Do you want a summer wedding or a winter wedding? Do you know what type of flowers and floral arrangements you want to use? There are so many decisions that need to be make when you’re planning a wedding. It does not matter if you are tying the knot, or helping plan it, you can use these suggestions to have a happy day.
Buying wedding gowns online can save you hundreds of dollars, but be sure to do it very early to allow you time to get your gown altered when you receive it. A certain person claims to have spent only $100 or her gown, but had to spend another $200 to get it altered. Make sure the costs are included in your budget.
To add spice to your wedding reception, select a caterer that prepares ethnic foods. This will add to the specialness and memories of your reception. Variety is important and you want everyone to remember your wedding dinner.
One way to look gorgeous on your wedding day without going over-budget is to rent your diamond jewelry! This will allow you to look stunning without actually having to invest in the diamonds.
Keep transportation in mind when planning your wedding. You definitely want to have transportation for yourself, as well as others in the area, that need to be able to get back and forth. Also, this will get people who drank alcohol during your wedding home safe and sound.
You need to provide the DJ at your wedding with some songs you want to hear, but you also need to give him a list of all the songs you do not want to hear on that day. Was there a song that you loved once but you no longer do? Make sure that you inform the man you are marrying too.
Take your time in writing your vows, they’re personal and meaningful and must have effort put into them. Marriage is a life long commitment that requires love, sacrifice and the art of compromise and forgiveness. Express how much you love the person you are going to marry in your vows.
Your reception location should have a dance floor or room for dancing. You don’t want to have dancers crashing into seated guests or knocking over the dessert table, so ensure you have adequate space available. If necessary, move some chairs and tables out of the way to make more room.
Make sure to shop multiple photographers before picking the right one to shoot your wedding. You don’t want to end up with wedding pictures that you’re unhappy with. Get recommendations from people you know if you aren’t sure who to use.
Silk flowers are an attractive alternative to expensive floral arrangements at a wedding. You can buy silk flowers well in advance to avoid the stress of getting fresh flowers a few days before the wedding.
Instead of spending too much for a large wedding cake, opt instead for one that is comprised of multiple layers of mini tarts or sweet cupcakes. These arrangements are beloved for their affordable price range, versatility, and convenience. Each guest can just grab a cupcake or tart, then put them into special take-out inspired box.
If the couple getting married has a strong love for travel, try to incorporate design elements that reflect this in the planning and decoration process. Your invitations, notices, and R.S.V.P. cards can be designed to match the theme or your wedding. A classic leather suitcase may be kept open to show family photos, wedding programs or favors.
When you invite your family to your destination wedding, see if they’d like to stick around for the honeymoon, too! This saves people money based on hotel discounts for guests that stay longer, and it also helps maximize the fun. Also, this will increase the quality of memories that you have.
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 create a beautiful blend of traditions for the couple and their families.
Your guests shouldn’t have to hang around while your pictures are taken. The photos concerning the rest of the wedding party should be done in advance. You will want to respect everyone at the ceremony and reception.
If dinner isn’t being served at your reception, you should consider renting comfortable furniture instead of having tables for everyone to sit at. Chaises, comfortable sectional pieces, and lounges can encourage more guest interaction. If your seating is soft and comfortable, it’ll be easier for guests to relax, and having plenty of furniture will let you set up several different lounging areas across the site.
A reception held around lunchtime is a great idea. People consume less alcohol during daylight hours, and this can lower your bar tab. The costs of lunch are far more affordable than catered dinners. Therefore, you can afford to step up your menu or divert that part of your budget to another area, such as floral arrangements or wedding favors.
Do your homework before meeting your wedding planner. Take a tip from stylists and fashion designers. Create a look book and/or a mood board of inspirational tidbits, imagery and fabric swatches that will help you envision the big day. Your planner will be able to tune into your personal vision by hearing your favorite songs, and looking at photos and magazine clippings that you have gathered.
When you plan out tables at the wedding, be sure that there’s even numbers of guests sitting at them. As well, consider grouping tables by the ages of guests. This way those at the tables will have more to talk about.
Don’t plan destination weddings without considering the destination’s legal requirements. Whatever fees or red tape you encounter, you definitely want to address any needs prior to booking any services or hotels.
If you don’t plan on serving dinner for reception guests, think about eschewing furniture in lieu of renting multiple tables. Furnishing the location with chaise lounges or comfortable sectionals can lead to a greater level of interaction between your guests. Perhaps you could create different lounges and add plush seating to allow your guests to relax.
When you are beginning your wedding plans, make a list of your priorities. For some people, the flowers top the list while others consider the venue or the cake more important than a guest list. A prioritized list will help you plan your budget, and delegate the funds to the right area.
If you are planning on having your wedding outdoors, make sure you have a plan B just in case the weather turns against you. You can rent a couple tents or look for a venue with a hall and a park. If the ground is wet you can bring planks of wood to help keep your guests’ shoes clean.
To help add depth to floral arrangements, incorporate flowers of different heights throughout your arrangements. Use tall vases and have some short and some tall flowers. Surround the tall flowers with short, stocky flowers. The shorter full flowers need to be lighter than the taller and more prominent flowers.
Get more out of your wedding planner with research done ahead of time. You can plan the perfect wedding by accumulating all of your ideas into one look book. Anything that is special to you, such as items from magazines, can be used to convey your ideas to the planner.
Are you planning on inviting children to your wedding, and how many are there going to be? Not having kids can actually save you a lot of frustration. Be that as it may, many of your friends and acquaintances might decline your invitation if they can’t bring their children. There may also be some who won’t come because they can’t find a sitter.
Alert your caterer to the fact that you would like your reception to be held outdoors. Some dishes won’t fair well in heat, and others might just not weigh enough to stay place in firm wind. Or maybe you could put fancy covers over your dishes. You could even run an extension cord and plug in a bar fridge to keep beverages refreshingly cold.
You want to have all dresses planned out ahead of time and communicated to the respective participants. Bridesmaids can then offer their input as well, and you can try to accommodate them as best as possible. The bride should look for something affordable, comfortable and flattering to every bridesmaids. This will keep the tension really low at the wedding.
One important thing to consider is a gift registry. For a pleasant atmosphere, you should make your guests understand that they do not have to bring anything. So, set up a registry that have items of all prices so that everyone can afford to buy something that they know you will love. By selecting different priced items, people can find items they can comfortably afford to give.
When you pick someone to take a video for a wedding, be sure you speak with a few different people and ask for examples of the work they’ve done. The quality in the editing and sound is important when it comes to videographers. Make sure you will be receiving DVD copies of your wedding, rather than outdated VHS tapes. Use these things, along with your gut, to make the final decision of whom to hire.
If the bride is to have a memorable wedding day, then all the details need to be held to her exacting standards. The worst thing for a bride to endure is having a wedding that is stressful or less than ideal. You want to just run everything by her as well as make sure there is nothing that you are missing to ensure her happiness.
Do your research on the band or DJ you want to hire. Ask for their references, establish playlists, and go over your plans for the event before you sign a contract. When you have decided, double check all the details before signing a contract. In this way, you can be sure your wedding music will not ruin your day!
Grooms should ensure that the tuxedo is tailored to fit perfectly. Ask for opinions from family and friends about how well the tux fits and looks on you before you choose the one you’ll wear. There may be photographs taken, so look your best at your wedding. This will be an event to remember!
When deciding on wedding decorations, and particularly floral arrangements, remember to take into account the location of your wedding. If your wedding will be outdoors and in a windy location you want to make sure to choose hardy flowers. Make sure to take all of the elements into consideration when planning your outdoor wedding.
When planning the floral decorations of your wedding, consider where the venue is. Floral arrangements with lots of components won’t work well if it’s windy out. If you are planning a park or beach wedding, be sure you have everything you need to anchor down your decor.
Keep in mind this is your day and not anyone else’s, so do what you want to do and don’t be forced to do any family traditions you aren’t comfortable doing. You should just thank them but make sure they know that you are your spouse are calling the shots. This allows you to look upon your wedding and reception with fondness.
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.
Ask vendors about service recommendations for whatever else you need. If you are seeking a great band, ask your wedding photographer. He or she is sure to have some good recommendations. You can then ask the D.J. or band to point you in the direction of others whose services you may require. You will have better luck finding vendors this way.