Perhaps the most romantic moment in the lives of young couples is the one that culminates in engagement. However, wedding planning can be stressful and not very romantic. Here are some tips to help you make your wedding planning as stress free and enjoyable as possible.
Religion is possibly the most influential aspect of any wedding ceremony. Discuss religion with both your future spouse and their family members so that you can develop a strong understanding of their beliefs.
Even if you have hired a wedding planner, having a close friend inspect all the details of your big day will help to avoid unforeseen problems. From a food allergy to seating arrangements, the littlest things can sometimes cause the biggest scene so make sure to have a trusted adviser examine every aspect of your wedding long before you finalize anything!
On the day of the wedding, make sure that you show your parents and the parents of your future husband or wife a lot of attention. This is their big day too, as they are finally getting to see the child they love so much get married after many years of waiting.
Wedding bands are a vital part of the wedding, as they help to signify the joining of two parties. Make sure that on the days leading up to the wedding and on the wedding itself to have someone who you can count on keep track of your wedding bands to ensure security.
Your guests are likely to be hungry and tired after the ceremony, so why not provide them with snacks as they make their way to the reception? Have someone stand at the door with hors d'oeuvres on a tray and small glasses of something refreshing to drink. Your guests will greatly appreciate it!
When the ceremony is over and you're happily married, don't celebrate like you're in the end zone of a football game. You and your spouse should plan what reaction you'll have, and it's best if you both smile graciously and walk down the aisle together holding hands. No jumping up and down or dancing!
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!
When inviting parents to your wedding, consider what time it will be held if they're planning on bringing their kids. A night-time wedding with a reception that runs into the wee hours of the morning will not work well for children, so either move your ceremony to an earlier time or provide accommodation for children to have a nap during the reception.
For wedding decor that pays homage to your family's history or unique background, ask close relatives if you can borrow unique heirlooms as part of your centerpieces or entry decor. Look for antique lockets, silver platters, or distinctive candle holders. You can also ask for black-and-white photos of family in small decorative frames as a way to show appreciation for your family history.
A great way to save money on catering is to have children's meals prepared for anyone under 10. Your caterer will give you a reduced rate on those meals as they're typically smaller and simpler than their adult counterparts, and that can give you substantial savings if you're having many kids at your reception.
Though the idea may not appeal to you at first, a "like new" wedding dress can really cut your dress budget. Most of the dresses you will find have only been worn once and some sellers require this. You can find and afford much grander options for your dress that you would not have originally considered trying to buy.
Everything you purchase for your wedding can be negotiated! Wedding dresses are marked up by fifty percent or more. You should see if you can get a discount on the one you love, or maybe one that has a flaw that they've put away in the back. Even flowers can be bought at a discount if you're not too choosy.
If you don't want to spend a great deal on the wedding, be sure to create a budget before you get started. It is easy to get lost in purchasing items for a wedding as it is an exciting event. If you don't set your budget first, you could suffer in the end when you find you were a bit more frivolous than you wanted to be.
A couple that keeps these tips in mind will probably find that planning their wedding brings them closer together. Planning your wedding together is an excellent introduction to marriage. After all, you'll have to make many decisions together throughout the course of your married life. These tips will help any couple invest, not just in having a romantic wedding, but also in having a successful long-term romantic relationship.