Perhaps the most romantic moment in the lives of young couples is the one that culminates in engagement. Of course, the planning process is stressful and leaves many brides and grooms feeling overwhelmed and anything but peaceful. The following pieces of advice will help any couple make sure that the planning of their wedding goes smoothly.
Keep in mind that for many, religion plays a significant role on both their wedding day and their actual marriage. Of course, by this time, the two of you should have it worked out how things will operate on that level, but getting the families on the same page may be more difficult.
If you prefer to handle the refreshments and foods on your own, save money by shopping at wholesalers, such as Sam’s Club and Costco. You’ll get better deals on large quantities of food if you shop wholesale. Try asking friends to split food costs.
When you’re planning on who to give the speeches at your wedding, have them rehearse the things they would say in front of you so you can determine if everything they say will be appropriate. If there are going to be different generations there, you don’t want to offend anyone.
If you cannot justify the cost of a thousand-dollar wedding cake, consider contacting a local bakery and inquiring about single-serving portions, like cupcakes or cake pops. There are boutiques that will bake fresh cupcakes with very few calories specifically for your event, and deliver them. These boutiques also often have healthy options available such as gluten-free, fruit based fillings instead of frosting, and healthier alternative toppings.
When you choose a makeup artist to help you with your wedding, you definitely want to check out prior work. Ensure you like their style of makeup. Make sure that this is the style you desire. You don’t want your makeup to be wrong on the day of the wedding when you can’t fix it.
You want to practice that wedding day aisle walk, especially if you plan to wear heels. Find attractive flats if you find the walk difficult. Not having fancy heels is much easier to deal with than falling on your butt.
Try having your reception midday. Most people will drink less during the day, which will cut back on the cost to fill the bar. Also, lunch receptions will typically be cheaper than dinner receptions and allow you to either increase the quality of food or allocate the rest of your food and alcohol budget to another need for the wedding.
If your family will be traveling a far distance to your wedding, invite them to extend their trip a little. Everyone will enjoy a discount for the longer stay, and that will save everybody money. Your guests will have a memorable trip as well.
If you are having a destination wedding, surprise your guests with a basket chock full of goodies delivered to their hotel room. Include useful items like sunglasses, a hat, tourist map, pamphlets and a disposable camera. You may also want to include a guide for the restaurants in the area so they can choose where they prefer to eat.
You can even ask one of your friends if you can borrow some jewelry for the big wedding day. This can provide you with the look you wish to achieve, and make your wedding stand out.
Renting different styles of seating for your wedding is a great idea, instead of traditional tables if you are planning to not serve food at your reception. Lounge chairs, chaises and comfortable sectional pieces will help encourage interaction between your guests. Also, seating that is plush can make your guests feel more at ease and comfortable, and you can create separate areas for socializing in your location.
If the groom and bride have different cultural backgrounds, plan a ceremony that honors both side’s traditions with a reception that incorporates traditional decor, rituals and dishes from each side’s background. This solution creates a contrast that will honor the traditions of both families.
You should put careful consideration into whether or not you want children to attend your wedding. This is important because it can help to save a lot of money and aggravation if children are not in attendance. If you are not going to allow children at your wedding, be prepared for certain guests to not be able to make attendance.
Write your own vows for the wedding. Do not copy these as they should be personal. Writing vows yourself makes them feel special. Use some inspiration from elsewhere, but write them from the heart.
No-one said it would be easy, but planning a wedding is a worthwhile experience. Just remember that the point of the day is celebration, so be sure to enjoy every moment. Utilize this advice to create the wedding you always wanted.