An engagement can be the most cherished memory between a couple. However, the stress of planning the wedding might make the romance pale in comparison. Here’s some tips to help you plan a wedding while enjoying the entire process.
Understand that all who are supporting you and helping with your wedding are doing it out of love, as you should show them respect and appreciate what they are doing for you. Do not become a “bridezilla”, as this can alienate a lot of people and put a damper on the days leading up to your wedding.
Weddings will use a lot of materials, so when you are planning your wedding, make sure that you do things to support the green movement. Try to use a lot of recyclable items to limit the amount of waste that is created. This will help the environment tremendously and improve your conscience as well.
Make sure that at your wedding, there are enough refreshments for all of your guests. During the night, there will be a lot of dancing and conversing, which can lead to dehydration. Prepare accordingly by having a lot of quality water and soda in many different locations at your wedding.
When serving food at your wedding, the style that the food is served can vary the price. For a formal dining setting, it will be high price. If you go with a buffet style, you can save money, and allow your guests the options of picking what they want and how much they want.
On the day of the wedding, make sure that you show your parents and the parents of your future husband or wife a lot of attention. This is their big day too, as they are finally getting to see the child they love so much get married after many years of waiting.
Try using the property of a loved one for the wedding venue. For example, a large backyard could be the perfect setting, and you will save a lot of money this way. Offer to pay a person to do the clean-up before and after the wedding, which would be the only cost for you.
Be sure to have many drink options available at your wedding. Not everyone enjoys the same things and will be happier with a large selection to choose what type of drink they would like. When there is alcohol being consumed, be sure to keep hydrating drinks available, such as lemonade and tea.
When thinking of what to give your guests as a wedding favor gift, consider who you’re inviting. If half your family are recovering alcoholics, then a bottle of wine is probably not a good idea. If they’re diabetics, then candy won’t work, either. Choose something they’re likely to keep as a memento and not throw out when they get home.
Understand that the wedding ceremony is the most important part of the day and that the reception is just the celebration of this ceremony. Put a lot of thought into the readings that will be done at your wedding and where you would like to have your reception. This will optimize your overall experience.
As you are planning your wedding and stressing about the cost and details, take some time to talk to some of your recently-married friends, both female and male, to help put things in perspective. Ask what the best and worst aspect of the day was for them, what they wished they had invested more time and money in and what, in retrospect, was a waste of effort. If you can get some feedback from those who have been through it before you, you can save a lot of heartache freaking out about the color of the tissue insert in your invitations and deal with what really matters.
If you and your fiance can keep the focus on your priorities, then you will have an easier time with planning your wedding and may even enjoy it. If you plan your wedding together you can help build a base for your marriage. The information in this piece can encourage a couple to build a wonderful wedding event as well as a beautiful, lasting relationship.