Many people put all their effort and time into wedding preparations. When you it comes time to plan your own, use these tips below.
If you decide to cater your own wedding party, go to the big wholesale stores, like Costco. This is no secret but buying your foods from the big club stores will save quite a bit of money over retail grocery chains and that is considering the membership charge. You can also see if your friends can help with food costs.
Practice your walk down the aisle many times on the days leading up to the wedding. Do it at the venue in which you are getting married, and wear the footwear you’re going to wear on the big day. This is going to make you feel confident on your big day.
Remember to consider how you would like the alcohol at your reception served, and how much it will cost. For example, an open bar can cost you an arm and a leg, especially if it’s open throughout your reception. Inquire with your wedding venue as to what their alcohol options available are.
If the idea of a thousand-dollar, thousand-calorie wedding cake leaves you with cold feet, contact local boutiques and specialty bakeries and ask about smaller, individual-sized portions. Some bakeries will even ship fresh cupcakes with fewer than 100 calories per serving as well as healthy options like gluten-free ingredients, fruit-filling instead of frosting, no-calorie sweeteners, or even tart meringue toppings.
Typically, a wedding dress costs a lot of money. When you are shopping, try getting a dress that might not be traditionally thought of as one made for a wedding. For example, a formal white dress, such as a prom or bridesmaid dress, will not be as expensive as a wedding dress. With the lower base price, you can likely also afford alterations to the style of the dress and still come in under the price of a traditional wedding gown.
The wedding DJ needs a list of the songs you want played at the reception, but make sure they know what you dislike. It could be heavy metal or country, or even a song that reminds you of someone not-so-special. Whatever it is, let him know so you don’t end up cringing at your own wedding!
When selecting a makeup artist for your wedding, be sure to see the makeup that they have done in the past. This will help you to rule out make up artists whose styles do not mesh with your own. So choose a makeup artist carefully and consider having them do your makeup in a test session weeks before the wedding. The last thing you want is to walk down the aisle with a last-minute makeup job.
One thing to think over during a wedding would be the transportation. You should have taxis and limos to take people home when it’s over. This is great for those that have had alcohol at the wedding.
When making wedding dinner seating arrangements, be sure to have even numbers of people at each table. Grouping your tables according to age is one way to seat people with others that they will have things in common with.
Invest time in writing vows that will be truly meaningful to your intended spouse. The institution of marriage is lifelong and marked by willingness to enter into a major commitment. Write your vows so that they express your love for your spouse and remind you of why you love them.
Flowers are great, but don’t place too many of them on your tables or they can become tacky. Most of the time, the flowers are just in the way of your guests. Plus, some guests may be allergic to flowers. Instead, you could place candles (non-scented) on the table tops to add a romantic feel to the reception.
If you have the budget, consider a cruise as the venue for your wedding and just invite those who are dearest to you. Doing this will allow you to start your honeymoon immediately after your wedding is done. Some cruises will offer discounts if you are getting married.
Take the time to look at the work of different photographers before committing to one. You never want a photographer who is unlikely to make you happy in the end. There are online reviews readily available to you, and you can also ask people you know that might have planned a wedding recently.
This person might be a dedicated friend or family member; he or she will be tasked with toting your gear. They can also help round up family members for group portraits.
If you don’t want to have real flowers in your wedding or don’t have the budget to do so, silk flowers can be a fantastic alternative. You don’t have to purchase these fresh so you can buy them months ahead, and you don’t have to be concerned with huge floral arrangements.
If you have a destination wedding, consider inviting family to stay for the honeymoon. This will help save money and you may get a better discount. This allows them to celebrate your wedding with you and have a great vacation afterwards!
Your guests shouldn’t be kept waiting during your lengthy photo sessions. You should take wedding pictures beforehand. Pictures with the bride or groom and their respective parents can also be taken ahead of time, reducing the amount of time guests have to wait for your arrival at the reception.
If you and your spouse love a similar thing such as travel, incorporate it into your wedding theme and decorations. 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.
Always guarantee full control of a lighting system at the venue, particularly the ability to dim or brighten the output. 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. Inquire about the lighting with the venue, prior to signing any contracts.
There’s nothing wrong with a simple, low key, Vegas type wedding, if that’s what you want. If you do want a meaningful wedding, traditional or otherwise, then use what you’ve learned here to begin the process of planning the most amazing wedding you can afford!
For instance, think about filling a menu with popular choices in a contemporary fusion style. Add a twist by using ethnic drinks, wedding favors, or dessert options.