Preparing for your wedding can be an exhausting business. Often, the bride is running around trying to create her dream wedding while the groom just wants to get it over with. This can be a lot of stress on a relationship before you even add mothers and mother-in-laws. A good way to keep the peace is to hire a wedding planner.
Have your wedding at a location owned by friends or family. Using someone else’s property can free a huge expense from off your plate and allow you to allocate funds elsewhere. Saving money on the venue will allow you to hire people to set up and clean up.
Make sure that everyone in your wedding party knows how they’re getting to the wedding site and back home from your wedding! This is especially important if you’re going to be serving alcohol, and essential if it’s an open bar. If you’re worried about anyone getting too inebriated, offer free cab rides to anyone who doesn’t bring a car, or drive them home in your limo.
When having an outdoor wedding, the food served can be greatly affected by the weather. If you are planning a wedding during hot weather, ask your caterer if they have experience in serving food when it is hot outside. If the food cannot be kept at the correct temperature, avoid foods that have mayonnaise and any other dishes that will need to be kept cold.
Wedding bands are a vital part of the wedding, as they help to signify the joining of two parties. Make sure that on the days leading up to the wedding and on the wedding itself to have someone who you can count on keep track of your wedding bands to ensure security.
If you are charging to photograph a wedding, make sure that all expectations are set before the big day. Find out what the couple are expecting to get at the end and what the cost will be. If you’re offering your services for free, then it’s just as important to find out what end product you’re being expected to deliver, and what it will cost you.
Photographs that couples won’t think of can make their wedding album special. If you’re doing the photography, make sure to take photos of all the small things, including the rings, bouquet, invitations, program, tables, cake, food, menu, and lots of candids of the guests arriving. You can find more ideas in wedding magazines as their photography will be top notch.
To save money on your wedding, you may want to consider making a CD of your favorite songs instead of having a DJ. The price of a DJ can really hurt your pockets and picking out the songs that you and your spouse like can make your day more personal.
Let your wedding planner do all the worrying. The entire thing can be designed and organized according to your plans without causing undue strife. You’ve probably dreamed about your wedding for years, so let it be the best day of your life. You are the center of attention, relax, smile and enjoy it.