Wedding planning can be quite stressful on both the bride and her groom. There are lots of decisions that have to be made and interference from friends and family, though well intentioned, tend to make the process harder. Keep your sanity and plan for your wedding with these tips.
A few days before your wedding, get all of the jewelry that you are planning to wear professionally cleaned. This will help you to sparkle more as you are walking down the aisle, illuminating the beauty that you possess. Find a great jewelry cleaner and improve the quality of your stones before the wedding.
If you or your future husband have a great voice, one of the things that you can do is to sing a song at your wedding. This should be a slow song that you dedicate either to your future soul mate or someone that is looking down upon you at your wedding.
Instead of going bankrupt for a wedding cake, try getting multiple tiers of mini-tarts or cupcakes. These kinds of arrangements are versatile, affordable and convenient. Guests can simply pick up a cupcake or two as they leave, placing them in a takeout-inspired, embellished cardboard container.
To ensure that you make it down the aisle with ease, be sure to try on your wedding shoes and wear them for one to two hours – at least twice – before the big day. This is especially important if you are unaccustomed to wearing heels, or if your feet are prone to swelling. It will also help you to decide if you need to add strap or heel cushions to your shoes to prevent blisters.
If you are a maid of honor or best man in a wedding, you may want to consider writing your speech before the wedding. Having to think of what to say on the spot can cause you embarrassment and pressure. Make sure to include what you like about the newlyweds and what they mean to you.
Don’t leave your guests waiting while you, your new spouse and the wedding party have an hour long photo shoot. Get as many pictures as possible before the ceremony. You can also take pictures with both newlyweds’ families at this time.
A memorable and distinctive trend in wedding decor is opting for vintage and aged wire birdcages in lieu of traditional vases and containers for centerpieces. Green mini-planters can be easily contained within a small birdcage, then topped with either fresh or silken flowers, leaves, and realistic-looking mushroom finches, which are available at craft stores.
If you would like a relative or a friend to perform your wedding ceremony, you can ask that person to become ordained via an online program. This will not only save you money by not having to pay for an officiant, but will also make your wedding very special. Check your local laws to ensure that this does allow you to have a legally binding marital union, some locations need you to use an official ordained in a church.
If the majority of your wedding guests are staying in local hotels or inns, send them off with thoughtful favors that they can use to relax before their long trip home. Scented, soothing bath salts, luxury soaps, and spa-inspired products are the perfect favors; they can be quickly and cheaply put together and thrown into a suitcase.
Once you have a wedding to start planning for, do not forget to start focusing on your body and what you want it to look like for your wedding. The earlier you decide how you want to look or if you need to lose weight, the easier it will be to start a program and stick to it over the months leading up to your wedding.
As the bride, it is very important that you have a dress that you feel mentally comfortable in. If you are very self-conscious in your wedding dress, you will be very unhappy during the event. The wedding lasts a long time and it is your night, so you want to be happy and comfortable the entire time!
It might be a good idea to provide a place to spend the night if your guests are coming from far away or plan on driving home after the party. Excess drinking is unavoidable at wedding parties, so make sure people don’t feel pressured to drive themselves home if they’ve had a few too many.
It is popular to register for wedding gifts at local retailers, doing this makes it easier for your guests to buy you a present that you want rather than just leaving it up to them. If you do this, be sure to register at local retailers that have chains across the country or have websites available so your guests can easily access your wishes.
Research what flowers, fruits and vegetables are in season. By choosing the right products at the right time, you will save a significant amount of money on your wedding. The flowers will be more vibrant and the food will also taste better if you carefully plan what you are going to buy.
Schedule your wedding between November and April. Because most weddings happen in the spring and summer months, those that occur in the “off season,” are more likely to benefit from discounts and deals. You’ll have less competition for wedding venues and have more of a selection with caterers and florists.
Use silk flowers instead of real flowers for the arrangements and bouquets. Silk flowers cost less than real flowers, last forever and don’t aggravate allergies. Silk will hold up better in hot weather as well. Compare costs and arrangements of both silk and real flowers and see which suits you better.
Congratulations on making it this far. If the planning hasn’t scared you off by now, then you should be ready to take on this challenge. You are in control of your wedding. Use the advice you have been given in order for your wedding day to be the best.