For happy couples, becoming engaged can be the most romantic highlight of the relationship. However, actually planning the wedding can sometimes be far from romantic and often, it can be downright stressful. The following pieces of advice will help any couple make sure that the planning of their wedding goes smoothly.
Before the wedding practice walking down the aisle. Get acquainted with the floor you will be walking on and do this with the same shoes you plan on wearing. This will help to improve your flow when the big day comes.
Marriages between people of different faiths are common nowadays, but it helps to discuss how this will affect your marriage, in-laws and children, before you marry. Make time to talk to your fiance and their family about their religion.
Check out the credentials of the makeup artist you choose. Ensure you like their style of makeup. They must be able to create the exact type of look you want. It would be terrible to have the artist do your makeup only to realize you are unhappy with it.
To save money, choose a date that is not when most people typically get married. The wedding season is traditionally from May through September. Wedding venues are costly during these months. Book in advance if you must schedule your wedding during this time.
When you are planning your wedding don’t forget that people are going to need to get from your venue back to their hotel. If anyone needs a ride to or from their hotel for the event, you should arrange limos or taxis. This is especially good thinking because many guests at your wedding are likely to be drinking.
Remember to consider how you would like the alcohol at your reception served, and how much it will cost. Open bars can be expensive and can be more so if they’re open a long time. The venue representative will be able to advise you of the various alcohol service options available.
If you’re terrified at the thought of spending a fortune on a wedding cake loaded with calories, talk to local bakeries about something with a smaller portion size. Some bakeries can ship lower calorie cupcakes and also offer gluten-free options like no-calorie sweeteners, fruit-filling, and meringue toppings.
Make your wedding personal by including elements that embody you, your soon-to-be spouse, and your relationship. Select a theme that corresponds to you as a couple, and evokes things you have done together.
Full length mirrors are great for practicing the “aisle-walk.” If you will be wearing heels, this is even more crucial. If you’re scared of turning your ankle, go with attractive flats instead. Losing the allure of heels will pay off if it saves you from taking a nasty spill.
If you’re terrified at the thought of spending a fortune on a wedding cake loaded with calories, talk to local bakeries about something with a smaller portion size. 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.
A great gift for your guests at a destination wedding is a basket that you have delivered to their room full of vacation goodies. Useful things that you may include are local attraction pamphlets, a hat, sunglasses, tourist map, and a disposable camera. Furthermore, a Zagat guide or other culinary guide is useful for any gift basket of this theme!
Brides should de-stress their skin before walking down the aisle. Look for facials that include ingredients known for being gentle and soothing, such as oatmeal proteins.
It is a good idea to plan for an even number of guests at each table, since people tend to pair off in conversations. It’s also a good idea to have people of similar ages all at one table because they will tend to have more in common.
Be certain that your reception venue has a good-sized dance area. People love to dance at weddings and no one wants to be crammed in a small space. If needed, move tables and chairs to free up some room for dancing.
A colorful and unique cake can be placed on a tablecloth of complimentary fabric to turn it into a work of art that becomes a focal point. A pretty tablecloth made of textured fabric, velvet, shiny satin or a lace that matches the wedding dress are all nice choices.
Instead of going bankrupt for a wedding cake, try getting multiple tiers of mini-tarts or cupcakes. These arrangements are more convenient, versatile, and more cost effective. Guests may opt to grab a cupcake on their way out, using cute take-out style containers that are provided.
If you would like a relative or a friend to perform your wedding ceremony, you can ask that person to become ordained via an online program. This makes your ceremony more personal, while saving you money on obtaining an officiant. Before finalizing your plans though, check local regulations to make sure that this will be legitimate in your area.
If a friend of yours has something you want to wear simply as them. This can help you achieve a nice look, while also letting you focus money in other areas to make your wedding much better.
Ask a friend to borrow something from them to wear at your wedding ceremony. This “something borrowed” will enhance the way you look and feel and add a special touch to the day.
If you don’t want to have real flowers in your wedding or don’t have the budget to do so, silk flowers can be a fantastic alternative. You don’t have to purchase these fresh so you can buy them months ahead, and you don’t have to be concerned with huge floral arrangements.
You can incorporate different cultural backgrounds and religious preferences into your big day in many different ways. Everyone will be happy with this compromise.
Choosing centerpieces for your reception tables can be a difficult and costly decision. Try small, elegant decorations to accent tables, and create a nice ambiance. This will allow for the free flow of conversation, as guests will be able to view each other without distraction.
Don’t plan destination weddings without considering the destination’s legal requirements. Things such as residency requirements, blood tests and fees should be addressed before you book your venue.
This can be as simple as having a modern fusion menu that includes popular dishes. Make the meal more original with an ethnic dessert or traditional drinks.
Add depth to your floral decor and centerpieces by incorporating floral elements of different heights. For long stem flowers, use tall vases. You can then surround the vases using flowers with more show and volume but that are shorter. The shorter full flowers need to be lighter than the taller and more prominent flowers.
When the wedding party is from different backgrounds, flexibility is important when planning the big day. This creates a memorable and intriguing contrast that is sure to satisfy family traditions on both the bride and groom’s sides.
Decide in advance if you will be inviting children to your wedding. Not having kids can actually save you a lot of frustration. However, there may be people who will not be able to attend unless they are allowed to bring their children.
Be sure that children who are appearing in your wedding are dressed in comfortable, well-fitting clothing. Favor soft fabrics, and avoid dressing children in clothes that are too tight to fit comfortably. Shoes should be broken in and comfortable. Instead of messing around with their clothes, this will help kids focus on their jobs at the wedding.
Choose group activities to fill your special day with fun. Don’t just let everyone stand around tapping their feet, waiting for something to happen. You can include fun activities such as contests and volleyball which will get everyone to actively participate. When your guests enjoy themselves and socialize with everyone else at the event, they are more likely to have fond memories of your wedding.
For an outdoor wedding, have an backup plan in case of rain or other unforeseen conditions. Some ideas are renting a couple of tents, or using a place that has indoor as well as outdoor accommodations. Planks can be used on wet ground so guests do not soil their shoes.
Grooms should be just as meticulous about getting your tuxedo fitted as the bride is with her gown. Ask trusted friend or family to give you an honest appraisal of the tuxedo you are considering. You will want to look your best for your wedding as the photographs taken that day will be a reminder for a lifetime of your special day.
A common wedding tradition is having a gift registry. For a more pleasant air, try to make guests understand that you don’t require them to bring you anything. By letting them know they are under no obligation and offer several options for gifts, they will also be more comfortable at the event. Everyone should feel comfortable with what they can spend.
Whether you are booking a band or a DJ, do your research ahead of time. Contact several references first. Once a decision has been made, you need to ensure the person signs a written contract for confirmation. Preparing in this way makes it much less likely that bad music will spoil your wedding.
Practice the first dance with your spouse-to-be while wearing clothes similar to what you’ll wear at the wedding. Dancing with your spouse-to-be is romantic, and in addition it will help you get used to each others’ clothes so you won’t feel awkward on your wedding day. Your skirt might be something you are used to walking or dancing in, but your soon-to-be husband might not. This helps remove any awkwardness that he might feel, especially if the dress that you wear is puffy.
Talk to vendors to gain recommendations for additional services that will be needed. After finding a good photographer, ask for band recommendations. You can then ask the music provider about another service provider you have need of. Not only will you find quality individuals this way, the vendors will probably all work better together if they like one another.
Get started as soon as you can planning the wedding. 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 makes it possible for you to choose the vendors who best meet your needs.
You need to be able to trust other people to help with certain aspects of your wedding. Because you are very emotionally involved with your wedding, you probably want to be a big part in all aspects of everything that needs to be done. But, it is important that you trust the advice of those who may have more experience than you in certain areas of the planning.
As you prepare to be the blushing bride, remember to practice smiling. Look in the mirror to catch your best and most winning smile. This will help you to be sure that your smile looks great in the wedding photos. You’ll get the right look if you practice enough.
Try something new versus engagement ring shopping. Instead, why not propose with a family heirloom that has seen generations of happy marriages? A ring that has been kept in the family can have far more sentimental value than a ring that is purchased in a jewelry store.
Couples that keep the above tips in mind might be able to reverse the common scenario and have the wedding planning process bring them together, rather than stress them out. A couple that can make a wedding happen without arguing are probably on the road to a happy marriage. These tips can help you invest in a beautiful wedding and a marriage that will last forever.
You’re going to want to put together wedding invitations as the first thing you do once you have your theme down, do this as soon as your date is set so people can plan in advance. Make sure you choose colors that match the theme of your wedding. Look at many different styles and colors prior to choosing your wedding invitations.