For happy couples, becoming engaged can be the most romantic highlight of the relationship. Planning a wedding, however, isn’t always so romantic. Sometimes it stresses one or both future spouses out and may even lead to relationship trouble. If a couple uses the following tips, however, they can maintain the romance of their relationship even while planning the wedding.
You will need to make a choice about how much alcohol you want to pay for, and which type of serving will be most cost efficient. An open bar that is available all evening can quickly become a very costly endeavor. See what other serving options are available for your alcohol.
Before the wedding practice walking down the aisle. Be sure that this is done where the wedding will take place so the floor can be tested along with the footwear. This will ensure you’re graceful and confident when the time comes.
If you prefer to handle the refreshments and foods on your own, save money by shopping at wholesalers, such as Sam’s Club and Costco. You’ll get better deals on large quantities of food if you shop wholesale. See if your friends can chip in for food costs.
You can save money by choosing an off season wedding date. Many brides and grooms decided to tie the knot between May and September. At this time, it will be more costly to book a venue for your wedding. If you need to book during this time, make sure you book far in advance to get the best deal.
You should try to create a wedding that is extremely personal by having elements which encompass you, your fiance, and the relationship between you two. Think about your time together and find a theme which matches it.
To add spice to your wedding reception, select a caterer that prepares ethnic foods. Your typical chicken and steak dishes are too common, so why not try some other food choices? Variety is important and you want everyone to remember your wedding dinner.
Typically, a wedding dress costs a lot of money. You might want to consider a dress which is not categorized specifically for the bride. You might find a great bridesmaid dress or simply a classy outfit that you like. Even if you think you would like to change it in some way, it should be less expensive than if you bought a wedding dress.
One way to look gorgeous on your wedding day without going over-budget is to rent your diamond jewelry! This can help you to look more stunning while not breaking the bank so you can stick to the budget you have created.
Your wedding photos are important as they will be the memories you carry with you for the years to come. Choose to hire a professional who can photograph your day in a way that is going to document all of your special moments, even if it means spending a little extra.
Always hunt for skilled, experienced photographers prior to making a final choice. You don’t want to end up with a photographer that you’re not going to be happy with. There are online reviews readily available to you, and you can also ask people you know that might have planned a wedding recently.
Use food that has an ethnic theme for the reception. Steak and chicken are both overrated, not to mention boring. Variety is important and will make the dinner memorable.
Choose sweet cupcakes or miniature tarts in tiers over a bulky expensive cake tower. They taste great, are easy to eat and are affordable. Instead of eating cake off a paper napkin, you can give your guests the option to nab a sweet treat on the way out. A decorative container, such as a takeout box, is far more convenient.
Take the time to think about what you want to say in your vows since these words mean so much and will heard by all of your guests. Understand that marriage requires an endless commitment from both parties and that sacrifices often have to be made. Express your love for the person you will marry when writing your vows.
If you have a destination wedding and your family is there, see if they want to stay for the honeymoon. It’s a great way to get a group discount and they can share in the special memories you are going to make at your chosen destination. This allows them to celebrate your wedding with you and have a great vacation afterwards!
Sweet cupcakes are great alternatives to an expensive cake. They taste great, are easy to eat and are affordable. Guests can simply pick up a cupcake or two as they leave, placing them in a takeout-inspired, embellished cardboard container.
One detail to consider is that the venue lighting can be dimmed, if necessary. This might seem a tad bit trivial, but the option should be there if you prefer to have low lighting for your first dance, as opposed to brighter lighting for the other activities. Before you sign any contracts with the venue, make sure this is an option.
Don’t leave your guests waiting while you, your new spouse and the wedding party have an hour long photo shoot. Take photos of the groomsmen and bridesmaids with the happy couple ahead of time. Pictures of the parents with the bride and groom are also able to be shot beforehand and reduce the wait time for the guests at the reception.
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 you wish to have a wedding cake that stands out and is a focal point in your reception, you may want to consider a matching piece of fabric. You can tie all of the elements together by choosing fabrics that have unique textures, patterns, solid prints or those made of satin, silk or velvet.
If the culture of the bride’s and groom’s family are very different, plan the wedding ceremony in the tradition of one side and follow the traditions of the other side at the reception. This will give lots of contrast and make it memorable.
You may want to consider a wedding aboard a cruise ship. This will allow you to have your honeymoon directly afterwards. Most cruise ships even have special prices for wedding parties and all of the guests in the party.
If you intend to deliver a speech at your wedding, be sure to rehearse. If you do not plan your speech, you may cause the audience to stop paying attention, or you just might get stage fright.
If someone you know is willing to be ordained online, they can then preside over your wedding. This can be a wonderful way to honor someone special in your life, and to make them an important part of your big day. Take caution, however, to make sure that doing this is a legal option in your community.
Seasonal flowers in your state are more than likely not easy to come by in a humid tropical environment or a cooler, dry Mediterranean setting. Make contact with professionals who reside near your destination site to inquire which flowers are in bloom and available to use for your ceremony.
If the bride and groom hail from highly divergent cultural backgrounds, honor both sides by planning a wedding ceremony that incorporates one side’s traditions, followed by a reception that includes traditional dishes, rituals, or decor from the other side’s background. This will satisfy the family traditions of both the groom and bride’s family.
If you aren’t planning a reception meal, choose comfortable furniture for seating instead of tables and chairs. Things like cushy sectional couches, chaises and lounges can provide a great way for your guests to interact. If you use plush seating, the guests may also feel more at ease. This may also create more areas to relax where you’re staying.
If you plan a destination wedding, consider your guests’ travel arrangements. Remember that some of your guests may plan their vacations around your wedding, so make sure they have plenty of advance notice. You want to send out your save the date notes about nine months before the wedding to make sure everyone can make arrangements to come.
Make your caterer aware that the reception will be outdoors. Various foods will need to be judged for their ability to withstand outdoor conditions, such as wind, heat or cold. You might be able to use fancy or insulated covers for dishes. If possible, consider having a small fridge on hand for keeping beverages chilled.
Implement a comprehensive wedding theme from the cake to the flowers. Some retro themes will have bright color palettes that will require equally bright flowers. Try pink peonies or bright daisies to spice things up.
Practice the first dance with your spouse-to-be while wearing clothes similar to what you’ll wear at the wedding. Dancing with your spouse-to-be is romantic, and in addition it will help you get used to each others’ clothes so you won’t feel awkward on your wedding day. While you may be used to it, your husband probably won’t be and will need to learn how to dance without stepping on your dress. This allows him to be more comfortable and to avoid stepping on the hem of your gorgeous dress during the dance.
One important thing to consider is a gift registry. To make guests comfortable, make it clear that they need not bring gifts. Give them multiple options for gifts and a very wide price range. Your guests should be comfortable bringing gifts they can afford.
You can save money when planning your wedding by thinking of flower arrangement alternatives. A flower girl does not need a large flower wreath. You can also use silk flowers versus using real ones. This is a much more cost effective option, and one that will leave you with more money in your pocket. Keep them in a safe place as you never know when you might need them again.
Don’t let your family members influence your whole day with their traditions or suggestions; this is a day for you and your spouse, not for them. Be appreciative of their love and interest, but be firm, if you know their ideas go against what you and your fiance have planned together. By doing this you can reminisce on your wedding without feeling any regrets.
Can you really organize a great wedding on a minimal budget? Absolutely. No couple should have to start their marriage out with a huge debt for their wedding. You can create a special wedding day by asking family and friends to pitch in with their special talent for creating flower arrangements, foods, wedding favors and other things that your wedding will have.
Apply for a credit card that gives you rewards, such as frequent flyer miles. Use this card to purchase all wedding related services. Weddings often cost thousands of dollars, so getting 1% of that back in rewards can accumulate quickly. Make sure you charge all your expenses on the same card and find out in advance what kind of rewards you will be getting.
Don’t forget to consider weather conditions when planning your wedding. For example, don’t hold an outdoor wedding during a heat wave–people might not stay too long, if they are uncomfortable. They may also leave early, if it’s extremely cold at your wedding. Do what you can to make sure your guests are comfortable; provide fans in the summer or small heaters in the winter.
Keeping these wedding tips on the mind will help couples realize that they can come closer together by planning their wedding together. Planning your wedding together will help you to develop team skills that will also come in handy once you are married. The suggestions you’ve read will help you to build the wedding of your dreams, but can also help your marriage get off to a wonderful start.
Consider taking time to practice smiling when looking in the mirror. This makes sure the bride’s smile comes across the right way in photos. Soon, the perfect smile will be second nature for you.