A wedding day is often the most anticipated event in a person’s life, so it is important that it is enjoyable and memorable. It isn’t necessarily about the size of your wedding; big or small, you will find some great tips here to make the day a success.
A wedding is a very special occasion that takes a lot of planning. To have a perfect wedding you need to do your research. Start by talking to other family members that have taken this step and find yourself a decent wedding planner if you require more help. You can have a beautiful wedding, and you can also just go to the court house if you want a more subtle wedding.
If you fear that people won’t want to give you cash wedding gifts as they don’t have a lot of money to give, include a “cash box” at the door to your reception. Guests are asked in the wedding invitations to bring their gift in an unmarked envelope, allow them to place it in the box anonymously and reducing any guilt they might feel.
Choose your reception venue with the guests in mind. If your family is mostly elderly then you aren’t likely to choose a location with a lot of stairs, or a big dance floor. If you have anyone in your family who is handicapped then you should ensure that the venue knows they’re coming and will make everything accessible to them.
If you would like to save money on your wedding, you may want to consider having the ceremony and reception in your own home or a family member’s home. In addition to saving money, your wedding will feel more personal this way. For summer weddings, you could have it in a large backyard.
Having a guestbook or reception video is an excellent way for each guest to be able to share their thoughts and memories with you. You can look back on it later as your relationship grows and remember all the people who are most important to you and how much they factor into your life together.
When photographing a wedding you’ll need to wear sensible shoes! That means no high heels for women as you might find yourself standing on a chair or pew and the last thing you want to do is take a tumble and ruin the wedding! Flat shoes with a good tread will keep you stable.
If you’re planning a destination wedding, don’t plan on getting any wedding gifts. Your guests will probably be spending around a thousand dollars just to attend, so asking for a gift on top of that is excessive. Let them know in their invitation that their attendance is enough of a gift for you!
Instead of having rice thrown at your wedding, you may want to consider getting confetti instead. Rice is messy and can get caught in undesirable places on your body. Also, rice is more expensive and more difficult to clean up. You can buy confetti at any discount or party store.
Pictures involving children should be taken at the first opportunity. If you have the option to take pictures with them before the ceremony, do so and you can avoid mishaps that can cause dirty, torn or disheveled clothing. Children are children and you must consider this when the time for pictures arrives.
If you want to have reception next to a pond or in the evening, think about bugs. Put bug repelling candles on the tables. Protect the food and drinks from bugs with cloths or nets. You can also hand out bug spray to your guests and tell them to dress accordingly.
When it comes to weddings, be sure that you always allow for a certain number of guests to not show up to your big day. This is important because it always happens, no matter how well you know the guests and will save you sadness and possibly some money in the long run.
Ask your friends and family for flowers from their yards to use to decorate your wedding. Each flower will come connected with many treasured memories. The result will be no less impressive than if you spent thousands on a professional wedding decorator. Just as importantly, you’ll have more money to invest in your new home.
Schedule your wedding between November and April. Because most weddings happen in the spring and summer months, those that occur in the “off season,” are more likely to benefit from discounts and deals. You’ll have less competition for wedding venues and have more of a selection with caterers and florists.
Consider skipping white flowers. Florists have to go through more white flowers than any other because they bruise and discolor more easily than other colors. The end result is that they cost more than other flowers. Go with other colors so you can save on your floral arrangements and bouquets.
Find out if you can bundle services at your wedding venue. For example, find out if your venue can host both the wedding ceremony and reception as well as the catering. See if these costs save you more than doing things individually so you can save money altogether when making your plans.
Have your wedding registry with more than one store. This way, you can accommodate a range of budgets and sensibilities. You’ll be more likely to receive wedding gifts from those who can afford to buy expensive items, as well as from those whose budget may not as big as their hearts.
Use a mock cake for your wedding cake display. This can save you quite a bit of money when the number of guests continues to grow. The only part of that cake that is actually cake is the layer that the bride and groom cut. The guests will be served a sheet cake that will be cut in the kitchen and then served.
Wedding day jitters are inevitable, but you should realize by now that they don’t have to cause problems. Just keep in mind what you’ve learned from this article, and your wedding will be perfect. By following this advice, you can make sure that all your memories of your wedding day are happy ones.