A wedding is about two people joining together for the rest of their lives. The suggestions here can help any wedding run smoothly. When you plan correctly, your wedding can come off without a hitch.
If you have guests who are traveling to a destination wedding, make sure that you give them gift baskets at the hotel they are staying at. This will help to show the appreciation that you have for them for changing their plans and traveling to be a part of your festivities.
If you had a very important person in your life who passed away, go into your jewelry box and find a piece of jewelry that belonged to them and wear it on the wedding. This will keep them right near you on one of the most important days of your life.
If you’re wearing a floor length wedding dress, you can get away with wearing less than fashionable shoes down the aisle. No one will see them and you’ll be more comfortable standing during your wedding ceremony. You can put more fashionable shoes on later for the reception where you’ll be sitting down.
If you’re already living with your spouse-to-be and don’t really need housewares for wedding gifts, ask for cash instead. If you include a cute little poem asking people to consider giving you a cash gift instead of something you can’t use, you’ll be saving them the time it takes to shop and helping pay for your honeymoon!
If you are charging to photograph a wedding, make sure that all expectations are set before the big day. Find out what the couple are expecting to get at the end and what the cost will be. If you’re offering your services for free, then it’s just as important to find out what end product you’re being expected to deliver, and what it will cost you.
Use more than one camera when photographing a wedding to be prepared for any shot. It’s nice to have two different settings, for example one wide angle lens and one long lens so you can get photos of varying aspects of the same shot. It also allows you continue taking photos even if one of your cameras dies.
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.
For brides-to-be, it is important not to gain any weight before the big day. You have already been sized for your dress and weight gain can cause your dress to have to be altered, which could be impossible. Try not to eat bad foods and exercise as much as you can in the months before your wedding.
Brides can treat members of the wedding party with handmade fashion emergency kits as a way of saying “thank you” to their bridesmaids and maid of honor. Include quick fixes like heel cushions, fashion tape, bobby pins, and strap strips for strappy heels, sandals, and pumps. Your bridesmaids will be able to strut down the aisle in comfort and style.
I was at a wedding last year which seemed more like a circus. Not only did they have the typical events like bouquet tossing and garter removal, but they insisted on playing games throughout the night. Many guests won’t be expecting to have to compete at your reception, nor will they welcome the opportunity. Try to keep entertainment such as this to a minimum.
Having a family member photograph your wedding can save you a lot of money, but you have to remember that you’ll get what you pay for. They probably won’t have expensive lighting rigs or the latest camera equipment, so your shots will end up looking less than professional. That said, they can still be beautiful, so don’t worry! Just don’t have high expectations that could make your family member feel guilty.
Plan early if you’d like to have a destination wedding. You need to book far in advance to ensure that all the locations you’ll need to rent, from hotel rooms to ceremony to reception, will be available during the time you wish to use them. You should also check into renting vehicles ahead of time, just in case.
A great way to save money on catering is to have children’s meals prepared for anyone under 10. Your caterer will give you a reduced rate on those meals as they’re typically smaller and simpler than their adult counterparts, and that can give you substantial savings if you’re having many kids at your reception.
By using these tips, the wedding can be a wondrous event that everyone enjoys. Your special day is something that will take careful planning. Both the bride and the groom deserve the best wedding ever.