Weddings are a flurry of stress! Where do you even begin with planning one? If your wedding plans are making your head swim in possibilities, avoid mayhem by following these simple tips to help organize your wedding. You will soon find that it is easy to plan a wedding if you do it in small steps!
Hiring an unknown or untested photographer can really be throwing caution to the wind when it comes to the lasting memories of your wedding. You want every moment of your big day captured in pictures you and your future spouse can treasure for a life time, so don’t take chances on a cheap photographer or one that has not shown proof of his or her expertise!
If you have a lower budget for your wedding, don’t include flowers in your decorations. For centerpieces you can use branches you find on a walk in the forest, and surround the containers you put them in with stones from a nearby river or creek. Make a bouquet out of local plants and flowers for a locavore touch!
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.
Do not settle for the first wedding location you find–shop around. A wedding is a once in a lifetime experience that you want to make sure is perfect. Picking the wrong venue could be the difference between having the wedding of your dreams or having the wedding of your nightmares.
Brides can treat members of the wedding party with handmade fashion emergency kits as a way of saying “thank you” to their bridesmaids and maid of honor. Include quick fixes like heel cushions, fashion tape, bobby pins, and strap strips for strappy heels, sandals, and pumps. Your bridesmaids will be able to strut down the aisle in comfort and style.
If you are a maid of honor or best man in a wedding, you may want to consider writing your speech before the wedding. Having to think of what to say on the spot can cause you embarrassment and pressure. Make sure to include what you like about the newlyweds and what they mean to you.
Keep your toasts short and to the point. Long, rambling stories about that time you were in college and went on a long road trip together start out cute but end up in yawns when they take too long. If you have a funny story to share, make sure that it is less than three minutes long.
As you can see, your wedding can be a joy to plan. If you involve the people you love and keep your expectations realistic, your special day will be wonderful. Better yet, you can rest assured you’re already taking a step in the right direction by seeking sound advice!