Weddings should be happy events for everyone involved. Use the strategies in this guide to help you in your wedding planning so that you can have an awesome wedding you will remember throughout your whole life.
If you have guests who are traveling to a destination wedding, make sure that you give them gift baskets at the hotel they are staying at. This will help to show the appreciation that you have for them for changing their plans and traveling to be a part of your festivities.
For a more affordable wedding, consider setting a date outside the traditional season for weddings. Wedding season runs from May through September. It is at this time that wedding venues will cost the most. If you must book during this period, schedule many months in advance to save money.
When planning for your wedding, the time of day could greatly affect your cost. If you are having an evening wedding, you will have to serve dinner which costs more than serving your guests lunch. If you serve alcohol, more people will drink heavily in the evening than they would at lunch time.
It’s a nice gift to give the groom his own little cake. Have the cake designer make it resemble his favorite hobbies, like carpentry or football. If it’s a surprise it will be even more meaningful to him! Just make sure that the cake itself tastes good – a wedding cake that looks gorgeous but tastes bad will not leave a good memory.
See if you can use a loved one’s property for your big day. If someone you know has a nice backyard or a large farm, this can save a lot of money. Saving money on the venue will allow you to hire people to set up and clean up.
When having an outdoor wedding, be sure to plan for bugs. Bugs are everywhere outside and could ruin a wedding ceremony. If you are in an area that has a high number of bugs, have citronella candles or bug zappers to prevent the bugs from bothering your guests and ruining your wedding.
Think of an exotic location for your wedding to make it even more fun and memorable! You could hold your ceremony at a ranch and ride a white horse down the aisle, or have it at a wildlife preserve and have an animal bring the rings down the aisle. I wouldn’t recommend choosing a turtle for that job, though!
Even if you have a wedding planner, make a checklist on the days leading up to the wedding, for things that you have to accomplish. This will allow you to take care of your personal needs so that you feel comfortable when the wedding day comes. Finish everything on this checklist for optimal success.
Make sure that after your wedding you send thank-you notes to all of your guests for not only coming to your wedding but for the gifts that they gave to you. This will make them feel special and show that you appreciated them using their time to share your special moment.
If you don’t think your wedding guests will participate in a traditional part of the wedding, then skip it. If no one likes to dance, especially the bride or groom, then don’t force them to. If you’re only having married women in attendance, don’t have a bouquet toss at all.
One of the most awkward moments at a wedding can be the bouquet toss. If women don’t want to get involved they shouldn’t be pressured to, so let the DJ know not to say anything to upset the guests. Take a poll before the wedding to see if anyone is really interested in participating and if not, skip it!
Poor planning can easily turn a wedding from a day of rejoicing into a day you want to forget. Implement the tips you’ve just read to help your wedding plans flow smoothly.