Becoming engaged is a romantic moment that is full of possibilities for a couple. Unfortunately, the process of planning a wedding can quickly make that romance fade and be replaced with stress and frustration. Read on to find out how you can make wedding planning as fun and exciting as the ceremony itself.
Make use of a family member’s or friend’s property for your venue. If you’re in touch with people with a farm or a big backyard, this can be a cheap place for you to host a wedding ceremony. Try paying someone to come out in advance and after your event to clean the place for the only location-based cost.
If you want your reception to stand out, go with ethnic themed catering! Let’s face it, the menu at these events is pretty standard so why not take it in a direction that makes it more memorable. Variety is essential to a wedding dinner to make it memorable for all the right reasons.
Plan your transportation wisely. For people who need a ride back to their hotels at night, arrange to have taxis and limos ready for them. This is also a good idea for guests who have had too much to drink at the wedding.
Fashionable and luxury-loving brides can choose to embellish their bouquet with a touch of sparkle; think Swarovski crystals, rhinestones, and even a sprinkle of diamonds. This is achieved by adding in a few adhesive or heat-fixed crystals, a small piece of costume jewelry, or even a treasured heirloom piece. To avoid clashes with other parts of the bride’s wardrobe, ensure that the size, color, and cut of the stones are consistent.
Practice before a mirror for your walk down the aisle. If you worry about twisting your ankle, wear pretty flats instead. Losing the allure of heels will pay off if it saves you from taking a nasty spill.
It can be a friend or a family member, they just need to help you carry your gear wherever you go. They can help you get group shots of the family too!
If your family will be traveling a far distance to your wedding, invite them to extend their trip a little. It’s a great way to get a group discount and they can share in the special memories you are going to make at your chosen destination. This helps make your wedding experience more memorable for everyone!
After you select and purchase your dress, see if you can leave it at the store until the big day. If you keep it in a closet, you run the risk of wrinkles or stains. Storing it at the store will guarantee it stays pressed and fresh for your wedding day!
If you’re going to give a multiple course meal to your guests, they need to be entertained until it comes out with small appetizers like sweets on the tables you have set up. Sugary roses that match the wedding theme and colors are ideal.
If the culture of the bride’s and groom’s family are very different, plan the wedding ceremony in the tradition of one side and follow the traditions of the other side at the reception. Everyone will be happy with this compromise.
Meeting a wedding planner? Do your homework. Start your project by using imagery, fabric swatches and other pieces of inspiration to make mood board and “look books” like the stylists and fashion designers use. Incorporate pictures, songs, magazine clippings and other details that will help your wedding planning understand your vision.
If you’re planning on having your reception outdoors, talk to your caterer about appropriate food choices for the event. Hot sunlight and strong winds can damage certain dishes, whilst chilly weather could spoil hot meals. Perhaps you can use fancy covers on your dishes. If you can, use a small fridge for keeping drinks cool.
Make sure that your flowers look great too. A retro feel requires bright, stunning flowers that speak to days gone by. These may include peonies in yellow or pink, bright daisies, and red poppies.
Before you start planning your wedding, sit with your fiance and make a list of the things that are most important to you. Some people place a greater importance on the flowers over the cake, or consider the guest list less important than the venue. Making the lists will allow you to establish a budget. Once you know how much you have to spend, you will be able to set a specific amount of money to each item on the list and be able to stay within your designated budget.
Any couple that applies these ideas to their wedding planning might just find the process a further bonding experience. If you plan your wedding together you can help build a base for your marriage. These tips are geared not only towards making a couple’s wedding great, but also their relationship going forward.