There are few moments more memorable for a romantic couple than that when they became engaged. That said, the wedding planning that follows the engagement is often extremely stressful, not to mention expensive. Here’s some tips to help you plan a wedding while enjoying the entire process.
You want to think about and practice your aisle walk prior to your wedding day. Practice at the wedding venue in your wedding shoes to be absolutely certain you will not encounter any surprises. By doing this, you will not have any issues with obstructions in the floor or nervousness from those watching you during the big moment.
If you’re wearing a floor length wedding dress, you can get away with wearing less than fashionable shoes down the aisle. No one will see them and you’ll be more comfortable standing during your wedding ceremony. You can put more fashionable shoes on later for the reception where you’ll be sitting down.
If you are having a reception at a venue that doesn’t supply the decor, you’ll have to pick up the napkins and tablecloths yourself. I wouldn’t recommend going with plastic, so instead pick up inexpensive fabric and hem the edges to make it look like a professionally finished product. Do the same for napkins in a matching color.
If you are planning a tropical destination wedding or honeymoon on the beach, opt for inexpensive sandals with a thin rattan or jelly sole. These shoes can be easily embellished to match your bridal gown or beach attire by adding on ribbons, vintage brooches, silk or fresh flowers, or even clusters of crystals.
If you’re going to be photographing a wedding, set your camera to the largest resolution possible. Large photos can be cropped to only include the good parts, which can be very helpful. They are also printable without any blurriness or pixelation, which is important for the wedding album and any framed shots the couple wants to have.
Bridal fashion changes drastically from year to year. Unless you are set on spending the money and storage space necessary to preserve and keep your wedding dress, consider renting a gown instead. Most formal wear rental companies are very reasonable in price and policies, and you can wear the expensive designer dress of your dreams for pennies compared to buying it for a one-time wearing.
Practice walking down the aisle before the big day. Many brides get nervous when they have never walked down the aisle, which can cause them to trip and fall. Also, if you have young children as ring bearers, make sure they practice before your wedding day, so they know what they are doing.
To reduce stress, do not be afraid to delegate responsibilities to those around you. Allowing your bridesmaids, groomsmen, family and friends to handle some of the tasks associated with planning and organizing the big day, can help to reduce stress. This contributes to making the overall process a whole lot more enjoyable for everyone.
When you have family that can offer services that are perfect for your wedding, such as a DJ or baker, do not be afraid to ask for the gift of trade. It can be a tremendous boon to your budget if someone close to you can offer a service as all or part of their wedding gift to you. Just remember that this is a business for them, most likely, and they may have restrictions.
If you follow the wedding planning tips in this article, you’ll get closer to your spouse-to-be while planning your wedding. Planning your wedding together will help you to develop team skills that will also come in handy once you are married. The ideas in this article can assist any couple in investing in a great wedding that opens the door to a great lifelong partnership.