Many people have their wedding day planned in their minds or in scrapbooks far in advance of the actual day. But planning a wedding is quite different than simply dreaming about it.
When you are marrying someone, it is important to work as a team when it comes time to plan your wedding. Try to optimize your decisions by coming to a compromise on the disagreements that you have so that you can both be as happy as possible when your big day comes.
Choose your wedding dress before decide on anything else, including jewelry, shoes, purse, hair or makeup design. Take your time trying on gowns and look around at different venues before making your choice. If you can find what you like online, that will save you a lot of money too!
A week before your wedding hits, make sure that you try on your dress again so that you can make any last minute adjustments. If you were to put on extra weight or lose weight in the month leading up to your wedding, you will need to have this taken care of.
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.
Do not let your bachelor or bachelorette party end too late at night. Many people are sleep deprived the day of their wedding because they stayed up too late the night before. You may even want to consider having your bachelor or bachelorette party the weekend prior to your wedding.
Make sure to let any parents attending your wedding know the itinerary for your day so they can work situations like naps, changing diapers, feedings, or bedtimes into the schedule. They can also plan to have a babysitter, if necessary, and know when they’ll have to leave to go home to relieve her.
Start your wedding guest list off huge, and then cross people off as you think of excuses for not inviting them. Soon enough you should have a manageable list which you can afford to invite, and good reasons for not inviting the people you have removed from the list, reducing your guilt.
For a wedding couple who especially enjoy travel, look for opportunities to work travel-inspired elements into the wedding decor. Use a little artistic skill to get your invitations appearing like aged postcards from a far-away land. An old-style suitcase can be set open on a table as the backdrop for wedding programs or favors.
Do not wait until the rehearsal to begin preparing your flower girl and ring bearer for their role. Make time with the children to practice their movements and placing during the ceremony. Children thrive on structure and teaching them early will build anticipation to do their best. Explain all the importance that they carry on this day and they will adopt a responsible attitude.
Do a lot of research about the weather if you are thinking about a destination wedding. Many romantic getaways have a hurricane season. Think about extreme heat, exotic bugs and diseases and perhaps even political unrest in certain countries. Have a backup plan in case your destination wedding becomes impossible.
Hire a wedding planner to help you with coordinating your special day. A wedding planner can handle all the small details, so that you can worry about the more important things. They can also sometimes help you to secure things like your band or photographer for a better price than you could get on your own.
With some helpful advice, wedding planning does not need to be stressful. You may even enjoy doing this with the person you love.