The most important factors that should influence your wedding planning decisions should revolve around what is best for your marriage and your family. The following articles list the best tips and wedding planning ideas for a beautiful, fun and lower cost wedding.
Get married in an unusual location.
The most popular venues in town will book early and will be very expensive.
Be sure that you don’t have unsightly tan lines showing during your wedding. Think about the cut of your dress and how your tan lines will show once you’re gown is on. Have several “dressings” beforehand as it has been known with a Bride to get measured for a dress many months before the wedding, however on their wedding day they find they have lost or gained some weight.
Let bridesmaids choose their own dresses.
Instead of forcing a certain dress on different body types, dictate the color and leave the rest for them to do. Weddings are about the people who are getting married, not how much they spend on it. A wedding will be beautiful to have because it involves being in love. Apply the helpful advice you read here and you will ensure that the people are the most important aspect of your wedding.
If you are having an outdoor wedding, check your wind speeds for that day.
A windy day can really ruin an outdoor wedding if not planned for. Consider getting married outside of wedding season. This would be sometime that is not between May and September. Wedding venues are more expensive during these months. If you must book during this period, schedule many months in advance to save money. Many couples in fact have been known to book years in advance.
Make a beautiful wedding bouquet using flowers that grow on the side of the road!
A bouquet that you or a loved one has made by hand will mean much more to you than one you purchased commercially. Weddings should be all about feelings, not about from what store you bought your bouquet. Start planning as soon as you can. If you are able to begin planning well before your chosen date, you will have a much larger selection of wedding venues and related services to choose from. You will have your pick of vendors and venues and a much better chance of staying within your budget. The first point on your list should be to book the venue as the good venues tend to get booked up very quickly and sometimes years in the advance.
It may sound odd but consider asking your family to join you on the honeymoon as well.
Everyone can save money by staying longer, as hotels will give you great discounts for longer stays. When choosing a cosmetic artist for the big day, look at samples of his or her prior work. Do you like how they do their work? Make sure it is something you can see yourself wearing. You don’t want to discover right before the wedding that you do not like the way your makeup artist does things. In fact many makeup artists will give you a trial before your wedding day.
For grooms-to-be, it is important that you choose the best man possible.
You want someone who is responsible and will help your wedding day go smoothly. Brides that have sensitive skin should reduce stress before coming down the aisle with a good skincare regime that provides a luminous appearance without irritation, hives, or breakouts. Find a facial treatment that has a skin soothing set of ingredients such as sea salts, rose, and oatmeal proteins.
The idea may not be appealing, a “like new” wedding dress can really cut your dress budget.
Most of the dresses you will find have only been worn once and some sellers require this. Check around for photographers who have glowing credentials. You don’t need wedding photos taken that you end up disliking. Your photographs are the one thing that you will keep for ever as a reminder of your big day. For good local photographers, look at online reviews or ask loved ones for recommendations.
If you decide to handle the food for your wedding we have suggestions
Costco and other wholesale stores are a very good option as their food is of high quality but really competitive. This is no secret but buying your foods from the big club stores will save quite a bit of money over retail grocery chains and that is considering the membership charge. Think about asking friends to assist with the food costs.
If you are looking to get married you should decide very quickly what your budget will be.
Many couples fall into the trap of endless planning and then adding up their expenses and find they are quite shocked. Wedding dresses are notoriously expensive. If you are not looking for a traditional, princess type ballgown, consider looking into other types of dresses. For example, a bridesmaid dress is typically much less expensive and may be just what you’re looking for. Even if you factor in the cost of style alterations, the overall cost could be less.
Make sure to include healthy food options for your reception.
You might have a vegetarian in attendance or someone who’s just trying to lose weight. If you want your reception to stand out, go with ethnic themed catering! Steak and chicken can get boring after a while. Variety will give your guests yet one more way to remember your wedding.
In order to prevent excessive stress ensure you have allowed plenty of time to plan the wedding.
It takes a lot of time to interview and select florists, photographers, and caterers, etc. When asking friends or family to come to a destination wedding, you may want to ask them to stay around for your honeymoon too. This will help save money and you may get a better discount. This can help them have a memorable day and a great vacation at a reduced cost.
If you do not have the budget to have an actual dress made for the bride.
Check out some of the different types of bridesmaid or department store dresses, which will offer you a beautiful alternative at a fraction of the cost. Finely crafted flowers made of silk can be a good selection for some of your needs, such as table centerpieces. If you use silk flowers instead of fresh flowers, you can purchase them well in advance and eliminate the worry of having the right flowers delivered the morning of your wedding.
Those who love you will not weigh the beauty of your day based on cost.
If keeping to a smaller budget makes your day just as special to you as spending a fortune would, then so be it. If you’re planning on delivering a speech at a wedding, it’s important that you take all the time you need to practice it. If you don’t get all the practice you need, it’s easy to forget what you want to say, make a misstep, or leave the audience bored. Remember to take into account on your big day, there is so much to remember it is very easy to forget what you want to say when the time comes to give a speech. Make a few notes of the important things you want to say, especially remembering to Thank, any important people in helping with the arrangement of your wedding.
You can save money on cake by making a cupcake tree.
This can save thousands, and it will be just as appealing as a large cake that will be served in individual slices anyway. If you want to get married outdoors, make sure you have a backup plan. You can rent some large tents, or book a outdoor venue that includes a hall that is available in case of bad weather. If the ground is wet you can bring planks of wood to help keep your guests’ shoes clean. It may be best if you wish to have an outdoor wedding to use a professional company that erects Marquees and Tents. They will be used to catering for wet weather and can provide suitable flooring appropriate to the weather conditions.
Try to negotiate as much as possible with the wedding vendors.
If you do not act persistent, they will not reduce their cost themselves. When you are beginning your wedding plans, make a list of your priorities. For some people, the flowers top the list while others consider the venue or the cake more important than a guest list. Prioritizing your wants can ensure that you don’t step over your allotted budget and still have the dream wedding day of your dreams.
If you are the bride of the wedding, be sure to remain humble.
While those monster brides may have their own cable series, it isn’t because they are beautiful. Be sure that your tuxedo fits you perfectly if you are going to be the groom. Ask for opinions from family and friends about how well the tuxedo fits and looks on you before you choose the one you’ll wear. You want your wedding pictures to memorialize you and your bride looking your best. It may pay you to hire a Tuxedo, as purchasing a brand new one, that you may possibly never wear again, could be an expensive mistake.
Consider a disc jockey instead of a live band for your wedding reception.
A band can often be very expensive, and the type of music they can play will be limited. Can you really organize a great wedding on a minimal budget? Absolutely. A wonderful wedding need not put you in debt. Doing a lot of things yourself can save a lot of money for you. As many couples once they are married move into a new house and need every penny they can get for the new house.
Remember that the wedding is not your marriage.
Plan a beautiful wedding, but be aware that the wedding is just the beginning of your marriage and keep that in perspective. Think about applying for a credit card to get rewards on your purchases. Weddings can get expensive, but you can offset some of this cost by paying with a cash back or other incentive-based credit card. Charge your wedding-related purchases and watch your rewards balance soar!
Consider using fake flowers for your wedding planning.
This saves a lot of money and most people will not be able to tell that they aren’t real. Everyone in your wedding entourage, including your mother and your bridesmaids, should be dressed and ready before the time that you need to slip into your gown. Right before the ceremony, you need to be the focus. If they still are getting ready, then they have no way of focusing on assisting you.