A meaningful wedding needs only the bride and groom, someone to unite them and, of course, the love that will bind them forever. All the extras are optional, and they can cause excess stress when you are planning your wedding. Regardless of how simple or extravagant your wedding, remember to enjoy it.
Realize that religion is going to play a major role on your actual wedding day and moving forward in your marriage. Discuss religion with both your future spouse and their family members so that you can develop a strong understanding of their beliefs.
Purchasing wedding gowns through the Internet can help save you a lot of money, but see to it that you do it early in order to have enough time to alter it if needed. You want to make sure that you think about other expenses that you might not commonly think of, like having the wedding gown altered, which can cost extra money. Be sure to include the potential alterations cost into your budget.
Have your wedding on the property of friends or family. Having your wedding in someone’s yard or even farm can reduce wedding costs. Try paying someone to come out in advance and after your event to clean the place for the only location-based cost.
By going international with your food choices, you not only make the event different but also exciting and fun. Chicken and steak are over-served, so why not pick some other foods in your desired cuisine? Ethnic foods and decor will help your reception be memorable.
Don’t use an overabundance of flowers as table centerpieces for your reception. If you have too many flowers, they can actually become a hindrance to your guests. Plus, some guests may be allergic to flowers. In order to provide a romantic look, you can place unscented candles centered on the table.
You can add small decorative items to your entire wedding theme. For instance, the ribbon on your bouquet can go with ribbon for your hair, dress, or centerpiece. These little details will elevate your wedding since it will show all the effort you put into it.
Those brides that are lovers of fashion and luxury can have bouquets embellished with rhinestones, diamonds, or Swarovski crystals. This is easy to do at home; you can just use some heat-fixed crystals or adhesives, some costume jewelry or even attach a heirloom piece. To make sure it coordinates with everything else you are wearing, be consistent with the colors, size and cut of the stones.
If you’re terrified at the thought of spending a fortune on a wedding cake loaded with calories, talk to local bakeries about something with a smaller portion size. Many bakeries offer small tarts or mini-cakes that come in healthier options, like fresh fruit-filled, gluten-free or vegan options.
Sweet cupcakes are great alternatives to an expensive cake. People love these arrangements because they don’t cost a lot, are versatile, and convenient. Guests can serve themselves or even take one home as a party favor of sorts.
While it’s important to provide your wedding DJ with a list of songs you love and wish to be played at your reception, it’s equally as important to let him know what you DON’T like. Perhaps it’s heavy metal, country music or special music from an ex. Tell your spouse-to-be so that he knows too.
Have a mid-afternoon wedding reception. Three or four o’clock is ideal. Your bar tab will be significantly less as people drink less in daylight. Also, lunch receptions will typically be cheaper than dinner receptions and allow you to either increase the quality of food or allocate the rest of your food and alcohol budget to another need for the wedding.
When choosing the location for your reception, make sure you have enough room for a dance floor. There is nothing worse than being crammed like sardines while the people around you are trying to do the Mashed Potato, so move some tables and chairs to make the extra room you need to get your groove on!
If you will not be serving a supper at the reception, think about using other furniture instead of tables and chairs. Your guests will be more likely to interact if they are in a comfortable setting with lounges and chaises. Comfortable seating will make your guests feel relaxed and at home, permitting them to enjoy lounging areas around your location.
Maintain an online event itinerary for all your wedding guests, so they know the exact day and time everything is scheduled. It is important that you let people know about events, such as the rehearsal they need to attend; this ensures that they show up at the appropriate time, when they’re needed.
When planning an outdoor wedding, it is important to have an alternate plan established so that you are prepared if bad weather becomes a factor. Make sure you have some tents installed or a backup hall nearby, in addition to the planned outdoor venue. Planks can also be installed to prevent your guests from getting mud all over the their shoes and clothes.
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. By doing this, you can step away from the altar and immediately start your honeymoon. Many cruise companies offer a special rate for a combined wedding/honeymoon package.
Don’t plan destination weddings without considering the destination’s legal requirements. You will need to address all of these legal issues beforehand.
If the couple like travel, try to find wedding decorations that appeal to this hobby. The printed items, such as invitations and thank you cards, can have the look of old maps or vintage postcards. Get a vintage suitcase and use it as a display for your pictures or programs.
When starting out with plans for your wedding, create a list of what you want in a prioritized order. Flowers are usually one of the most important parts of a wedding, and the cake and venue are usually up near the top, too. By having a plan of what is most important to you, you can set aside funding for each item and ensure you get the wedding of your dreams.
If the groom and bride come from different cultural backgrounds, embrace each background by incorporating the traditions of both in the wedding and reception. This will help create a festive atmosphere and help make the event enjoyable for both families.
Gift registries are traditional parts of weddings. Let your guests know that they are not obligated to buy anything from the registry. Give them several gift options at a wide range of prices. Your guest should be comfortable about affording a gift that will please you.
Your plans for a wedding outside should always include a solid backup plan, in case it rains, or other unforeseen problems occur. Book a location that also has a inside building or rent some tents. Mud can ruin footwear, so for the convenience of your guests it is a good idea to lay down planks of wood for them to walk on.
To get ready for the first dance, try practicing dances in long skirts in the days leading up to your wedding. Be sure to practice dancing with your soon-to-be husband, so that he can get used to your long skirt, too! This will help prevent any awkwardness your partner might experiences from maneuvering around a large, full dress.
Consider your guest and their finances and circumstances when looking into adestination wedding. You do not want to give your guests extra anxiety. Sending out save the date cards or invitations, if possible, at least 8 months in advance, will allow for just about any arrangements your guests will need to make.
When you select your wedding decor, and especially your flowers, do so with the layout of your venue in mind. For example, a tall, complicated arrangement may get toppled over on a windy day. There might be a need for special equipment when it comes to certain outdoor wedding locations.
A wedding only truly needs a few things for success. Everything else is just an extra luxury. Don’t take the advice of too many people. Plan a wedding that will be special to you and the people who are most important to you. If you put these ideas into action, your wedding will make everyone that comes happy!
Do not allow yourself to be weighed down by obligation to traditions; this is your wedding and should be planned accordingly. Thank your relatives for their suggestions and ideas, but make it clear to them that the events of the wedding day will ultimately be planned by you and your partner. By doing this, you can reflect back, with no regrets, on the day you were wed.