Every little girl dreams of her wedding day. It is a special occasion, full of romance, and one to be remembered forever. When it comes to planning that big day though, budget can often be of concern. How do you make your wedding everything that you have dreamed, but not break the bank? Here are some tips that can help.
If you are planning a tropical destination wedding or honeymoon on the beach, opt for inexpensive sandals with a thin rattan or jelly sole. These shoes can be easily embellished to match your bridal gown or beach attire by adding on ribbons, vintage brooches, silk or fresh flowers, or even clusters of crystals.
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.
Want a novel idea for your wedding and reception? How about a cruise! More and more people are choosing to take their destination wedding and have it on a boat, and there are many great reasons for that. You’ll find excellent catering, an on-site bar, and they have all the decor and set-up items you need already on deck.
When you and your betrothed start adding items to your wedding registry, don’t be afraid to add things that are over-the-top, expensive, or just a bit elaborate. Focus on choosing items that you can both envision as part of your new shared life together based upon your shared preferences, not the price tags.
Don’t forget to check with guests to ensure that any food allergies or diet choices, like veganism, are covered in your wedding reception menu. This is also important in your cake choice, so make sure to get a list of ingredients from the baker and provide them to anyone who has a food allergy.
When inviting parents to your wedding, consider what time it will be held if they’re planning on bringing their kids. A night-time wedding with a reception that runs into the wee hours of the morning will not work well for children, so either move your ceremony to an earlier time or provide accommodation for children to have a nap during the reception.
Ask the parents of the flower girl and/or ring bearer to get the children to bed early the night before the ceremony or try to give them a nap during the day for an evening wedding. Well-rested children are much more attentive and carry a longer attention span for things than children who may be irritable from a lack of sleep.
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.
If you want to get married in an exotic location, think about the legal implications. Countries have different laws when it comes to marriage, especially regarding the exchange of possessions. Make sure both spouses are happy with what a foreign marriage contract means, and that the both of you are eligible to get married under these laws.
Planning for and creating your dream wedding on a budget is possible. As we have discussed in this article, creativity is a must. Following some simple tips is just as important. You don’t have to compromise if you don’t want to break the bank, you just have to think a little outside the box.