Weddings are rare and special events that mark significant dates in couple’s lives, as well as the lives of their friends and family. Weddings denote the joining of not just two people, but the conjunction of two families. Whether you are planning on your own wedding, preparing someone else’s or have just been invited to one, read on to learn what to expect.
It’s a nice gift to give the groom his own little cake. Have the cake designer make it resemble his favorite hobbies, like carpentry or football. If it’s a surprise it will be even more meaningful to him! Just make sure that the cake itself tastes good – a wedding cake that looks gorgeous but tastes bad will not leave a good memory.
Before your wedding, one of the things that you will want to make sure to do is book the flight and destination for your honeymoon. This will give you something to look forward to if your wedding is stressing you out. Use a good travel agent to reduce the costs and maximize your enjoyment for your honeymoon.
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.
When thinking of what to give your guests as a wedding favor gift, consider who you’re inviting. If half your family are recovering alcoholics, then a bottle of wine is probably not a good idea. If they’re diabetics, then candy won’t work, either. Choose something they’re likely to keep as a memento and not throw out when they get home.
If you are having a reception at a venue that doesn’t supply the decor, you’ll have to pick up the napkins and tablecloths yourself. I wouldn’t recommend going with plastic, so instead pick up inexpensive fabric and hem the edges to make it look like a professionally finished product. Do the same for napkins in a matching color.
Even if a wedding photograph looks like it isn’t what you intended, keep it, at least in digital form. Sometimes the bride and groom will see a shot that they love even if the photographic composition is lacking. The couple are the final say, so leave it up to them to pick and choose their favorites.
Between your ceremony and your reception there can be a long down-time for your guests. If they can’t be seated at their tables right away, choose a venue that has a bar or lounge available for them to hang out in while they wait for the guests of honor to arrive.
Having a guestbook or reception video is an excellent way for each guest to be able to share their thoughts and memories with you. You can look back on it later as your relationship grows and remember all the people who are most important to you and how much they factor into your life together.
If you and your soon-to-be significant other decide to register for gifts, do not forget to indicate on the registry whether or not the two of you are open to gift cards. Some friends and family members prefer to give gift certificates or gift cards in lieu of selected items, but are unsure of the bride and groom’s stance. Including this information can make others aware of your preferences.
If you don’t know the language in the place, you’ve selected for your destination wedding, consider hiring a local guide to assist you. This will help you in all your wedding preparations as well as any tours or events you decide to attend outside your wedding itself. Your family may also appreciate it for any problems they might face.
Pick bridesmaids that can be buddies for the children in the ceremony. Give them a care package with healthy treats, water, books, paper and crayons. All this can be used as a distraction when traveling between venues, or while waiting for pictures to be taken. Doing this will keep the children occupied, while still having them accessible.
As you were promised earlier in the article, you now know something about weddings. Keep in mind what you have learned, and you can make sure to honor the happy couple appropriately when you go, or have the day of your life if you are the lucky groom or bride.