Planning your wedding can be a big undertaking. What food will you serve? Will the ceremony be outdoors or indoors? How many guests will you have? Thinking about your big day can sometimes feel more nerve-wracking than joyful! If that’s the situation you find yourself in, take a deep breathe, and read on.
If you are having an outdoor wedding, check your wind speeds for that day. A windy day can ruin an outdoor wedding if not planned for. If it is going to be windy, avoid hairstyles that will be greatly affected by wind. You should also keep in mind that some tents are not designed to handle very windy conditions.
You can add small decorative items to your entire wedding theme. Take the ribbon you use in a bouquet for instance, and use the same ribbon for table centerpieces, your hair or your gown. These tiny details will give guests an idea of how hard you have worked to create a dream wedding.
Even if you have a wedding planner, make a checklist on the days leading up to the wedding, for things that you have to accomplish. This will allow you to take care of your personal needs so that you feel comfortable when the wedding day comes. Finish everything on this checklist for optimal success.
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!
If you are attending a wedding, make sure to bring a gift or a card and arrive on time. Once the processional has started, you won’t be able to be seated until after it has finished, and unless you are a close personal friend, it may be awkward to have you standing in the foyer watching the bridal party as they prepare to walk down the aisle.
Send your wedding guests off with a sweet treat to thank them for their support by handing out small takeout containers of warm cookies paired with small glass bottles of organic vanilla, chocolate, or soy milk. You can use twine and small stamped or embossed name tags with the couple’s name and wedding date.
Ask the parents of the flower girl and/or ring bearer to get the children to bed early the night before the ceremony or try to give them a nap during the day for an evening wedding. Well-rested children are much more attentive and carry a longer attention span for things than children who may be irritable from a lack of sleep.
If dramatic floral arrangements are out of your budget, you can use a variety of different potted plants instead. Colorful pots can be decorated with paint, ribbon, or decoupage to make the arrangements even more lively. When the wedding is over, the newlyweds can either plant the potted plants in their yard, or the guest can take them home.
Ensure that your wedding vendors are of the highest caliber. It is easy for service providers to lose sight of the importance of your day if they are more interested in pay than service. Research your vendors and make sure they have structured policies in place for decorum at any event.
Your cake may be a focal point in your wedding plans which means not only hiring the best your money can afford, but taking everything into consideration in your choices. Whether it be the theme, the flowers, your dress or whatever the cake ties into, do not hesitate to ask for the perfect cake. Find the right cake vendor who sees your vision and will carry it out.
Write your own vows. You can always find good sources that you can copy, but you know your spouse the best and can personalize your vows to be more meaningful. Writing your own vows is a perfect way to add a very personal touch to your wedding, and to help guests see just how much there is between you. You can use inspirations from other sources, but make it your own to add that extra special touch.
You may want to consider not planning your wedding for a Saturday. There are a lot of weddings planned on Saturdays, normally because most everyone already has the day off. The issue with planning your wedding for that day is that most every church and reception hall is booked far in advance for each Saturday. By changing the day, you may find that the venue you genuinely want is available.
Do not think that you have to wear a white wedding dress to your wedding. If you want a white wedding dress, go for it. Yet, if you prefer a black, red or any other color of dress, go right ahead and wear it, regardless of what anyone else thinks.
Always do a practice run, if you are hiring someone to do your makeup for the wedding. If you are doing your own make up, stick to what you know looks good. Do not neglect your hands and fingernails. Be sure to cover them up with fake nails if you have horrible looking nails. They can be purchased from a drug store or done professionally.
Have fun. This is supposed to be a celebration of your love and commitment, so make it a celebration from the time you decide to get married all the way until the wedding reception is over. Don’t let stress take over; be able to look back on this time with happiness.
Make good use of all the helpful information available to you on effective wedding planning, and learn from the experiences of others who have come before you. Your wedding is a day to be celebrated and treasured and met with excitement. We wish you a beautiful and joyful day!