Use people that you know and trust for referrals. When it comes to hiring anyone to help with your wedding (catering, musician), you don't want to just trust that any person can get the job done to your satisfaction. Ask your friends who they used, and then make sure to give the company a visit while they are working so you can get an accurate feel of the job they do.
If you're going to be photographing a wedding, make sure to visit the location where the wedding will be held so you know what angles will be available to you and what barriers might get in your way. If you know where everything is you'll have a much easier time on the wedding day.
If you're wearing a floor length wedding dress, you can get away with wearing less than fashionable shoes down the aisle. No one will see them and you'll be more comfortable standing during your wedding ceremony. You can put more fashionable shoes on later for the reception where you'll be sitting down.
Allow your friends to help with your wedding day. Take advantage of the many talents that your friends and family members have; for example, if someone is a musician, ask them to play at your ceremony. Make sure to pay them for their services, but you will probably pay less than what you would pay for someone you don't know.
For a more reasonably priced wedding, consider a date that's not in the traditional wedding season. Traditional wedding season is from May to September. During this time wedding venues will be more expensive. If you need to book during this time, make sure you book far in advance to get the best deal.
If you are planning a wedding reception on a budget, consider asking the local culinary school for help. Culinary schools will often provide a meal for your reception for just the cost of food. This gives their students valuable training, and provides you with a catered meal at a significantly reduced cost.
Displaying photographs of the bride and groom adds a personal touch to any reception, but the cost of decorative picture frames can add up very quickly. Instead, string two- to three-foot sections of ribbon, faux pearls, or floral garlands in a conspicuous place near the entry to the reception site. Then, use small scrapbook clips to clip the photographs to the ribbon. This is much more affordable and prevents damage to your photos.
Be sure that everyone will be able to hear during your wedding. If you are having an outdoor wedding, many things can cause your guests to not be able to hear. Consider having a sound system with microphones that are able to clip on to the bride and groom. This will allow everyone to hear what you are saying.
If you are having a church wedding, consider holding your reception in the church basement immediately following the service. If your church doesn't have a basement, they most likely have a hall perfect for the affair. Many churches have volunteer staff as well that will help decorate and provide food for the cost of the ingredients and materials alone.
Look into what other events may be going on in your city at the time of your wedding. For example, if it happens to be on the weekend of the annual marathon, it might not affect getting a reception hall, but it would prevent your out of town guests from possibly getting a hotel room.
If you find yourself not having enough time between your family, work responsibilities and everything in between, enlist the help of a wedding planner to make your big day much smoother and stress-free. It will be well worth the cost in that you can have someone else responsible for all the details leading up to your event.
Let your wedding planner do all the worrying. The entire thing can be designed and organized according to your plans without causing undue strife. You've probably dreamed about your wedding for years, so let it be the best day of your life. You are the center of attention, relax, smile and enjoy it.
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