at samples of past work before hiring a makeup artist. Ensure you like their style of makeup. Consider doing a trial run before the big day. It would be terrible to have the artist do your makeup only to realize you are unhappy with it.
Don’t wait until your wedding day to try walking in your shoes and gown. Practice going down the aisle until you feel comfortable. If you’re worried that you will twist your ankle, you can wear flats instead. Sexy footwear won’t do you any good if you wind up falling on your bum.
You do not have to get a wedding cake that is filled with countless calories. There are some bakers who are able to prepare delicious and beautiful cakes that are individually sized to be just enough to give someone the cake they want without the calories they do not want. Some bakeries can ship lower calorie cupcakes and also offer gluten-free options like no-calorie sweeteners, fruit-filling, and meringue toppings.
You could get help from someone else who is attending the wedding. They could help you carry your gear. They can assist you in getting the family together for group shots, too!
Many locations will permit you to choose your own officiant if you have a loved one become ordained online. While having someone special officiate makes the ceremony truly yours, it also has the additional perk of allowing you to redirect the money for something else, such as flowers. You should check the legality of this option in your area before you make a decision.
Don’t make guests wait around while taking pictures. These pictures should be done beforehand. Pictures with the bride or groom and their respective parents can also be taken ahead of time, reducing the amount of time guests have to wait for your arrival at the reception.
If you are having a wedding outside, you need to have a plan in case it rains. A couple ways to do this include having tents on standby and renting an area with both an indoor and outdoor space. Mud can ruin footwear, so for the convenience of your guests it is a good idea to lay down planks of wood for them to walk on.
A great gift for your guests at a destination wedding is a basket that you have delivered to their room full of vacation goodies. Put items in these baskets that they can use on their trip. These can be maps, disposable cameras, a pair of sunglasses, a hat and also a pamphlet detailing where it would be fun to visit. Be sure to include a local restaurant guide and possibly some coupons to make dining easy.
Before meeting a wedding planner for the first time, do your homework. Take the time to visualize what your ideal wedding will look like by posting fabric swatches on mood boards, gathering images and inspiration just like professional stylists do. Include photos, magazine clippings, and songs lyrics if you like.
If you can afford it, consider a cruise ship wedding, inviting only close family and friends. The wedding itself will almost feel like the honeymoon. There are cruise options that carry special rates for couples looking for this kind of wedding and honeymoon option.
If you don’t want to spend a small fortune on flower arrangements on the reception tables, have you considered a display of potted plants instead? Glazed ceramic pots in colorful hues will look great, or you can opt to paint and adorn the pottery yourself. The plants can be distributed as gifts for guests, or the bride and groom may choose to take the plants home.
Ask a close friend or family member if they’d be interested in becoming ordained online to be able to officiate your ceremony. This will not only save you money by not having to pay for an officiant, but will also make your wedding very special. Check your local laws to ensure that this does allow you to have a legally binding marital union, some locations need you to use an official ordained in a church.
Find a few group activities to occupy your guests. You don’t want all of the guests simply watching and waiting for the vows to come to a close before leaving. Include a variety of activities, like contests, photobooths, karaoke or miniature golf. Your wedding will be a more memorable event when everyone has fun and interacts with each other.
Do you want to serve many courses during your wedding meal? If so, be sure to place appetizer dishes for them to try. You may even want to put some treats on them. Get sugar roses that go with the color palette or your wedding. Or, opt for some thin crackers.
To be certain of having a happy bride on the wedding day, be sure that all arrangements are of a type and quality she will appreciate. Once the bride starts worrying about her wedding, if the fear of a poorly planned wedding sets in, she will quickly start to feel devastated. The bride’s wishes must be followed or you will be facing an angry bridezilla!
You can even ask one of your friends if you can borrow some jewelry for the big wedding day. Not only does borrowing jewelry help you perfect your look without spending extra money, but your friend will be honored to contribute to your appearance on your wedding day.
Make sure you have a nice fitting tuxedo as the groom. Ask those around you for an approval before making a final tuxedo choice. Remember that people will be taking pictures, try to look your best.
Write your own vows for the wedding. You can, of course, say the traditional words, but make it special. Crafting your vows yourself gives them more meaning. Use some inspiration from elsewhere, but write them from the heart.
Get the most from your wedding planner by doing your homework prior to your first meeting. Put together a look book that contains all your design ideas. You can even clip articles, photos, and song lyrics in order convey your vision to the wedding planner.
Small meals are something to consider at the reception. Having a large amount of guests can really drive up the cost of the food. You can stick to your budget if you serve a smaller meal to your friends and family members. If you rule that out, you may have to have fewer guests instead.
Consider your guest and their finances and circumstances when looking into adestination wedding. You might have guests that plan their vacation around your wedding, so they need enough time to get ready. Send out invitations 8 months beforehand.
Tap into your vendors vast experience and ask them for recommendation for other vendors. If you have a photographer whom you really like, see if he has a recommendation for a band. 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.
If you are planning a destination wedding, be sure to know the legal requirements for getting married in that location. Whether it is residency requirements, fees, or any other red tape, you should have all your needs addressed before you begin the task of booking hotels and services for the big day.
The bride’s mother and all bridesmaids who are helping you get ready need to be ready prior to the time it requires you to put on a gown. Right before the ceremony, all attention should be focused on you, the bride. If your helpers are worrying about their own preparations, they will neglect yours.
Make sure that your flowers look great too. Retro and vintage themes that use bright and happy color palettes need bold flowers to showcase that air of nostalgia. Red poppies, bright Gerber daisies and beautifully colored peonies may offer the perfect touch.
Brides planning to be married in a strapless gown should avoid having obvious tan lines. Perhaps you want a nice tan for the wedding, but tan lines don’t look good with your dress.
When starting out with plans for your wedding, create a list of what you want in a prioritized order. Many people feel that flowers are a higher priority than the wedding cake or the guest list isn’t as important as the venue. By prioritizing your budget according to your wants, you can delegate the right amount of funds and insure your day is perfect.
After you have decided on a theme and a date, you will have to start working on invitations. Invitations usually include the colors you have chosen in your wedding theme, and will typically give your guests clues about what your theme is. Look at many different styles and colors prior to choosing your wedding invitations.
Know what your bridesmaids are going to wear prior to the wedding. You do not want to have disagreements and drama. You want what you decide to be affordable and to match your theme appropriately. This ensures that you have a great wedding without any hurt feelings or misunderstandings.
Try to remember that music is the entire mood of the reception so make sure that it is acceptable and enjoyed by all attending. Make sure that whomever you hire will be able to get your wedding guests into a carefree, fun mood! If the DJ cannot get the guests going with the music, you’re more than likely going to be unhappy with the way your reception goes.
A couple that will use these tips will find that they can be closer by carefully planning their wedding. Jointly planning a successful wedding provides a good foundation for planning the actual marriage and life together that follows. These tips will help any couple invest, not just in having a romantic wedding, but also in having a successful long-term romantic relationship.
Ask the people that you invite what music they want to hear. That way, you’ll be certain to play popular songs amongst your guests, and they are going to be happy hearing the song they listed.