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.
Give back to all who are attending the wedding, by making a speech towards the end, thanking everyone for being a part of your life. Most of the attendees at the wedding are integral parts of your history and deserve thanks for where you are at, the day of the nuptial.
After your wedding is over, make sure that you save as many items as you can, including your dress. This is important as you will want to have many reminders of your special day when you look back on the memories of your wedding. Save all items to chronicle your wedding better.
As you plan your wedding, you must consider the type and amount of alcohol you wish to serve, especially if you’re working with a budget. Open bars are typically very expensive, especially when they are open for long time-periods. Inquire at your venue what your alcoholic beverage serving options are.
When photographing a wedding, you must be prepared! Don’t forget to bring extra batteries, memory cards and cleaning materials, for your camera. Think up alternate photography locations, in case the weather goes bad. Attend the rehearsal, so that you will have a good feeling for what will be happening and where you should be at all times.
If you would like to save money on your wedding, you may want to consider having the ceremony and reception in your own home or a family member’s home. In addition to saving money, your wedding will feel more personal this way. For summer weddings, you could have it in a large backyard.
Between your ceremony and your reception there can be a long down-time for your guests. If they can’t be seated at their tables right away, choose a venue that has a bar or lounge available for them to hang out in while they wait for the guests of honor to arrive.
Do not let your bachelor or bachelorette party end too late at night. Many people are sleep deprived the day of their wedding because they stayed up too late the night before. You may even want to consider having your bachelor or bachelorette party the weekend prior to your wedding.
Universal online registry services allow couples to add items to their registries from virtually any online retailer. This is a great way to make purchasing gifts convenient for your loved ones; friends and family can use their preferred credit cards to make purchases, take advantage of online promotions, and shop for the best prices.
If you have a destination wedding, offer a basket full of goodies delivered to guests in their rooms. Fill the basket with useful, fun items like a map, camera, sunblock and brochures from local attractions. It would be nice to also include a guide to local restaurants to make it easy for them to eat.
Do not feel shy to ask the person videotaping your wedding to look at their previous work. You want to make sure you have picked the right videographer for your big day and looking at their prior work can give you an idea of what to expect for your wedding.
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!