Weddings are rare and special events that mark significant dates in couple’s lives, as well as the lives of their friends and family. Weddings denote the joining of not just two people, but the conjunction of two families. Whether you are planning on your own wedding, preparing someone else’s or have just been invited to one, read on to learn what to expect.
Weddings are stressful. That is for sure. Whether it is big or small, there will be things that go wrong. Having a friend of confidant other than your soon-to-be spouse, will help you make it through the process. Having a friend who is on your side and who doesn’t throw their opinion in on what color the dresses should be, is a brides essential.
Try using the property of a loved one for the wedding venue. If someone you know owns a large piece of property, like a farm or a place with a large backyard, you can cut down a major cost. Pay them in advance to do this for you.
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.
When you are going to get married, try to book your wedding venue at least a few months in advance. If you wait until last minute, the venue may not have any openings and you will have to scramble to find a place that will host your wedding reception on short notice.
Practice walking towards a full length mirror to ensure you know how to do it, especially if you are not used to heels. If you’re scared of turning your ankle, go with attractive flats instead. This will help you to feel comfortable on the big day.
Unless you have a specific date to commemorate with your wedding, look for a date outside the peak season. May through September is the time of year when weddings are booming. This will drive prices for venues, vendors and service providers to its yearly height. Look for dates off season and save some of your budget for your honeymoon.
When trying to pare down the guest list, consider who is paying for the wedding, and then allocate them more seats. If the bride’s father is footing the bill, then her side of the family should be permitted to attend. If the couple is paying for the wedding themselves, then they should split the number of attendees in half for each side.
If you want an outdoor reception, think about the position of the sun. Make sure your guests won’t have the sun in their eyes during the exchange of vows. Use the position of the sun as a natural source of lighting, but you can also have artificial lighting for after sunset.
If you can’t afford expensive floral arrangements, consider using potted plants throughout the reception and ceremony areas. You can decorate terracotta stoneware using lacy ribbons and paint or by purchasing already glazed ceramic pots in coordinated colors. When the wedding is over, you can either gift the plants to your guests, or plant them in your own garden.
As you were promised earlier in the article, you now know something about weddings. Keep in mind what you have learned, and you can make sure to honor the happy couple appropriately when you go, or have the day of your life if you are the lucky groom or bride.