Let’s face it, planning a wedding can be an overwhelming task. With so much research to be done before you can even begin, and that constant reminder in your head that time is diminishing each day, don’t delay in asking for help! Here some good tips to help you get started!
Venue Selection– When selecting your venue consider your personality and interests. A city girl may not want a rustic venue but a country girl may not be able to think of anywhere better than her parent’s farm to get married. Think outside the box, could a museum, park or library be the perfect venue for you? Out of the ordinary locations can be exciting, just remember to be practical- is there access to power and what if it rains?
Gown Perfection– If you have an eye for fashion and can’t wait to turn heads in a one-of-a kind gown, splurge and design your very own. You’ve probably been dreaming of your wedding gown for years now so have fun with designing the perfect gown just for you. We have some good connections with different designers or bridal stores!
Calling All Friends– You may find your friends are asking what they can do to help. Without taking advantage of your friends of course… put them to work! Pull out your to do list, invite the girls over and start checking things off. You may find one friend has beautiful handwriting for the chalk board signs or another friend is amazing at centerpieces and someone else could even be a master at working the printer which you’ve been struggling with for weeks now.
Hire a Coordinator– The Bride is too busy on her wedding day to be directing vendors, ensuring decorations are perfectly placed and greeting guests as they arrive. Eliminate hiring family and friends to help on the day of, don’t you want them there for you and to enjoy all of your hard work? Hiring a coordinator is well worth the price for the experience they bring and the responsibly they remove from the family.
The First Look– The first look is definitely a special moment to capture. Some couples decide to do a first look so they can enjoy 20-30 minutes with just each other. Other reasons to do a first look range from seeing the groom earlier in the day, getting family and bridal party photos out of the way and even being able to mingle with guests during cocktail hour.
Involve Your Guests- Think of creative ways to give your guests the feeling of being involved. Possibly place a “tip jar” on a table where guests can write a tip for a happy marriage and place it in the jar. After the wedding you can read the tips and add them to a wedding scrapbook or even frame a few of your favorites. Let your guests know what you plan to do with their tips and you’ll receive some great ones.
Kiss and Kiss Again- It’s your day so why not kiss often! Not only will your kissing show your affection and happiness for one another but it will also give your photographer a chance to get some great shots.
Toast Your Guests– Without making your toast sound too much like a speech at the Emmy’s, thank your guests for traveling from near and far and for their help with the details. Attending a wedding is an expense to your guests as well so be sure to show your heartfelt appreciation while you have everyone together.
Special Entertainment- Kick the reception up a notch by having a special guest make an appearance or if the groom plays the drums have him sit in with the band for a few songs. Why not show off your husband’s talent while entertaining your guests!
Late Night Food– While the older crowd may be gone after the cake cutting, the younger crowd will love you for a late night snack. Keep the party going by offering comfort food such as nachos, sliders, pizza or cheese fries. Your guests will think this was the best idea ever.