Weddings are a most wonderful time in a person’s life, but if a large wedding is what is expected, the costs can rapidly mount. There’s a lot you can do if you’re worried about spending too much on your wedding. Take action to get your wedding budget back under control. If you put the advice you are about to read to work, you can still have an amazing wedding without amazing expenditures.
An excellent way to save money on your wedding is not paying for a photographer. That doesn’t mean you can’t have video and still photos, it just means you need to be creative! Ask the best photographer in your family to do the photography for you, and then drop some hints that it would be great to get a photo album as a wedding gift. It worked for me!
Make sure that your husband and his groomsmen have everything planned in advance in the days leading up to the wedding. Check that they have all of the materials for their tuxedos and that everything fits as well. This will reduce your anxiety and ensure that everything goes according to plan.
If you’re on a tight budget for your wedding, ask your family if they can help supply the flatware and plates for the tables at your reception. You can match only the items on a single table as most people won’t be looking at what is on the other tables around them. Most people won’t even notice! The best part is that you can send the dirty dishes home with them for cleaning, saving you additional cost for the extra time at your venue.
Choose your reception venue with the guests in mind. If your family is mostly elderly then you aren’t likely to choose a location with a lot of stairs, or a big dance floor. If you have anyone in your family who is handicapped then you should ensure that the venue knows they’re coming and will make everything accessible to them.
The best photographs are candid, so try to have as many unposed photographs taken as possible. My favorite wedding shots are from my reception where guests, and myself and the groom, are laughing and having a great time. These are the memories you want to have for the rest of your married life!
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!
If you are getting married, and you do not know how to dance, you may want to consider taking dance lessons. All eyes are going to be on you during the reception, especially during the first dance, and you want to make sure that you leave a good impression on your guests.
Make sure you get a list of references from every single vendor you secure. If they’re not willing to give you one, move on to someone else. You should get a long and varied list of people who speak highly of the person or company you’ve chosen so that you can feel secure in your choice.
If your wedding cake is a more colorful one that easily serves as the star of the show at your reception, after you and your new spouse of course, consider having it displayed sitting on a piece of fabric that coordinates with the colors in the cake. Your fabric could have patterns or solids and range from heavy textures to silk or satin. All of this can play up visual interest and tie various facets together into a cohesive aesthetic.
You can still have a beautiful wedding without spending a fortune. Put the ideas from the preceding paragraphs into play and you’re sure to plan a divine wedding that fills your heart without emptying your wallet.