The expectations for your wedding can begin to become very, very expensive. There are several things you can do to control costs, and stay in line with your wedding budget. Apply the tips from this article and you will be sure keep your wedding budget on track, while still having a wedding to remember.
When you are getting married, ask for help from family and friends, especially those who have gone through the wedding process before. They will help to offer you exceptional advice, as they have the experience that is necessary to give input on your decision. Tap into the heads of your loved ones for sound information.
Think of an exotic location for your wedding to make it even more fun and memorable! You could hold your ceremony at a ranch and ride a white horse down the aisle, or have it at a wildlife preserve and have an animal bring the rings down the aisle. I wouldn't recommend choosing a turtle for that job, though!
If you've been asked to photograph a wedding but are new to the job, your most important task it to create a shot list. Ask the couple what kind of photographs they would like you to take and then make a checklist to guide you through the wedding and ease your stress level.
Consider visiting a local park or museum to have your wedding photos taken. It's amazing to have a gorgeous background in your photographs, but sometimes your actual wedding location might not offer such a view. Contact your city's government office to see if you'll need a photography license for the location you choose.
If you're planning on having a buffet at your wedding reception, work out a plan to get the food moving quickly so that no guest is left waiting. Consider having multiple tables at different locations in your venue so that many tables can go up at one time, shortening the lines at each.
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.
When you choose to invite family members to join you at your destination wedding, ask them if they would like to stay for the honeymoon, as well! Hotels tend to give discounts when guests stay for a longer period of time. This will not only give them a special day to remember, but will also give them a vacation they have dreamed about.
If you're going to have children at your wedding, consider them when you choose your menu. If the items you really want to have aren't palatable to children, include some child-friendly items in a quantity that matches the number of children attending in your order to your caterer so they will be considered, too. Don't forget drinks!
Start your wedding guest list off huge, and then cross people off as you think of excuses for not inviting them. Soon enough you should have a manageable list which you can afford to invite, and good reasons for not inviting the people you have removed from the list, reducing your guilt.
Ask the parents of the flower girl and/or ring bearer to get the children to bed early the night before the ceremony or try to give them a nap during the day for an evening wedding. Well-rested children are much more attentive and carry a longer attention span for things than children who may be irritable from a lack of sleep.
Pick bridesmaids that can be buddies for the children in the ceremony. Give them a care package with healthy treats, water, books, paper and crayons. All this can be used as a distraction when traveling between venues, or while waiting for pictures to be taken. Doing this will keep the children occupied, while still having them accessible.
Save money on the wedding dress. Don't settle for the first, most expensive dress that you find. Shop around for the best prices. Consider purchasing a used wedding dress; this is an excellent option since it will have only been worn once before. You can also skip the costly veil and splurge a little bit more on hair and make-up.
If you want to have a short and civil ceremony yet you do not want to go to the courthouse to get married, search around on the internet and ask around town about independent ministers. Independent ministers are not associated with a church, have obtained an ordination, will often travel within reason to the wedding and have very good rates!
You don't have to go to extremes to have the wedding of your dreams. Apply the tips from this article and you will be on your way to the wedding of your dreams, without breaking the bank.