Watching massively popular weddings on TV like William and Kate and the Kardashians can make your planned ceremony seem a little too normal. Nobody wants a plain wedding. This day is supposed to be magnificent…and under budget. Use the tips below to plan a great wedding that you’ll be very proud of.
If you don’t think your wedding guests will participate in a traditional part of the wedding, then skip it. If no one likes to dance, especially the bride or groom, then don’t force them to. If you’re only having married women in attendance, don’t have a bouquet toss at all.
For your wedding rehearsal and dinner, do not wait until the last minute to put together a “look” for your hair, makeup, attire, and accessories. This is an important and memorable part of the wedding experience, and you can create a more involved participation by using the time as a way to offer friends and loved ones, a sneak peak into the design aesthetic of your big day.
Start planning your wedding at least a year in advance. Many venues and photographers are booked out 12 to 18 months and require deposits to hold a date for you. Even if you aren’t engaged, it might be a good idea to start thinking about your potential dates and venues before hand.
When you are going to get married, try to book your wedding venue at least a few months in advance. If you wait until last minute, the venue may not have any openings and you will have to scramble to find a place that will host your wedding reception on short notice.
Consider having an alcohol-free reception to alleviate the worries that inebriated guests can cause. If you do choose to go this route, make sure to offer many beverage options to your guests including soda, water, coffee, and tea so they don’t feel like they’re going to get parched. Having a homemade fruit punch served in a fountain can make a gorgeous centerpiece for your catering table!
Be sure to leave yourself plenty of time to make your wedding plans. If you find that you have waited until last minute, you may find that it is harder to find the things that you need at a price that you can afford. This can break your wedding budget.
To save money, use seasonal flowers instead of exotic or out of season flowers for your wedding decorations. Flowers that are in season are a lot cheaper to buy. While exotic flowers may look nice, they can be more than double the price as they need to be imported from abroad.
The month before your wedding is perhaps the most stressful, but by making sure that these details are complete and in progress, you will be able to stay on track. So, the bride needs to have her final gown fitting, the reception and seating chart needs to be organized, and all agreements with your vendors must be confirmed.
Let your wedding planner do all the worrying. The entire thing can be designed and organized according to your plans without causing undue strife. You’ve probably dreamed about your wedding for years, so let it be the best day of your life. You are the center of attention, relax, smile and enjoy it.