If you love the person you are with, your first wedding will be your last. Marriage is a big step but if you have the right person and know it, then the time is right to get married and begin a life together. Use the following tips to help you create a beautiful, memorable wedding.
You may be surprised at how expensive wedding dresses are. Consider looking into dresses that are not designated as wedding dresses. You could get a bridesmaid’s dress, and it would be just a fraction of the cost. Many times, you can alter the dress to make it look like a wedding dress for a fraction of the cost of an actual wedding dress.
Ethnic catering can help add spice to your wedding. Chicken and steak have been done to death, so you may want to branch out a little. Weddings are known for being unique and your reception should offer a variety of foods to satisfy everyone.
Try using the property of a loved one for the wedding venue. This will help you save money on costs. Saving money on the venue will allow you to hire people to set up and clean up.
Take the time to carefully consider the most important aspect of the wedding, your future spouse. Absolutely do not make this life-changing decision in haste. Give this person’s habits and peccadilloes a great deal of consideration.
Spice up your wedding reception by choosing an ethnic inspired menu. Think outside the traditional choices of chicken or steak. Variety makes life exciting and will undoubtedly make your dinner unforgettable!
Order small individual portions of cake from a local bakery if the thought of spending the equivalent of your honeymoon on your cake does not appeal to you. There are many bakeries that will prepare low-calorie cupcakes for you, or can find ways to cut the calories from a cake. Whether they use gluten-free ingredients, a healthy fruit filling, a calorie free frosting, or something else, it’s sure to be better for you than the alternative.
Consider being married on a cruise ship surrounded only by family and friends. The wedding itself will almost feel like the honeymoon. There are cruise options that carry special rates for couples looking for this kind of wedding and honeymoon option.
This person might be a dedicated friend or family member; he or she will be tasked with toting your gear. They can also help get together family members for group shots!
An ordained relative or friend can step in to officiate your wedding. This ordination can take place quickly and easily online. This will not only save you money by not having to pay for an officiant, but will also make your wedding very special. Make sure this is a legal practice in your state before you get somebody ordained.
Don’t leave your guests waiting while you, your new spouse and the wedding party have an hour long photo shoot. Take the bridal party photos ahead of time. Pictures with those being wed and their parents should also be taken beforehand if possible.
Finely crafted flowers made of silk can be a good selection for some of your needs, such as table centerpieces. You can buy them months ahead of time, if you like, and it will save you the trouble of having to worry about your flowers for the big day.
If you’re serving several courses, offer sweet treats. Crackers or sugar roses are excellent choices.
If the wedding couple both like to travel they can use decorations that portray that interest. One could age the invitations and notices to look like they are vintage postcards. Get a vintage suitcase and use it as a display for your pictures or programs.
Table centerpieces at a wedding may set you back financially and can actually be a hindrance, instead of an asset, if not artistically simplistic and pleasing. Instead of purchasing a large centerpiece that will take up the whole table, keep it very simple. This will enable your guests to talk amongst each other without any interference, which will provide a better experience for them.
Different countries have plants that are not always native to where you live and may not be easily accessible, or be able to tolerate an extremely humid, or dry environment. Speak to pros near your destination to see what is readily available.
If the cultural backgrounds are different, have the wedding with one tradition and the reception with the other. This solution creates a contrast that will honor the traditions of both families.
It’s important to have a backup plan if you want your wedding ceremony or reception to be held outdoors. You can rent several tents or look for a location that has a community hall, in addition to an outdoor space. You can also install planks on the ground so that your guests do not get mud on their shoes.
Be sure that children who are appearing in your wedding are dressed in comfortable, well-fitting clothing. Stick to soft fabrics that fit just loosely enough to not cause discomfort. Shoes, especially if new, should be comfortable and broken in. Making sure that the shoes aren’t bothersome will let the children focus on their job in the wedding, and they won’t be messing with their outfit.
Be considerate of your guests and their travel arrangements when planning a destination wedding. Some guests may have conflicts with the timing or with the costs of attending. Try to send out invitations roughly eight months ahead of time to let them make the appropriate arrangements for work and family.
Flowers that are in season where you live are unlikely to be available, or easy to find in wedding destination locations. Contact florists near the destination and you can find out which flowers are available.
When you are beginning your wedding plans, make a list of your priorities. After doing this, you may realize that the flowers, or the venue, are more critical to you than the number of guests, or the type of cake you choose. Making the lists will allow you to establish a budget. Once you know how much you have to spend, you will be able to set a specific amount of money to each item on the list and be able to stay within your designated budget.
If you plan to have an outdoor ceremony, be sure to take weather (sun or rain) into account to ensure happy guests. Set up a large canopy for shade or rain. A location with access to the indoors would also work well, just in case of bad weather. Planks can be used on wet ground so guests do not soil their shoes.
Place a number of different-sized potted plants throughout the venue in lieu of costly floral arrangements. You also have several choices for pot decorations. For example, two common pot options are ceramic pots and terracotta stoneware. You can also decorate the pots yourself by painting them, or dressing them up with ribbons. The guests will be able to take the plants home with them as wedding favors or the lovely couple can use them in their new yard.
If you want to avoid allergies or the expense of floral arrangements, consider using potted plants to decorate your wedding space. Glazed ceramic pots in colorful hues will look great, or you can opt to paint and adorn the pottery yourself. When the wedding is over, the bride and groom can plant them at their new home, or the guests can bring home as wedding favors.
Write your wedding vows. You know your spouse better than anyone else. Doing so adds a personal touch to your big day. This will help your event become very happy and emotional.
A gift registry is a wedding tradition. Your guests will appreciate knowing that a gift is not a requirement. Make sure they have varied choices for gifts and varied prices. Your guests should be comfortable bringing gifts they can afford.
When you choose a videographer for the wedding, try interviewing as many as you can to see their work examples. Note the editing and sound quality that the videographer provides. Many couples use to have their wedding put on a VHS tape, but these days, DVDs are the common choice. Use these things, along with your gut, to make the final decision of whom to hire.
Hire the photographer who is interested in creating memories as opposed to snapping pictures. When selecting a photographer, be sure to ask them how their wedding days typically go. Find out how they intend to move through the wedding, capturing the moments that are special to you. You should be comfortable with the photographer’s style and presence at your wedding.
One creative way to reduce the cost of your wedding is to use other alternatives instead of flower arrangements. Ribbons are a colorful alternative to floral wreaths for the flower girls. You might want to consider using silk flowers instead of live ones. Using silk flowers not only saves you money, but you are able to keep it forever. You can move the arrangements from your wedding to your reception.
The decision to spend your remaining years with a single person isn’t one to be taken lightly. Why not usher in your new life together with a wedding that speaks to your love? The tips in this article can help you plan a wedding that is all that you have ever wanted.
If you are planning a wedding on a shoestring budget, it is possible! It is not necessary to run up a big bill to have a great wedding day. You can save money by making invitations, favors and floral arrangements.