Weddings can seem very overwhelming and planning them can be stressful. In order to plan with less stress, stay informed on the things that help your wedding to run smoothly. There are a lot of helpful ideas contained in this article that you can use towards planning your wedding.

Practice your walk down the aisle many times on the days leading up to the wedding. Be sure that this is done where the wedding will take place so the floor can be tested along with the footwear. That way, you will know precisely how you should move.

When you’re getting plans together for your wedding, consider the types of alcoholic beverages you’re going to be serving. Also be aware of the cost. Open bars are expensive, especially if they’re open for a long time. Inquire at your venue what your alcoholic beverage serving options are.

Choose a less popular month to get married if you want to save money. The wedding season is traditionally from May through September. Venues tend to be pricier during these months. If you’re set on booking during this season, book as far in advance as possible.

Typically, a wedding dress costs a lot of money. When you shop for a dress, try dresses that aren’t categorized as wedding dresses. A bridesmaid dress could fit your needs and would not be as expensive as an actual wedding dress. Even with some alterations to complete your vision for the dress, it could be less expensive in the end.

For food, consider going to a store such as Costco. This is no secret but buying your foods from the big club stores will save quite a bit of money over retail grocery chains and that is considering the membership charge. See if your friends can chip in for food costs.

Wedding Budget

Choose ethnic catering to spice things up. Use lots of different foods rather than the more traditional chicken and steak. Variety is essential to a wedding dinner to make it memorable for all the right reasons.

One way you can cut hundreds of dollars from your wedding budget is by purchasing your wedding gown online. However, make sure you do this early enough that there is time to make any needed alteration to the gown. A certain person claims to have spent only $100 or her gown, but had to spend another $200 to get it altered. Make sure to include this added cost in your wedding budget.

Don’t starve yourself to fit in your wedding dress! You will want to look nourished and hydrated on your wedding day. You would hate to faint while standing at the altar. Instead, buy a dress with a corset back so you can take it in or out as necessary on the day of your vows.

Use food that has an ethnic theme for the reception. Chicken and steak have both been done. Go with something creative! Variety will give your guests yet one more way to remember your wedding.

When selecting a makeup artist for your wedding, be sure to see the makeup that they have done in the past. This will help you to rule out make up artists whose styles do not mesh with your own. Be absolutely certain that you are happy. The last thing you need is to wind up looking like you are going trick or treating right before the ceremony begins.

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. You will look stunning but won’t have to spend a lot, so your budget stays intact.

Brides who love fashion will perhaps want to add a dash of sparkle to their bouquet; think rhinestones, Swarovski crystals or even some diamonds. Crystals come in adhesive and heat-fixed varieties, or brides may choose to add pieces of costume jewelry or heirloom pieces to their bouquets. Make sure that the stones of your choice coordinate well with your ensemble; have consistency in your arrangement of colors, size and cut.

Plan your transportation wisely. Make taxis and limos available to transport people to their accommodations after the affair is over. Also, this is beneficial for people who have consumed alcohol during the wedding.

If you are having a destination wedding, a good gift to get your guests is a basket filled with vacation goodies sent to their room. Include gifts that are sure to be useful while on location at the wedding, like sunglasses, tourist maps, disposable cameras, hats, and pamphlets that detail all of the best attractions in the local area. One piece that will really make this idea a hit with everyone is to include a restaurant guide so that all your guests are able to find options that they enjoy.

While you should always let your DJ know what songs you want played for your reception, it is just as important to alert him to any songs you do not like or want played. Find a song that you enjoyed in the past. Whatever music you hate, you don’t want to hear it at your wedding!

When you are planning your reception set the time for the afternoon hours. Your bar tab will be significantly less as people drink less in daylight. Also, lunch receptions will typically be cheaper than dinner receptions and allow you to either increase the quality of food or allocate the rest of your food and alcohol budget to another need for the wedding.

You want to practice that wedding day aisle walk, especially if you plan to wear heels. Avoid twisting your ankle as you walk down the aisle by wearing flat, comfortable shoes. It’s a pretty simple exchange there to ensure you’re not going to fall.

If money isn’t an issue, you may want to get married on a cruise ship with close members of your family and close friends. This will allow you to enjoy your honeymoon as soon as the festivities are over. Some ships will give special deals to people who get married on board.

Avoid having your guests standing around waiting while you have your pictures taken. Many of these pictures can be taken before the wedding so that you don’t waste a minute of your reception time. Pictures with those being wed and their parents should also be taken beforehand if possible.

If you and your spouse love a similar thing such as travel, incorporate it into your wedding theme and decorations. Use a little artistic skill to get your invitations appearing like aged postcards from a far-away land. A vintage leather suitcase can be propped open to display wedding programs, family photos, or favors.

Consider placing your colorful cake on a piece of fabric or tablecloth in a coordinating color. Good options include designer prints, novelty fabrics or special occasion fabrics like satin, velvet or silk.

If the wedding couple have very different cultural backgrounds, use a wedding ceremony from one tradition and have a reception and feast honoring the culture of the other half of the couple. This solution creates a contrast that will honor the traditions of both families.

You may want to consider a wedding aboard a cruise ship. By doing this, you can step away from the altar and immediately start your honeymoon. You may even get a great wedding deal.

Do your research before hiring a wedding planner. Follow those stylists and designers who make mood boards and look books from imagery, swatches of fabric and other inspirations that may provide the starting point for a finished look. Photographs, song lyrics and magazine clippings can be used to display your ideas in such a manner that your wedding planner can get a visual image of your ideas.

Of the various kinds of flowers you can choose for your wedding day, silk flowers offer a unique and practical option. You can avoid the hassle of wilted flowers and even make your purchase in advance, making them one less item to worry about on your big day.

If you are planning a destination wedding, be sure to know the legal requirements for getting married in that location. You should be aware of things like fees, requirements in residency, and other logistics before you make hotel reservations and book services for the wedding day.

When it comes to planning the itinerary for your wedding ceremony and reception, account for every hour. You want to make sure that every person who is sharing in your special day has as wonderful a time as you do.

A gift registry is a wedding tradition. It is always suggested to inform guests they are not required to gift you as this will make them feel more at ease about the amount they should give or spend. Give them varying price ranges and several gift options to choose from. People should be comfortable to give you what they are able to afford to give.

Maximize your first session with a planner by doing some research first. Take notes from different designers or stylists that have look books or mood boards that show swatches of fabric, images or other things that give your planner an idea of what you want. In addition to swatches, take photographs, newspaper clippings and song lyrics and place in your look book.

Hire the photographer who is interested in creating memories as opposed to snapping pictures. Ask your photographer about what he or she expects the wedding to be like. Question how they envision the wedding day flowing. It is important to know what their style is and how it will impact your wishes for the events of the day.

You want to think about your guests and any travel involved when you are thinking about wedding plans. Some guests may have conflicts with the timing or with the costs of attending. So, you should start asking months in advance if they would be able to or be interested in attending, but don;t take it personal if they cannot make it.

Do your research on the band or DJ you want to hire. Ask for contacts and references before you hire them. After you’ve decided whom to hire, be sure to have a signed contract that includes a firm date. This will help that there is great music on the day of the wedding.

If the bride’s happiness is the ultimate priority for her big day, it is essential that the wedding meets her standards. Planning a wedding and dealing with problems will make a bride stressed and anxious. The bride’s wishes must be followed or you will be facing an angry bridezilla!

Your wedding venue should play a role in decisions about your theme, decor, and floral arrangements. If your wedding will be outdoors and in a windy location you want to make sure to choose hardy flowers. You may also need special supplies to decorate for an outdoor wedding.

Wedding Vows

Mother of the bride and any bridesmaids who are going to help you get ready should be ready well before the time for you to put your gown on. It’s important that your assistants are focusing on you in the final moments before the ceremony begins. If your bridesmaids are still focused on getting ready themselves, they certainly will not be focused on the bride.

Write your own wedding vows. While traditional vows are perfectly fine, writing your own vows reveals the special qualities that you and your future spouse love about each other. Composing your own wedding vows makes this ceremony more meaningful and romantic, improving the intimacy between you. There is nothing wrong with using outside resources, but your vows will be more personal if you write them yourself.

Ensure you don’t have any tan lines on your wedding day. While wanting to be tan on your wedding day, noticeable tan lines are distracting.

It is definitely possible to plan a wedding within a tight budget. No couple should have to start their marriage out with a huge debt for their wedding. Doing a lot of things yourself can save a lot of money for you.

Open a separate bank account for your wedding expenses. Creating and adhering to a budget will be a more manageable task if you determine how much money you have to work with. Open your wedding account even if you’re not planning on getting married anytime soon, so that you’ll have funds available when you’re ready to start planning your wedding.

Research the DJ that you are using. Check references before you hire. After you have made a decision, get a signed contract with the band or DJ. This will help make certain the music portion of the event goes well.

If you’re expecting a baby, take your pregnancy into consideration when you shop for your wedding gown. This may seem obvious, but the dress should expand and flow over your body as your belly becomes bigger.

Now that you have read all our advice about weddings, you will be that much more successful in planning your own. Apply the tips you have just learned to help you plan a successful wedding.

Don’t entrust a friend with your wedding pictures. If your have a friend that is a photographer by trade, that is even better. Your wedding photographs should be top quality. A friend might be able to do some of this, but they probably will miss the mark on some things.

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