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.
Before you leave for your wedding, make sure that you have a solid breakfast that is filled with a lot of carbs. Typically, you will not eat until later on in the day and will be under a lot of stress, which can drain your energy very fast. A proper meal will combat a haggard feeling.
Make sure that the groom has appropriate socks for the wedding! Socks are such a small item that they may seem insignificant, but when he realizes that all his good socks are in the wash he may end up scrambling to buy a new pair at the last minute. Save him the hassle by picking him up a pair of “wedding socks” and keeping them aside for the big day.
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.
For brides-to-be, it is important not to gain any weight before the big day. You have already been sized for your dress and weight gain can cause your dress to have to be altered, which could be impossible. Try not to eat bad foods and exercise as much as you can in the months before your wedding.
Consider creating a gift registry at your favorite store when you are getting married. Many time, guests will buy the couple gifts that they never or rarely use. By creating a gift registry, your guests can get you and your spouse gifts that you personally want and will actually get use out of.
When you arrive to your reception, make sure to make the rounds to all the tables to greet your guests. By the end of the night you should have spoken with each guest at least twice, so take that into consideration as you plan your events for the evening. Don’t forget to say goodbye as each guests leaves if you can.
If you are a maid of honor or best man in a wedding, you may want to consider writing your speech before the wedding. Having to think of what to say on the spot can cause you embarrassment and pressure. Make sure to include what you like about the newlyweds and what they mean to you.
Don’t leave your guests waiting while you, your new spouse and the wedding party have an hour long photo shoot. Take the bridal party photos ahead of time. Make a list of all the shots that you want and arrange for many of them to be taken before the wedding begins.
Dress the children in the wedding party in comfortable clothing. Choose softer fabrics that fit loose enough to prevent discomfort. The shoes need to be comfortable, and if they are new, they need to be broken in. You want children to be as comfortable as possible on that day so that they aren’t being distractions by fussing with their clothing.
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!