One of the best and most memorable couple moments you will ever have is when you get engaged. That said, the wedding planning that follows the engagement is often extremely stressful, not to mention expensive. Here is advice to help couples who are planning their wedding enjoy the planning process as much as the wedding itself.
Getting married in the peak wedding season can cost a small fortune. The wedding season runs from May until September. Wedding venues can be pricier at this time. If you decide to have your wedding during these months, you will get a better deal by booking far ahead of time.
Religion is most likely going to be a significant factor in not only your wedding, but your future marriage. Make time to talk to your fiance and their family about their religion.
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. Wedding guests cover many generations of family and friends, and the humor of newer generations might offend elders.
Practice your walk down the aisle many times on the days leading up to the wedding. Get acquainted with the floor you will be walking on and do this with the same shoes you plan on wearing. This is going to make you feel confident on your big day.
You won’t get a second chance to get your wedding pictures right, so make sure these memories are recorded the right way. Select a professional to take your pictures, and do not be afraid to go above your budget if you have the money to ensure that you get the best photographs possible.
Avoid cluttering tables with too many flowers at your reception. The majority of the time, these flowers are in the guests’ way. Also, some of your guests may have allergies to the flowers. A romantic alternative to floral centerpieces at guest tables is the use of fragrance-free candles.
A wedding dress is a big expense. When you are browsing through dress shops, remember to look a dresses that are not officially categorized as wedding dresses. For example, a formal white dress, such as a prom or bridesmaid dress, will not be as expensive as a wedding dress. Besides, you can have a dress altered and still likely spend less than you would have on a wedding dress.
Even if you’ve chosen and bought your wedding dress, think about keeping it at the shop until your special day. The likelihood of something happening to it is much higher than if you leave it at the bridal store! Keeping it at the bridal shop ensures that it will be fresh and pressed for your big day!
You don’t want to starve yourself leading up to your wedding day just to fit into your dress. This will only make you lightheaded and dehydrating, and it could even make you ill. The last thing you want is to faint while saying your vows. Buy a dress that has a corset back instead for more flexibility.
If you want your colorful wedding cake as the focal point of your reception, present it on a coordinating fabric tablecloth. The right piece of fabric can create a stunning display that makes the cake stand out even more. You can select from a variety of fabrics, including velvet, satin or silk. Likewise, you can choose a solid color or go with something textured or patterned.
Instead of one large, expensive wedding cake, consider serving cupcakes or several small cakes. 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.
Ask to borrow something from a friend to wear on the day you get married. This will not only fill a gap in your wedding jewelry ensemble, but will also add a special touch to the day that you will remember fondly in the years to come.
Brides that have sensitive skin can get less stressed before their wedding by caring for their skin so that it looks great and won’t cause them to have a breakout when the time comes. Seek facial treatment aids that are soothing to the skin such as creamy scrubs, sea salts, rose and oatmeal proteins.
For couples who enjoy the jet-setting lifestyle, incorporate thematic decorations that convey a love for travel. Invitations and save-the-date notices can be made to look like aged or vintage postcards and boarding passes. An interesting travel bag decorated with colored bows and ribbons can be set up as a decoration alongside the guestbook or pictures of the bride and groom.
Only place a few flowers in the centerpieces at your reception tables. The majority of the time, these flowers are in the guests’ way. Also, you must consider that a guest may be allergic to the flowers. As an alternative to flowers, place non-scented candles on the tables. This will also help to create a romantic ambiance.
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. Everyone will be happy with this compromise.
Interview a lot of skilled and experienced photographers before settling on the one you want. A good photographer is crucial. There are online reviews readily available to you, and you can also ask people you know that might have planned a wedding recently.
Flowers that might be abundant in your home territory may not be widely available if you happen to be in the Cayman Islands or Greece. You should get in touch with professionals who work near your wedding’s location to learn about which flowers can be easily obtained.
A relative or friend can serve as your assistant, as often the only requirement for the job is being able to haul your gear. They can assist you in getting the family together for group shots, too!
If dinner isn’t a part of your reception plans, formal tables shouldn’t be either. Soft sectional furniture, lounges and chaises can make it easier for guests to interact with each other. Plush seating arrangements encourages comfort and relaxation among your guests, meaning you can even partition differing lounge environments through your reception site.
If you invite people to an exotic destination wedding, they will likely want to stay for part of your honeymoon time as well, since they are already there. This will help with the monetary aspect of your trip. That will also help them to have a great day and a wonderful vacation!
If you plan to have an outdoor ceremony, be sure to take weather (sun or rain) into account to ensure happy guests. Some ideas are renting a couple of tents, or using a place that has indoor as well as outdoor accommodations. Many tent companies also offer planking or other flooring choices for their tents to keep guests feet clean and dry.
One way to help remain in budget is to search Craigslist for items or services needed for your wedding. Always have a face-to-face meeting with anyone you hire off of Craigslist prior to giving them any cash.
Instead of using expensive, elaborate flower arrangements, opt for various inexpensive potted plants. Plants in decorative glazed pots or terracotta tones will look great and save money. You can even used the potted plants as a favor for guests after the wedding or plant them in your yard as a memory of the wedding.
See if you can borrow a special item of apparel from a friend for your wedding ceremony. A nice bracelet or necklace will both complete your look, as well as give you “something borrowed” for the day.
Hire a professional wedding photographer in order to create memories, not only to take photographs. Discuss your photographer’s vision of the day with him or her. Ask them how they see the day playing out in their mind. It’s essential that you know what they intend to do, so you can determine if it meshes well with your own plans.
Choosing centerpieces for your reception tables can be a difficult and costly decision. Even though ornate centerpieces are very pretty, there is beauty in simple designs as well. Guests will be able to talk without having to strain their necks to see each other, making it a much better experience for them.
If you care about the bride, you will definitely be looking for ways to make sure her wedding is everything she has dreamed of. A stressed-out or disappointed bride may melt down or get depressed during the wedding. Make sure she approves all aspects of the wedding, or she might get annoyed.
A couple who heeds these tips can plan their wedding and get closer to each other. 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.
Create your wedding vows yourself. It can be easier to just copy other vows, but only you and your spouse know what your future may hold. Crafting your vows yourself gives them more meaning. You can use other vows as inspirations, but you need to add your own special touch.