Walking down the aisle may be one of your biggest dreams. Planning the wedding may seem overwhelming unless you have help.
To save money, choose a date that is not when most people typically get married. The wedding season traditionally begins in May lasting through September. Wedding venues can be pricier at this time. Should you have to book during the season, do so well in advance to garner your best deal.
Personalize your wedding by including things that represent your spouse-to-be, and the bond between the both of you. Select a theme that best represents what you mean to each other.
When picking out a makeup artist, make sure you see what looks they have created previously. Are you comfortable with the makeup they’ve done before? Also, ensure that the makeup artist has the ability to do your makeup the way you want it done. You will want to feel comfortable with all parties involved.
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.
As the bride, you may feel stressed before the big day. Treat your skin right with a great skincare routine. Asking about a bridal spa treatment that contains skin soothing ingredients such as oatmeal proteins, sea salt and rose.
Only place a few flowers in the centerpieces at your reception tables. Often, flowers just get in your guests’ way. Furthermore, one or two of your guests could be allergic to certain flowers. Think about putting candles that aren’t scented onto the table. This can create a romantic look.
If your family will be traveling a far distance to your wedding, invite them to extend their trip a little. This saves people money based on hotel discounts for guests that stay longer, and it also helps maximize the fun. This will give them a day to remember and a vacation of their dreams, too!
Noon is the best time for a reception. During the day, you will see that people are less likely to drink, which can noticeably reduce your costs. 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.
When you are planning a multi-course meal for your guests, offer some sort of appeasement on the tables to keep people occupied during the change in courses. Get sugar roses that go with the color palette or your wedding. Or, opt for some thin crackers.
It is pointless to spend large amounts of money on large centerpieces that may very well interfere with your guests’ conversations. As an alternative, try selecting a simple but elegant centerpiece that isn’t too large or overwhelming. People will find it easier to converse across the table without a huge centerpiece getting in their way.
Seasonal flowers from your region may not be that easy to obtain in dry and cool Mediterranean settings or humid tropical settings. You should get in touch with professionals who work near your wedding’s location to learn about which flowers can be easily obtained.
For an outdoor wedding, have an backup plan in case of rain or other unforeseen conditions. Set up a large canopy for shade or rain. A location with access to the indoors would also work well, just in case of bad weather. One helpful trick if it’s wet, but you can still stay outdoors, is to use boards as walkways through wet or muddy areas.
If you’re having an outdoor reception, tell your caterer. Various foods will need to be judged for their ability to withstand outdoor conditions, such as wind, heat or cold. Or maybe you could put fancy covers over your dishes. If you feel a need to have cold drinks present, a mini refrigerator should work nicely.
Make certain that everything in your plans coordinates with each other, even the flowers. Vintage themes can offer a classy look if the flowers are suited to the theme. That could mean red poppies, daisies, and pink and yellow peonies.
You don’t have to let planning your wedding overwhelm you. You can plan the one of your dreams. You’re going to find enjoyment with the planning all the way to the big 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.