Weddings can be stressful and delicate to deal with, but you have to be sure that you’re optimistic about things so they work out for you. You can prepare yourself for wedding planning by educating yourself on the subject. You’ll find that these guidelines are an excellent starting point.
If you plan on doing the catering yourself, then you need to visit wholesale food stores. Shopping wholesale when it comes to food helps you get the necessary items at a much cheaper cost. You may want to ask your friends to chip in with buying food.
Consider your different options to find the right type of alcohol for your wedding. The open bar option is the most costly of choices and the cost can be prohibitive for many couples but do not feel bad if you cannot afford it. Ask about which alcohol serving options are available through your venue.
Look for a unique touch with your food such a ethnic theme, a style of cooking or something else to add flair. Chicken and steak are nice but they are nothing special, so look for foods that are unique and have a special flavor to them. Variety should be incorporated into your wedding dinner to make it a memorable experience.
Ask the members of your reception who plan to give a speech to practice them with you so you can vet their content. Remember that your guests will include people across a wide range of ages, and a joke that younger generations find amusing might be offensive to older guests.
If you will have a makeup artist, make sure that you have seen their previous work and like it. Do you like the style of the make up? Make sure that this is the style you desire. The last thing you need is to wind up looking like you are going trick or treating right before the ceremony begins.
Choose catering with an ethnic theme to spice up your reception! Steak and chicken can get boring after a while. Variety will make things very beautiful and elegant.
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. Realize that both you and your spouse-to-be are about to make the strongest commitment you can and it will require sacrifices of both parties. When you speak your vows, you want to let out in front of everyone just how much you truly love the person you’re marrying.
You need to provide the DJ at your wedding with some songs you want to hear, but you also need to give him a list of all the songs you do not want to hear on that day. It could be a special song representing “old love”, a heavy metal song, or a country song. Tell your spouse-to-be so that he knows too.
Brides should a skin care routine that offers a glowing complexion without causing irritation or breakouts. Look for a treatment that includes sea salts, rose, creamy scrubs, and oatmeal proteins.
Do your research when it comes to your photographer. You don’t want a photographer who disappoints. See if your loved ones know of a good photographer or look at online reviews.
For any stylish and fashion forward bride, there is always the option to add some flare to a bouquet with a splash of diamonds, rhinestones or Swarovski crystals. This is easy to do at home; you can just use some heat-fixed crystals or adhesives, some costume jewelry or even attach a heirloom piece. To make sure that this look complements the entire look of your outfit, be sure that the colors, size, and cut are consistent.
If you have a destination wedding, offer a basket full of goodies delivered to guests in their rooms. You will want to include useful items such as a disposable camera, tourist map that shows fun places in the local area, sunglasses and a hat. You may also want to include a guide for the restaurants in the area so they can choose where they prefer to eat.
Don’t postpone the reception while you have photographs taken. Take the bridal party photos ahead of time. You can also take pictures with both newlyweds’ families at this time.
Have your wedding while on a cruise with your close family and friends. Doing this will allow you to start your honeymoon immediately after your wedding is done. Some ships will give special deals to people who get married on board.
Even if you have your dress picked out and purchased, it is smart to keep it at the bridal shop until your wedding day. When you put it in your personal closet, it may get stained or wrinkled. It can be safely kept at the store until you need it and can be freshly steamed when you pick it up.
If you are planning on serving multiple courses, keep guests entertained during serving with tiny portions of sweet appetizers near each guest. Try sugar roses which subtly match your decor, or thin crackers that whet the appetite.
Silk flowers make great alternatives to various other flowers for your wedding. You can avoid the hassle of wilted flowers and even make your purchase in advance, making them one less item to worry about on your big day.
Part of the wedding tradition is to wear “something borrowed,” so don’t hesitate to borrow jewelry from a friend. This can allow you to look the way you want to and add an element of charm to your wedding.
If you are going to give a speech at a wedding you should always practice. If you don’t plan and rehearse properly, you could embarrass yourself by talking too much, making an offensive joke, or simply forgetting what to say.
You may want to consider getting silk flowers for your wedding. Because they’re synthetic, you don’t have to wait until the last minute to purchase them, eliminating your concerns about floral arrangements on your wedding day.
You have to plan your wedding down to each exacting detail, including the food and the reception schedule. Incorporate everyone into your wedding day; make it special and exciting.
Flowers that are in season where you live are unlikely to be available, or easy to find in wedding destination locations. Consult with experts near your wedding location to see which flowers are seasonal at the time of your wedding over there.
Inform your caterer if you’re going to be having your wedding reception outdoors. Some food are unsuitable for outdoor receptions, as they will spoil in 90 degree heat or blow around in the wind. One way to address the wind issue is to use decorative covers for the dishes. Perhaps a small fridge could be used to keep drinks chilled.
Place a number of different-sized potted plants throughout the venue in lieu of costly floral arrangements. You can choose pots with colorful glazes or add a little pizzazz to plain terracotta pots with decoupage, ribbons, or creative paint applications. Guests might can take these plants to their homes as wedding favors, or the newlywed couple could plant them at their own home.
Make sure the theme of your wedding extends to all decor, including the flowers you choose. Vintage themes will make your wedding classy, and should carry the appropriate flowers to bring out the nostalgia. That could mean red poppies, daisies, and pink and yellow peonies.
Do some dancing in a very long skirt with your betrothed prior to the wedding so that you’re prepared for the first dance. You personally may be fine moving in a longer dress, but your fiancee may be very happy for the practice. Your husband might feel clumsy because of the size or puffiness of your dress.
The groom needs to make sure his tuxedo fits before the wedding day to avoid any unpleasant wardrobe malfunctions. Consult with people whose opinions you trust before you make a final decision about your tux. Remember pictures will be taken at your wedding, you want to look and be remembered looking your best.
Think about whether you want to have children at your wedding. Not allowing children may reduce headaches and costs. On the other hand, some people may be unable to attend because they can’t find anyone to babysit.
For bridesmaids, be certain you know exactly what you want them to wear before you ask them to be in your wedding. Disagreements in bridesmaid’s gowns can ruin a friendship. Also, try to get something affordable for them. The last thing you want to do is alienate a dear friend over something as simple as a dress.
If you plan to hire a videographer, look at their work before making a final selection. Also, find out what kind of editing sound he or she uses. You could get wedding on VHS tapes a long time ago, but getting them on digital video or DVDs can help you enjoy them for years. Also, don’t forget about first impressions; they can help you choose the best person for a job.
You should definitely consider writing your wedding vows yourself. Although it is easier to borrow a copy from another source, writing your own vows is special. Writing your vows can make your special day even more meaningful and help you to feel closer to your future spouse. You can use other vows as inspirations, but you need to add your own special touch.
Ask your vendors if they have any recommendations for your other services. Do you think your photographer is awesome? Well they may know of a caterer who is just as good. Experienced photographers or others in the wedding business are likely to know great sources for flowers, bands, and other things you will need for your wedding. Not only does this make the search much easier, these recommendations are often made because they do good work. Those that told you about them are not going to want their reputation hurt by someone who offers poor service off of their recomendation.
One creative way to reduce the cost of your wedding is to use other alternatives instead of flower arrangements. For example, instead of a flower wreath for the flower girl’s hair, try using a tasteful and elegant ribbon. Purchasing silk flowers for the tables instead of live flowers can still give an elegant touch. Not only are silk flowers more cost effective, but they will last forever. Keep them in a safe place as you never know when you might need them again.
Rather than going out shopping to buy an engagement ring, consider something a little different. Use a ring that was handed down from generation to generation in your family. This kind of keepsake invites the bride into the family and offers a classic reminder of the marriage.
Before you start purchasing anything for your event, sign up for a credit card that offers incentives and rewards. Weddings can be quite costly, but having a credit card with miles or other perks can at least give you some relief from the costs associated with your big day. Organize you wedding expenses to be paid with the card and you will see the rewards quickly add up.
Get wedding rings made of materials other than gold. Silver, tungsten, titanium, stainless steel, and platinum are some great ideas. This is a cheaper alternative and very beautiful with the right wedding ensemble. Plus, such options are becoming more popular each year.
The bride should practice smiling before the wedding. This will ensure that you get the smile you want on all of your wedding photos. It does take a little practice to create the precise look you desire.
If you are shopping for wedding dresses while pregnant, keep this in mind. That might sound like an unnecessary piece of advice, but you’d be surprised at how many pregnant brides cannot fit into their dresses come wedding day.
Ensure you don’t have any tan lines on your wedding day. A nice tan will make you look even more beautiful.
Choose a professional for your photography. Unless that’s your friend’s profession, they won’t be able to capture your wedding memories adequately. You want these memories to show quality, to be spontaneous, and to last a lifetime. A friend with a camera might take some good shots, but a professional will guarantee good results.
Hopefully, the tips you learned here will help you make a wedding that runs smoothly and is everything you want. Just be sure you can stay upbeat and positive during this time and learn all you can to make this day a success.
If you are a guy attending a wedding, consider wearing a pair of black tennis shoes. These are far more comfortable than leather dress shoes, plus they probably won’t be noticed. However, pick a good pair, not something scruffy and old.