TIP! One consideration in wedding planning is alcohol service. You’ll want to determine the way that meets you needs, including the cost and the way to serve the kinds of alcohol that you prefer.

While your wedding is sure to be beautiful, the planning process that leads up to it is equally likely to be stressful. Planning everything ahead of time is overwhelming, between choosing the cake to selecting guests. Read on for some ideas to help you minimize the stress during the process of planning for your own wedding.

TIP! The single most important factor when you are getting married is also the most obvious, your choice in bride or groom. Do not make a hasty decision.

When you are planning your wedding festivities, think hard about the kinds of alcoholic beverages that are going to be available, and also how much of a price tag they will carry. An open bar can be very expensive over a long time period. Ask your venue about the different alcohol serving options that they have available.

TIP! If you’re one of the many people who don’t want to spend upward of a thousand dollars on a fat-and-sugar-laden wedding cake, check with local bakeries for lighter, individual-sized wedding pastry suggestions. Many bakeries will offer healthier options, such as 100-calorie cupcakes, fruit fillings, meringue toppings, or gluten-free ingredients.

One way you can cut hundreds of dollars from your wedding budget is by purchasing your wedding gown online. However, make sure you do this early enough that there is time to make any needed alteration to the gown. I bought my gorgeous gown online for only $150, but it cost me another $200 to have it altered to fit me perfectly. Make sure to allow for additional expenses in your total budget.

TIP! If you invite people to an exotic destination wedding, they will likely want to stay for part of your honeymoon time as well, since they are already there. They can all save some money by staying since the hotels usually offer better discounts for the longer stays.

When you are planning on who will be giving the speeches at the wedding, have them rehearse the material before you so that you can make sure everything is appropriate. Wedding guests cover many generations of family and friends, and the humor of newer generations might offend elders.

TIP! Aim for a mid-day reception. People consume less alcohol during daylight hours, and this can lower your bar tab.

Invite the whole family to the honeymoon when you’re planning a destination wedding. This will help with the monetary aspect of your trip. That will also help them to have a great day and a wonderful vacation!

TIP! Craigslist is a good outlet for locating local talent for your wedding. Always have a face-to-face meeting with anyone you hire off of Craigslist prior to giving them any cash.

Midday is the best time to have wedding receptions. Most people will drink less at this time, which can cut down on your bar needs. Also, lunch receptions will typically be cheaper than dinner receptions and allow you to either increase the quality of food or allocate the rest of your food and alcohol budget to another need for the wedding.

TIP! Perhaps you could borrow something from a friend. You`ll be able to look stunning on a budget while your guests will feel proud that they could help.

When choosing a venue for your wedding reception, check to see if the lighting is able to be dimmed. This small detail allows for little things like low lights on the first dance, and bright for the duration of the event. Before committing to the venue, ask them about this.

TIP! Centerpieces can quickly cause your reception to be a dud financially and socially. Don’t crowd the entire table with one centerpiece; instead, find a more simple option.

If you choose a wedding cake full of vibrant color that stands out as a focal point in your reception, you can enhance it further by presenting it on top of a fabric swatch coordinated with the cake itself. The right piece of fabric can create a stunning display that makes the cake stand out even more. You can select from a variety of fabrics, including velvet, satin or silk. Likewise, you can choose a solid color or go with something textured or patterned.

TIP! If you have children in the ceremony, dress them comfortably. Favor soft fabrics, and avoid dressing children in clothes that are too tight to fit comfortably.

See if you can borrow a special item of apparel from a friend for your wedding ceremony. By doing this, you can get the look that you want and add a special touch to your wedding.

TIP! 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. Don’t wait until the last minute to write your speech, or forget about it once it’s written.

If you are going to have kids in your ceremony, dress them in clothing that is comfortable. Try using soft fabrics that are loose enough to not be uncomfortable. New shoes should be worn enough to ensure they are comfortable. Attention to these details will help the children focus on their part in the wedding instead of fussing with their clothing.

TIP! Make sure every part of the wedding follows a plan, from what food is served to what happens at the reception. Make everyone feel warm and welcome on your wedding day.

If you are giving a speech at a wedding, plan ahead and rehearse it several times. Being well prepared will help you to not freeze up, or babble on nervously, and will help you give a thoughtful and well spoken speech that you can be confident about.

Outdoor Reception

TIP! The photographer you choose for your wedding should not simply take photos; instead they ought to be creating memories. Ask the photographer how he sees the day unfolding.

If you’re having an outdoor reception, tell your caterer. Some foods are not suitable for an outdoor reception because they may not keep well or they may fly away in heavy wind gusts. You may want to cover foods with decorative coverings. Perhaps a small fridge could be used to keep drinks chilled.

TIP! Use floral arrangements of varying heights. Try using vases that are tall for more compact heads with long stems.

Interview candidates to see their past work. Be sure that sound editing is something to which you pay real attention as well. Get your wedding on the latest technology so that the memories last a lifetime. Decide who you want to choose based on the gut impression you get with each.

Silk Flowers

TIP! Do your research on the band or DJ you want to hire. A good DJ or musician will be able to provide references of satisfied customers.

One creative way to reduce the cost of your wedding is to use other alternatives instead of flower arrangements. Rather than a floral wreath for the flower girl, try using ribbons for an elegant but simple look. Use silk flowers as decoration instead of fresh ones. Silk flowers save money and can be kept afterwards. Perhaps when you renew your marriage vows in the years ahead you can reuse them.

TIP! Start planning ahead of time. A year-long lead-time might seem sufficient, but you will soon find that many venues and vendors will already be booked.

Before committing to a DJ or band for your wedding, do your due diligence first. Get references and never be afraid to contact them. Before hiring a DJ or band, be sure that the date of the wedding is set in stone. Further, there should always be a signed contract. That way, you will not have any bumps in the road when it comes to the all-important music.

TIP! Think about having a small meal for the wedding reception. In order to accommodate more guests, you will need to reduce costs somewhere.

When planning for decorations, think about the location. For example, a flower arrangement featuring complicated elements may work well indoors, but could be destroyed by a gust of wind outside. You may need special equipment for securing decor at places like parks and beaches.

TIP! You should open an account dedicated solely to your wedding costs. Keeping a fixed amount of money in a separate wedding account will allow you to monitor how much you are spending, while making it easier to stick to a budget.

Plan everything in advance. A year-long lead-time might seem sufficient, but you will soon find that many venues and vendors will already be booked. Try to do this fast so that you do not stress during crunch time.

TIP! Once you have formulated how your wedding will be designed, write it down and begin looking for the appropriate services. You can narrow down your choices by customer service, price, and the ability for them to provide exactly what you need.

Be prepared for rain. For an outdoor wedding, create a “Plan B” since it could rain. Even if you believe the day will be beautiful, it is best to be prepared.

TIP! Once you’ve decided on a wedding date and your theme, next on the list is invitations. Invitations not only provide the details about the ceremony, but they traditionally include the wedding colors and hints about the theme.

A beautiful wedding is a dream come true, that most girls have been waiting for their entire lives. So much planning is necessary that the to-do list can overwhelm you. This article can, hopefully, relieve some of the stress you may have been feeling and aid you in planning your wedding.

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