A wedding only really needs a groom, a bride, love, and a minister. Everything else is simply window dressing, and while pretty to look at and enjoyable to have, they can create stressful distractions for you. Read this article if you need to be reminded to keep things in perspective. If you can focus on what’s really important, you’ll be happier while planning the wedding, which makes for happier memories of your big day.

You can save money by choosing an off season wedding date. The wedding season runs from May until September. Venues are usually more expensive then. Your best bet is to book your venue as soon as possible to secure the best possible price.

Alcohol can be a big expense at a wedding, so consider limiting the types of drinks and opt for cost efficient choices. An open bar that is available all evening can quickly become a very costly endeavor. With only a quick question, your venue should be able to provide you with their alcohol serving options.

Buying wedding gowns online can save you hundreds of dollars, but be sure to do it very early to allow you time to get your gown altered when you receive it. You want to make sure that you think about other expenses that you might not commonly think of, like having the wedding gown altered, which can cost extra money. Be sure to work the additional cost for alterations into your overall budget.

If you plan on doing the catering yourself, then you need to visit wholesale food stores. When shopping wholesale, you can get large amounts of food for cheaper than you could if you did not wholesale shop. You may want to ask your friends to chip in with buying food.

The pictures that are taken at your wedding are very important as you will look at these for the rest of your life. In order to be able to document this magical occasion, hire a professional and spend extra if necessary.

Personalize your wedding by including things that represent your spouse-to-be, and the bond between the both of you. Your wedding theme should reflect your shared journey with your partner, from the beginning to the present.

Prior to her wedding day, brides who have sensitive skin ought to have a skincare regimen that prevents acne, irritation, or break outs. Get a bridal facial that incorporates oatmeal, rosewater, sea salt and a good scrub.

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 will give you the stunning look that you desire but will not cost you a lot of money, allowing you to stick to your budget.

Luxury-loving and fashionable brides could choose to make their bouquet sparkle; try adding rhinestones, Swarovski crystals or even some diamonds. You can do this by applying some crystals, costume jewelry, or maybe even an heirloom piece. To ensure that it coordinates with the rest of your ensemble, be consistent in terms of sparkling colors, cut, and size of the stones.

Choose one item to incorporate into all the different aspects of your wedding. Have a ribbon used on your bouquet mirrored on your centerpieces, or in your gown, or even in your hair. These small details help tie everything together to create a beautiful wedding.

Avoid having guests wait while taking the photos. The photos concerning the rest of the wedding party should be done in advance. Pictures with the bride or groom and their respective parents can also be taken ahead of time, reducing the amount of time guests have to wait for your arrival at the reception.

If you are hosting a destination wedding, your guests may appreciate receiving a basket of vacation goodies in their room on their arrival. Have items in them like disposable cameras, hats, sunglasses and tourist maps of the exciting places that they can visit. Additionally, you may want to include a local restaurant guide so that your guests know where to eat.

If you are holding a destination wedding, have a basket filled with useful items for their trip delivered directly to their room. Some useful items to include might be tourist information, sun hats, sunglasses, disposable cameras, maps of the area, sunscreen, and so on. Be sure to include a local restaurant guide and possibly some coupons to make dining easy.

Always guarantee full control of a lighting system at the venue, particularly the ability to dim or brighten the output. 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 giving the venue the thumbs up and your money, ask them about this detail.

Find out if the lights at your reception venue are the type that can be dimmed. You may not think this detail is important; however, consider the effect of low lights on parts of your reception. For example, you may want to dim the lights for your first dance or other important dances and brighten them when you want everyone to participate in dancing. Inquire about details, such as lighting, before you decide on a reception venue.

When making plans for table sitting, make sure the number of guests is even at each table. It’s also a good idea to have people of similar ages all at one table because they will tend to have more in common.

When making wedding dinner seating arrangements, be sure to have even numbers of people at each table. It’s also a good idea to have people of similar ages all at one table because they will tend to have more in common.

Even if you’re sure of the dress you want and have bought it, keep it in the bridal shop prior to getting married. If you keep it inside your closet, the dress might get stained or wrinkled. If you keep it at the shop, that means it will remain pressed and fresh for your wedding.

Borrow something from a friend to put on for your wedding day. A nice bracelet or necklace will both complete your look, as well as give you “something borrowed” for the day.

Many locations will permit you to choose your own officiant if you have a loved one become ordained online. This can be a wonderful way to honor someone special in your life, and to make them an important part of your big day. You should check the legality of this option in your area before you make a decision.

Silk flowers make great alternatives to various other flowers for your wedding. Because they don’t have to be bought fresh, you can get them far in advance of your wedding, making one less thing you have to worry about on your wedding day.

Research your wedding planner in advance. Take all of your ideas and incorporate them into one place, such as a design book. Clip out magazine pictures and newspaper articles that you think fit what you want.

Big centerpieces are overpriced and overrated, often taking more from table conversation than they add to it. Instead of going with a huge table centerpiece that uses up almost the entire table, keep it simple. People will find it easier to converse across the table without a huge centerpiece getting in their way.

Let your caterer know you want an outdoor reception. Some foods do not last in the heat, or may not stay on plates if it’s too windy. You could utilize fancy covers to protect the dishes. If you need to, have a small refrigerator handy to cool down drinks.

Let the kids dress comfortably at your ceremony. Pick soft fabrics that are not too tight, and will bring comfort are important. If the children are going to be wearing new shoes, make sure they are comfortable, and let them walk around in them a bit so that they can get broken in. Thinking ahead about small details like this can make all the difference on the wedding day and will cut down on fidgeting and fussing over uncomfortable clothing.

Make sure that you have a great looking wedding by being sure everything is in order, including the flowers. Retro themes are very popular and can create a really fun look for your venue. Try pink peonies or bright daisies to spice things up.

If you don’t want to serve a formal dinner at your reception, try replacing traditional table seatings with rented furniture. Items such as chaise lounges, or lounge chairs can help your guests to interact more easily. These plush seats give your guests a comfortable place to relax, while also creating separate areas throughout the venue where people can lounge around.

A common wedding tradition is having a gift registry. Let your guest know, they don’t need to bring anything. Give them multiple options for gifts and a very wide price range. By selecting different priced items, people can find items they can comfortably afford to give.

Your caterer needs to know if you are planning on having a reception outdoors. They will need to plan your meal knowing that the weather could be less than ideal for your food. One way to address the wind issue is to use decorative covers for the dishes. If possible, consider having a small fridge on hand for keeping beverages chilled.

Consider including group activities within your wedding day. Instead of your guests simply waiting for you to come down the aisle, plan a contest or a game for your guests to partake in while waiting for the wedding to begin. There are all kinds of things you can do, contests or fun, or try something like volleyball. The more fun your guests have, the better the entire event will be for everyone.

If you’re wearing a tuxedo at your wedding, take the time to get one that fits well. Ask for different opinions before choosing your tuxedo. You will surely want to look your very best at your wedding and in your wedding photos.

Designing a wedding that lives up to the bride’s expectations is the best way to ensure that she is thrilled on her wedding day. You could cause her a lot of stress if she’s doing all of the planning or if there are any surprises that might disappoint her. The bride’s wishes must be followed or you will be facing an angry bridezilla!

As far as bridesmaids go, select the gowns that will be worn before asking them to be a part of your wedding party. Disagreements in bridesmaid’s gowns can ruin a friendship. You want what you decide to be affordable and to match your theme appropriately. This will keep the tension really low at the wedding.

Prior to your wedding day, make sure you know what gowns your bridesmaids will be wearing. A simple disagreement over the bridesmaid’s gown can severely strain a friendship. Pick out something that doesn’t cost too much, matches what your wedding’s theme is, and it will work well for the bridesmaids. By choosing the dress yourself, you can avoid misunderstandings.

Flower arrangements can end up eating a large portion of your wedding budget, but they don’t have to. For instance, rather than having the flower girl wear a floral wreath, have them wear a ribbon. This still looks great, yet is much cheaper. Use silk flowers, which will cost you much less. It will save you money and you can keep them. You can also use it at your reception too.

As you already know, there are only a few things that a wedding must have. Aside from the bare basics, there are many optional upgrades. These are nice additions, but can cause extra stress. If you use the advice from this article, you will have a wedding to remember.

Be mindful of the weather. If it’s excessively hot, guests might not be comfortable at a long outdoor wedding. They may also leave early, if it’s extremely cold at your wedding. Bring fans or heaters to your wedding so that you can adjust the temperature in the room if necessary.

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