Your wedding should be a day about you and your partner. Letting others get too involved in the planning process (even if they are paying for it) will only result in a day that doesn’t reflect the two of you. This article has ideas on how you can make your wedding your own, and keep an eye on the budget at the same time.
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.
When planning your wedding, try picking out a theme for your big day. When you have a wedding theme, you will be focused on what you need for that theme. It can make your wedding decisions a bit easier since you know what theme you are going with. Having a theme can also make your wedding more memorable.
When thinking of what to give your guests as a wedding favor gift, consider who you’re inviting. If half your family are recovering alcoholics, then a bottle of wine is probably not a good idea. If they’re diabetics, then candy won’t work, either. Choose something they’re likely to keep as a memento and not throw out when they get home.
The best photographs are candid, so try to have as many unposed photographs taken as possible. My favorite wedding shots are from my reception where guests, and myself and the groom, are laughing and having a great time. These are the memories you want to have for the rest of your married life!
When picking a DJ for your wedding, make sure you choose someone with a great reputation. A bad DJ can ruin your reception, so ask any candidates for their references along with their fees. If a candidate has no references, mark him off the list immediately! If his references are all family, that’s another reason to give him the boot.
Having a guestbook or reception video is an excellent way for each guest to be able to share their thoughts and memories with you. You can look back on it later as your relationship grows and remember all the people who are most important to you and how much they factor into your life together.
Don’t get drunk! If you don’t want your guests getting inebriated and making a scene, then you don’t want to behave like that either. Keep your alcohol intake to a minimum so you can actually remember the night you had for the rest of your life and not end up on the nightly news.
When getting quotes from vendors for your wedding, avoid mentioning that you are planning a wedding if you don’t have to. Some vendors mark up the price of services for weddings, so you may pay more in the end than you would for a similarly sized event with the same needs.
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.
You may skimp on your budget for many areas of your wedding to get to the right price, however, do not make this mistake in your photography or video choices. Preserving these memories will be one of the most important parts of your wedding; next to the ceremony itself. Do not be afraid to spend the appropriate amount to get the best for your needs.
There is no way to completely get rid of that stressful feeling from planning a wedding. You can, however, take control making sure that you are getting what you want and your partner wants without offending everyone who is trying to help. Use the advice here to make all of these things a reality.