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.
When you’re getting plans together for your wedding, consider the types of alcoholic beverages you’re going to be serving. Also be aware of the cost. Open bars are expensive, especially if they’re open for a long time. See what other serving options are available for your alcohol.
Understand that the wedding ceremony is the most important part of the day and that the reception is just the celebration of this ceremony. Put a lot of thought into the readings that will be done at your wedding and where you would like to have your reception. This will optimize your overall experience.
If the couple wants to get a shot of everyone at their wedding, try to get a shot from up high at the beginning of the ceremony when it’s likely no one will have left yet. If you’re fortunate enough to have a church with a balcony, start from there. Visit the church before the ceremony to choose the best spot to get your shot.
To ensure that you make it down the aisle with ease, be sure to try on your wedding shoes and wear them for one to two hours – at least twice – before the big day. This is especially important if you are unaccustomed to wearing heels, or if your feet are prone to swelling. It will also help you to decide if you need to add strap or heel cushions to your shoes to prevent blisters.
Keep your toasts short and to the point. Long, rambling stories about that time you were in college and went on a long road trip together start out cute but end up in yawns when they take too long. If you have a funny story to share, make sure that it is less than three minutes long.
Unless you are throwing a gala event, keep the guest list realistic and keep it small. Invite the most important people in your life first; family and close friends. Do not branch out much further than this and it will keep your wedding intimate and make sure that you have time to socialize with everyone you invite. Too many guests will keep your running trying to acknowledge them all.
Your venue should not only support your guest count but more importantly it should make you want to get married there. If you have a dream or hope for the look of your wedding, make sure that your venue fills that need. By doing the appropriate research and investing a bit of time, you will create an environment that is the foundation of your wedding.
If you find it in your budget, you can have your wedding booked on a cruise with your close friends and family. This would make the honeymoon begin immediately following the ceremony. Most cruise ships even have special prices for wedding parties and all of the guests in the party.
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.