What season are you planning on having your wedding in? Roses, daisies or succulents? It can seem like the decisions never end during the wedding planning process. Whether you are part of the couple that is tying the knot, or just a support person involved in the wedding planning, the tips you are about to read will help you plan an event that is free of problems.
The wedding dress may be a major expense. When looking for a dress, consider dresses that aren’t necessarily in the wedding dress category. A bridesmaid dress might strike your fancy as an option, and it would be cheaper than a dress designated for the bride. Even if the dress needs alterations, it could still be cheaper than an actual wedding dress.
When choosing a makeup artist, ask to see a sample book of makeup the artist has done. Evaluate the makeup artist’s techniques. Make sure it’s to your liking. The last thing you want is to walk down the aisle with a last-minute makeup job.
Finding your perfect wedding dress might be an expensive activity. There are often prom dress or bridesmaids dresses available that can turn out to be a beautiful choice for a wedding dress. A bridesmaid dress, for example, could look stunning on your figure and will typically be less than half the price of an actual wedding gown. Remember, the dress you chose can be altered to change the styling, and the total cost will still probably be less than the cost of purchasing an official wedding dress.
Your assistant just needs to be someone who is capable of keeping up with all your photographic gear and following along unobtrusively behind you. A family member or a close friend will be able to gather families together for group photographs.
Include elements that tell about you, your spouse and the relationship. Select a theme which reflects your relationship.
When having pictures taken, don’t force guests to wait. The pictures with the groom’s and bride’s parties should be shot ahead of time. Pictures with the bride or groom and their respective parents can also be taken ahead of time, reducing the amount of time guests have to wait for your arrival at the reception.
Make use of a family member’s or friend’s property for your venue. If someone you know has a large yard or farm, you can get rid of a big wedding expense. You can even have someone come in and clean it up before the big day.
If money isn’t an issue, you may want to get married on a cruise ship with close members of your family and close friends. If you do this, you can start your honeymoon immediately after the ceremony ends. Many cruise companies offer a special rate for a combined wedding/honeymoon package.
You don’t have to overwhelm yourself with an expensive and high calorie cake; contact your local specialty bakeries and boutiques and inquire about getting smaller, individual portions made instead. There are boutiques that will bake fresh cupcakes with very few calories specifically for your event, and deliver them. These boutiques also often have healthy options available such as gluten-free, fruit based fillings instead of frosting, and healthier alternative toppings.
You can find some talented professionals in your local area to help you have the perfect wedding day by advertising for help on Craigslist. Prior to giving them a dime, meet them personally, but have your groom along for safety.
The venue you pick needs to have enough room for dancing. There is little worse than a crammed dance floor, so make sure to move tables and chairs prior to grooving!
Consider borrowing a special piece of jewelry from a friend or family member. When you do this you save money, you can make yourself look way better and even form a closer bond with people who become more involved with the wedding.
Instead of traditional floral bouquets, brides can adorn their bouquet with diamonds, rhinestones or other gems. You can do this by attaching small crystals, costume jewelry, or perhaps a special piece of jewelry with some kind of adhesive. Make sure you stay consistent with these decorations in cut, color and dimensions so it goes well with what you are going to wear.
Finely crafted flowers made of silk can be a good selection for some of your needs, such as table centerpieces. 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.
It can be a friend or a family member, they just need to help you carry your gear wherever you go. They can help you with other stuff, like gathering the family for group shots, also.
For couples that enjoy traveling, look for wedding items and decorations that reflect this interest. Invitations and save-the-date notices can be made to look like aged or vintage postcards and boarding passes. Perhaps use an old, leather suitcase as a display case for the programs and families involved in the wedding.
Avoid having guests wait while taking the photos. Many of these pictures can be taken before the wedding so that you don’t waste a minute of your reception time. You can also take pictures with both newlyweds’ families at this time.
If you are going to give a speech at a wedding you should always practice. You want to write a wedding speech ahead of time, and practice it until you know it by heart. If not, you may become tongue-tied and do a poor job of it when the time comes.
If you’re going to give a multiple course meal to your guests, they need to be entertained until it comes out with small appetizers like sweets on the tables you have set up. Why not look for sugar roses that match your wedding theme.
Inform the caterer that you would like a reception outdoors. There are some food choices that will not be appropriate for an outdoor wedding as they may spoil easily in heat or wind, for example. You could use covered chafing dishes, or keep the food inside a tent. A small refrigerator can be used to keep the drinks cold if needed.
See if you can borrow a special item of apparel from a friend for your wedding ceremony. This “something borrowed” will enhance the way you look and feel and add a special touch to the day.
If you are planning a destination wedding, be sure to know the legal requirements for getting married in that location. Before you start making travel arrangements and booking accommodations, be sure all the nuts and bolts (e.g. license fees, residency requirements, etc.) are attended to.
For a wedding couple who especially enjoy travel, look for opportunities to work travel-inspired elements into the wedding decor. The printed items, such as invitations and thank you cards, can have the look of old maps or vintage postcards. Design your wedding program and guest favors to match too.
Remember to consider the gift registry at weddings. Tell your guests that they are not required to bring anything. Additionally, choose items with a wide price range. Your guests should be comfortable bringing gifts they can afford.
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.
If you plan to wear a gown to your reception, make sure to practice dancing in a full skirt until you perfect the moves. Whilst you may not have any problems dancing in different attire, your partner may find negotiating large amounts of fabric difficult. This will help him adjust to dancing with you in your dress and prevent any awkwardness, especially if your gown is particularly full at the bottom.
Flowers seasonal to your region might not be readily available if your wedding environment is in a different climate with temperatures, humidity and distinct from what you are used to at home. Make an effort to contact florists that are native to your destination site; he or she will be able to tell you what is available locally.
Grooms should be just as meticulous about getting your tuxedo fitted as the bride is with her gown. Before making a final decision on your tuxedo, ask others for their opinion. You want your wedding pictures to memorialize you and your bride looking your best.
If you don’t want to serve a formal dinner at your reception, try replacing traditional table seatings with rented furniture. Furniture like chaises, sectional pieces, or a lounge chair can often get your guests to interact more. Plush seating is also conductive to a relaxing time, and is comfortable for those with mobility issues. You can also use your furniture to customize your space.
If you plan to hire a videographer, look at their work before making a final selection. The quality in the editing and sound is important when it comes to videographers. People used to get great VHS tapes of a wedding, but these days you’ll want a digital video or DVD that will last you quite a while. Use these things, along with your gut, to make the final decision of whom to hire.
Create your vows on your own. Though it might be simpler to copy another source, keep in mind that you know your fiance better than anyone else. Writing the vows yourself can add more romance and meaning to your wedding and make you feel more connected to one another. Use some inspiration from elsewhere, but write them from the heart.
Can you really organize a great wedding on a minimal budget? Absolutely. A wedding should not cause you to go into debt. Many times, you are really paying for services that you could actually do yourself such as making your own centerpieces and invitations.
After reading these tips, it’s safe to say that you probably weren’t aware of even half of these ideas. And that’s because no one ever realizes just how much goes into planning a wedding until they’re actually staring at it in the face. A wedding is perhaps the most detail-oriented celebration out there, so be sure that you’re using these tips to help you out.
When you select your wedding decor, and especially your flowers, do so with the layout of your venue in mind. As an example, over-the-top floral displays are stunning inside but will not last five minutes outside. There may be a need for special items to keep your decorations tied down at outside venues.