Most women have dreamed about their wedding day their whole life. Although this can be an exciting time in your life, it can also be stressful if you don’t have the latest and greatest tips.
To save money, choose a date that is not when most people typically get married. The wedding season traditionally begins in May lasting through September. Venues tend to be pricier during these months. If you must book during this period, schedule many months in advance to save money.
The wedding dress may be a major expense. When you go shopping for your wedding dress, think outside the box and look at dresses that are not typically considered wedding dresses. Consider a bridesmaid dress, which costs less than a wedding dress but can still fit your needs. You can choose to alter the dress and add your own flair, while still saving plenty of money.
Personalize your wedding by including things that represent your spouse-to-be, and the bond between the both of you. Find a theme or topic that reflects your time as a couple.
Add the finishing touches of decoration on all your wedding decor. For instance, the ribbon on your bouquet can go with ribbon for your hair, dress, or centerpiece. Little details like this can make for a superior look since it shows you put a lot of effort in your special day.
Try talking to local and specialty boutiques and bakeries about individual-sized portion cakes if you don’t want a fatty and expensive cake. Some bakeries will even ship fresh cupcakes with fewer than 100 calories per serving as well as healthy options like gluten-free ingredients, fruit-filling instead of frosting, no-calorie sweeteners, or even tart meringue toppings.
Employ a good friend or relative, as long as they can haul your equipment and gear through the evening. Your assistant can also be useful when it comes to group shots and rounding up all the required family members.
Don’t make guests wait around while taking pictures. These pictures should be done beforehand. Also, pictures of the couple with their parents can be taken in advance; this reduces the waiting time for guests coming to the reception.
“Destination” wedding guests will appreciate a thoughtful gift of vacation items awaiting them in their rooms. Put items in these baskets that they can use on their trip. These can be maps, disposable cameras, a pair of sunglasses, a hat and also a pamphlet detailing where it would be fun to visit. Also make sure you include a local restaurant guide that makes it simple for them to grab a bite to eat.
Have a mid-afternoon wedding reception. Three or four o’clock is ideal. You can cut down on bar costs when you have a reception during the day, when people tend to drink less. Having your wedding during the midday can also cut food costs and even get you a discount for booking during the day.
Planning your wedding doesn’t have to be overwhelming; by heeding the suggestions and advice of others who’ve gone through it, you can keep the anxiety and stress to a minimum. Planning might be almost as fun as the wedding itself!