So you have been planning for months and the big day is finally here! You are getting married and you have various items that you must be sure you have for the day to go smoothly.
Below we provide a wedding day checklist that should cover all of those important yet tedious items that you will need for the wedding ceremony and the reception, and so that you are prepared to leave for your honeymoon.
Just because you are on a budget doesn't mean you can't impress!
A lot has to do with the venue that you choose for your reception/ceremony. At a hotel or hall you are going to have to do a lot to put your personal stamp on it. Choose a unique venue that is beautiful in and of itself. Be that a beach, a tropical garden something with a view of it's own. That way you don't have to use special lighting, lots of flower arrangements and other things to make it look other than four walls.
Wedding video is something that a lot of people are unfamiliar with. First of all, let's talk about the "Videographer". The term is the same as photographer, but pertains to one who shoot video. A videographer will be the person behind the video camera.
Some people ask, "Why have a vidoegrapher if I'm paying for a professional photographer?". Others ask "Why have a photographer if I'm hiring a videogapher?". It's a good idea to have both. There are things that a videographer can capture that a photographer cannot. Take for instance the toast. A photographer can not capture the emotions of the made of honor getting choked up during her speech.
When you ask the groomsmen to be in your wedding it's assumed they will be renting tuxedos, usually at their own expense. While rental offers range from $50 to $150, I have personally found most rentals end up averaging $120, and can be as much as $200. Each tux is a different price and most brides & grooms gravitate to the nicer fabrics because they feel and look better, but also cost more. Some stores charge extra for shoes & accessories such as vests. That entry level deal is rarely the out the door price.
Another option is to buy a tux. The problem is most people won't have enough occasions over the next 5 to 10 years to justify the cost. After all you may want to wear a 3 button coat to your wedding while the next one is a 2 button. Then you're back to square one. The point at which it makes sense financially to own a tux is if you will wear it 3 to 4 times a year. Less than that and you are buying one because you want to wear YOUR tux and not one a hundred other guys have worn.
Professional wedding videographers can range in price from $500 to over $5,000. What gives? As long as they’re professionally trained, properly equipped and experienced, why the drastic difference in price?
First of all, it’s important to understand that videographers (this goes for photographers and other artists too), assign a value to their work based on their time, effort, equipment, expertise, and a whole lot of factors that can vary from artist to artist, depending on their approach and demand for their product.
Making up a guest list can often times be quite stressful. Here are a few tips that may help to make that job easier.
Decide on a budget. Knowing how much you can spend and how much the caterer will charge per person will determine the number of people that you're able to invite. It is perfectly proper to invite some guests to the wedding without inviting them to the reception. You'll need to order separate reception cards and include these cards only in the invitations of those who are invited to the reception. Omit this card from those who are not invited to the reception.
So you've decided to get married. Congratulations! Every bride and groom's taste is different, especially when it comes to their flowers.
Nowadays choosing your wedding flowers can sometimes be a difficult task considering there is so many options out there, especially if you can't decide what you would really love to hold while you walk down the aisle and see on your guest's tables, etc. The key is not to stress, and talk to a professional who can guide you through what is available, in season and what colour combinations would compliment or co-ordinate with you and your wedding parties chosen attire. There really is no right or wrong, and you can go towards contemporary or traditional style of a bouquet, it just depends on what type of a feeling you would like to envoke.
Why would I need someone else on the wedding day?
This question come up frequently when speaking with Brides and Grooms who are starting their planning process. Having an on site coordinator at your venue is a huge asset. They have a ton of knowledge of the facility and what works best there. They have seen tons of weddings done many different ways in the same space, some probably more successful then others. They may know tricks and have ideas of how to make the space work, that someone new coming in may not have. There is some overlap to what a wedding coordinator and on site coordinator do. This is wonderful, and how it should be! You want as many professionals working with you on your wedding day as possible.
Instead of a typical bridal shower, make yours magical. You don't have to wait until the wedding to make the bride-to-be feel like a princess. Send out invitations full of glitter and a magical castle bookmark. Have faux pearl necklaces and a tiara for each guest as they arrive, so everyone can get in the fairy tale mood.
Order a cake that is decorated as a castle or a glass slipper. You could do cupcakes decorated like carriages and pumpkins to put around the cake. Have a platter of fruit and finger sandwiches cut into flower shapes. Have pitchers of princess cocktails - Midori, raspberry liquor, vodka, topped with sour mix. Of course, have a non-alcoholic option available. Try a lemonade with pureed melon and raspberries to keep with the theme.
Have star shaped cards that you attach to sticks to make wands. They look especially great if you wind beautiful ribbons around them. Each guest can write advice or congratulations on them as a parting wish to the bride. Decorate a flower vase and have the guest put them in to create a bouquet of warm wishes.
Set up tables with white table clothes with see through silver fabric over it. Sprinkle the table with flower petals and use Cinderella style place card holders. Have candle holders shaped like Cinderella's carriage or fairy godmothers.
A glass slipper prize for a bridal shower game of charades is a must. Place pieces of paper in a fishbowl for teams to pick from. Make sure to add in a few ideas that will make everyone laugh. You don't want to let the games get too serious.
You can video the party to give to the bride after the wedding. It will be a memory she'll always treasure.
Communication, communication, communication! It is the key.
It is so difficult to get what is in your head and put it into words, so take pictures! Bring magazine clippings and try to figure out exactly what you want on your day.