TIP! Faith and religion mark one of the most important topics in marriage. Talking to your partner about his or her religion is important, but talking to the in-laws about their religion is essential, as well.

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 are a few different ways you can control wedding costs. Apply the tips from this article and you will be sure keep your wedding budget on track, while still having a wedding to remember.

TIP! Go ethnic with your catering and get your guests talking for days to come. Let’s face it, the menu at these events is pretty standard so why not take it in a direction that makes it more memorable.

To garner a better price on your wedding venue, look for a date that won’t fall during wedding season. The wedding season traditionally begins in May lasting through September. At this time, it will be more costly to book a venue for your wedding. If it is imperative that your wedding be at this time, be sure to make your reservations far ahead of the date.

TIP! The most important thing when considering marriage is the person you will be marrying. This choice will affect you forever, so take your time and don’t rush.

When you plan your wedding, be sure to think about cost effective alcohol options. Having an open bar can be very expensive if it stays open for hours. Ask the venue about their various alcohol service options.

TIP! Use decorative items for every part of your wedding theme. For example, the bow in your hair can be the same as those used in the floral arrangements on the tables.

If you decide to handle the food for your wedding, Costco and other wholesale stores are the way to go. If you’re shopping wholesale, you are able to get a lot of food for less money than shopping retail. Try asking friends to split food costs.

TIP! Make sure you write down your vows, this is very important and will be important for your spouse. Understand that marriage is a very strong commitment that requires the both of you to make sacrifices.

When planning speakers for your wedding, they need to rehearse the speech prior to the day in front of you so that you know everything is appropriate. Many generations and people of differing viewpoints will attend your wedding, so your speech makers need to make their speeches geared to everyone and not just play to their own friends.

TIP! Find out if the lights at your reception venue are the type that can be dimmed. While this may appear trivial, you want to have this option, perhaps for your first dance, then brighter for the remainder of your ceremony.

If you’re terrified at the thought of spending a fortune on a wedding cake loaded with calories, talk to local bakeries about something with a smaller portion size. There are some bakers who are able to prepare elegant cupcakes that contain less than 100 calories each. They can also use healthy ingredients like fruit fillings, no-calorie sweeteners, and even meringue toppings.

TIP! During your wedding planning, arrange for even numbers of guests at each table. Group people at tables by age so that common ground for conversations exists.

Practice your walk in front of mirrors to feel comfortable on your wedding day. Flats may be a better choice if you think you may hurt your feet. A sensible pair of shoes is better than injuring yourself by wearing high heels.

TIP! Flowers that are abundant in your state during specific seasons will not be easily available in climates that are tropical and humid or cooler and dry like the Mediterraneans. Make contact with professionals who reside near your destination site to inquire which flowers are in bloom and available to use for your ceremony.

See if you can find a willing helper who can assist you with looking after your equipment and moving it when necessary. They can help to gather up the family for group shots as well.

TIP! Meeting a wedding planner? Do your homework. Consider creating a scrap book of appealing fabric swatches and wedding images that represent the look that you are going for.

If you conduct your wedding in a vacation spot, have a basketful of themed goodies delivered to each guest’s room. You will want to include useful items such as a disposable camera, tourist map that shows fun places in the local area, sunglasses and a hat. Be sure to include a local restaurant guide and possibly some coupons to make dining easy.

TIP! Tell your caterer if you plan on having an outdoor reception. Some foods won’t keep in the heat, and some food might not weigh enough to stay in its dish if there are strong winds.

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. Good options include designer prints, novelty fabrics or special occasion fabrics like satin, velvet or silk.

Your budget does not determine the quality of your wedding. Use the information you just learned to make your wedding unforgettable while saving some money for your honeymoon.

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