Has wedding planning got you feeling overwhelmed? Are the stresses of planning a wedding enough to make you feel like eloping would be easier? It can be extremely stressful to plan a wedding; however, there are a number of steps you can take to reduce the stress. This article provides several useful pieces of advice that can reduce the amount of stress that your wedding planning is causing you.

Practice walking down the aisle as much as you can right before the wedding. Do this at your actual wedding site to make sure you’re familiar with the floor there. This will give you much more confidence on the big day.

Should you want to cater the food yourself, look to wholesale stores like Sam’s. This will allow you to save loads of money. Consider asking your friends to help with the costs of food.

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. Therefore, it is very important to hire the best professional you can afford.

Don’t starve yourself to fit in your wedding dress! You are going to find yourself dehydrated and lightheaded if trying to lose weight too quickly prior to your wedding. You wouldn’t want to pass out. Rather, consider a corset style dress that you can tighten or loosen on your wedding day.

If you want your reception to stand out, go with ethnic themed catering! Let’s face it, the menu at these events is pretty standard so why not take it in a direction that makes it more memorable. Variety will make things very beautiful and elegant.

Of course, the focus of your wedding should be on the person whom you plan to marry. Don’t make this choice in a hurry. Consider the person and what about them you can’t live without, and also the things about them that might irritate you.

Add special little decorative touches to all of the element in your wedding. For example, the bow in your hair can be the same as those used in the floral arrangements on the tables. The little details like this help you pull all of the various aspects of the wedding together into one coordinated event.

When choosing a makeup artist, ask to see a sample book of makeup the artist has done. Do you like the style of the make up? Be sure they can create the look you want. Don’t be one of those people who is stuck with makeup they don’t like an hour before they walk down the aisle.

The wedding DJ needs a list of the songs you want played at the reception, but make sure they know what you dislike. You may not like country music or metal, or you may have a certain song that is associated with an old flame. This will help you to avoid discomfort on the big day.

Make sure that you carefully consider what to include in your vows, as they will be something that your future spouse remembers forever. Marriage is supposed to mean the rest of your life, including both ups and downs. When you are saying your vows ensure your spouse knows and understands that you love them with all of your heart.

Make certain that the reception area you choose has enough dancing space. You can make room by moving some chairs and tables around when it’s time to dance, just make sure you find enough space for people to get their groove on.

If you’re one of the many people who don’t want to spend upward of a thousand dollars on a fat-and-sugar-laden wedding cake, check with local bakeries for lighter, individual-sized wedding pastry suggestions. There are some bakers who are able to prepare elegant cupcakes that contain less than 100 calories each. They can also use healthy ingredients like fruit fillings, no-calorie sweeteners, and even meringue toppings.

Don’t make your guests wait while you take all of your photos. Photos of the bride and her party and the groom and his groomsmen should be taken ahead of time. You can also take pictures with both newlyweds’ families at this time.

Brides who have sensitive skin can have a stress free wedding day by using skincare products that will give a glowing look without causing hives, irritation, or a breakout. Seek facial treatment aids that are soothing to the skin such as creamy scrubs, sea salts, rose and oatmeal proteins.

Make sure the lights at the venue are on a dimmer switch. 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. Inquire about the lighting with the venue, prior to signing any contracts.

Be sure the disc jockey you employ for your reception knows which songs you want and which sorts of songs you do not want. Maybe it’s country music, or heavy metal, or even your “special song” from an old lover. Tell the man you are marrying so that he is not surprised.

Provide your guests with an online itinerary of events so that everyone, including out-of-town attendees, know what they should be scheduling and planning to attend. Inform people of events, like rehearsals, that they are required to attend, so they will be where they are supposed to be at the scheduled time.

Brides who want to sparkle might like to add some flashy stones to their bouquet, including rhinestones, Swarovski crystals, and even diamonds. This can be achieved through heat-fixed crystals, adding a little piece of jewelry or even using an heirloom piece. To make sure that it matches well with your ensemble, you need to be consistent when it comes to the size, cut and the color of the stones.

If you opt for a colorful wedding cake that can stand on its own as a focal piece for your reception, you might choose to present it atop a coordinating swatch of fabric. You can use solids, patters, silk, velvet or satin to tie the elements all together.

Use a mirror to visualize and practice when you walk down the aisle, especially if you plan to wear heels. If you don’t wish to risk twisting your ankle, choose stylish flats instead. No one can see your shoes under your gown anyway, but if you fall on your rear end, they’ll see a lot more than shoes.

Part of the wedding tradition is to wear “something borrowed,” so don’t hesitate to borrow jewelry from a friend. This can help you achieve a nice look, while also letting you focus money in other areas to make your wedding much better.

It might be a friend or a family member. All that’s needed is someone who can happily carry your gear during the ceremony and photo sessions. They can also help round up family members for group portraits.

If you plan on giving a wedding speech, plan the speech and practice it. Without taking the time to plan and prepare, you may lose the attention of your audience, say something awkward, or deliver the speech poorly, prompting confused looks, and probably some embarrassment on your part.

Renting different styles of seating for your wedding is a great idea, instead of traditional tables if you are planning to not serve food at your reception. Lounges, sectionals and cushy chaises can encourage social interaction. Plush seating is also conductive to a relaxing time, and is comfortable for those with mobility issues. You can also use your furniture to customize your space.

For receptions that don’t include dinner, consider renting less traditional seating arrangements rather than tables and chairs. Lounge chairs, chaises and comfortable sectional pieces will help encourage interaction between your guests. Plush seating arrangements encourages comfort and relaxation among your guests, meaning you can even partition differing lounge environments through your reception site.

Tell the caterer that the reception is outdoors. Some foods won’t keep in the heat, and some food might not weigh enough to stay in its dish if there are strong winds. You could utilize fancy covers to protect the dishes. If possible, consider having a small fridge on hand for keeping beverages chilled.

Meeting a wedding planner? Do your homework. There are books and publications put out by fashion industry leaders as well as all other kinds of beneficial information out there that can assist you with your planning. You might want to include pictures from magazines, photos, and lyrics from your favorite songs to help show your vision to a planner.

Make sure that your flowers look great too. You want the flowers you choose to be in line with the theme of your wedding. Try pink peonies to spice up the flavor in your wedding.

You want your photographer to capture your event perfectly. When scouting out photographers, always check out their prior work and their references. Ask about the flow of the day. You should know their style to make sure you get what you want.

Practice the first dance with your spouse-to-be while wearing clothes similar to what you’ll wear at the wedding. Dancing with your spouse-to-be is romantic, and in addition it will help you get used to each others’ clothes so you won’t feel awkward on your wedding day. While you may be accustomed to dancing in a full skirt, chances are your soon-to-be spouse is not used to working around one. This will get him used to dancing with you in your dress, especially if the lower half of the dress is unusually puffy.

Create depth in your floral arrangements by using flowers in varying heights. For flowers with long stems or compact heads, use tall vases. Surround these tall vases with short vases filled with voluminous hydrangeas, sweet peas, or peonies. Short, full blooms ought to be light in color.

When you choose a videographer for the wedding, try interviewing as many as you can to see their work examples. Also, find out what kind of editing sound he or she uses. Make sure you will be receiving DVD copies of your wedding, rather than outdated VHS tapes. Make your decisions based on the factors mentioned as well as your personal first impressions of different videographers.

Make sure your bridesmaids know what they are wearing. Many friendships end over a disagreement about the bridesmaids’ gowns. Find something affordable and loved by all your bridesmaid’s. This is part of your wedding making everyone feel important and involved so that things go smoothly.

Don’t let wedding planning get you down! You may have a lot to worry about, but the advice in this article will make the work you have to do much easier to manage. Soon, you’ll be able to stop stressing about your wedding, and start looking forward to your big day instead.

Write your own vows for the wedding. While traditional vows are perfectly fine, writing your own vows reveals the special qualities that you and your future spouse love about each other. The personalization of your vows adds meaning and romance, creating an atmosphere of closeness and intimacy. You can use other sources for inspiration, but add your extra touches to them.

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