Weddings can be stressful and delicate, but you need a positive mindset in order to pull everything together. The way you can be sure you are prepared is to learn everything you can about what goes into creating the wedding of your dreams. To start you on the path of knowledge, the following suggestions will give you the edge you need to educate yourself in a just short amount of time.
You can get a better rate on almost any venue by booking during an off period. This would be sometime that is not between May and September. This will be the time where the costs are the highest. If it is imperative that your wedding be at this time, be sure to make your reservations far ahead of the date.
One thing you need to think about during the wedding planning process is what alcohol will be served, and how much you want to spend on it. For example, an open bar can cost you an arm and a leg, especially if it’s open throughout your reception. With only a quick question, your venue should be able to provide you with their alcohol serving options.
Tie in small decorative items to your wedding decor. Use the same ribbon that you use for the bouquet in the centerpieces. These small details help tie everything together to create a beautiful wedding.
When choosing a cosmetic artist for the big day, look at samples of his or her prior work. Are you comfortable with the makeup they’ve done before? Be sure they can create the look you want. You don’t want to find yourself with makeup that doesn’t appeal to you right before you are about to start your wedding.
You have to think about transportation when it comes to your wedding. Try to get taxis and limos for people that can’t get a ride so they can get back to where they’re staying when the night ends. This is also good for the people who have alcoholic drinks during your wedding.
Make sure the lighting at your wedding reception venue can be dimmed. You will want to have the option to dim the lights during dances or have bright lighting during the ceremony. Ask the venue about this before committing to it.
If it possible for you to afford it, consider having your wedding on a cruise and invite only your closest family and friends. This will allow you to get your honeymoon started when you’re done with the ceremony. Cruise companies often have special packages and rates regarding honeymoons and weddings on their ships.
Since they take such a huge chunk of your wedding budget, make good choices when planning your centerpieces. Avoid large and complicated centerpieces; choose simple, elegant ones instead. It won’t block the conversation of your guests, will save you some money and yet will still look amazing in your photographs.
If children are attending, make sure they are dressed comfortably. Favor soft fabrics, and avoid dressing children in clothes that are too tight to fit comfortably. The children’s new shoes should be broken in and comfortable. Making sure that the shoes aren’t bothersome will let the children focus on their job in the wedding, and they won’t be messing with their outfit.
If you will not be serving a supper at the reception, think about using other furniture instead of tables and chairs. Items such as chaise lounges, or lounge chairs can help your guests to interact more easily. Plush seating offers a way for their to be separate lounging areas, as well as a place for guests to get comfortable and relax.
Costly wedding floral arrangements can be replaced with ornamental potted plants for an aesthetic and exotic effect. You also have several choices for pot decorations. For example, two common pot options are ceramic pots and terracotta stoneware. You can also decorate the pots yourself by painting them, or dressing them up with ribbons. When the wedding is over, the guests can then take those plants home with them as a favor and have a constant reminder of the new couple.
Add drama to your floral arrangements by using different elements of varying heights. For long stem flowers, use tall vases. Then use shorter vases around the taller ones, filled with big flowers like peonies or hydrangeas. The tall flowers should be in dark colors, and the short flowers should be light.
To be certain of having a happy bride on the wedding day, be sure that all arrangements are of a type and quality she will appreciate. If she is forced to plan and then handle a bad wedding, she will be mortified. If you run everything by your bride she will have a much happier wedding day.
If you’re wearing a tuxedo at your wedding, take the time to get one that fits well. Accept opinions from your friends and family to decide which tuxedo should be your final choice. You will surely want to look your very best at your wedding and in your wedding photos.
Write your wedding vows. While it may be easier to copy from a different source remember that no one knows your future spouse better than you. Write in things that have special meaning. You can gather inspiration from other sources; however, make them your own.
Why not use an alternative to wedding flowers if you are on a strict budget? For example, rather than an expensive floral arrangement for your flower girls, use a beautiful bow adorned with a few magnificent flowers. Use silk flowers, not live ones. Silk flowers are not only more affordable, they can be kept forever. These flowers can be easily transported from the wedding to the reception as well.
Consider the weather at the time of year you are planning your wedding. The guests may be uncomfortable if it is outdoors and very hot out. As well, if the weather is frigid and your guests are too cold, they may decide to leave early. There are various arrangements that you can make to account for the weather. For example, if you are planning on having an outdoor wedding in the summer heat, providing fans may alleviate some of your guests’ discomfort.
Now that you know all these tips, you are ready to start planning for your wedding. Remember to remain calm and continue to educate yourself for a stress free day you can now make the most of.