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 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.
Make sure your maid of honor is someone with whom you are really close. Your wedding day is something you will remember for the rest of your life, and you want to make sure your most loved family member or friend is part of that. If you cannot pick who you want your maid of honor to be, just have more bridesmaids.
Make sure that you wear comfortable shoes on your wedding day. You will be standing throughout most of the ceremony and dancing for most of the reception, so you do not want to neglect your feet. This does not mean you have to get ugly shoes, just get comfortable, attractive ones.
If your wedding reception is beginning to look more like a child’s birthday party, have all the children gathered up and taken to their own area to enjoy some suitable entertainment. A clown or magician can keep their eyes locked on him while you and their parents dance the night away.
Unless you have a specific date to commemorate with your wedding, look for a date outside the peak season. May through September is the time of year when weddings are booming. This will drive prices for venues, vendors and service providers to its yearly height. Look for dates off season and save some of your budget for your honeymoon.
Try to negotiate as much as possible with the vendors that you are using for your wedding. If you do not act persistent, they will not reduce their cost themselves. Try to give your vendors a rich incentive to beat out the competition and earn your business for your wedding.
Dress any children attending your ceremony in comfortable attire. Try using soft fabrics that are loose enough to not be uncomfortable. Always make sure that shoes are broken in before they are worn for the big day. Paying attention to your children’s comfort can help them behave appropriately during the wedding. Uncomfortable children will be focused on fixing their discomfort and may fidget or engage in other distracting behavior. If your children are comfortable, however, they’ll be excited about participating in the wedding and behave appropriately.
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.