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When planning a wedding, alcohol needs to be a consideration as to what type you want to serve, as well as what the costs are going to be. An open bar is very costly and can become extremely expensive if open for long periods of time. Ask the venue about their various alcohol service options.

TIP! Choosing your favorite gown online can be faster and cheaper, but do so well in advance to allot extra time for alterations. A certain person claims to have spent only $100 or her gown, but had to spend another $200 to get it altered.

Do you feel overwhelmed by your wedding plans? Is it tempting to just throw in the bouquet and run off together? While planning a wedding will bring stress, there are options you can take to make it much easier. This article can give you suggestions on how to be less frustrated when you are planning your wedding.

Too many flower arrangements on the guest tables at your reception are usually an interference and an extra unnecessary expense. Much of the time, table arrangements will just be in the guests’ way. An additional possibility to consider is that a number of your reception guests may suffer from allergies. Adorn the tables with romantic, non-scented candles instead.

Religious practices will be a part of your wedding, and also an important part of your marriage. Talk with your partner and their family about their religion and traditions.

Brides who want a look of luxury can embellish their wedding bouquets with something that sparkles, like rhinestones, Swarovski crystals, or even a tiny bit of diamonds. You can achieve this look by using heat-fixed or adhesive crystals or small pieces of costume jewelry. Use stones that are roughly the same cut, size, and color as those in your ensemble to ensure coordination.

TIP! A nice present to give to your wedding guests at a wedding in a different town is a gift basket full of vacation items that you can have sent to their room. Useful things that you may include are local attraction pamphlets, a hat, sunglasses, tourist map, and a disposable camera.

You will need to make a choice about how much alcohol you want to pay for, and which type of serving will be most cost efficient. If there’s a bar that’s open, it can be expensive, especially the longer it’s open. Wedding venues will have different options, such as a limited open bar or a offering fewer options to help keep alcohol costs down.

Receptions are best held in the early afternoon. Most people will drink less at this time, which can cut down on your bar needs. Lunch receptions are often cheaper and will allow you to use more money toward other needs for the wedding.

TIP! Evenly disperse all of your invited guests among the available tables at your wedding reception. This means making sure there are no odd numbers at any table.

Typically, a wedding dress costs a lot of money. Perhaps you could look at dresses not considered as wedding dresses. For example, a bridesmaid dress is typically much less expensive and may be just what you’re looking for. The money you save by choosing a cheaper dress can be used to alter it and add some stylish details.

A colorful and unique cake can be placed on a tablecloth of complimentary fabric to turn it into a work of art that becomes a focal point. You can choose to use solids, patterns or textured fabrics like silk, velvet or satin to create a visual interest that will tie all these elements together.

TIP! Look on Craigslist for talent to make your wedding special. Prior to giving them a dime, meet them personally, but have your groom along for safety.

Purchasing your gown on the Internet can save you thousands of dollars, but it’s important to buy early so you’ll have time to alter it before the big day. You may only spend $100 on the gown when buying it online, but it may cost another $200 for the alterations. Be sure to work the additional cost for alterations into your overall budget.

Of the various kinds of flowers you can choose for your wedding day, silk flowers offer a unique and practical option. You can avoid the hassle of wilted flowers and even make your purchase in advance, making them one less item to worry about on your big day.

TIP! For instance, think about a modern fusion menu with popular dishes. Add a little twist with ethnic drinks, desserts or wedding favors that are edible.

Hold a dress rehearsal for all members of the party that are giving speeches at the reception. This will give them a chance to practice, and you’ll also be able to make sure no inappropriate remarks are planned. At a wedding, there is normally a collection of different generations present, and you need to remember that a joke that young people find funny may actually offend older guests.

Plan out every detail and facet of your wedding, ranging from reception events to the dishes served. You want to engage and excite all those who have chosen to be part of your special day.

TIP! Seasonal flowers that are native to your state may not be easy to find at your wedding location, especially if it’s a completely different climate. Professional florists will be able to help you find blooms in your area that are readily available.

Choose wedding decorations that reflect your personality and that of your partner. Your decorations should also help tell the story of your relationship with the person. Choose a theme that matches your time together!

It is impossible to predict the weather and other conditions perfectly when planning an outdoor wedding. Be sure to have a backup plan and a strategy for executing it. Make sure you have some tents installed or a backup hall nearby, in addition to the planned outdoor venue. You should put some nice wooden boards in the ground so the guests do not have the chance of getting muddy.

TIP! No matter what type of reception you want, keep your caterer informed; for example, if you want an outdoor reception, help your caterer understand that. Various foods will need to be judged for their ability to withstand outdoor conditions, such as wind, heat or cold.

While it may seem obvious, remember that who you plan to marry should be the biggest consideration of all! Don’t be in a hurry to get married. Marriage changes your life forever, and if you truly want your marriage to last a lifetime you need to move slowly towards this step. Give careful thought to that person, what you absolutely must have in your life, and what might irritate you.

You can have beautiful arrangements on a budget by opting to place potted plants throughout your ceremony and at reception sites, instead of ordering expensive floral arrangements. Seek out plants in lovely glazed pots, or make a simple stone look elegant with some ribbons and paint. When the wedding is over, the guests can then take those plants home with them as a favor and have a constant reminder of the new couple.

TIP! Do some dancing in a very long skirt with your betrothed prior to the wedding so that you’re prepared for the first dance. While you may be used to it, your husband probably won’t be and will need to learn how to dance without stepping on your dress.

If you’re short on money, consider renting diamonds for your wedding day. This helps you turn heads during the ceremony without turning your bank balance into a bunch of zeroes.

Give your wedding guests something to do on your wedding day. Don’t leave your loved ones bored as they wait for your wedding to be over. There can be a variety of games and activities. If you set up activities for guests to participate in, your wedding reception will be more fun for everybody. Your guests may even make new friends by playing games together, and everyone will be talking about your wedding for weeks to come.

TIP! Your wedding planning should take weather into account. If it is going to be an outdoor wedding, guests probably will not want to spend a lot of time, if the day is a hot and humid one.

Take your time in writing your vows, they’re personal and meaningful and must have effort put into them. The vows should reflect the fact that marriage is not easy and will require sacrifice on the part of both partners. Express your love in your vows.

Let your control issues go, and allow your friends and family to get involved in the planning of your wedding. Because you are very emotionally involved with your wedding, you probably want to be a big part in all aspects of everything that needs to be done. If you try to do everything, however, you’ll stress yourself out. You’ll need to rely on people with professional expertise to help you plan parts of your wedding.

TIP! Rather than shopping for an engagement ring, seek alternate sources. Try using a family jewelry that has been passed down through the years.

Avoid cluttering tables with too many flowers at your reception. Most of the time, the flowers are just in the way of your guests. In addition, some guests could be allergic to flowers. Adorn the tables with romantic, non-scented candles instead.

Be sure you have help when trying on wedding dresses. Choose a dress whose style you like but also one that suits your figure. Ask your friend or the sales clerk what they think of it. Short women should avoid dresses made for women of normal height, and look for dresses in the petite section due to the needed shorter length. You will notice the difference and your guests will too!

TIP! If you want to save a little money and add your own unique touch to the wedding, try whipping up custom invitations for the intended guests. You can find affordable invitation kits and save money while creating personalized invitations.

You can turn one of your friends into a “mail-order minister” so that she can officiate the ceremony. This adds a personal touch to your ceremony, and also saves you on the costs of an officiant. Make sure this is a legal practice in your state before you get somebody ordained.

Try something relaxing before your wedding if your time allows. A massage is an excellent use of your time, or if you prefer a manicure and pedicure that’s an option as well.


Of the various kinds of flowers you can choose for your wedding day, silk flowers offer a unique and practical option. You can get these way in advance because they aren’t fresh and then have them on hand and reduce one thing to do right before the big day.


Don’t let wedding planning get you down! You may have a lot to worry about, but the advice in this article will make the work you have to do much easier to manage. Soon, you’ll be able to stop stressing about your wedding, and start looking forward to your big day instead.

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