Planning Your Dream Wedding

disney-bridal-photo-magic-kingdomYou’ve met the perfect man, and you have the perfect ring on your finger. How do you plan the perfect wedding? While wedding planning can be stressful and overwhelming at times, there is a way for you to make things perfect for you and your husband to be. All it requires is a little communication and patience while you make w hat seems like a never-ending list of choices and decisions. Breaking your wedding planning down into sections and considering the following questions should have you well on your way to planning your perfect wedding.

First, you will need to choose the kind of reception you would like to have. Are you planning a large wedding, or a more intimate gathering of friends and family? Talk with your relatives and soon to be in-laws to get an idea of what their needs are, as their concept of small may be quite different than yours. Once you have a general idea of how many guests you will have, you can then visit reception possibilities and talk with them about what they offer. Remember that the places you choose to visit have most likely hosted many weddings before yours, and they present suggestions that you haven’t thought about. It is perfectly okay to not have all the answers immediately, and many reception sites will gladly let you take their information so you can spend time considering what they have to offer. If you have questions, be sure to ask them, as this is a great way to see how flexible the site and staff will be to meet your individual needs. Of course, you will need to determine your wedding budget, as the reception will be where you spend the most money.

The next item on your list is to choose the food and the wedding cake. It’s a great idea to sample the food at each reception site, preferably the same food you might choose for your wedding. The time of day that you choose to get married will also impact your food choice. If you choose a mid morning wedding, you might prefer to have a brunch buffet, while an evening wedding calls for more a more formal presentation. Whatever you choose, do not hesitate to ask for references from whoever will be providing the food at your reception. These references will take you beyond the food preparation and help you evaluate service and accuracy.

Flowers, invitations, music and photography are all personal choices you will make based on the style you desire for your wedding. These are also areas that you can trim your budget if you need to. Considering a simplified invitation and less formally arranged flowers can literally save you hundreds of dollars. The perfect wedding does not necessarily need to be the most expensive one! Use your creativity and you will find that your wedding is just as perfect as the man you’ve chosen to marry.

Top Five Ways to Have a Fairy Tale Wedding on a Shoestring Budget

Top five ways to have a fairy tale wedding on a shoestring budget!

Your wedding is one of the most important days of your life… you plan it, you prepare for it, you stress over it, and quite often, you end up to you eyeballs in debt over it!

The wedding industry knows this, and I hate to say this, but they play on your emotions and your stress. They will want to take over completely for you…. for a fee of course!

But if you are ready for this, you can have the fairy tale wedding of your dreams on a shoestring budget.

1) Pick another day from Saturday… this is the most expensive day to get married… I personally got married on a Friday night at 6pm. I was able to rent a hall for half the price, and got a good deal on my honeymoon that left Saturday morning to Bahamas!

2) Plan what you want, sit down and figure out ahead of time, how many people, what type of food, flowers, dress etc… BEFORE you talk to anyone, if you are not sure and you hmmmm a lot, they will move in on you quickly! At least have some kind of plan in your head and what your definition of a fairy tale wedding is!

3) Hire interior decorating students to help you with the hall, this will save quite a bit there.

4) Save as much money on the “extras” as you can, so that you can spend the money on the parts that are most important to you, such as your dress!. Do you really have to have 200.00 dollar centerpieces on the tables at the receptions?.. Personally, at the last wedding I went to, we found them to be in the way, and they got put under the table!! What a waste of money that was, as there were 25 tables at this wedding.

5) Another nice way to get “extra” pictures at weddings, is to purchase lots of disposable cameras, and put them on the reception tables, and have your guests take pictures during the reception… its amazing the neat pictures your guests can take!… But above all, stay calm, and try not to stress… try to anticipate what are going to be problems ahead of time, so that you can keep one step ahead of trouble..

There are many wedding planners out there that you can hire, but there is just as much good information on the net, in the form of ebooks, that are written by people who have “been there done that”.. one person was able to get a designer dress for 1/4 of the price, find out how….. your wedding on a shoestring budget