Whenever something is complicated, it’s always excellent to find ways to make it simpler. That is certainly the case for a wedding, which can be complex and large. The thought of a wedding can be very intimidating. Here are just a few of the best wedding tips out there, so you can make things go more smoothly.
You can not serve everyone’s favorite top-shelf drink or you would quickly exceed the price of the dress, so consider what you like, and what will keep you within your budget. An open bar can be very expensive over a long time period. See what other serving options are available for your alcohol.
If you are making the food for your wedding, try shopping at stores like Costco. You’ll get better deals on large quantities of food if you shop wholesale. It is acceptable to ask others to assist with these costs in lieu of gifts if finances are tight and you do not want to run out of food at the reception.
Make sure that you carefully consider what to include in your vows, as they will be something that your future spouse remembers forever. Marriage is a life long commitment that requires love, sacrifice and the art of compromise and forgiveness. Express your love for the other person in your vows.
Don’t make guests wait as you take photos. Take photos of the groomsmen and bridesmaids with the happy couple ahead of time. In order to reduce the length of time that the guests need to wait for the bride and groom to arrive at the wedding reception, the bride and groom should also be photographed with their parents in advance.
Receptions are best held in the early afternoon. Most people will make plans after the reception, which minimizes the amount your guests may drink. The costs of lunch are far more affordable than catered dinners. Therefore, you can afford to step up your menu or divert that part of your budget to another area, such as floral arrangements or wedding favors.
You’ll want to be able to dim the lighting at the wedding reception. You may not think this detail is important; however, consider the effect of low lights on parts of your reception. For example, you may want to dim the lights for your first dance or other important dances and brighten them when you want everyone to participate in dancing. Talk to the venue owner about the light settings. Don’t rent a venue that doesn’t have the settings you want.
Divide your table settings evenly. Don’t put an odd number of people at any table. It’s also a good idea to have people of similar ages all at one table because they will tend to have more in common.
Give your guests an online list of events, including out-of-time attendees, so that they would be aware of the events they could attend. Make sure you tell everyone where they will be needed, for instance at the rehearsal.
If you find it in your budget, you can have your wedding booked on a cruise with your close friends and family. This will allow you to get your honeymoon started when you’re done with the ceremony. Some of these cruise companies have special prices for weddings and honeymoons on the ship.
You might think there is no way to plan a wedding simply; however, with good advice you can do just that. These are great tips in wedding planning. Use the information to plan your special day.
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.