Weddings are rare and special events that mark significant dates in couple’s lives, as well as the lives of their friends and family. Weddings denote the joining of not just two people, but the conjunction of two families. Whether you are planning on your own wedding, preparing someone else’s or have just been invited to one, read on to learn what to expect.
Understand that all who are supporting you and helping with your wedding are doing it out of love, as you should show them respect and appreciate what they are doing for you. Do not become a “bridezilla”, as this can alienate a lot of people and put a damper on the days leading up to your wedding.
If you had a very important person in your life who passed away, go into your jewelry box and find a piece of jewelry that belonged to them and wear it on the wedding. This will keep them right near you on one of the most important days of your life.
On the days leading up to your wedding, try to limit the amount of stress that you have by doing pilates and exercising a lot. This will help you to reduce the amount of anxiety that you have so that you can be in good shape and in good spirits when the big day comes.
The most important preparation for a wedding is to expect the unexpected. When it happens, laugh it off and let someone in your wedding party deal with it. No matter what it is, it will be resolved, and you’ll look back and laugh at it someday. Really, it’s true!
Consider creating a gift registry at your favorite store when you are getting married. Many time, guests will buy the couple gifts that they never or rarely use. By creating a gift registry, your guests can get you and your spouse gifts that you personally want and will actually get use out of.
Practice. Many weddings have a rehearsal and a rehearsal dinner. Gather the key members of your wedding party and practice several times before the big day, not just once. This is especially important if you have complicated or long choreography or special instructions that vary from the norm.
If your heart is set on a destination wedding, talk to a travel agent to see if you can get a deal for everyone who is attending at a group rate. They are likely to have planned many wedding trips before yours, and will know exactly how to get the best deals possible.
To avoid the pitfalls of currency exchange for your guests, find out where they have to go to get local funds before they arrive. Take everyone as a group to the location where you can exchange your money and call ahead to ask if they can accommodate everyone at the same time, maybe in a room outside the main area, so they don’t have to wait in line.
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.
As you were promised earlier in the article, you now know something about weddings. Keep in mind what you have learned, and you can make sure to honor the happy couple appropriately when you go, or have the day of your life if you are the lucky groom or bride.