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Ten Secrets to Planning a Successful Wedding Your Friends Will Envy

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Ten Secrets to Planning a Successful Wedding Your Friends Will Envy

Brides who know it all need go no further into this article than this paragraph, because it is not for them. Neither is it for those who are satisfied with where they are in their wedding planning and the progress they’ve made so far.
You’ve got the dress. You’ve got the man. The caterer’s booked, along with the photographer and the D.J. Are you still worried about your wedding day? Will your guests enjoy themselves? Most importantly, will you enjoy yourself? After all, it is your day!
Whether you have the next year or a limited time for your wedding, your event can still be just as spectacular as those seen in the magazines and TV Shows. Yes, you can impress your family and friends with your celebrity-style wedding. I am going to show you how.
1.) Remember Your Guests. Your family and friends will have gone to some expense to enjoy your nuptials with you. Make sure that you show your appreciation and include them—guests like to feel like they belong. If you have a lot of out-of-town guests, be sure to provide them with a welcome basket in their rooms. This can be done on your own (or you can buy pre-made) by adding inexpensive staples and mementos of your host city. If you opt not to provide a basket or gift for your guests, at least supply them with an itinerary. Guests who come to another city for a weekend for only one event will want to see more of you and share in your wedding events. Inviting them to your rehearsal dinner or a post-wedding brunch is a very kind and generous gesture.
2.) Get a Theme. When a bride comes to me, one of the first questions I ask is “What is your theme?” When they say they don’t have one, I must admit, part of me knows this will be an uphill battle. Ever heard of the saying, “If you stand for nothing you’ll fall for anything?” The same is true with themes. If you don’t have one, you will find yourself (subconsciously) with five different unrelated things in your wedding. It’s horrid. Pick a theme. The theme doesn’t have to be big—look at who you and your fiancé are. What are your hobbies? What do you do for a living? Golden Age of Hollywood, Mardi Gras Masquerade, Country, Mediterranean, etc. The possibilities are endless! And just to simplify it, yes, your colors can be a theme. However, you must consistent. If your “theme” is going to be green and pink, decide on what shades and stick to it—no forest, chartreuse, lime and mint all over the place. We’re at a wedding, not a kaleidoscope. Should you pick colors, try to pick a maximum of three and make sure that they complement each other. Try to pick “in-season” colors as well—pastel pink at a November/December wedding is a bit odd. Your theme will pull your whole event together—from food to favors, everything will coordinate in style.
3.) Décor. Even if your place is low on the totem pole of venues, you can still make it look like a million bucks. Are you wishing that Christopher Lowell or Martha Stewart could come in and work their magic? They can—pick up an interior decorating book at your local bookstore or library. Pay attention to lines, textures and silhouettes. How do they make you feel? Is that what you want to convey at your wedding? Implement things like flowers, candles, sashes, seashells, etc. into your décor. You will save money but also give your theme some authenticity. Find out from your venue what type of restrictions you are working under (i.e., no open flame, etc.). If you have some money to play around with, invest in some props to go with your theme or a lighting and staging company to help bring it all together.
4.) Get Personal. Being unique definitely sets you apart in the minds of your guests. Step out of the ordinary with personal vows and toasts. Share your relationship with your guests—name your assigned tables after places that you and your fiancé have traveled, favorite foods, movies, etc. Display pictures as centerpieces and to spruce up a cake or gift table. Celebrate who you both are by incorporating ethnic and family traditions. For example, if you have a very close relationship with your extended family, and your guest list is small, opt for the American/Family style dinners—where the dishes are sat in the middle of the table and guests serve themselves. If your culture calls for a special wedding dress, have the best of both worlds and wear your gown to your ceremony and your traditional dress to your reception. Include your guests in ethnic rituals like jumping the broom, the Hindu vermillion powder ritual, etc. Guests love to see picture shows! These are very easy to do, and give your guests an opportunity to get to know you.
5.) Don’t Skip the Cocktail Hour. While you are off being in love and grasping the concept that you are a “Mrs.”, your guests are left at your reception site awaiting your arrival. Be generous and have sumptuous treats to greet them. Create an environment conducive to mingling and conversation with soft music playing in the background. You do want people to get to know each other and talk—so don’t blast it. Opt for Jazz classics, songs that make people feel like they are at something important. Another thing you should definitely consider springing for is extra wait staff. It is quite a hassle to have to repeatedly go to the bar, and once there wait in line. It also adds a sense of refinement to your event with butlered drinks being passed—it makes your guests feel important. Here is a chance to incorporate your personality by having a signature drink passed and available at the bar. Put up a little sign in a silver plated frame explaining the significance. Your guests will feel included and also get the chance to try something new!
6.) Don’t Skimp on the Food! Food and drink make the event. Good food and drinks make the party! I understand that budgets are limited, but there is no need to have your 300 guests fighting over Ritz crackers and spray cheese at your 7:00 p.m. reception. The reception (including food) should take a big chunk out of your budget—and it should show. If it doesn’t what it will show is that you are cheap, and your guests will leave to find food elsewhere mid-reception. Who wants to stay at a party hungry? If your choices and funds are tight, ask your caterer what they can do to help you out. Ask if you can provide your own recipes (pick up a nice cocktail book. I personally love Cocktail Food by Mary Corpening Barber and Sara Corpening Whiteford with Lori Lyn Narlock). Bulk up on the presentation—that may mean for you, no ice sculpture or five foot eagle made out of lox, but you could add fresh flowers and candles. Add variety with themed stations, convenience with buffets and elegance with plated dinners.
7.) Have Assigned Seating. I know a lot of planners are against this, but it does work out better for your guests. Of course keep your couples together, but do encourage single guests to get to know others at the reception. I have seen where there has not been assigned seating, a single guest finds his/her way back to their seat to find someone’s coat or purse in their seat with five people talking that all know each other. A bit intimidating.
8.) That’s Entertainment. Whatever you choose—a band or a DJ, make sure that they mesh with you and your personality. You also want them to reflect the overall theme and formality of the group (for example, no harpist at a country western wedding). When interviewing a DJ, ask to see pictures from prior events, if available. What does their guest pool look like? Is it similar to the one that will be at your own wedding? What does their selection and library consist of? You will need someone who is not too low-key that they put everyone to sleep, and not so over-the-top that they want to rush to the nearest exit. You need a professional to gauge and tempt the crowd. Definitely make sure that you keep music playing through their breaks. The dead silence will definitely murder the fun at your party.
9.) Get the Party Started. Nobody likes to be the first on the dance floor. But it is your party! You will be the center of attention, as you should be, and everyone will follow your lead. If you get up and dance, your guests will too. While your DJ maybe fantastic, your guests know you—your excitement will be contagious and they will not be able to resist joining in. Make sure that you are social. Instead of the boring receiving line, you and your new husband can go from table to table to say your “hellos” and “thank yous”.
10.) Get Help. It is always fun to meet someone who wants to hear about your wedding—all the time. Get your creative juices flowing, take advantage of vendor discounts and learn secrets of the industry by enlisting the help of a professional wedding planner. Everyone will have a job to do at your wedding. Yours will be to be the bride and to enjoy the first few hours of married life with your family and friends. While you may think you can handle an emergency during your wedding, more likely you cannot. Definitely enlist the help of a wedding planner to do your Day Of coordination.

The Wedding Of Your Dreams With These Tips

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The Wedding Of Your Dreams With These Tips

Your wedding should be a day about you and your partner. Letting others get too involved in the planning process (even if they are paying for it) will only result in a day that doesn’t reflect the two of you. This article has ideas on how you can make your wedding your own, and keep an eye on the budget at the same time.

If you are choosing an outdoor wedding, be sure that you have closely followed the weather and have chosen a location that can quickly be changed to indoor, should the weather change, all of a sudden. If you aren’t careful when choosing an outdoor wedding, you could find yourself disappointed when the entire event is rained out.

Add some sentimental value to your wedding attire while saving money. Jewelry can be a very expensive addition to your wedding look. You might find some choice pieces that are hiding in a relative’s or friend’s jewelry box. These items can add unknown appeal and design effects to your dress that make you feel beautiful and instill warm feelings during your day.

Wait before making major wedding decisions. When you go to see a venue that you are sure you love, don’t put down a deposit right away. Go home, look at a couple of other places, and make a decision then. Making impulse decisions can cost you more money and a lifetime of regret so make sure you think as much as you are able to.

If you are concerned with your wedding budget, keep your bridal party small. This means there will be less gifts to buy for your attendants and less bouquets to purchase. If it is too difficult for you to decide which people to include, consider just having a best man and a maid of honor to make things easier.

Carefully research your wedding planner. If they have a website, make sure that you can find the information that you need. The most important things are their credentials, any reviews, contact information and what services that they offer. You need to have someone who is experienced and trustworthy to help with your special day.

One consideration many people don’t think about when planning a wedding is how they will keep underage guests from drinking. This activity is illegal and you never know who might call the police on your event, especially the people who own the venue you’re using! Protect everyone from prosecution and let the bartender know who shouldn’t be served.

When you are choosing the right cake for your wedding, be sure to choose something that incorporates both of your tastes. There is nothing worse than a wedding cake that isn’t enjoyed by both the bride and groom as it shows a one-sided nature to the marriage already and can be quite a disappointment for one of you.

There is no way to completely get rid of that stressful feeling from planning a wedding. You can, however, take control making sure that you are getting what you want and your partner wants without offending everyone who is trying to help. Use the advice here to make all of these things a reality.

Memorable And Practical Details And Ideas For Weddings (2)

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Memorable And Practical Details And Ideas For Weddings

Choosing the perfect dress for your wedding is essential. It should fit your style and personality, but above all it should make you feel extra special on your big day. There are many styles to choose from and this article will give you some fantastic tips for finding the perfect wedding dress.

You will want to schedule sessions with potential disc jockeys before hiring them for your wedding reception. A good disc jockey will be able to get people motivated and get your wedding party started! A terrible disc jockey will have a terrible selection of music and can be a mood killer. You want to know what their music selection is like and have some idea of their ability before hiring them.

If you plan to serve your guests a meal with multiple courses, keep them entertained during the serving process by placing small dishes of appetizing sweets on each table. Opt for sugar roses that match your wedding color palette, edible, sugared petals, or thin, flavorful crackers to whet the appetite.

If you want an outdoor reception, think about the position of the sun. Make sure your guests won’t have the sun in their eyes during the exchange of vows. Use the position of the sun as a natural source of lighting, but you can also have artificial lighting for after sunset.

Weddings are typically cheaper to hold in the off season, which is November-April. Most people get married in the spring and summer, which leads to venues increasing costs. With so many engaged couples competing over the perfect wedding locations, venues can afford to increase their prices and maintain their customers. The off-season (especially January-March) sees fewer weddings and therefore, much cheaper prices.

It is not uncommon for couples planning for their wedding to lose sight of the purpose of the event. Remember that the wedding ceremony itself is what is important and that your reception is the celebration and party element that simply compliments your union to your partner. Put in the effort to make your ceremony just as memorable as your reception.

It’s important to research the laws in the location you’ve chosen for a destination wedding before you get there. They may have a curfew, or rules about alcohol consumption, or even licenses that you need to buy for photography or alcohol sales. Check with a local wedding planner for assistance.

When photographing a wedding you’ll need to wear sensible shoes! That means no high heels for women as you might find yourself standing on a chair or pew and the last thing you want to do is take a tumble and ruin the wedding! Flat shoes with a good tread will keep you stable.

As stated at the beginning of this article, finding the perfect wedding dress for your big day is essential. Your dress should make you feel confident and beautiful, so you want to pick one that is a right fit for you and who you are. Hopefully this article has given you some great advice, and you are on your way to finding your perfect dress.

Managing An Event For 10 people versus 100 !

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Managing An Event For 10 people versus 100 !

When it comes to planning a small event and a big event, you will notice a huge change. You should be aware that it will make the entire planning process change. When you have a small event, you can plan with a breeze, but when it comes to planning for larger events, you should know that it comes at a very different price.

The most important thing about planning a smaller event then a bigger event is that you don’t have as much as a hassle with details. Small events are often casually planned because they are usually your friends and they sympathize with you. However, when you have guests that hardly know you, it’s a big deal about everything. You should know that there are quite a list of things that you need to do to have a fabulous party event, however, when you are only caring for ten people, you tend to overlook the smaller details. When it comes to managing a smaller event you are able to make quick decisions, but when you have to throw a party for 100, your options are limited.

That’s the next point; with bigger parties your options are limited. You can’t just decide one day that you would like to have duck and then the next have ham. If you are getting it catered, the supplier will tell you that your requests can not be dealt with in such a small time, however, they can easier find the foods that you wish to have for a small group of ten. Also, with the food comes the drinks and that can be quite an expense. You should know that an open bar can be expensive even for ten, but it can be even more costly when it comes to asking for a cash bar. So the solution to your problem for both cases is to limit your drinks. With a small party you can have two or three different kinds, but with a larger party, you may have to offer more. Depending on your guests, the event, and the budget, the drinks could be less than expected for any type of party.

Once you have gotten over the food and drinks, you then have to think about the seating. Not only do you have to plan to sit ten people, but ten times that. However, when it comes to seating, the larger events have the upper hand. You are able to be able to place your guests with either people they like or don’t know, but can easily avoid those who despise each other. This can be a blessing if the event happens to be something like your wedding.

The budget is tightly effected by the size of the event. The smaller the event the smaller the budget can be, but you can spend and pay close attention to details with a smaller event. You will find that a small event can be one hell of a party, but with the larger parities, you tend to skip out on great ideas simply because they didn’t fit into the budget. When it comes to budget, the smaller parties are in the lead, but there are so many discounts that you can get in bulk that the two options are almost tied.

There are so many more factors of planning an event that is affected by the size of the event. Usually smaller has a lot of benefits to the guests and the planner, but there are times that you just need to have a grand celebration and you need to be prepared to sink in the time to plan the event as well.

Take The Headache Out Of Wedding Planning (3)

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Take The Headache Out Of Wedding Planning

The perfect wedding is one where the couple can relax and even laugh at the things that go wrong on their wedding day. It is a fact that something will go wrong and it is best to expect it and to take it in stride. This article can help you to adopt the right attitude to a happy wedding day.

Before you get married you MUST honestly disclose to your future spouse what your financial situation is. If you get married only to have your spouse find out that you’re in imminent financial ruin your marriage won’t last very long. Both of you should come to the table with a list of debts and a copy of your free credit report, and then figure out how to move on from there.

Try hiring a wedding planner. They can be an invaluable source. It’s not everyday that you get married and they can help take you through all the stages. They should be there to help reduce your stress, so be sure to choose someone that has good references, is trustworthy, and is willing to listen to your wants and needs.

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.

Meanwhile bachelor and bachelorette parties are very popular in today’s society; consider what strain it may bring to your relationship before you have even wed. Instead, opt to have a thank you party for all of the wedding participants and bring everyone together in an open event. This avoids any questionable outcomes of a bachelor or bachelorette party and makes everyone else feel included.

Make your own decorations for the wedding reception. Enlist your friends and family members for help in creating favors, centerpieces and other decorations. Look for the unique talents that these individuals may be able to offer; if someone has nice handwriting, ask them to address your invitations and offer a service of your own in return.

If you’re having an informal wedding ceremony and want the experience to be more personal and intimate, consider arranging for a close friend or relative to register as a justice of the peace so that they may wed you. It’s not a complicated process and can make your wedding even more special.

If you want to have an outdoor wedding, that is great, however there is one caveat. No matter what the weather forecast is, anytime you have an outdoor celebration it is essential that you have a back up plan. This means you should schedule your outdoor wedding in the garden of a big home.

As previously mentioned, the fairy tale wedding doesn’t really happen. Every wedding has it’s unexpected disasters and the best thing to do is accept they will happen and don’t stress about it. By putting a proper attitude in your wedding plans, you can make your wedding day a whole lot happier.

Great Tips To Make Your Wedding Special (2)

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Great Tips To Make Your Wedding Special

Weddings are beautiful and can be fun, but they also require lots of planning and hard work. Those last few weeks the stress can really build. With good planning though, you can have confidence that everything will all work out, even though there may only be a couple small things that go wrong. Below are a few tips to help you plan this huge event.

Add depth to your floral decor and centerpieces by incorporating floral elements of different heights. Use tall vases for flowers with longer stems and more compact heads. Surround the taller vases with shorter, more voluminous flowers like hydrangeas, peonies, or rosy-hued sweet peas. The shorter, fuller flowers should be lighter in color than the taller, more prominent blooms.

Try to have a couple close friends on standby to solve emergency problems. This should be your day, so you should be able to enjoy it without worrying if the priest will be there on time. After you found these friends, let go of the problems and allow them to do things for you.

Plan early if you’d like to have a destination wedding. You need to book far in advance to ensure that all the locations you’ll need to rent, from hotel rooms to ceremony to reception, will be available during the time you wish to use them. You should also check into renting vehicles ahead of time, just in case.

If you are planning on having designer dresses or gowns for your bridesmaids, consider purchasing them as their bridal party gift. Many bridesmaids find it expensive and taxing on their income to pay for such extravagant attire that they will only wear once. If you choose to have such a pricey item, make sure you don’t put pressure on them to pay for it.

Wedding planning can be extremely stressful and time-consuming. Some couples do not want to deal with it. To help with wedding planning it is often effective to enlist the help of a wedding planner. A wedding planner is a professional who can help you organize and plan your perfect special day.

Never forget that your wedding is YOUR day, so YOU need to choose the items you want for it. Decorations, cake, food, dress, shoes, it’s all up to you. Don’t let your friends or family get bossy and try to turn it into their dream wedding or you’ll regret that mistake for the rest of your life.

If you have your heart set on a destination wedding, make sure you choose the end location carefully. You’ll want to pick a place that is meaningful to both of you, but also consider how many people will be able to afford to join you. You may choose a location closer to home to ensure your family can be there.

The most important part of the wedding is the marriage and that means the two people getting married should be very sure to marry the right person. No matter how well you think you know someone, life can get complicated at times and you want to become closer at those times rather than allow circumstances to separate you. Hopefully with the tips above your special wedding day will come and go with ease and leave wonderful memories that last a lifetime.

Great Ways To Have The Wedding Of Your Dreams (2)

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Great Ways To Have The Wedding Of Your Dreams

Weddings are a time of great joy and a time of great stress. Use this article to gain some inside knowledge about your wedding, and what can help you make it a wonderful day for you and your future spouse. It will be an event you will never forget, so make it a pleasant one!

Leave a gift for out-of-town guests in their room as a thank you for coming so far to attend your wedding. A nice basket of snacks, like crackers, fresh fruit, and drinks, will give them something welcoming to enjoy while they are away from home. Another excellent choice would be a gift card for a local restaurant!

Don’t be afraid to use any kind of music you want for the reception. You don’t have to set aside the music you like when you are planning your wedding. It doesn’t have to be a dance party. If you like Indie music or if you like head-banging to heavy metal, then go for it!

You should do your best to help your guests get to your wedding. Even if they are paying for the trip themselves, you can have transportation waiting for them at the airport and pay for their accommodations. Make sure they have a pleasant traveling experience and will enjoy the wedding.

A wedding planner is an excellent idea if your desire to have a destination wedding. It’s next to impossible to plan your wedding from home, so a planner can save you money and time by doing everything locally. They’ll know all of the best vendors to use and all the ways to get a discount.

If you plan on taking dance lessons for your wedding, find a teacher that will teach you some steps, and teach you how to lead and follow. By learning like this, you will be able to use it at other times, as well. You will also end up looking a lot more natural.

If you are planning a big family wedding, be sure to assign roles for people in your family during the wedding. Honoring and thanking the people involved are very important. Make sure that moms, dads, grandparents, and other important people are given a role that they are comfortable with doing.

If you plan to do your own makeup for the big day, take plenty of time to practice. Practicing your makeup techniques will help you to get the look that you want. It will also give you the opportunity to try new, fun, and glamorous products. The big day is not the day to try a product for the first time, so make sure to start those practice sessions’ weeks in advance.

Make sure to include healthy food options for your reception. You might have a vegetarian in attendance or someone who’s just trying to lose weight. Be sure to supply them with options they can enjoy. Vegetables, cooked or raw, and fruit for dessert, will go a long way for anyone who wants to eat something that won’t pack on the pounds.

You are now at the end of an article that has hopefully given you many wedding tips that you were looking for. Remember to have fun with your wedding, many people only get one, and you want to make wonderful memories on this day that will last a life time.

How To Get The Wedding Of Your Dreams

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How To Get The Wedding Of Your Dreams

A wedding day is often the most anticipated event in a person’s life, so it is important that it is enjoyable and memorable. Regardless of the scale of your ceremony, from something small and intimate to a grand royal treatment, apply the advice of this article for a smoothly executed affair.

If you are having only one beautician doing all of the makeup and hair styles, you should be sure that the bride is the last to have it done. Fresh makeup and hair is going to make all the difference in the appearance of the bride on her big day.

A good thing for the bride to keep in mind is that you want to make sure that to have an emergency makeup kit on hand for your special day. This is helpful in case of last minute situations that might cause your makeup to get messed up.

If you are using a wedding planner, it is important that you work with them to make the seating arrangements. You know your guests, so you know who should be seated with whom. A wedding planner is just going to randomly put people together, which could end up causing tension and stress at your wedding reception.

It is easy to overlook the basics in the midst of your large scale wedding planning. Besides the important things like selecting a venue, choosing a caterer, and picking out a dress, you will also need to make sure you have makeup, tissues, and maybe even some Advil. Creating a checklist of all the simple and small things you may need is a good way to be prepared.

Let bridesmaids choose their own dresses. Instead of forcing a certain dress on different body types, dictate the color and leave the rest for them to do. If you want, you can also have veto power over the dress they choose. Giving bridesmaids freedom to choose their own dresses means less money and grief for you.

Try to avoid the holidays when you are planning your wedding. Yes, some weddings are going to happen on holidays for specific reasons. However, if your’s is not one of these, target a date that will not force guests to decide between your special day and a holiday trip. Find a neutral time that will allow for the best turnout.

A very nice gift for your bridal party is a customized piece of jewelry that connects you to your girls. This way, after your wedding has passed, each girl will have a special way to relive the wedding and the fun that they had being part of such an exciting time.

If you will be having a wedding where many of the guests are out of town, you might want to consider sending out a save the date post card that just serves as an announcement of your upcoming marriage. It will help these guests start planning and making it more likely that they will attend.

Wedding day jitters are inevitable, but you should realize by now that they don’t have to cause problems. Just keep in mind what you’ve learned from this article, and your wedding will be perfect. By following this advice, you can make sure that all your memories of your wedding day are happy ones.

Have The Best Wedding With These Tips 3

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Have The Best Wedding With These Tips

Weddings are one of the most planned for events on earth. So many people plan for a perfect day and usually, start planning a year or more in advance. This article can help you to deal with the stress of planning such a big event and be able to have an enjoyable day and not a stress filled nightmare.

A wedding planner is an excellent idea if your desire to have a destination wedding. It’s next to impossible to plan your wedding from home, so a planner can save you money and time by doing everything locally. They’ll know all of the best vendors to use and all the ways to get a discount.

Plan for a place to get ready for your wedding to be somewhere with a lot of natural light. You will also want to find a place that has a lot of room for people to move around easily. There will likely be photos taken in this area so you are going to want a room that is pretty.

Leading up to your wedding, you will want to find a top makeup artist to do your makeup, which will maximize how you look. This is very important as you will want to be as glowing as possible and hide any imperfections so that you can be flawless when your big day comes.

When it comes to weddings, be sure that you do not drink too much at the reception. While this may seem like common sense, it is also a common mistake that can lead to years of embarrassment and shame. Be sure to keep your drinking under control especially if you are not used to alcohol.

A good piece of advice to keep in mind for weddings is to make sure that the bride’s maids and the mother of the bride are ready to go before assisting the bride. This is because you want to ensure that full focus can be put on making the bride look great.

This may seem like common sense, but make sure that the wedding dress you plan on wearing actually fits. Too many times, the dress is too long, too tight, or just a poor fit. If you are planning on a train, make sure that it isn’t too long as to make you trip, fall, or catch on something.

Not looking forward to dancing the night away in those uncomfortable heels? Give flip flops a try. Buy some white flip flops for the bride, and colored flip flops for the bridesmaids too. This can help to make the reception more enjoyable, and the dance party last into the wee hours of the night.

As already covered, weddings can be a big source of stress. Proper planning is important but it is possible to over plan it. By taking the wedding advice in the above article, you can learn what things are not worth stressing over and learn where any potential problems may occur. When it comes to weddings, expect the unexpected.

The Best Wedding Reception Site

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The Best Wedding Reception Site

Normally, reserving your wedding reception site should be one of the first tasks in your wedding planning strategy. The trendiest reception sites go quickly. It is best to reserve the venue at least one year in advance. It should be one of the first things you take care of on your wedding planning list.

It is true that first impressions are important. How you feel the first time you walk into the venue should be an important factor in deciding on your wedding reception site. If you enter the venue and you have an uneasy feeling, or you are simply uncomfortable about the place, you should move on and continue your search. If you find the place charming, you might move on to the next question. Never book the first venue you visit, you never know what you are missing by limiting your search to only one place.

Wedding reception venues vary in size, and you have to make sure it is large enough to accommodate your party. The venue has to accommodate your wedding party, therefore, you have to make sure the place is large enough. It is not enough to consider your wedding guests. You have to take into account everything from the wedding band to the dance floor to the place for the wedding cake. See if the management allows you to visit the place in action. It is best to get a feel for the size of the place, as it is being setup for a wedding reception.

Most likely your guest will drive to your wedding, so parking is a big concern. You may find a great venue with insufficient parking. It is you job to find a place where your guests can park. If parking is unavailable you should arrange a shuttle or a van to take your wedding guests from the wedding ceremony to the reception.

If you feel comfortable in intimate settings, avoid public reception sites such as hotel lawns. If privacy is something you cannot compromise, you should arrange a private estate. Even hotels and restaurants can be less private than you might think since they often host multiple events on the same day. If this bothers you, you have to make sure there are no other events are scheduled for your wedding day.

A view is worth a million dollars, and it adds to the overall experience. Whether it’s a dramatic ocean view, a beautiful mountain view, or a historic park, wonderful art, a great wedding reception will always have something fantastic to see. If your reception is help during dark hours, the view has little significance.

Lighting can influence the overall feel of the event, so make sure the reception hall is well lit. Light can make or break your event. It sets the overall mood of the place, so make sure you see the place lit during your walk through.

There are many more issues and questions you must consider. How much does it cost to use the venue? How much do you have to pay up front? If you are asked to pay the entire cost up front, you should turn around and walk faster than you can say “Tank You.” You should never pay more than fifty percent of the total rental cost. If you put a deposit down, ask about their refund policy. Anything can happen, and you might need to cancel your reservation. You must get the cancellation policy in writing.

Whatever happens get everything in writing. Never assume anything, and only believe what is in the contract. If you can have a wedding planner look through the contract with you before you sign.