In order to get married, you need nothing more than two people in love and someone to perform the ceremony. The other typical features of modern weddings, while nice to have, are little more than added frills that can end up causing anxiety and irritation. In this article, we focus on the most important things to help you have a memorable and enjoyable wedding day.
Use a friend or family member’s property for your wedding. You might know someone with farm or large piece of real estate, which will alleviate one major cost for the wedding. The only real cost would be to hire someone to clean beforehand and afterwards.
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. This will enable you to save a lot of money. You may even ask for help with food costs from family or friends.
When choosing a makeup artist, look at their past work. Do you like the style of the make up? Be sure that it is exactly what you want. It would be terrible to have the artist do your makeup only to realize you are unhappy with it.
Purchasing your wedding gown on the internet can be a budget saver, cutting down your costs by hundreds of dollars. Make sure to order early so you have time for alterations if any need to be made. A certain person claims to have spent only $100 or her gown, but had to spend another $200 to get it altered. Figure in this additional cost while making your budget.
The wedding DJ needs a list of the songs you want played at the reception, but make sure they know what you dislike. It could be heavy metal or country, or even a song that reminds you of someone not-so-special. No matter what, be sure to make your preferences known to avoid irritation later.
Make sure that you listen to all the speeches before the big day so you can remove anything that is inappropriate. Remember that you’ll have people there from all generations, so keep the jokes appropriate.
Brides who love fashion will perhaps want to add a dash of sparkle to their bouquet; think rhinestones, Swarovski crystals or even some diamonds. You can create this look by using adhesive to affix crystals, a beloved heirloom or costume jewelry to the bouquet. Make sure that the stones of your choice coordinate well with your ensemble; have consistency in your arrangement of colors, size and cut.
Personalize the wedding so that it reflects your personalities, and that of your relationship. Choose a theme that matches your time together!
Midday is the best time to have wedding receptions. People drink less during this time and you will not spend as much on alcohol. Lunch receptions tend to be cheaper than dinner ones because of a possible lower need for alcohol. That money can then be used for other wedding expenses.
Add decorative items in your wedding. You can use a nice little ribbon in many places, such as on your gown, in your hair, or even intertwined with bouquets of flowers. These little details will elevate your wedding since it will show all the effort you put into it.
You’ll want to be able to dim the lighting at the wedding reception. This might seem like a trivial detail, but you want to be able to lower the light for your first romantic dance as a married couple and increase the lighting for other moments of the reception. Ask the folks running your venue if you have that option.
Select your makeup artist carefully. Be sure to view his or her work before hiring. Do you like their style? Be sure they can create the look you want. You will want to feel comfortable with all parties involved.
After you select and purchase your dress, see if you can leave it at the store until the big day. It can get stained or wrinkly inside your closet. This will keep your dress as fresh as possible.
Your vows are very important for a very momentous occasion so make sure you take time to write them to perfection. Keep in mind that your marriage is a strong bond between two parties that must both compromise and sacrifice. Express your love for the person you will marry when writing your vows.
If you find it in your budget, you can have your wedding booked on a cruise with your close friends and family. Your honeymoon will start right after the ceremony. You may even get a great wedding deal.
Make certain that the reception area you choose has enough dancing space. Nothing is as bad as getting crammed into a tight area like sardines when the guests around you are dancing, so clear out any furniture necessary to give space to those wanting to groove.
You can have a special relative or friend become ordained online so that they can perform your wedding vows. Your ceremony will be less formal, and you will save money. However, be sure to check all the required legalities before you opt for this.
If you want to add some sparkle and class to your bouquet, use crystals, diamonds, or rhinestones. For example, incorporate vintage brooches, Swarovski crystals or costume jewelry into the design. Consistency is important in regards to stone sizes, cuts and the colors that sparkle, as all this needs to coordinate with your overall ensemble.
Try Craigslist for finding local talent to help you with your wedding. However, before giving them any money, meet up with them in person as a couple.
Instead of having a single, huge cake baked, set up tiers in the shape of a wedding cake and fill them with delicious cupcakes. 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 are able to take a cupcake when they leave, if you put them in a fancy take-out container.
A nice menu combining contemporary with fusion dishes may be just what you need. Make it different by including a selection of ethnic desserts, beverages, or wedding favors that you can eat.
If the couple’s families are from different cultural backgrounds, both sides can be honored by incorporating traditions, foods, decors, or rituals from both sides. In this way, the wedding event will be unique, personal and memorable.
Don’t postpone the reception while you have photographs taken. Take the bridal party photos ahead of time. Having as many photographs taken as possible beforehand will help the transition between the ceremony and the reception go much smoother.
Avoid dressing children in clothes that are too stuffy and uncomfortable. Choose fabrics that are softer and loose-fitting, in order to maintain a high comfort level. New shoes should be worn enough to ensure they are comfortable. Paying attention to your children’s comfort can help them behave appropriately during the wedding. Uncomfortable children will be focused on fixing their discomfort and may fidget or engage in other distracting behavior. If your children are comfortable, however, they’ll be excited about participating in the wedding and behave appropriately.
Schedule your reception for midday. People consume less alcohol during daylight hours, and this can lower your bar tab. Also, dinner receptions tend to be more expensive than lunch receptions, and you’ll be able to spend your savings on something else.
Seasonal flowers from your region may not be that easy to obtain in dry and cool Mediterranean settings or humid tropical settings. Consult with a florist to see which flowers are in season or most readily available at the time of your wedding.
If you have the budget, consider a cruise as the venue for your wedding and just invite those who are dearest to you. The wedding itself will almost feel like the honeymoon. Many cruise companies offer a special rate for a combined wedding/honeymoon package.
Inform the caterer that you would like a reception outdoors. This will allow the caterer to ensure that food and container choices work well with any weather-related issues such as heat, humidity, or wind. It might be possible to cover the dishes. A mini-fridge may be useful for keeping your drinks chilled.
If you are having an outdoor wedding, include a contingency plan for inclement weather or any other unforeseen problem. You can rent several tents or look for a location that has a community hall, in addition to an outdoor space. Another thing you can do is install planks, so guests don’t get their shoes muddy.
When you are planning a wedding at a destination, have consideration for your guests and what they have to plan for traveling. You may have guests who will make vacation plans around this day and they should have adequate time to prepare. Sending cards to save your date a minimum of eight months ahead of time permit your guests to make any arrangements necessary.
Clearly, there are very few things that are actually essential for a successful wedding. A lot of things that you may think are important to include in your wedding are actually optional. These things can be a nice addition, but they also add unnecessary stress that takes focus away from happiness this day entails. That is why the ideas and information in this article are geared towards how to have a happy and memorable wedding day and not one that fits into some textbook standard.
Pick your flowers carefully. Retro and vintage themes that use bright and happy color palettes need bold flowers to showcase that air of nostalgia. Flowers could include bright red poppies, daisies and peonies.