Weddings are a time for you and those close to you to celebrate. Use the tips provided in this article and plan a great wedding you will always remember.
You may be surprised at how expensive wedding dresses are. To help defray the cost of a wedding gown, you may wish to shop for dresses that may not be considered a wedding dress. A bridesmaid dress may fit the bill and be much cheaper than a wedding dress. Even if you factor in the cost of style alterations, the overall cost could be less.
Alcohol can be a big expense at a wedding, so consider limiting the types of drinks and opt for cost efficient choices. Open bar is the most expensive option, and the longer the bar is open, the more expensive it becomes. Ask the venue you’ve chosen for the reception which options they have available to you, and what the cost would be for each.
If there will be speeches, then be sure to censor the content to make them appropriate. Many generations and people of differing viewpoints will attend your wedding, so your speech makers need to make their speeches geared to everyone and not just play to their own friends.
You can save a lot of money by purchasing your wedding gown online. However, remember to give yourself plenty of time for alterations. Even though a gown can be fairly cheap, having it altered to fit your perfectly can sometimes be more costly. Keep in mind any additional costs, and include it in your budget.
Make use of a family member’s or friend’s property for your venue. For example, a large backyard could be the perfect setting, and you will save a lot of money this way. Pay them in advance to do this for you.
Never go on a strenuous weight loss diet in order to look your best. Like a mixed martial arts fighter preparing for a fight, you will end up dehydrated and light-headed if you try to rush losing weight. You may even faint while saying your vows. Rather, consider a corset style dress that you can tighten or loosen on your wedding day.
Pick a reasonable dress that you won’t have to starve to get into. You are going to find yourself dehydrated and lightheaded if trying to lose weight too quickly prior to your wedding. Of course, you would not want to pass out as you are saying your vows. Rather, consider a corset style dress that you can tighten or loosen on your wedding day.
If you cannot justify the cost of a thousand-dollar wedding cake, consider contacting a local bakery and inquiring about single-serving portions, like cupcakes or cake pops. Many bakeries offer beautiful cupcakes with a variety of healthy fillings.
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. 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.
Make sure that the venue you choose for your reception has adequate space for dancing. You can make room by moving some chairs and tables around when it’s time to dance, just make sure you find enough space for people to get their groove on.
You need to tell your DJ what you do want to be played, but also make sure he or she understands what not to play. An old song from your past may no longer be a favorite. No matter what you don’t want to hear, tell your DJ.
Practice your walk for when you walk down the aisle. If you are worried about a twisted ankle, choose attractive flats instead. Sexy footwear won’t do you any good if you wind up falling on your bum.
Your family or friends could carry the gear for you. They may be able to help you as you gather the family for a group shot.
If your family joins you for a destination wedding, have them join your on your honeymoon as well. This saves people money based on hotel discounts for guests that stay longer, and it also helps maximize the fun. This will not only give them a single day to remember, but a whole vacation.
See if your family wants to come for the honeymoon. 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.
Divide your table settings evenly. Don’t put an odd number of people at any table. As well, consider grouping tables by the ages of guests. This way those at the tables will have more to talk about.
During your wedding planning, arrange for even numbers of guests at each table. Also group the tables by age, this will give people things they can talk about.
If it possible for you to afford it, consider having your wedding on a cruise and invite only your closest family and friends. Doing this will allow you to start your honeymoon immediately after your wedding is done. Some cruise companies even have special rates for those getting married and honeymooning on their ships.
If you have a large wedding cake decorated in brightly colored icing that has its own stand, consider placing the stand on some color-coordinated fabric to create a stunning focal piece. You can choose from a wide selection of fabrics, including silk, velvet and satin, and you can then opt for either patterned fabrics or solid-colored fabrics.
If you wish to serve guests multiple courses, make sure they are entertained with dishes of small and sweet appetizers on each table. You can also offer crackers, but sweets that match the wedding colors are a great choice.
If you want to serve more than one course at the reception, use small dishes of candies to keep guests amused while they wait. Consider sugar roses which match the wedding colors.
Ask your close friend if you are able to don their items for your big day. This can help you achieve a nice look, while also letting you focus money in other areas to make your wedding much better.
If the groom and bride love to travel, try to look for decorations that incorporate that particular theme. Invitations and RSVP cards can be written in old script and yellowed to imitate antique postcards. Family photographs and wedding programs could be displayed inside a propped open vintage leather suitcase.
Your plans for a wedding outside should always include a solid backup plan, in case it rains, or other unforeseen problems occur. A couple ways to do this include having tents on standby and renting an area with both an indoor and outdoor space. In case of soggy ground, lay down an artificial surface on major walkways to avoid muddy shoes.
Flowers that may be common in your state might not be readily available at your wedding location, due to differences in the climate. Consult with experts near your wedding location to see which flowers are seasonal at the time of your wedding over there.
Pick a photographer for your wedding who will create memories, not simply take pictures. As you are talking to your wedding photographer, ask him or her how they envision the day. Question their process for shooting weddings. You will also want to know their photography style and make your wishes known.
When planning your destination wedding, be mindful of all your guests as well as their travel plans. Some of your guests may plan a vacation around your big day, so be sure they have enough time to make preparations. About eight months before the wedding, send out cards alerting guest to save the date; that will provide ample time for anyone to plan.
Prior to your wedding day, make sure you know what gowns your bridesmaids will be wearing. It may seem petty, but a hideous bridesmaid dress has strained many a bridesmaid’s relationship with brides. Make sure the dresses are affordable while matching your wedding theme and that they look good on your bridesmaids. This will prevent anyone’s feelings from getting hurt.
Implement a comprehensive wedding theme from the cake to the flowers. The theme should be complete. Bright flowers are ideal for many situations.
Make sure to interview a handful of videographers and review their work before hiring one. Look at samples of the videographers work to be sure it is high quality in every way. Many years ago, people wanted to get the VHS videotape of their wedding, but today make certain you will get a digital video or DVD so that you are able to see your wedding for years. Go with your gut and the factors above when making the choice of which videographer to hire.
Plan group activities for those who are sharing your special day. Don’t just have everyone standing idly by, include them in fun activities to break the ice and occupy them. Plan many different activities, from pie eating contests to bocce. Your wedding can be more memorable with a lot of fun and interaction for everyone.
If you have little money for your wedding, you can still enjoy a lovely time. Nobody should borrow money to put on a wedding. You can make your invitations and have friends and family pitch in to cut the costs.
See to it that your tuxedo fits you, if you’re the groom. Model your tuxedo for friends and family members before making a final decision. You will surely want to look your very best at your wedding and in your wedding photos.
You might think you want to do some kind of traditional family things, but if you do not want to, don’t. Be sure to let them know that you thank them for the love and affection they offer, but this day is for you and your future husband or wife in the end. This way, your wedding day will have good memories for you, and not one filled with regrets on things you wish you had done.
Try writing your own vows for your wedding. Though you might find it easy to copy vows from somewhere, you are the one who knows your intended spouse best. Those words help create a memorable bond for your special day. This will help your event become very happy and emotional.
Start planning as soon as you can. The sooner you get started planning your wedding, the more options you will have. This allows you to pick out vendors that are going to meet the needs and the budget you have set up.
As you consider a videographer for the event, always interview each candidate and request samples of their previous work. Be sure you are aware of how good the sound quality and editing will be that the videographer is able to do. VHS wedding videos were popular years ago, but make sure you get either a DVD or digital video which can be played for many years. Your decisions should be made on these factors, in addition to the first impressions you get of the different videographers.
Small meals are something to consider at the reception. This will help you to cut the costs. One way to definitely shave costs is by serving a smaller meal at the reception. Otherwise, you may need to trim your guest list.
Be sure to begin planning far ahead of the event. A year may seem like a long time for planning a wedding, but waiting can make your services and venues cost more and they could get booked completely with short notice. Start your planning early on so that you have more options available.
Think of rain if there is a chance of it interfering with your plans. If you would like to have your wedding outside, be sure you have an alternate plan, should it rain. You may think it won’t rain on your wedding day, but you really never can tell.
What should be a glorious wedding can quickly go south if improperly planned. Put the advice you’re about to read into practice to reduce your stress, and help you more easily plan your wedding.
Brides can benefit from practicing smiling when standing before a mirror. You can better guarantee you’re showing the beautiful smile you wish to have for posterity. Take the time to get it down pat and before long it will become second nature to you.