One of the best and most memorable couple moments you will ever have is when you get engaged. Planning a wedding, however, isn’t always so romantic. Sometimes it stresses one or both future spouses out and may even lead to relationship trouble. The following article contains a number of helpful hints and ideas to help make the wedding preparations easier, and insure the ceremony itself is a wonderful success.

One consideration in wedding planning is alcohol service. You’ll want to determine the way that meets you needs, including the cost and the way to serve the kinds of alcohol that you prefer. For example, an open bar can cost you an arm and a leg, especially if it’s open throughout your reception. With only a quick question, your venue should be able to provide you with their alcohol serving options.

If you’re wanting to have money for other things concerning your wedding, try keeping a tighter budget on the venue by picking a wedding date that’s not necessarily in season. The wedding season traditionally begins in May lasting through September. During these months, venues become more expensive. Book in advance if you must schedule your wedding during this time.

If you choose to take care of your own food serving at your wedding, try going to wholesale stores, such as Costco. If you shop at a wholesale store, you will get much more for your dollar than the regular supermarket. Think about asking friends to assist with the food costs.

Wedding dresses are not cheap. If you are not looking for a traditional, princess type ballgown, consider looking into other types of dresses. A bridesmaid dress might strike your fancy as an option, and it would be cheaper than a dress designated for the bride. Even if you want the dress altered to change some of the styling, it could turn out to be cheaper than a wedding dress.

Brides who love fashion will perhaps want to add a dash of sparkle to their bouquet; think rhinestones, Swarovski crystals or even some diamonds. This can be achieved through heat-fixed crystals, adding a little piece of jewelry or even using an heirloom piece. To create a cohesive look, be sure that the colors, cut, and the size of any stones you use match or compliment each other.

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When you choose to invite family members to join you at your destination wedding, ask them if they would like to stay for the honeymoon, as well! It can even make it cheaper for everyone if you book more days at some hotels. Not only do they get to share in your special time, they can create their own memories as well.

You can save a lot of money by buying your wedding gown online, but buy it with enough time to spare so you can get it altered prior to the big day. I bought my gorgeous gown online for only $150, but it cost me another $200 to have it altered to fit me perfectly. Include the additional cost in your budgeting.

Be sure to have a place for your guests to wait and mingle while you are taking your photographs. These pictures should be done beforehand. Pictures with the parents should be done before too.

Booking a venue for your wedding can be extremely expensive. If someone you know has a nice backyard or a large farm, this can save a lot of money. Offer to pay a person to do the clean-up before and after the wedding, which would be the only cost for you.

It is a good idea to plan for an even number of guests at each table, since people tend to pair off in conversations. Tables should also be grouped based on their age. This will help increase the chances that guests will be able to talk and chat together.

Of course, your most important priority is to ensure that you love your prospective spouse and want to spend the rest of your life with him. This life-altering decision is one that should not be rushed into. Your decision to get married should take into account everything that you love–or can’t stand–about your potential mate.

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 in a closet, you run the risk of wrinkles or stains. If you keep it at the shop, that means it will remain pressed and fresh for your wedding.

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You may want to consider a wedding aboard a cruise ship. If you do this, you can start your honeymoon immediately after the ceremony ends. Some cruise companies even have special rates for those getting married and honeymooning on their ships.

If you wish to appear absolutely beautiful on your wedding day yet you need to control costs, think of renting diamonds. Renting diamonds will allow you to have the wedding look you’ve always dreamed of, even if you’re on a strict budget.

See if you can borrow a special item of apparel from a friend for your wedding ceremony. When you do this you save money, you can make yourself look way better and even form a closer bond with people who become more involved with the wedding.

Look at the portfolios of any makeup artist you are considering for your wedding day. Is the makeup style what you are looking for? Make sure that this is the style you desire. The last thing you need is to wind up looking like you are going trick or treating right before the ceremony begins.

If the couple getting married has a strong love for travel, try to incorporate design elements that reflect this in the planning and decoration process. The printed items, such as invitations and thank you cards, can have the look of old maps or vintage postcards. Get a vintage suitcase and use it as a display for your pictures or programs.

Women with skin that is sensitive should adopt a healthy skincare routine a couple months before their wedding day. Find a skin treatment that contains one or more of the following ingredients that smooth and brighten your skin: sea salts, creamy scrubs, oatmeal protein, and rose.

For example, consider a contemporary fusion menu filled with popular dishes. Include ethnic options for dessert, drinks, or even wedding favors that are edible.

Although it’s important to give the wedding DJ a list with songs you want to play at your reception, it is also important to inform him of those you DON’T want played. Maybe it’s country music, or heavy metal, or even your “special song” from an old lover. Make sure that you inform the man you are marrying too.

Dress any children attending your ceremony in comfortable attire. Pick soft fabrics that are not too tight, and will bring comfort are important. Shoes should be broken in and comfortable. Attention to this detail will give the children a chance to focus on their role in the wedding as opposed to fidgeting with their outfit.

Interview a lot of skilled and experienced photographers before settling on the one you want. You want to make sure the quality of the pictures you get is exactly what you expect. Check online reviews or ask your family members for recommendations on a good photographer where you live.

If you are not serving dinner during your reception, try getting casual seating instead of renting tables. Furniture like chaises, sectional pieces, or a lounge chair can often get your guests to interact more. If you use plush seating, the guests may also feel more at ease. This may also create more areas to relax where you’re staying.

For any stylish and fashion forward bride, there is always the option to add some flare to a bouquet with a splash of diamonds, rhinestones or Swarovski crystals. All this requires is some heat-fixed crystals or adhesive, small costume jewelry pieces, or an heirloom piece. Make sure you stay consistent with these decorations in cut, color and dimensions so it goes well with what you are going to wear.

If you are planning on having your wedding outdoors, make sure you have a plan B just in case the weather turns against you. You can rent a couple tents or look for a venue with a hall and a park. Many tent companies also offer planking or other flooring choices for their tents to keep guests feet clean and dry.

Full length mirrors are great for practicing the “aisle-walk.” If you will be wearing heels, this is even more crucial. Flats may be a better choice if you think you may hurt your feet. Footwear that’s not so sexy is preferable to falling on your bottom on your wedding day!

When you are making plans for a destination wedding, take the needs of your guests into account. You do not want to give your guests extra anxiety. Send your invitations or the cards with save the date on them at least eight months in advance if you can. This can help guests plan as they need.

If the guests are going to enjoy a meal consisting of multiple courses, make sure they are entertained by keeping little candies in a dish at the table in between the serving times of the courses. Try sugar roses which subtly match your decor, or thin crackers that whet the appetite.

To get ready for the first dance, try practicing dances in long skirts in the days leading up to your wedding. Your skirt might be something you are used to walking or dancing in, but your soon-to-be husband might not. This will help him adjust to dancing with you in your dress and prevent any awkwardness, especially if your gown is particularly full at the bottom.

If the couple’s families are from different cultural backgrounds, both sides can be honored by incorporating traditions, foods, decors, or rituals from both sides. In this way, the wedding event will be unique, personal and memorable.

Think carefully before inviting children to your wedding. Not having kids can actually save you a lot of frustration. Some people want their children with them though.

Flowers that may be common in your state might not be readily available at your wedding location, due to differences in the climate. Before deciding where to hold your wedding, contact florists or other professionals who work in the area to ask which types of flowers you can expect to have access to.

You want the bride to be happiest on her big wedding day, so make sure that you run everything through her first so that no surprises arise. 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. Make sure that everything is run by her or you will have a bridezilla!

If you don’t plan on serving dinner for reception guests, think about eschewing furniture in lieu of renting multiple tables. A lounge, chaise or even a cushy piece of sectional can give guests a greater way to communicate. You can group the chairs into separate seating areas at the venue, plus the relaxed setting will flow onto your guest’s mood also.

When you’re going to work on wedding decorations like your floral arrangements, you need to think about where your wedding is located. Elaborately detailed floral arrangements and displays can be very striking indoors but lose their majesty in the windy weather. You will need to set up special equipment if you are having your wedding on the beach.

If you follow the wedding planning tips in this article, you’ll get closer to your spouse-to-be while planning your wedding. A couple that can make a wedding happen without arguing are probably on the road to a happy marriage. Follow these pieces of advice to not only create a wonderful wedding experience for yourselves, but also to lay the groundwork for a lifetime of cooperation and mutual support.

Plan ahead of time, as early as you are able. You might believe one year is plenty of time for planning a wedding; however, the more you wait the more costly and unavailable the service providers and venues will be. The sooner you start planning, the more choices you will have.

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