Marriage is a wonderful, beautiful thing, but weddings can be extremely stressful. The complicated agenda can seem like too much: ordering flowers and invitations, making reservations, hiring a photographer, a caterer and so on. This article is filled with tips and advice to help ensure that your wedding experience is beautiful and stress-free.
You can save money by choosing an off season wedding date. Wedding season runs from May through September. During these months, venues become more expensive. If it is imperative that your wedding be at this time, be sure to make your reservations far ahead of the date.
If you choose to take care of your own food serving at your wedding, try going to wholesale stores, such as Costco. If you shop wholesale, you will be able to purchase your wedding food affordably. Ask friends to help on food, too.
Your wedding photos are of the utmost important, since you will view them forever. Therefore, it is very important to hire the best professional you can afford.
You can coordinate your wedding decorations with your wedding garb with simple and charming touches. Maybe choose the tiny crystals from your veil to also be sprinkled on the tables. It’s the little details which will make your wedding look superior as it shows you’ve put a real effort into make it your perfect day.
Writing your vows is an important part of your wedding ceremony, and you should go slowly and think hard about what you want to say. Keep in mind that your marriage is a strong bond between two parties that must both compromise and sacrifice. Express your love in your vows.
While it’s important to provide your wedding DJ with a list of songs you love and wish to be played at your reception, it’s equally as important to let him know what you DON’T like. If you hate a specific song or a genre, such as heavy metal or country, you don’t want that played at your wedding reception. Regardless of the reason, let your DJ know to prevent you cringing at your reception.
You want to make sure the photographer you hire is experienced by checking them out beforehand. You never want a photographer who is unlikely to make you happy in the end. See if your loved ones know of a good photographer or look at online reviews.
Instead of spending a lot of money to get a huge cake for your wedding, think about tiers of sweet, delicious mini-tarts or cupcakes. Many people like these sorts of arrangements because they are convenient, versatile and affordable. Guests can take cupcakes with them as they are leaving.
As you plan out table arrangements, you should avoid seating an odd number of guests at each table. Instead, each table should seat an even number. Use age and relationship models to help group your tables, as this will help people locate good company.
If you wish to have a wedding cake that stands out and is a focal point in your reception, you may want to consider a matching piece of fabric. You can also try solids, patterns and heavily-textured fabrics like satin, velvet or silk for more visual interest that helps bring everything together.
When the wedding party is from different backgrounds, flexibility is important when planning the big day. Everyone will be happy with this compromise.
Be sure to prepare well for your first meeting with your wedding planner. Follow the lead of fashion designers and stylists who create “look books” and mood boards comprised of fabric swatches, imagery and other inspirational tidbits that can serve as a starting point for the finished product. Your planner will be able to tune into your personal vision by hearing your favorite songs, and looking at photos and magazine clippings that you have gathered.
If you’re having an outdoor reception, tell your caterer. The food you serve will need to be kept at certain temperatures to be safe, or will need to be shielded from wind and flying debris. You may want to cover foods with decorative coverings. Keep a small refrigerator around to cool drinks down.
Instead of elaborate and pricy floral arrangements, consider placing various potted plants around the ceremony and the reception venues. Glazed ceramic pots in colorful hues will look great, or you can opt to paint and adorn the pottery yourself. Once the wedding is over, the plants can be taken home as wedding favors by the guests, or they can be planted by the newlyweds in their yard.
Make your floral arrangements more complex by incorporating different heights. Obviously you want the low profile florals in the shorter vases, while the long and more spectacular flowers, like roses, should be in taller containers. Put hydrangeas or other flowers with volume around these vases. The full flowers should be a lighter color than the tall flowers.
To aid in preparation for the first dance as a married couple, practice dancing together while you are wearing a long skirt or dress. While you may be used to it, your husband probably won’t be and will need to learn how to dance without stepping on your dress. This will reduce any feeling of awkwardness that your fiance may have dancing around your large skirt.
A wedding is a romantic goal for most girls. There are many details to a wedding that need to be planned. By following these pointers, you should find it a bit less stressful as you dive into the work necessary to make your big day come to life.
Onaolapo Adeyemi is a travel and technology writer. If he’s not on tour, you’ll find him in New York with his wife, and pet parrot hanging out at Starbucks.