Weddings are wonderful. Many people believe you need to spend a ton of money if you want a memorable event, but this doesn't have to be the case. You do not have to go broke to have a great wedding. This article has many creative and economical ideas for planning a memorable occasion.
Practice your walk down the aisle many times on the days leading up to the wedding. Be certain to practice at the wedding venue while wearing your wedding-day shoes. This will give you much more confidence on the big day.
Purchasing a wedding dress can be expensive. When you go shopping for your wedding dress, think outside the box and look at dresses that are not typically considered wedding dresses. For example, a formal white dress, such as a prom or bridesmaid dress, will not be as expensive as a wedding dress. Even if you want the dress altered to change some of the styling, it could turn out to be cheaper than a wedding dress.
Ask the members of your reception who plan to give a speech to practice them with you so you can vet their content. Generally, many generations attend a wedding, so a joke that's funny to young people may not be to the elders.
You're going to look at the pictures from your wedding for many years to come, so make sure that you get good quality photos taken. Select a professional to take your pictures, and do not be afraid to go above your budget if you have the money to ensure that you get the best photographs possible.
If you are hoping to wear some special jewelry of your wedding day but only have a limited amount of money left in your budget, consider renting some diamond pieces. This gives you that look you want but won't cost you a ton so that you can stay within your budget.
You don't have to overwhelm yourself with an expensive and high calorie cake; contact your local specialty bakeries and boutiques and inquire about getting smaller, individual portions made instead. Many bakeries will offer healthier options, such as 100-calorie cupcakes, fruit fillings, meringue toppings, or gluten-free ingredients.
The music ranks up there with the videographer in terms of importance. Make sure the person you hire knows what type of music you do not want played. This is far more important than getting every tune you want to hear played, as a song from a genre you and your guests hate can kill the entire mood. Maybe you like metal, country, or have a great song that reminds you of someone from the past. Whatever your tastes may be, communicate them so your wedding music is as joyful as you are.
This person might be a dedicated friend or family member; he or she will be tasked with toting your gear. You can even have the assistant help you collect family members when it's time to take a group shot!
Rent a venue, with lights that are capable of being dimmed, for your wedding reception. This might seem a tad bit trivial, but the option should be there if you prefer to have low lighting for your first dance, as opposed to brighter lighting for the other activities. Before committing to a venue, you will want to ask about this option.
Consider being married on a cruise ship surrounded only by family and friends. This allows you to start honeymooning as soon as you get married. Some cruise companies even have special rates for those getting married and honeymooning on their ships.
Inform the caterer that you would like a reception outdoors. Some foods may spoil quickly on hot days, and other dishes may not fare well in strong wind. Perhaps you can use fancy covers on your dishes. A small refrigerator can be used to keep the drinks cold if needed.
Instead of using expensive, elaborate flower arrangements, opt for various inexpensive potted plants. You can put them in decorative pots, or decorate their pots yourself with paint and ribbons. Once the wedding is over, it is possible for guests to take home the potted plants as a memento of the wedding, or the newlyweds may want to plant them around their new home.
Remember to consider the gift registry at weddings. Your guests will appreciate knowing that a gift is not a requirement. Make sure they have varied choices for gifts and varied prices. By selecting different priced items, people can find items they can comfortably afford to give.
Have your floral decoration display flowers of different stem length and different sizes and shapes to add dimension and uniqueness to them. One great way to do this is to use tall vases and longer-stemmed flowers with smaller heads. You can then surround the vases using flowers with more show and volume but that are shorter. The taller florals' will always be vibrant and full of color while the short ones should be more of the spring type colors like pastels.
If the bride's happiness is the ultimate priority for her big day, it is essential that the wedding meets her standards. If she is left to worry about all of the planning, reservations and meals, and the wedding doesn't live up to what she has been hoping for, it could be a disappointing day for the both of you. Let the bride have the final say over all aspects of the wedding so that she doesn't act out anger prior to and during the wedding.
You always want to do your homework about any vendors you will be hiring for your wedding and that is especially true when it comes to the music. Ask for a list of references and call those references before booking the band or DJ. After you've decided whom to hire, be sure to have a signed contract that includes a firm date. This is important, as you want the music for your wedding to be perfect.
While planning weddings takes time, there is no need to spend vast sums of money. Use the suggestions and ideas that you read in this article and you can have a beautiful wedding day that you will always remember with joy.