The only required elements of a wedding are the bride, the groom, a minister, and, naturally, love itself. All of the other things, while they can add to the experience of the overall day, are added stresses and distractions. This article will help you have a wedding to remember.
Make sure you do a little research on what the weather is going to be like. If it's excessively hot, guests might not be comfortable at a long outdoor wedding. On the other hand, if it is too cold, your guests may exit early. Provide comfort to your guests with small accommodations and features, like having fans available if you are having a summer wedding.
Be sure to inform the caterer that your reception will be outside. They will need to plan your meal knowing that the weather could be less than ideal for your food. You could use covered chafing dishes, or keep the food inside a tent. If you can, use a small fridge for keeping drinks cool.
If you aren't planning a reception meal, choose comfortable furniture for seating instead of tables and chairs. You can witness far more social interaction among your guests if they are seated in chaises, lounges and maybe even comfortable sectionals. Plush seating offers a way for their to be separate lounging areas, as well as a place for guests to get comfortable and relax.
Create a list of what you want to have at your wedding, ranking items by importance. Flowers are usually one of the most important parts of a wedding, and the cake and venue are usually up near the top, too. By having a plan of what is most important to you, you can set aside funding for each item and ensure you get the wedding of your dreams.
One affordable alternative to elaborate floral arrangements is placing multiple potted plants of varying sizes throughout the ceremony and reception sites. Seek out plants in lovely glazed pots, or make a simple stone look elegant with some ribbons and paint. When the wedding is over, the guests can then take those plants home with them as a favor and have a constant reminder of the new couple.
If at all possible, you should schedule a relaxing or calming ritual for the morning of the big day. A massage is an excellent use of your time, or if you prefer a manicure and pedicure that's an option as well.
Choose wedding decorations that reflect your personality and that of your partner. Your decorations should also help tell the story of your relationship with the person. Pick out a theme that reflects your time together.
For example, choosing which flowers you want to have in your bouquet or table settings will rely on what's available in your new location. Contact florists near the destination and you can find out which flowers are available.
If you intend to hold your wedding outdoors, devise a contingency plan in case weather or other problems prevent the wedding from going smoothly. Set up a large canopy for shade or rain. A location with access to the indoors would also work well, just in case of bad weather. By placing wooden planks onto the ground, your guests can have their footwear protected from the mud.
A piece of fabric that matches your cake can be placed on a table and function as the focal point. A pretty tablecloth made of textured fabric, velvet, shiny satin or a lace that matches the wedding dress are all nice choices.
For couples that enjoy traveling, look for wedding items and decorations that reflect this interest. For example, you could make your wedding invites or your save-the-date cards look as though they were vintage postcards or travel passes. You could use a worn leather suitcase to display things such as your wedding program, photographs, or favors for the guest.
If you have plenty of extra time but not a lot of extra money, then consider printing your own wedding invitations. Creating your own invitations from a kit will give you more choices, including the ink color, creating your own wording and your choice of font.
Do not crowd tables with too many flowers. Flowers can be obstructive to guests a lot of the time. Additionally, many people are allergic to flowers. Try putting some scent free candles on your wedding tables.
If you want your colorful wedding cake as the focal point of your reception, present it on a coordinating fabric tablecloth. Whether you use a solid piece of fabric or opt for one with a pattern, choosing the right material can help attract your guests' attention and create a more stunning visual display. Consider the fabric's texture as well as its color when choosing display fabrics.
You will probably want to take pictures with many of the guests that attend your wedding. If you don't have a predetermined schedule, it can be very difficult to track everyone down for pictures during your event. Tell your guests where and when you will be taking pictures and make sure your photographer also knows.
Perhaps following family traditions is tempting, but remember that this day is about you and your spouse. Thank them for any suggestions and kindly decline their ideas with an explanation that it is your turn to make these decisions. This will ensure that you have no regrets when you look back on the day you got married.
Flowers look beautiful as centerpieces on the dinner tables, but don't overdo it. In many cases, it will just prevent guests from talking to each other. Plus, some guests may be allergic to flowers. Opt for using non-scented candles instead of flower arrangements for a romantic and luxurious look.
Receptions are best held in the early afternoon. Most people will drink less during the day, which will cut back on the cost to fill the bar. Post-lunch receptions usually cost less, too. The money saved here can be used elsewhere.
Planning a wedding can be very stressful, so in order to give yourself enough time to prepare, set a date where you can get everything done. By planning early and developing a time line, you can ensure that everything will be completed on schedule, allowing you to rest the day before the wedding. If you can find time for it, schedule a relaxing activity.
Religious practices will be a part of your wedding, and also an important part of your marriage. It may help to discuss this with your families so that they understand how you plan on handling dual faiths in your marriage.
A lot of people dream of their wedding for their whole lives, right up to the moment it happens. This gives weddings an almost ethereal feel. The planning can be overwhelming though. The above advice should be a boon to you while you plan your wedding day, and provide you a sense of relief.
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