The time has finally come, and you will be married soon. Planning your wedding is no small task. However, with the right advice you can plan an event that will give you some of your best memories. Read on and you will find some tips that can turn potential chaos into beauty.
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.
An excellent way to save money on your wedding is not paying for a photographer. That doesn’t mean you can’t have video and still photos, it just means you need to be creative! Ask the best photographer in your family to do the photography for you, and then drop some hints that it would be great to get a photo album as a wedding gift. It worked for me!
If you cannot decide on colors for your wedding, consider using the colors from nature. Many weddings have multiple colors, not just one or two. You could experiment with yellow, greens, browns, reds, and pinks. You could, also, plan your wedding colors around the season. If you are having a fall wedding, use fall colors to influence you.
While a perfectly matched place setting with plates, bowls, and silverware can create a dramatic, elegant, and timeless appearance for receptions and rehearsal dinners, it can also be extremely expensive. Instead, consider opting for plates, bowls, and utensils that share a common theme, such as a particular color, all floral prints, or a mismatched shabby chic look.
If you don’t think your wedding guests will participate in a traditional part of the wedding, then skip it. If no one likes to dance, especially the bride or groom, then don’t force them to. If you’re only having married women in attendance, don’t have a bouquet toss at all.
If you feel as though it is wasteful to pay hundreds of dollars for a cake that will have a lot left over, consider a smaller bakery to create a smaller cake that will cost less and be more personal. Some bakeries can ship lower calorie cupcakes and also offer gluten-free options like no-calorie sweeteners, fruit-filling, and meringue toppings.
To save money on your wedding, you may want to ask your family or friends to each make a plate of food for the reception. Hiring a caterer can cost a lot of money and half of the time, wedding guests do not like the choices of food a caterer offers.
Having a family member photograph your wedding can save you a lot of money, but you have to remember that you’ll get what you pay for. They probably won’t have expensive lighting rigs or the latest camera equipment, so your shots will end up looking less than professional. That said, they can still be beautiful, so don’t worry! Just don’t have high expectations that could make your family member feel guilty.
Using these tips and others like them will help you get to the alter with a smile on your face. You can make the most of your day and the most of your budget and perhaps create a lifetime of fond memories.