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.
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.
When the wedding has ended, you will most likely receive gifts from the people who have attended. Make sure that during this time, you and your spouse are together so that you can both show the appreciation that is deserved. Thank everyone regardless of what type of present they give you.
If you are having a reception at a venue that doesn’t supply the decor, you’ll have to pick up the napkins and tablecloths yourself. I wouldn’t recommend going with plastic, so instead pick up inexpensive fabric and hem the edges to make it look like a professionally finished product. Do the same for napkins in a matching color.
For the woman who is about to get married, don’t skimp on the dress. This is your day to shine, to look the most beautiful you have ever looked before, and to be decorated with unending compliments. So go buy that expensive dress you have always dreamed of wearing on your wedding day.
The most important preparation for a wedding is to expect the unexpected. When it happens, laugh it off and let someone in your wedding party deal with it. No matter what it is, it will be resolved, and you’ll look back and laugh at it someday. Really, it’s true!
If you want to dance during the reception, make sure there is enough room! You want to have ample room for everyone to get down, so if the dance floor of your favorite venue is lacking at least make sure that you can add some size by moving nearby tables and chairs.
Make sure you get a list of references from every single vendor you secure. If they’re not willing to give you one, move on to someone else. You should get a long and varied list of people who speak highly of the person or company you’ve chosen so that you can feel secure in your choice.
Fun wedding favors are a great way to keep kids entertained at your reception. You can go to the dollar store and pick up a basket full of goodies to set at the tables which can keep the kids busy while their parents have a great time at the party.
When trying to pare down the guest list, consider who is paying for the wedding, and then allocate them more seats. If the bride’s father is footing the bill, then her side of the family should be permitted to attend. If the couple is paying for the wedding themselves, then they should split the number of attendees in half for each side.
If you are not having a church wedding, consider targeting an outdoor venue. Beaches and parks may offer an environment that makes your wedding day perfect and at a reduced cost. Another benefit to this type of venue is the ability to offer ample room for guests. Consider outside venues that offer indoor facilities in the case of inclement weather.
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!