Creating the perfect wedding takes a lot of effort, and many people feel the process of planning and putting together a wedding is beyond their skills, even with help from those who have planned weddings before. Having a great wedding can be a positive learning experience; however, if you keep a few things in mind. Here are some wedding tips.
Hiring an unknown or untested photographer can really be throwing caution to the wind when it comes to the lasting memories of your wedding. You want every moment of your big day captured in pictures you and your future spouse can treasure for a life time, so don’t take chances on a cheap photographer or one that has not shown proof of his or her expertise!
When planning your wedding, keep in mind the weather. You want your guests to be comfortable in your wedding, and it would be bad to having them overly hot or cold. If your wedding is when it is hot outside, consider giving out hand fans and cold bottles of water. If you are planning your wedding in colder weather, let your guests know that they should dress appropriately.
If you fear that people won’t want to give you cash wedding gifts as they don’t have a lot of money to give, include a “cash box” at the door to your reception. Guests are asked in the wedding invitations to bring their gift in an unmarked envelope, allow them to place it in the box anonymously and reducing any guilt they might feel.
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!
Make sure that you never plan your bachelor or bachelorette parties the day before the wedding. There may be a lot of drinking at these parties, and the last thing that you will want to do is ruin the day of your wedding because you are not fully functional. Have a calm day right before your wedding.
Displaying photographs of the bride and groom adds a personal touch to any reception, but the cost of decorative picture frames can add up very quickly. Instead, string two- to three-foot sections of ribbon, faux pearls, or floral garlands in a conspicuous place near the entry to the reception site. Then, use small scrapbook clips to clip the photographs to the ribbon. This is much more affordable and prevents damage to your photos.
Do not let family and friends tell you how your wedding should or shouldn’t be. Many times, people who are getting married let their family influence their decisions and they end up unhappy with the way their big day turned out. If you require help with your wedding, hire a wedding planner.
Follow this advice from star stylists before red carpet appearances: A week before your wedding, put on your head-to-toe big day look (hair, makeup, shoes, dress) and have a member of your wedding party photograph you. Pictures don’t lie, and you may find an opportunity to tweak or update your look that you might otherwise not have thought of.
With the above new knowledge to help you, you can plan a great wedding — especially if you enlist the help of other people who can add their own knowledge to yours. Then, someday, when someone else you know and love is planning their wedding, you can offer up your own knowledge to help ease the process for them, including the great tips you just learned.