Weddings are rare and special events that mark significant dates in couple’s lives, as well as the lives of their friends and family. Weddings denote the joining of not just two people, but the conjunction of two families. Whether you are planning on your own wedding, preparing someone else’s or have just been invited to one, read on to learn what to expect.
One of the biggest mistakes people make is not practicing the big walk enough. It takes more than two run throughs on rehearsal night to overcome the fact that items could be in the way. Make it second nature by doing several practice walks down the aisle. Do it at your actual wedding site to test out its floor with your chosen shoes. This will help to improve your flow when the big day comes.
At your bridal party, try to make things as fun as possible with the people that you love. Have manicures and pedicures done to reward the people who made the biggest impact in your life. This will help to keep things casual as well, so that the mood is set for the party.
If you’re having trouble coming up with a gift for your wedding guests, think of something useful. My parents had matchbooks printed with their wedding date, which was great when they got married as no one knew smoking was bad yet. Today I might have a candle with a tag engraved the wedding date instead as it’s far more healthy for them to burn that!
Understand that the wedding ceremony is the most important part of the day and that the reception is just the celebration of this ceremony. Put a lot of thought into the readings that will be done at your wedding and where you would like to have your reception. This will optimize your overall experience.
If you are planning a wedding, it may benefit you to plan it in an off month. Two of the cheapest months to get married in are October and November. Marriages like anything else are a business. The demand for weddings in these months is very low, so to try to generate higher demand prices are lower.
Treat yourself or another bride-to-be with a memorable, unique keepsake: a sculpted cake topper or paper sculpture of the bride’s wedding dress. Send in a detailed photograph of the bridal gown, and a talented mixed-media artist will replicate it using archival glue and acid-free paper. The creation will last for decades and can be easily displayed at the reception or in the home.
No one wants to wait a long time for your wedding to start, so many sure that everyone knows what’s happening so it can run smoothly. Hand out itineraries to the most important party members and ask them to try their best to keep things moving along quickly and efficiently.
As you were promised earlier in the article, you now know something about weddings. Keep in mind what you have learned, and you can make sure to honor the happy couple appropriately when you go, or have the day of your life if you are the lucky groom or bride.