Many couples strive to have a wedding like the ones they see on TV or in bridal magazines. But this is so unrealistic that it actually sets you up for disappointment. It is a wiser approach to plan a wedding that puts the focus on the couple and not on extravagant extras. This article can help yous decide what is important for your wedding.
Wedding dresses can be quite an expense. To help defray the cost of a wedding gown, you may wish to shop for dresses that may not be considered a wedding dress. A bridesmaid dress may fit the bill and be much cheaper than a wedding dress. Even after some alterations to spruce it up, it can still prove a more affordable alternative to a dress that says wedding on the label.
One of the things that you can do to make sure that everything looks good is to choose a bathroom buddy. This person can sit next to you in the bathroom to give you another set of eyes to analyze your dress, accessories and the makeup that you will wear on your wedding day.
Since you will be going on a honeymoon after your wedding, make sure that you give your job advanced notice that you are going to have to miss some days. This will allow your boss to ensure that there will be proper people backing you up when you are on vacation.
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’re planning on having a buffet at your wedding reception, work out a plan to get the food moving quickly so that no guest is left waiting. Consider having multiple tables at different locations in your venue so that many tables can go up at one time, shortening the lines at each.
If you would like to save money on your wedding, you may want to consider having the ceremony and reception in your own home or a family member’s home. In addition to saving money, your wedding will feel more personal this way. For summer weddings, you could have it in a large backyard.
Treat yourself or another bride-to-be with a memorable, unique keepsake: a sculpted cake topper or paper sculpture of the bride’s wedding dress. Send in a detailed photograph of the bridal gown, and a talented mixed-media artist will replicate it using archival glue and acid-free paper. The creation will last for decades and can be easily displayed at the reception or in the home.
Having a family member photograph your wedding can save you a lot of money, but you have to remember that you’ll get what you pay for. They probably won’t have expensive lighting rigs or the latest camera equipment, so your shots will end up looking less than professional. That said, they can still be beautiful, so don’t worry! Just don’t have high expectations that could make your family member feel guilty.
If you have your heart set on a destination wedding, make sure you choose the end location carefully. You’ll want to pick a place that is meaningful to both of you, but also consider how many people will be able to afford to join you. You may choose a location closer to home to ensure your family can be there.
As noted above, dream weddings exist only on television and in bridal magazines. Real people have real weddings that are sometimes low key but nevertheless beautiful events. The couple should be the center of the wedding, not the decorations and details. By adopting the wise strategies in this article, you can have a beautiful wedding without an extravagant budget.