TIP! As you plan your wedding, you must consider the type and amount of alcohol you wish to serve, especially if you’re working with a budget. Having an open bar may cost a lot, especially if it is available throughout the entire day.

Sadly, wedding planning often results in unnecessary stress, when it really should be something fun. Here are some great wedding planning tips to ensure your wedding runs smoothly and is memorable for you and your guests.

TIP! If you decide to cater your own wedding party, go to the big wholesale stores, like Costco. This will enable you to save a lot of money.

Try for a date that is not in the middle of wedding season. The traditional season for weddings is May to September. Many venues cost more at this time. Your best bet is to book your venue as soon as possible to secure the best possible price.

TIP! Once you know who all is going to give a speech at your wedding, hold a rehearsal for everyone so you can censor out inappropriate material. Wedding guests cover many generations of family and friends, and the humor of newer generations might offend elders.

Use the property of a relative or friend to hold your wedding. Having your wedding in someone’s yard or even farm can reduce wedding costs. Make sure you hire someone to set up and clean up, but even that cost will be minimal.

TIP! Getting married soon? Don’t even think about crash dieting to fit into your dress. This will only make you lightheaded and dehydrating, and it could even make you ill.

Before the wedding day, brides who have sensitive skin should implement a skincare regimen that prevents hives, breakouts, or irritation and creates a revitalized, glowing appearance. Seek out soothing facial treatments that utilize sea salts, rose hips and oatmeal scrubs.

TIP! Add decorative items in your wedding. Try using ribbons on the bouquet that go with those on the centerpieces, or try adding them to your gown or your hair.

The venue you pick needs to have enough room for dancing. You don’t want to have dancers crashing into seated guests or knocking over the dessert table, so ensure you have adequate space available. If necessary, move some chairs and tables out of the way to make more room.

TIP! When choosing a cosmetic artist for the big day, look at samples of his or her prior work. Are you comfortable with the makeup they’ve done before? Make sure that this is the style you desire.

Brides who love fashion will perhaps want to add a dash of sparkle to their bouquet; think rhinestones, Swarovski crystals or even some diamonds. You can create this look by using adhesive to affix crystals, a beloved heirloom or costume jewelry to the bouquet. Make sure it goes with your dress and accessories, and that the color, cut, and size of the stones compliment your ensemble.

TIP! While you should always let your DJ know what songs you want played for your reception, it is just as important to alert him to any songs you do not like or want played. Perhaps you want to avoid country crooners or hard rock tunes.

Brides should take the time to practice walking in their wedding shoes and dress so that they will be comfortable and graceful on their big day. If you worry about twisting your ankle, wear pretty flats instead. Not falling beats wearing sexy shoes.

If you are planning on serving multiple courses, keep guests entertained during serving with tiny portions of sweet appetizers near each guest. Crackers or sugar roses are excellent choices.

Ask someone to borrow an item to wear on your big day. This can give you the look you want to achieve and make the wedding even more special.

Behave Appropriately

TIP! Even if your dress has been selected and paid for, you may want to store it with the bridal boutique until the day of your wedding. If it goes into your closet, wrinkles or stains may occur.

Dress any children attending your ceremony in comfortable attire. Choose fabrics that are soft against the skin and that fit without bunching or pinching. Shoes, particularly new ones, should be broken in and comfy. Paying attention to your children’s comfort can help them behave appropriately during the wedding. Uncomfortable children will be focused on fixing their discomfort and may fidget or engage in other distracting behavior. If your children are comfortable, however, they’ll be excited about participating in the wedding and behave appropriately.

TIP! Ask someone to borrow an item to wear on your big day. This will not only fill a gap in your wedding jewelry ensemble, but will also add a special touch to the day that you will remember fondly in the years to come.

Apply this advice for a well planned wedding that gives you enough time to relax and remember why you are getting married in the first place. The wedding is the first step toward your life together, so be prepared and it should go smoothly!

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