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.
At your bridal party, try to make things as fun as possible with the people that you love. Have manicures and pedicures done to reward the people who made the biggest impact in your life. This will help to keep things casual as well, so that the mood is set for the party.
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.
Pick food for your wedding that YOU enjoy. Don’t worry about what your guests think, it’s your day to enjoy! The only thing you should consider, is if you were a vegetarian, then you should offer a few meat options to your guests and not force a tofurken on them.
If you have a lower budget for your wedding, don’t include flowers in your decorations. For centerpieces you can use branches you find on a walk in the forest, and surround the containers you put them in with stones from a nearby river or creek. Make a bouquet out of local plants and flowers for a locavore touch!
If you are getting married, and you do not know how to dance, you may want to consider taking dance lessons. All eyes are going to be on you during the reception, especially during the first dance, and you want to make sure that you leave a good impression on your guests.
Give the children who attend your wedding some responsibility to keep them occupied. If they have to guard the ring with their life, or count how many people come in the doors, they’ll have something to do and it should keep the boredom at bay. They may need to have different tasks to keep occupied, though, as they could become tedious.
If this is your first wedding and the costs just keep adding up, you should recycle some items. For example, can the bride wear her mother’s wedding gown with a few alterations? Can the engagement ring be a family heirloom instead of buying new? In most cases these items will have more meaning than a new item, you will be glad you chose to recycle.
Even if you cannot afford bountiful floral arrangements and centerpieces, never underestimate the power of a single rosebud in a distinctive, colorful vase. Place one at the center of each table at the reception site. If you prefer a more detailed look, place the vase on a table runner made from lace doilies, artfully arranged silk, or laser-cut paper.
Use people that you know and trust for referrals. When it comes to hiring anyone to help with your wedding (catering, musician), you don’t want to just trust that any person can get the job done to your satisfaction. Ask your friends who they used, and then make sure to give the company a visit while they are working so you can get an accurate feel of the job they do.
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.