Weddings are beautiful and can be fun, but they also require lots of planning and hard work. The closer the date becomes the more hectic life can get. But, with ample planning, you can rest assured that your day is going to go smoothly. Below are a few tips to help you plan this huge event.
Take into consideration that you will want to address the topic of religion since it will be a part of your wedding day and the life you’re building together. To really comprehend their religion, talk with your fiance, as well as their family.
For a more affordable wedding, consider setting a date outside the traditional season for weddings. Most people get married between May and December. Many venues cost more at this time. Your best bet is to book your venue as soon as possible to secure the best possible price.
Practice your walk for your wedding day. Also, practice it at the wedding venue in the shoes you plan on wearing. It can also better the flow when the actual wedding takes place.
When wedding planning, think about what alcohol you want to serve, how you want to serve it, and try to be cost efficient. Having an open bar may cost a lot, especially if it is available throughout the entire day. If holding the wedding at an outside venue, they may have alcohol serving options available that can control costs.
When you are planning your wedding festivities, think hard about the kinds of alcoholic beverages that are going to be available, and also how much of a price tag they will carry. Having an open bar can be very expensive if it stays open for hours. Wedding venues will have different options, such as a limited open bar or a offering fewer options to help keep alcohol costs down.
If you will be preparing the food for your wedding, shop at wholesale stores. Wholesale shopping will let you get food for cheaper. Think about asking people you know to assist with the food costs.
When you’re planning on who to give the speeches at your wedding, have them rehearse the things they would say in front of you so you can determine if everything they say will be appropriate. There are a lot of different age groups at a wedding. This makes some jokes told by the younger crowd inappropriate to older people.
Going online to purchase your wedding dress can save you a small fortune. However, you should make sure that you order it well before the big day in order to allow time for any alterations to be carried out should they be needed. I spent $100 on the gown I purchased for my wedding, but spent another $200 for altering it. Make sure you consider this cost in your wedding budget.
Personalize your wedding by including unique touches that express the essence and interests of you and your new spouse. Select a theme that corresponds to you as a couple, and evokes things you have done together.
The photos taken during your wedding are important as you’ll look at these a lot of times during your lifetime. Have someone highly experienced help you with the pictures if you have the money to afford it. It will be important later in life.
Ethnic catering can give your reception that extra spice your guests crave. Steak and chicken are both overrated, not to mention boring. Variety will make things very beautiful and elegant.
Spend some time writing your vows. These words are important for your new spouse. Understand that marriage requires an endless commitment from both parties and that sacrifices often have to be made. Write your vows so that they express your love for your spouse and remind you of why you love them.
If you are looking to dazzle your guests but cannot afford a hit to the wallet, consider renting diamond jewelry. This gives you that look you want but won’t cost you a ton so that you can stay within your budget.
If the thought of a cake that costs thousands of dollars and packs on thousands of calories ruins your appetite, check with local and specialty bakers and inquire about individually sized portions. Many bakeries can provide wedding cupcakes that come in at 100 calories or less per serving. Other healthier options include gluten-free pastries, no-calorie sweeteners, and icing alternatives, such as meringue or fruit spreads.
If you will have a makeup artist, make sure that you have seen their previous work and like it. Ensure you like their style of makeup. It is critically important that you know they can meet your needs. You don’t want to find yourself with makeup that doesn’t appeal to you right before you are about to start your wedding.
You need to tell your DJ what you do want to be played, but also make sure he or she understands what not to play. Perhaps it’s heavy metal, country music or special music from an ex. Be sure your DJ is well aware of your preferences in advance to avoid discomfort.
Instead of traditional floral bouquets, brides can adorn their bouquet with diamonds, rhinestones or other gems. This is easy to do at home; you can just use some heat-fixed crystals or adhesives, some costume jewelry or even attach a heirloom piece. Use stones that are roughly the same cut, size, and color as those in your ensemble to ensure coordination.
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. Times have changed and despite the oddness you may feel based on tradition, guests tend to prefer this and it saves not only money but also prevents waste. Guests can take home wonderful treats as they depart.
Fashionable brides who love the look of luxury may wish to glam up their bouquets with sparkling embellishments like rhinestones, Swarovski crystals, or even diamonds. For example, incorporate vintage brooches, Swarovski crystals or costume jewelry into the design. For a consistent look, all of the stones should coordinate in terms of cut, color, and size.
If you are going to have a destination wedding, give your guests a basket filled with exotic 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. You could also toss in a few suggestions for local eateries and cafes.
Even if your dress has been selected and paid for, you may want to store it with the bridal boutique until the day of your wedding. It can get stained or wrinkly inside your closet. If you keep it at the shop until the big day, it will ensure it is in pristine condition when you wear it.
Consider placing your colorful cake on a piece of fabric or tablecloth in a coordinating color. You can use solids, patters, silk, velvet or satin to tie the elements all together.
See if you can get your wedding on board a cruise ship. This will allow you to have your honeymoon directly afterwards. Some cruise ships offer special wedding and honeymoon packages.
If you can afford it, have the event on a ship and just invite your closest friends and family. If you do this, you can start your honeymoon immediately after the ceremony ends. Some cruises will offer discounts if you are getting married.
Of the various kinds of flowers you can choose for your wedding day, silk flowers offer a unique and practical option. You can get these way in advance because they aren’t fresh and then have them on hand and reduce one thing to do right before the big day.
If the bride and groom hail from highly divergent cultural backgrounds, honor both sides by planning a wedding ceremony that incorporates one side’s traditions, followed by a reception that includes traditional dishes, rituals, or decor from the other side’s background. This will create a beautiful blend of traditions for the couple and their families.
Alert your caterer to the fact that you would like your reception to be held outdoors. Some foods do not last in the heat, or may not stay on plates if it’s too windy. There are, however, good covers available to protect the dishes. Another consideration is to have a refrigerator available to keep beverages at their desired temperature.
Every aspect of your wedding needs to be planned. Everything from the food served to what happens in the reception should be planned. You want all your guests to be excited and constantly interacting with what you have planned on your special day.
Make sure that your wedding theme is cohesive throughout all of your decor elements, even the flowers. Vintage themes can offer a classy look if the flowers are suited to the theme. Look for flowers that speak to the theme and the colors associated with that theme.
If you are planning to hold your reception outside, let the caterer know in advance. The food you serve will need to be kept at certain temperatures to be safe, or will need to be shielded from wind and flying debris. It might be possible to cover the dishes. A small refrigerator can be used to keep the drinks cold if needed.
Decide upon the matter of inviting children to the wedding early in the planning process. This is crucial because you can save aggravation as well as money by not having children present. On the flip side, there may be a lot of people who may not attend for this reason because they cannot find someone to watch their children.
Add depth to your floral decor and centerpieces by incorporating floral elements of different heights. For long stem flowers, use tall vases. Then add in smaller flowers with shorter stems to fill in empty spaces and to fluff out the arrangement. Also, opt for darker shades for your long stem flowers and lighter shades for the shorter flowers.
If you’re wearing a tuxedo at your wedding, take the time to get one that fits well. Ask trusted friend or family to give you an honest appraisal of the tuxedo you are considering. Keep in mind that photographs are going to be taken during the wedding, and you will want to look your best in those mementos.
Make sure everything is perfect for the bride so she is happy on her wedding day! If she has to stress about planning, and deal with a under par wedding, it will absolutely ruin her. A Bridezilla will be on your hands if you do not let her make decisions.
When you need to put together a wedding on the cheap, you can! Nobody should borrow money to put on a wedding. There are many things like invitations, favors or floral arrangements that can be made as opposed to bought. You can look to family and friends to assist you and you can look for a venue that will allow for both a ceremony and reception in one place.
You should definitely consider writing your wedding vows yourself. You can, of course, say the traditional words, but make it special. Crafting your vows yourself gives them more meaning. You can use other sources for inspiration, but add your extra touches to them.
Don’t serve a very big meal at the wedding reception. Having a large amount of guests can really drive up the cost of the food. Cutting down on the food at your wedding is one way to save money. If you rule that out, you may have to have fewer guests instead.
The marriage itself is what is important, so the right fit is essential. Even if you are sure you know your partner, life will still be difficult, meaning you will need to draw closer to your partner in tough times as opposed to letting them pull you apart. Hopefully, with the tips above, your special wedding day will come and go with ease and leave wonderful memories that last a lifetime.
Be prepared for rain. If you would like to have your wedding outside, be sure you have an alternate plan, should it rain. Even if you’re convinced the weather won’t be foul, you must be prepared.