As the most popular months for weddings – June through August -- fast approach, I wanted to share these 10 tips for pulling off a FABULOUS wedding.
1. Your invited
Once you have selected your date and chosen a venue for your reception and ceremony it’s time to start sending out your notification cards. The style and look of your invitations will set the tone of your entire wedding. The invitation gives your guests an idea as to the type and formality of your wedding. Your invitations’ colors should also reflect the colors that you will use for the wedding.
2. The Wedding Gown
Many brides have had visions of wearing a sumptuous wedding gown since they were little girls. Whatever their vision - from a fairy princess to a sleek starlet - choosing the perfect wedding gown can be hard work. You must know your wedding style, date and budget. Be open to trying different style that what you envisioned. Maybe you cant find the perfect mermaid gown after trying on over 100 different styles is because that’s not the best fit for your body type. Remember- every bride finds a dress- some just take a bit longer than others!
3. Outfitting the Moms & Bridal Party
Gone are the days of pastels and tea-length gowns. Color and fabric are now cross-seasonal. Want to do navy in the summer?- go right ahead. When you look back at your pictures you should love the dresses you choose. When it comes to formalwear- colors are season-less!!
When bestowing the honor of “Bride’s Maid” or “Maid of Honor” on a friend or family member, keep in mind that this is not just an honorary title, there is lots of work that goes into it- including looking good! Be realistic when selecting a great gown. Remember this is your wedding- select a gown YOU love. If it’s a tad over the budget- think about pitching in the difference. After all- these fabulous ladies are a staple in the wedding.
4. Your wedding program
Your wedding program is considered to be the guide or map of your day’s celebration. The information you print on a program gives a record of what the event entails. Be thorough in the items you include in the program. Also, if you are have a very religious ceremony, include some background on what is going to transpire as all of your guest might not have the same religious beliefs as you.
5. GET FABULOUS
In the few days before and especially the day of you must remember –Its all about YOU!! This is your chance to be pampered and treated like a princess. Hire a “beauty team” to come to your home and style you in the comfort of your bath robe while you sip champagne. Why wake up and fight traffic on your way to a salon? Day of Wedding Coordinators can assist you in ensuring your day runs smoothly and on time. The last thing you want to do is yell and scream…. Hire someone else to do it!
6. Your wedding shoes As with any new shoe, you have to break them in a little before your wedding day. The last thing you want to be thinking of while you’re standing at the altar is how uncomfortable you are in your shoes. You may also want to consider having a more comfortable pair of shoes for later in the reception, especially if you are going to be dancing late into the evening. NEVER take them off!! NEVER!
7. Its all in the details
Remember – This is your wedding, Your party. If you want to serve mini-burgers, go ahead. A wedding should be a reflection of YOU and your soo to be hubby!! Think of unique ways to leave a lasting memory for your guests. This can be thru unique décor, favors or a dessert bar.
8. Wedding Insurance
This insurance is like an umbrella that can cover you when things go wrong. It might not cover every possible incident, but it will give you peace of mind and less to worry about before your big day. In most incidents where wedding insurance is used, it is because of postponement. Perhaps there was a death in the family or somebody became very ill. This will allow you to recover most of the monies spent on deposits and payments.
9. Groomsmen and Bridesmaids gifts
As gifts for the groomsmen and the bridesmaids, if you cannot afford to spend a little more money and give a physical gift or unique wedding present, another option is simply to spend time together. Whether it be in the bar with the boys or pampering yourselves in a spa with the girls. These can far outweigh the traditional gifts, for memories are much more precious than any physical gift.
10. Reception locations
Think outside the box. Times have changed since the old day where your parents would get married at their local church or synagogue and then have a reception in the back yard or at a local hotel. There are endless options for your venue. From private estates or vineyards to countryside castles and beach houses to a destination wedding. Being creative in planning your reception will create memories that will last a lifetime for everyone involved.