Many couples strive to have a wedding like the ones they see on TV or in bridal magazines. But this is so unrealistic that it actually sets you up for disappointment. It is a wiser approach to plan a wedding that puts the focus on the couple and not on extravagant extras. This article can help yous decide what is important for your wedding.
If you will be having an outdoor wedding, consider the costs involved. To save money on your wedding, keep in mind that outdoor weddings may require permits, have party size restrictions, and if you will be allowed to have music. Also, weather conditions could add extra costs to your outdoor wedding plans.
If you plan on doing the catering yourself, then you need to visit wholesale food stores. If you shop at a wholesale store, you will get much more for your dollar than the regular supermarket. Try asking friends to split food costs.
To document your wedding day the best that you can, make sure that you have a large guest book. This will allow people to write what they are feeling and jot down some of the memories that they had with you. This can be a memorable keepsake for the rest of your life.
When having an outdoor wedding, the food served can be greatly affected by the weather. If you are planning a wedding during hot weather, ask your caterer if they have experience in serving food when it is hot outside. If the food cannot be kept at the correct temperature, avoid foods that have mayonnaise and any other dishes that will need to be kept cold.
Before your wedding, one of the things that you will want to make sure to do is book the flight and destination for your honeymoon. This will give you something to look forward to if your wedding is stressing you out. Use a good travel agent to reduce the costs and maximize your enjoyment for your honeymoon.
If you’re going to be photographing a wedding, make sure to visit the location where the wedding will be held so you know what angles will be available to you and what barriers might get in your way. If you know where everything is you’ll have a much easier time on the wedding day.
If you’re having trouble coming up with a gift for your wedding guests, think of something useful. My parents had matchbooks printed with their wedding date, which was great when they got married as no one knew smoking was bad yet. Today I might have a candle with a tag engraved the wedding date instead as it’s far more healthy for them to burn that!
If you have to buy linens for your reception, make sure that they fit your table at home. Another option is to ask family and friends to bring theirs from home so you can just return them, after being professionally cleaned, when you’re done. If you have to mix and match you can adjust your color scheme to make it look intentional!
Even if your budget is small, having two photographers at your wedding can catch shots that might be missed otherwise. Consider asking family members to take on the roll as an additional photographer, or even have both photographers be someone you know personally. Free is the best way to go, and they might even give you the end product as a wedding gift.
As noted above, dream weddings exist only on television and in bridal magazines. Real people have real weddings that are sometimes low key but nevertheless beautiful events. The couple should be the center of the wedding, not the decorations and details. By adopting the wise strategies in this article, you can have a beautiful wedding without an extravagant budget.