Most little girls dream of their wedding from a young age. The dress, the venue and the catering, everything has to be just so. The reality is that no matter the size of the budget or the number of the guests, whether it is formal or informal, weddings are a stressful affair. Here are some tips on how to preserve your sanity while organizing for your big day.
If you are having a destination wedding or a wedding outdoors, take into consideration the role that the wind will play. Make sure that all of your decorations are weighted down so that they do not fall out of place and ruin the arrangement. This will help you maintain aesthetic beauty at your wedding.
Include your children in your wedding to make sure that it’s an enjoyable experience for everyone. Start right when you begin planning by asking them what elements they would like to include in the ceremony. You can even have your oldest child walk you down the aisle and give you away to their new step-parent.
If you are planning on having designer dresses or gowns for your bridesmaids, consider purchasing them as their bridal party gift. Many bridesmaids find it expensive and taxing on their income to pay for such extravagant attire that they will only wear once. If you choose to have such a pricey item, make sure you don’t put pressure on them to pay for it.
If you’re going to be photographing a wedding, make sure to visit the location where the wedding will be held so you know what angles will be available to you and what barriers might get in your way. If you know where everything is you’ll have a much easier time on the wedding day.
Consider having an alcohol-free reception to alleviate the worries that inebriated guests can cause. If you do choose to go this route, make sure to offer many beverage options to your guests including soda, water, coffee, and tea so they don’t feel like they’re going to get parched. Having a homemade fruit punch served in a fountain can make a gorgeous centerpiece for your catering table!
If you have to buy linens for your reception, make sure that they fit your table at home. Another option is to ask family and friends to bring theirs from home so you can just return them, after being professionally cleaned, when you’re done. If you have to mix and match you can adjust your color scheme to make it look intentional!
Whether or not to invite children to your wedding is a delicate choice to have to make. You don’t want to offend your guests by saying they must come childless, or forcing them to find a babysitter. At the same time, you don’t want kids tearing around your reception or disrupting the ceremony. If you want to have kids there, give them something else to do or another room to play in.
These ideas should help you to have the day you have always dreamed of. Do try to remember that at the end of the day, the most important thing about a wedding is the act of exchanging your vows with the person you love and every other little detail is that, merely a detail.