It's time to get married. First, though, you have to get through the wedding. The planning and execution of a wedding can be a daunting task, but it is possible to do by breaking down the task into manageable steps. The following tips will help you make that special day the best it can be.
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.
Pick food for your wedding that YOU enjoy. Don't worry about what your guests think, it's your day to enjoy! The only thing you should consider, is if you were a vegetarian, then you should offer a few meat options to your guests and not force a tofurken on them.
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.
When you walk down the aisle on the day of your wedding, make sure that you smile as often as possible. All eyes are going to be on you as you will want to look as happy and excited as possible in one of the biggest moments of your entire life.
Find out before your wedding ceremony when and where you are permitted to take photographs. Some venues won't permit flash photography at all, while some officiants don't want anyone taking photos while they are conducting the ceremony. If you find out the rules ahead of time you can plan out the shots you are allowed to take beforehand.
Even if a wedding photograph looks like it isn't what you intended, keep it, at least in digital form. Sometimes the bride and groom will see a shot that they love even if the photographic composition is lacking. The couple are the final say, so leave it up to them to pick and choose their favorites.
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.
Displaying photographs of the bride and groom adds a personal touch to any reception, but the cost of decorative picture frames can add up very quickly. Instead, string two- to three-foot sections of ribbon, faux pearls, or floral garlands in a conspicuous place near the entry to the reception site. Then, use small scrapbook clips to clip the photographs to the ribbon. This is much more affordable and prevents damage to your photos.
The worst thing that can come out of a wedding is a huge debt. Don't overlook your budget when choosing items for your big day. If you are cash-strapped, look for savings like having your family cater the event or do all the photography. At worst you can ask for cash in lieu of gifts to help offset the costs.
Bridal auteurs can save cash and gain more control in their rehearsal and reception venues by looking for nontraditional locations that can easily accommodate all separate bridal activities in a single place. This makes it easier to decorate and is also ideal for couples whose families will be traveling from out of town to attend.
You should avoid smoking or drinking beer from the bottle while at your own wedding reception. It's just gauche and tacky to be seen doing something so pedestrian, so try to live up to the classy theme of your wedding. After the reception you can go home, light up a stogie and get wasted, if you so desire.
If you feel overwhelmed at all the necessary preparations, try asking others to help you break down these tips into steps that can be divided up and conquered separately. Now that you are are armed with a few great tips, you are well on your way to making your wedding an occasion to remember.