Your wedding should be a memorable, once-in-a-lifetime event, but it’s becoming easier than ever to let wedding-related expenses take over your life. You can do many things to control your wedding budget. Use the information and tips in this article to plan a wedding that fulfills your dreams and doesn’t start your married life in debt.

Bear in mind the cost of the alcohol that you will be serving at your wedding, and try to find one that is cost efficient. The open bar option is the most costly of choices and the cost can be prohibitive for many couples but do not feel bad if you cannot afford it. Ask your venue about the different alcohol serving options that they have available.

If you want to save money on your wedding, consider having it in the off-season., The wedding season runs from May until September. Wedding venues are costly during these months. If you still want to have your wedding during this time, be sure to make all your arrangements well in advance so you receive the best possible deal.

Choosing your favorite gown online can be faster and cheaper, but do so well in advance to allot extra time for alterations. 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 allow for additional expenses in your total budget.

If you decide to handle the food for your wedding, Costco and other wholesale stores are the way to go. If you shop wholesale, you will be able to get lots of food at much better prices. See if your friends can chip in for food costs.

Don’t starve yourself silly just to fit in a wedding dress. All you are going to do is tire very easily and not have the energy to enjoy the big day you have been torturing yourself to plan. The last thing you will want to do is faint. Rather, consider a corset style dress that you can tighten or loosen on your wedding day.

Use the property of a friend or a member of the family for your wedding. For example, a large backyard could be the perfect setting, and you will save a lot of money this way. Your only expense should be paying someone to clean before and after the wedding.

There’s nothing more important in a wedding than the person who you are marrying. Don’t make this choice in a hurry. Make a detailed list of the things that endear this human to you, and likewise the things that you may not appreciate so much.

If you want your reception to stand out, go with ethnic themed catering! Chicken and steak have both been done. Go with something creative! Variety is important and you want everyone to remember your wedding dinner.

Really consider your vows, as this is one of the central parts of a wedding ceremony. The vows should reflect the fact that marriage is not easy and will require sacrifice on the part of both partners. Express your love for the person you will marry when writing your vows.

One of the things to consider for your wedding is transportation. If you have people who need to get home after the reception, have taxis ready to bring them. This is also helpful for anyone who has had alcohol at the wedding.

If you’re terrified at the thought of spending a fortune on a wedding cake loaded with calories, talk to local bakeries about something with a smaller portion size. Some specialty bakeries also ship fresh, low-cal cupcakes and healthy fare, like gluten-free options if you so desire.

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. You may not like country music or metal, or you may have a certain song that is associated with an old flame. Regardless of the reason, let your DJ know to prevent you cringing at your reception.

Make certain that the reception area you choose has enough dancing space. You want room for people to move freely as they dance. Move furniture if necessary to make room for exuberant dancing.

Practice walking in your wedding dress and shoes. If you don’t wish to risk twisting your ankle, choose stylish flats instead. Not having fancy heels is much easier to deal with than falling on your butt.

Embellish your bouquet with sparkle. You can use rhinestones, diamonds or Swarovski crystals. This is easy to do at home; you can just use some heat-fixed crystals or adhesives, some costume jewelry or even attach a heirloom piece. Use stones that are roughly the same cut, size, and color as those in your ensemble to ensure coordination.

If you invite people to an exotic destination wedding, they will likely want to stay for part of your honeymoon time as well, since they are already there. This will help save money and you may get a better discount. This will help give them a vacation they’ll never forget as well!

You can save a lot of money by purchasing cupcakes or mini tarts rather than a large tiered wedding cake. The arrangements are loved for their convenience, versatility, and low price range. Guests can even take a cupcake home.

For a destination wedding, one wonderful present for your guests is a basket brimming with vacation goodies delivered to each room. Include useful items like sunglasses, a hat, tourist map, pamphlets and a disposable camera. You may want to include a food guide to some local restaurants so that they can eat.

Even if you’ve chosen and bought your wedding dress, think about keeping it at the shop until your special day. The likelihood of something happening to it is much higher than if you leave it at the bridal store! If the bridal shop takes care of it, you can be sure that it is going to be in perfect condition for your wedding.

Try Craigslist for finding local talent to help you with your wedding. Before you hand over any money, both bride and groom should meet with them ahead of time, in person.

If you have the budget, consider a cruise as the venue for your wedding and just invite those who are dearest to you. Then, your honeymoon and wedding are all rolled into one and the cruise ship does most of the planning and supplying of everything. Some cruises will offer discounts if you are getting married.

If your wedding meal is long and involved, be sure to have appetizers on the table to keep your guests occupied between courses. Why not look for sugar roses that match your wedding theme.

You can find some talented professionals in your local area to help you have the perfect wedding day by advertising for help on Craigslist. Take along your groom to the first meeting, and ensure there is at least one face-to-face meeting prior to any money being handed over.

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. Chaises, lounges and even sectionals can encourage your guests to mingle like old friends. You can use sectional pieces to create areas for relaxing throughout the reception venue. In addition, your guests will relax more when sitting on plush, comfortable seats and be more likely to have a good time.

If your wedding meal is long and involved, be sure to have appetizers on the table to keep your guests occupied between courses. Opt for sugar roses that match your wedding color palette, edible, sugared petals, or thin, flavorful crackers to whet the appetite.

If you plan to have an outdoor ceremony, be sure to take weather (sun or rain) into account to ensure happy guests. Set up a large canopy for shade or rain. A location with access to the indoors would also work well, just in case of bad weather. Planks can be used on wet ground so guests do not soil their shoes.

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 can make for an intriguing and memorable combination that both families can be happy with.

Wedding Planner

Get the most from your wedding planner by doing your homework prior to your first meeting. Start your project by using imagery, fabric swatches and other pieces of inspiration to make mood board and “look books” like the stylists and fashion designers use. Clip out magazine pictures and newspaper articles that you think fit what you want.

Do some homework before meeting your wedding planner. 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. Putting as many items on the board as possible to convey your desires will help your wedding planner understand what it is that you exactly want.

The arrangements should stand out quite a bit adding to the atmosphere. You can do this by adding flowers of varying heights or floral containers that are similar in appearance yet not identical. Use tall vases for flowers with longer stems and more compact heads. Surround these tall vases with short vases filled with voluminous hydrangeas, sweet peas, or peonies. 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.

Include the overall theme of your wedding in all of the elements of your decorations, including flowers. Vintage themes will help spice your ceremony up. Try pink peonies to inject energy into the room.

If dancing isn’t your forte, you should prepare yourself for the first dance by donning a long skirt and taking a few practice runs around the living room. Though you may have warmed up to your ability to move about in your skirt, it may be a bit cumbersome for your groom, so put on some music and dance together. This will help with any awkwardness he may feel, especially if your dress if puffy at the bottom.

If the bride’s wedding experience doesn’t live up to her expectations, expect to have an unhappy bride. If she’s stressed about planning, and it’s a less than perfect wedding, it can destroy her. Secretly, the bride runs every wedding behind the scenes and you should allow her to do so, because it could be the difference between a happy wife or a bridezilla!

It is better to select your bridesmaids gowns before you select your bridesmaids. You do not want to have disagreements and drama. Select something affordable that matches your wedding them, and which your bridesmaids will love. In this way, you can have an enjoyable wedding with no disagreements about the dresses.

The groom’s tuxedo should fit perfectly. Solicit the input from others before you make your choice of tuxedo. Keep in mind you and your bride will be the main focus at the wedding, so the appearance you present should be the best one possible.

Don’t have too much money to spend on your wedding? No problem. You don’t have to take on debt to have a beautiful wedding day. There are many things like invitations, favors or floral arrangements that can be made as opposed to bought. You can look to family and friends to assist you and you can look for a venue that will allow for both a ceremony and reception in one place.

Flower arrangements can end up eating a large portion of your wedding budget, but they don’t have to. For instance, have your flower girl carry ribbon instead of flowers. You can also use silk flowers instead of decorating with real ones. It will save you money and you can keep them. You can also reuse the flowers at the reception, if you have someone that can move them.

Plan properly ahead of time. A year may seem like a long time for planning a wedding, but waiting can make your services and venues cost more and they could get booked completely with short notice. Therefore, it is essential to plan as far in advance as possible.

You can still have an amazing and memorable wedding without going to extremes. Apply the tips from this article and you will be on your way to the wedding of your dreams, without breaking the bank.

Pay attention to weather reports. If you are planning an outdoor wedding, have a back up plan in case of rain. No matter if the forecast is calling for clear skies for the whole month, something can always happen.

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