Planning Your Wedding

No day in your life will ever stand out quite like your first wedding. Every woman wants it to be the day they cherish most and something that their friends will never forget. If you want to throw that dream wedding, you should read through and follow some of the advice that is given in the article below.

Destination Weddings

If you are planning a tropical destination wedding or honeymoon on the beach, opt for inexpensive sandals with a thin rattan or jelly sole. These shoes can be easily embellished to match your bridal gown or beach attire by adding on ribbons, vintage brooches, silk or fresh flowers, or even clusters of crystals.

Although the weather may be at it’s peak, you probably don’t want to plan your destination wedding for a time when the most tourists are showing up at the location you’ve chosen. Try to aim for a time when there is a lull, like when kids go back to school in September.

It’s important to research the laws in the location you’ve chosen for a destination wedding before you get there. They may have a curfew, or rules about alcohol consumption, or even licenses that you need to buy for photography or alcohol sales. Check with a local wedding planner for assistance.

Wedding Venues

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When planning an outdoor wedding, always have a backup plan. Try choosing a venue that has an indoor area available for your wedding if it decides to rain that day. You could also consider having tents just in case you experience bad weather. When using a tent during rain, it is not ideal for when you have heavy rain as the ground beneath the tent will become wet and your guests will have to walk in it.

Choose your reception venue with the guests in mind. If your family is mostly elderly then you aren’t likely to choose a location with a lot of stairs, or a big dance floor. If you have anyone in your family who is handicapped then you should ensure that the venue knows they’re coming and will make everything accessible to them.

Wedding Cake Tips

When purchasing your wedding cake, think about the options that could save you money. If you want a fancy wedding cake, purchase a small one for just the wedding party and buy a large sheet cake for the rest of the guests. Your guests will still enjoy it just as much as your smaller wedding cake.

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Personalize the wedding so that it reflects your personalities, and that of your relationship. Pick out a theme that reflects your time together.

If you want a high-end wedding but can’t afford it, you can save some money by reducing your guest list. Catering costs, venue size, and other considerations can be reduced to a more manageable bill allowing you to go all out on your dress, cake, and flowers with the money you’ve saved.

As we have come to find, weddings invite an array of people from an array of backgrounds. Not everybody there will have the same point of view. However, there are ways to get along with everybody and be the “Switzerland” of the group. Just apply the aforementioned advice from this article and you will be a professional, adaptive wedding guest!

Bridal Gowns

Choose your wedding dress before decide on anything else, including jewelry, shoes, purse, hair or makeup design. Take your time trying on gowns and look around at different venues before making your choice. If you can find what you like online, that will save you a lot of money too!

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You save large amounts of money by purchasing your wedding dress online. However, it is crucial that you do it far in advance, should it need any alterations. I only spent $100 on my gown when I was married, but I spent another $200 on having it altered. Make sure the costs are included in your budget.

If you are planning on having designer dresses or gowns for your bridesmaids, consider purchasing them as their bridal party gift. Many bridesmaids find it expensive and taxing on their income to pay for such extravagant attire that they will only wear once. If you choose to have such a pricey item, make sure you don’t put pressure on them to pay for it.

Wedding Reception Ideas

At your reception, make sure that you have wonderful food. Also, you will want to make sure that you give all of your guests a choice of meat, chicken or fish to maximize the quality of their experience. People always remember the food at a wedding so choose wisely when you pick.

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If you’re planning on having a buffet at your wedding reception, work out a plan to get the food moving quickly so that no guest is left waiting. Consider having multiple tables at different locations in your venue so that many tables can go up at one time, shortening the lines at each.

If you really want to have speeches at your wedding, keep them short. There is an award ceremony that limits speeches to four words, which would be a cute rule to have at your reception, but maybe too limiting. One suggestion is limiting them to just a few sentences, therefore no one gets bored and a large amount of time is not put into speeches.

Choosing Your Bridal Colors

If you are having a reception at a venue that doesn’t supply the decor, you’ll have to pick up the napkins and tablecloths yourself. I wouldn’t recommend going with plastic, so instead pick up inexpensive fabric and hem the edges to make it look like a professionally finished product. Do the same for napkins in a matching color.

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If you have to buy linens for your reception, make sure that they fit your table at home. Another option is to ask family and friends to bring theirs from home so you can just return them, after being professionally cleaned, when you’re done. If you have to mix and match you can adjust your color scheme to make it look intentional!

A fashionable and chic color palette is the best way to visually tie all aspects of your wedding and rehearsal together. The most effective color palette will always include at least three distinctive components: a main color, a bold accent color, and a touch of a metallic hue like gold, silver, or platinum.

Popular Wedding Ring Designs

Think of an exotic location for your wedding to make it even more fun and memorable! You could hold your ceremony at a ranch and ride a white horse down the aisle, or have it at a wildlife preserve and have an animal bring the rings down the aisle. I wouldn’t recommend choosing a turtle for that job, though!

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Photographs that couples won’t think of can make their wedding album special. If you’re doing the photography, make sure to take photos of all the small things, including the rings, bouquet, invitations, program, tables, cake, food, menu, and lots of candids of the guests arriving. You can find more ideas in wedding magazines as their photography will be top notch.

When you are trying to save money when you are purchasing wedding rings, you can usually get a great deal if you buy a set, meaning that you purchase the engagement ring in addition to the his and her wedding bands. This is an easy way to save money and time.

Following these tips isn’t the only component to a dream wedding, but it will surely put you on the right path and leave you needing only a well-matched bride and groom to pull it together. It is time to stop dreaming about arranging that memorable day and time to start getting your plans into action.