Most little girls dream of their wedding from a young age. The dress, the venue and the catering, everything has to be just so. The reality is that no matter the size of the budget or the number of the guests, whether it is formal or informal, weddings are a stressful affair. Here are some tips on how to preserve your sanity while organizing for your big day.
Make sure that you meet your partner’s friends and family before you tie the knot with each other. This is a very important thing to do, since you are going to be spending a lot of time around them after your marriage. Ascertain that you get along well and try to work out any issues beforehand.
When serving food at your wedding, the style that the food is served can vary the price. For a formal dining setting, it will be high price. If you go with a buffet style, you can save money, and allow your guests the options of picking what they want and how much they want.
You don’t have to have a white or ivory wedding dress if you don’t want to, so spice up your wedding day with some color! You can choose a pastel color that highlights your hair or eyes, or have bursts of a bright color like red highlighting the details on your dress.
If you’re already living with your spouse-to-be and don’t really need housewares for wedding gifts, ask for cash instead. If you include a cute little poem asking people to consider giving you a cash gift instead of something you can’t use, you’ll be saving them the time it takes to shop and helping pay for your honeymoon!
Including pets in a wedding can be a fun, original way to celebrate your union! Dress your doggy up as a groomsman or bridesmaid and take them up the aisle with you. But do have someone take the dog away during the actual ceremony so it doesn’t end up barking or doing something it shouldn’t!
Don’t forget about transportation! You should have taxis and limos to take people home when it’s over. This is especially good thinking because many guests at your wedding are likely to be drinking.
Make sure that you never plan your bachelor or bachelorette parties the day before the wedding. There may be a lot of drinking at these parties, and the last thing that you will want to do is ruin the day of your wedding because you are not fully functional. Have a calm day right before your wedding.
If you are getting married for the second time, make this wedding different than your first. Have it at a different venue and decorate it differently. You do not want your second spouse to think that you are comparing this wedding to your first one. Also, make sure the wedding dates are not too close to the first marriage date either.
Planning a wedding means setting a budget; being successful in your planning means sticking to your budget. It is easy to add a few dollars here and a few dollars there when choosing vendors, venues and assorted wedding needs. A few dollars adds up and can carry you far outside your expected budget. Stick to your budget and you will thank yourself after.
These ideas should help you to have the day you have always dreamed of. Do try to remember that at the end of the day, the most important thing about a wedding is the act of exchanging your vows with the person you love and every other little detail is that, merely a detail.