Weddings are rare and special events that mark significant dates in couple’s lives, as well as the lives of their friends and family. Weddings denote the joining of not just two people, but the conjunction of two families. Whether you are planning on your own wedding, preparing someone else’s or have just been invited to one, read on to learn what to expect.
One of the most vital things that you will have to do is to stick to your budget when you are getting married. You will have a lot of temptation to spend a great deal of money, but will have to understand your financial restrictions to avoid getting into a hole.
Keep your outdoor wedding decorations simple, at all costs. You will want to be the central of your wedding and too many decorations can take away from this. Keep your decorations very neat and ornate, but make sure not to go overboard, in order to allow your guests to maximize their experience.
Never forget that your wedding is YOUR day, so YOU need to choose the items you want for it. Decorations, cake, food, dress, shoes, it’s all up to you. Don’t let your friends or family get bossy and try to turn it into their dream wedding or you’ll regret that mistake for the rest of your life.
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.
Between your ceremony and your reception there can be a long down-time for your guests. If they can’t be seated at their tables right away, choose a venue that has a bar or lounge available for them to hang out in while they wait for the guests of honor to arrive.
If you’ve asked a family member or friend to photograph your wedding, make sure that person really wants to do it. Don’t pressure anyone because he or she may end up so stressed out that the photographs they take don’t turn out as expected. If the photo are ruined in any way, don’t take it out on the person you asked! They did the best they could.
To save money on your wedding, you may want to consider asking a family member or friend to make your cake. Wedding cakes can go for hundreds of dollars, which is an unnecessary expense if you know someone that is good at baking. Perhaps having a family member or friend make your cake can be their wedding present to you!
Only invite people to your wedding who matter to you. It isn’t meant to be a show of wealth or reputation. It is a day for you to share with the person you plan on spending the rest of your life with. Keep your list limited to anyone who you would want to see in the photos you’ll be looking at for the rest of your life.
If you are not having a church wedding, consider targeting an outdoor venue. Beaches and parks may offer an environment that makes your wedding day perfect and at a reduced cost. Another benefit to this type of venue is the ability to offer ample room for guests. Consider outside venues that offer indoor facilities in the case of inclement weather.
As you were promised earlier in the article, you now know something about weddings. Keep in mind what you have learned, and you can make sure to honor the happy couple appropriately when you go, or have the day of your life if you are the lucky groom or bride.