There are all kinds of weddings for all kinds of people. A wedding can be simple or complicated, quiet or crowded, outside or inside, luxurious or laid back. One thing you don’t want a wedding to be is disorganized, however. The following advice will improve your experience with planning and going through a wedding, thus keeping that special day from being especially frustrating.
Whether or not to invite children to your wedding is a delicate choice to have to make. You don’t want to offend your guests by saying they must come childless, or forcing them to find a babysitter. At the same time, you don’t want kids tearing around your reception or disrupting the ceremony. If you want to have kids there, give them something else to do or another room to play in.
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 flowers for your wedding that are in season. If you choose colors that are out of season, you will pay more to have them in your bouquet. Ask the florist for a list of colors that are in season before choosing any arrangements and ask how much more out-of-season flowers will cost.
When selecting a make up artist for your wedding, be sure to see the make up that they have done in the past. Do you like the style of the make up? Be sure that it is what you want. You do not want to be an hour before your wedding with a make up artist who does your make up in a way that you dislike.
Having kids at your wedding? Have you considered what they’re going to eat? Let your caterer know how many children are going to be at the reception and ask him to prepare a kids meal just for them. They’ll be excited to get familiar food and you’ll enjoy the savings based on smaller portions.
When you walk down the aisle on the day of your wedding, make sure that you smile as often as possible. All eyes are going to be on you as you will want to look as happy and excited as possible in one of the biggest moments of your entire life.
When you are planning to tie the knot, pick your bridesmaids in advance. This will help you to take away a lot of the pressure that you will face when you are getting married. Make sure that your picks are very personal to you and are key people in your life.
Decide if you are going to have enough time to plan your wedding or not. If not weigh the option of hiring a wedding planner. If you do not have enough money to have her plan the whole wedding, see if she can handle certain aspects of the planning so you do not have to.
You can consider holding a separate “reception” style party at your home after the wedding for friends and family who couldn’t attend the wedding. It can be much like your wedding reception, and you can show photos or video from the actual wedding and enjoy good food and dancing with your loved ones who couldn’t make it to the big day.
Make a list of all your priorities for the wedding. Write down everything you would like to have at your wedding and then put each item into one of three categories: essential, important and not necessary. This will help you focus on getting the most essential things accomplished for your special day.
When you are planning your wedding, remember that you are not the only one getting married. This is also a big day for your significant other. You’re going to be a team after this, so why not work together and make it special for both of you? Make sure that you both have a “hand” in the planning.
When picking out your wedding ring, make sure to get one you know you are going to like years down the line. Many people pick a random ring, and later decide that they do not like it. Also, if you are going to get matching bands, make sure both of you like them.
When picking out your bridesmaids dresses for your wedding, let your bridesmaids have some say in the decision. You want to make sure that they are comfortable in what they wear on your big day! Plus, having them help to make the decision can take some of the pressure off of you.
Plan early if you’d like to have a destination wedding. You need to book far in advance to ensure that all the locations you’ll need to rent, from hotel rooms to ceremony to reception, will be available during the time you wish to use them. You should also check into renting vehicles ahead of time, just in case.
If you have an outdoor wedding, have a backup plan. Many weddings have been ruined by rain or other weather disasters. Have a quick alternative to an outdoor venue, whether it is to have the ceremony at the reception hall or have tents set up just in case. This will allow the wedding to happen happily no matter what the weather is doing.
Use more than one camera when photographing a wedding to be prepared for any shot. It’s nice to have two different settings, for example one wide angle lens and one long lens so you can get photos of varying aspects of the same shot. It also allows you continue taking photos even if one of your cameras dies.
Now you know a little bit more about how to make sure your wedding is as perfect as your romance — or even better! With these tips to guide you, your wedding plans will be well-considered which will make sure your ceremony can go as smoothly as possible, no matter what style you choose for the event.