The planning of your wedding can prove stressful for both you and your partner. Friends and family members may try to tell you how to plan your wedding. It’s important to remember it is your wedding; so, use the advice below to help navigate through the planning process.
One thing to take into consideration is when you get married. The off seasons can save quite a bit of money that can be used elsewhere. Traditionally, weddings take place between May and September. Wedding venues are more expensive during these months. If you really want your wedding during this season, book as far in advance as possible for a great deal.
One thing you need to think about during the wedding planning process is what alcohol will be served, and how much you want to spend on it. An open bar can be very expensive over a long time period. Ask the venue you’ve chosen for the reception which options they have available to you, and what the cost would be for each.
Your wedding dress could be one of the most expensive items included in your wedding, but there are ways to save money on this purchase. Look at dresses that aren’t actually classified as wedding dresses. They are usually much less expensive but they can be just as beautiful. For example, a formal white dress, such as a prom or bridesmaid dress, will not be as expensive as a wedding dress. You can choose to alter the dress and add your own flair, while still saving plenty of money.
Use a friend or family member’s property for your wedding. If you know anyone with a farm or a large back yard, you can drastically reduce or even eliminate a major wedding cost. The only real cost would be to hire someone to clean beforehand and afterwards.
Your vows are very important for a very momentous occasion so make sure you take time to write them to perfection. The institution of marriage is lifelong and marked by willingness to enter into a major commitment. Let your partner know how much you adore them and that you really do want to spend forever with them.
If the idea of a thousand-dollar, thousand-calorie wedding cake leaves you with cold feet, contact local boutiques and specialty bakeries and ask about smaller, individual-sized portions. Some bakeries can ship lower calorie cupcakes and also offer gluten-free options like no-calorie sweeteners, fruit-filling, and meringue toppings.
Those brides that are lovers of fashion and luxury can have bouquets embellished with rhinestones, diamonds, or Swarovski crystals. You can use small pieces of costume jewelry, heat-fixed or adhesive crystals, or perhaps a treasured heirloom. Consistency is important in regards to stone sizes, cuts and the colors that sparkle, as all this needs to coordinate with your overall ensemble.
When asking friends or family to come to a destination wedding, you may want to ask them to stay around for your honeymoon too. Everyone can save if you stay longer, as you will likely get a great discount from the hotel. You can make your destination wedding a vacation for your friends and family as well.
An online itinerary will facilitate a smooth experience, especially for your out-of-town guests. This schedule allows everyone to know when and where they need to be. Include relevant information about the rehearsal dinner, reception and so on, so that each person knows where to be.
If someone you know is willing to be ordained online, they can then preside over your wedding. This will not only save you money by not having to pay for an officiant, but will also make your wedding very special. Always consult your local laws to ensure that this is legal, and be sure to get the right paperwork and accreditation in order.
Multiple course receptions should have treats on the table for guests to consume between servings. Whet their appetite with sugar roses in the colors of your wedding, sugared edible flower petals, or tasty thin crackers.
You should be congratulated on making this far. You should be well-prepared to accept the challenge of wedding planning. This is your wedding. Use these tips to make your wedding memorable.