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.
Make sure that your whole arsenal of wedding attire is as comfortable as possible as you are going to have to spend many hours wearing this material. Additionally, you should wear shoes that fit perfectly since you are probably going to be on the dance floor often. Maximize your comfort to have a memorable night.
When you are planning to tie the knot, pick your bridesmaids in advance. This will help you to take away a lot of the pressure that you will face when you are getting married. Make sure that your picks are very personal to you and are key people in your life.
If you are going to have an open bar at the wedding, make sure that there is someone to monitor the people who are drinking so that no one goes overboard. Also, everyone who purchases alcohol should have to show identification to be served. This can limit any accidents at the wedding.
For some people the best part of the wedding is the planning. So go ahead, and knock yourself out, this is your moment! Go all out with invitations, with decor, with everything. You will find it may end up costing you, but you will end up happier because you made your special day exactly as you wanted it.
Planning a wedding means setting a budget; being successful in your planning means sticking to your budget. It is easy to add a few dollars here and a few dollars there when choosing vendors, venues and assorted wedding needs. A few dollars adds up and can carry you far outside your expected budget. Stick to your budget and you will thank yourself after.
If you're going to be photographing a wedding, set your camera to the largest resolution possible. Large photos can be cropped to only include the good parts, which can be very helpful. They are also printable without any blurriness or pixelation, which is important for the wedding album and any framed shots the couple wants to have.
If the bride or groom has served his or her country, incorporate patriotic touches into the wedding ceremony, reception, and decor. Add flashes of bold red, bright blue, and platinum or ivory accents to floral arrangements and centerpieces. Vintage all-American glass bottles, crates, and memorabilia can be subtly used as part of table arrangements or around the guest book.
Plan early if you'd like to have a destination wedding. You need to book far in advance to ensure that all the locations you'll need to rent, from hotel rooms to ceremony to reception, will be available during the time you wish to use them. You should also check into renting vehicles ahead of time, just in case.
Although the weather may be at it's peak, you probably don't want to plan your destination wedding for a time when the most tourists are showing up at the location you've chosen. Try to aim for a time when there is a lull, like when kids go back to school in September.
To ensure you have photos of everyone in attendance at your wedding, have a photo booth set up right next to your guest book. Photo booth rentals are readily available and can be set up in a variety of ways, usually with the help of the booth operator, who will assist your guests and guide them into making some memorable pictures for your photo guest book. When the photo has been developed, the attendant can put the picture into an album and have the guest sign it with their congratulatory wishes. You can also choose to have two sets of photos printed so you can give your guests one as a little remembrance of your special event.
If the bride and groom hail from highly divergent cultural backgrounds, honor both sides by planning a wedding ceremony that incorporates one side's traditions, followed by a reception that includes traditional dishes, rituals, or decor from the other side's background. This will not only satisfy both sides of the family, but it will also make for an interesting ceremony.
Ensure that everyone coming to your destination wedding, knows exactly what to do and where to go when they get off the plane. Provide them with detailed instructions on how to get to the hotel and then, how to get from the hotel to your wedding location. They should also have help in heading home.
Going the do-it-yourself route can really put a lot of pressure on you to pull off a stellar event, whether you're the one getting married or just the one planning the ceremony. Always make sure that you're seeking advice on how to simplify the process. Use what you've learned here and plan a great wedding.