In your relationship, becoming engaged is one of your most memorable and romantic moments. Planning your wedding can be very far from romantic, in fact, it can be very stressful. If you are excited about getting married, read on to learn how to have fun while planning your wedding.
If you decide to cater your own wedding party, go to the big wholesale stores, like Costco. You will get more food for a better price if you shop wholesale. Think about asking friends to assist with the food costs.
Remember to consider how you would like the alcohol at your reception served, and how much it will cost. The open bar option is the most costly of choices and the cost can be prohibitive for many couples but do not feel bad if you cannot afford it. Ask the venue about their various alcohol service options.
You save large amounts of money by purchasing your wedding dress online. However, it is crucial that you do it far in advance, should it need any alterations. While buying a dress online may be less expensive, alterations can quickly add to the cost. Make sure the costs are included in your budget.
Use a friend’s property to host your wedding. If someone you know has a large yard or farm, you can get rid of a big wedding expense. Your only cost will be hiring someone who can come in before the wedding to set up and stay after to clean.
Try to make your wedding day more personal by using elements that symbolize you and your future spouse’s relationship and personalities. Think about your time together and find a theme which matches it.
If you want to have an unusual and interesting wedding reception, select a catering group that offers ethnic flair. Chicken and steak are over-served, so why not pick some other foods in your desired cuisine? Your wedding dinner can be very memorable when it includes interesting variety.
If you’re one of the many people who don’t want to spend upward of a thousand dollars on a fat-and-sugar-laden wedding cake, check with local bakeries for lighter, individual-sized wedding pastry suggestions. You may be able to find a bakery willing to provide freshly-baked cupcakes that are low-calorie and available in healthier options for family with special dietary needs such as gluten or sugar-free.
Ever wonder what you will look like gliding up the aisle at your wedding? Set up a large mirror and practice walking toward it. If you plan to wear high heels with your dress, this is especially important. If you are afraid of falling, consider wearing flats. Losing the allure of heels will pay off if it saves you from taking a nasty spill.
Too many flower arrangements on the guest tables at your reception are usually an interference and an extra unnecessary expense. The majority of the times, the flowers just get in the way. Furthermore, one or two of your guests could be allergic to certain flowers. To give the tables a romantic look, consider using non-scented candles as a centerpiece.
Instead of having a single, huge cake baked, set up tiers in the shape of a wedding cake and fill them with delicious cupcakes. Many people like these sorts of arrangements because they are convenient, versatile and affordable. Guests can even take a cupcake home.
Keep in mind all things when considering a venue for your receptions, like having adequate dance floor space. Forgetting this can end with a cramped reception, so don’t forget this important detail. You can always move chairs and tables to have more space for dancing.
For destination weddings, a fantastic gift to give your guests is a basket full of goodies that is delivered directly to their hotel room. Fill the basket with useful, fun items like a map, camera, sunblock and brochures from local attractions. Another nice gesture is to include a restaurant guide, since people do need to eat after all.
You can include some embellishments in your bouquet of flowers including rhinestones or Swarovski crystals! You can add some crystals that have been glued on, some costume jewelery, or an heirloom of your own. For a consistent look, all of the stones should coordinate in terms of cut, color, and size.
An online itinerary will facilitate a smooth experience, especially for your out-of-town guests. This schedule allows everyone to know when and where they need to be. For family members and members of the bridal party, give them information about the rehearsal dinner, as well.
You could get help from someone else who is attending the wedding. They could help you carry your gear. They can also help you track down family members, and get them together for group photographs.
If someone you know is willing to be ordained online, they can then preside over your wedding. This will give your loved one an important roll in the ceremony, while also saving you a bit of money. Before committing to this plan, check your local ordinances to make sure that it is not against the law in your area.
If your meal entails several different courses, make sure you add in little sweets between the plates. Why not look for sugar roses that match your wedding theme.
If the wedding couple both like to travel they can use decorations that portray that interest. Invitation can be designed to resemble a travel brochure, boarding pass or vintage postcard. On the date, a vintage suitcase can be used as a display piece. Simply fill it with favors, photos, or wedding programs and prop it open in a prominent location.
If the couple like travel, try to find wedding decorations that appeal to this hobby. You could also send out invitations that look like postcards or boarding passes, for instance. Consider using a steamer trunk as an attractive, themed display for everything from wedding programs to party favors.
The menu is an excellent place to reflect cultural diversity. Change it up by including ethnic desserts, drinks, or any other foods that are being served.
Make sure you think of every detail, from the entertainment to the food. You wedding day should be special to those in attendance.
If you have an outdoor wedding, make sure you have a plan B in case it rains or there are other unforeseen conditions. A couple ways to do this include having tents on standby and renting an area with both an indoor and outdoor space. You should put some nice wooden boards in the ground so the guests do not have the chance of getting muddy.
If you do not plan to serve your guests dinner at the reception site, consider foregoing multiple tables in favor of rented furniture. Things like cushy sectional couches, chaises and lounges can provide a great way for your guests to interact. Comfortable and inviting chairs allow your guests to feel welcome and relaxed, which creates a nice atmosphere at your wedding.
Make sure that you take others into consideration when making travel arrangements. There might be guests who have to plan their vacation time around your wedding, and they will need plenty of time for preparation. Send out your save the date and invitation cards at least six to eight months ahead of time to allow your guests the most time possible to make preparations.
Hire a professional photographer who will capture memories for you. Ask the photographer how he sees the day unfolding. Be sure you understand the process they use to capture all the important moments. It is important to know what their style is and how it will impact your wishes for the events of the day.
You always want to do a lot of research before actually booking your destination wedding. Even the slightest hitch can derail your big days, so it’s best to book your venue, caterer, and transportation arrangements well in advance.
Add depth to your floral decor and centerpieces by incorporating floral elements of different heights. Use tall vases for flowers with longer stems and more compact heads. You can surround these tall vases with short voluminous flowers like pink sweet peas, peonies, or hydrangeas. Also, opt for darker shades for your long stem flowers and lighter shades for the shorter flowers.
A great way to place live flowers around your wedding without spending an arm and a leg on flowers that will end up in the bin is to use potted plants. Glazed ceramic pots in colorful hues will look great, or you can opt to paint and adorn the pottery yourself. The guest’s wedding favor can be the plants in the pots, or you can put them in your garden.
Keep the bride happy on her special day by ensuring that all details meet her high standards. If she’s stressed about planning, and it’s a less than perfect wedding, it can destroy her. Be sure to allow the bride to make all important decisions to prevent a disaster.
Floral designs that vary in height can help improve your decor. For long stem flowers, use tall vases. Put hydrangeas or other flowers with volume around these vases. Have the shorter flowers be lighter in hue than the taller blooms.
Interview candidates to see their past work. Look at samples of the videographers work to be sure it is high quality in every way. Make sure you will be receiving DVD copies of your wedding, rather than outdated VHS tapes. Prioritize the things that are important to you to have in a photographer and make sure your photographer knows about them.
Try to plan some fun group activities that your guests can enjoy on your wedding day. Instead of your guests simply waiting for you to come down the aisle, plan a contest or a game for your guests to partake in while waiting for the wedding to begin. You can include fun activities such as contests and volleyball which will get everyone to actively participate. Make your wedding a participatory event for all, and it will be both fun and memorable for everyone.
Finding alternatives for flower arrangements can help you save lots of money on your big day. Instead of a floral wreath on your flower girl, try using ribbons for a look that is elegant but still cost effective. You might want to consider using silk flowers instead of live ones. Silk flowers save you money and will last forever. Perhaps when you renew your marriage vows in the years ahead you can reuse them.
When you need to put together a wedding on the cheap, you can! Debt should not be something you create for your wedding. Create invitations yourself, having loved ones help. Also, make favors and floral arrangements yourself, and have your wedding at a place in which you can have both the ceremony and reception.
Flower arrangements can end up eating a large portion of your wedding budget, but they don’t have to. A flower girl does not need a large flower wreath. You might want to consider using silk flowers instead of live ones. The silk flowers will not only cost less, but they are a wonderful keepsake. Go one step further, and make the silk flowers pull double duty by using them at the reception too.
Whilst you may feel guilty for not following family traditions or recommendations, you need to remember that your wedding day is yours, not theirs. Let your family member know what you want and thank them for helping, but do not let them influence your wedding. Remember that your wedding day is for you and your new spouse and stick to the things that you both want and there won’t be any regrets about it later.
Any couple who uses these tips most likely will have a bonding experience as they plan their wedding together. Learning how to make plans for a wedding together can be part of the foundation in planning your marriage and life together. This advice will ensure that a couple not only invests in the perfect wedding, but in the marriage itself.
Make sure not to procrastinate. 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. Start planning as soon as possible so that more choices are available to you.