Wedding Planning Ideas for the New Bride

Once a couple is engaged, the bride starts to look for wedding planning ideas. There are many ways that brides can plan their wedding, such as planning a destination wedding. Today, many couples need to find cheap wedding ideas because of how the economy has been the past few years. Couples can have a beautiful wedding even on a tight budget. There are three popular ways that new brides can plan their weddings.

One of the wedding planning ideas is to have a small formal ceremony with close friends and family members. This will save a lot of money when people are on a budget for their wedding. Having a small wedding party saves couples money, since they do not have to pay for dresses, tuxedos, and additional plates at the reception. Cheap wedding ideas for smaller weddings include a buffet-style dinner, instead of having individual plates for guests, and reserve the reception area for a shorter time to cut down on costs. This will allow more time for the couple to start their honeymoon.

Another way that people can budget for their wedding is to have their wedding during the week. People who want to have their wedding on a weekend will pay at least twice the amount than if they had their wedding during the week. Many couples who need to budget, will plan their wedding on a Thursday or Friday to allow their guests a chance to take a long weekend away from their jobs. In addition, people who book their weddings later in the week will have a larger turnout to their wedding than if they chose a day earlier in the week. This cuts down the amount of people who can attend the wedding anyway, so this is a great option for couples who are on a budget.

Couples who are on a budget, but want to have a formal wedding can ask their bridesmaids and groomsmen to buy their own dresses and tuxedos. This will save thousands of dollars, depending on how big the wedding party is. Bridesmaid dresses can cost several hundred dollars for one dress. Couples who want to go on a nice honeymoon can put their savings towards their vacation. There are also cheap wedding gifts to give to guests, and homemade gifts are the best to give. Friends and family members will walk away with a beautiful memory of the couple’s wedding day.

7 Wedding Planning Blunders

It is inevitable when you are planning a wedding that you will hit a few minor bumps in the road. After all, no one is perfect. However, there are some pretty big mistakes that are very common. Here are the top 7 wedding planning blunders, and how to make sure they do not happen to you.

One: Booking vendors before you have done your homework. Many a bride has rushed out and booked the hottest reception site in town only to later learn that a) her church is not available on that date or b) it is way too small to fit all of the guests. Before you put down a penny with any vendor, be sure that you know all of the basics, such as the number of guests on both sides of the family, the date your church is available, and the general style of wedding you would like to have.

Two: Ordering your wedding gown too small as “motivation” or buying a too-small dress because it is a good deal. Oh please, please do not do this to yourself! The last thing any woman needs before her wedding is the added stress of having to try to change her body to fit into a dress. It is far better to buy your gown in your current size and then change the gown to fit you, should you slim down. And that way if you don’t lose any weight, at least you won’t have to lose any sleep wondering how on earth you are going to squeeze into your dress on the wedding day. It seems like a lot of brides also forget that their fiances loved them just the way they were when they asked them to get married, “perfect” or not.

Three: Biting off more than you can chew. Fancy yourself the next Martha Stewart? Keep in mind that even the great Martha has a staff to help her execute all of those fabulous craft projects. In other words, one woman cannot make everything for her wedding and also keep her sanity. Some things to scratch off the list: taking a course in jewelry making so you can handcraft the bridesmaid gifts (just pick out pretty bridesmaid jewelry in a store), making chocolate truffles for the wedding favors, and embroidering your own veil. Keep your expectations realistic and limit yourself to one or two projects that you know you can manage, such as printing invitations or learning enough calligraphy to write out the place cards.

Four: Not getting enough postage. The chances are very slim that your wedding invitation takes the same amount of postage as your phone bill. Take one of your invitations (with all of the enclosures) to the post office to have it weighed and determine the correct postage. Better still, take all of your invitations and hand cancel them after putting on the stamps. It looks much prettier than a commercial machine cancel and will not crush any ornaments like bows that you may have in your envelopes.

Five: Obsessing over perfection. I guarantee you that something will go wrong at your wedding, no matter how meticulously you plan. For instance at my wedding, the priest knocked over one of the floral displays on the altar during the ceremony and I dropped part of a stuffed mushroom on the bodice of my custom gown. So what? It was a great day anyway, and at some point you just have to let go of fussing over everything and simply enjoy your wedding.

Six: Leaving things to the last minute. The day before (or Heaven forbid, the morning of) your wedding is no time to be cranking out programs, writing place cards, or wrapping favors. Have all of these things done at least five days before your wedding so you do not lose beauty sleep over them on your wedding eve.

Seven: Last, but certainly not least, blowing your budget. It is all to easy to get swept away in the moment and decide to splurge on things in order to bring your dream wedding to life. However, all of those little splurges can quickly add up into a mountain of debt. Don’t start out your married life in a hole: decide on your budget early on and vow to stick to it. It may not be easy along the way, but when all is said and done, you will be very happy that you kept your promise to yourself.

Wedding Planning Advice – How to Get Started

Wedding planning can be intimidating at first and for good reasons. Nightmares of late tux deliveries, ugly wedding cakes and makeup stained wedding dresses could scare anyone catatonic. The best way to have the “perfect wedding” is to start off on a good foot. You can start planning your wedding right now without spending a dime.

Select a Wedding Date

After you’ve told the world that you’re tying the knot, it is a good idea to not take too long selecting a wedding date.

  • That way when you are shopping wedding vendors, you know what date you need beforehand.
  • It keeps you from putting things off, because the wedding date will be quickly approaching.
  • It gives your friends and family time to plan ahead. It is a good idea to tell them as early as possible, especially if you’re getting married in the summer, due to many people planning vacations during that time.

Wedding Coordinating Help

Hire a wedding coordinator. I know you think it is expensive, but you will thank yourself in the end. If you don’t want to
bear the expense of hiring a wedding coordinator, get some talented family member to help you. Any type of help will do.
Sometimes getting a second opinion can help you think about issues that you would not have thought of before. Above all, you should be enjoying yourself and not stressing out and getting some help will help you accomplish that.

What Type of Wedding Do yo Want?

Your wedding coordinator can help you determine the type of feel you want your wedding to give. Do you want it small and
intimate, big and formal or somewhere in between? How about the time? If you have a lot of out of town guests it may be a
good idea to have your wedding in the early evening, but not too late. Having your wedding at 10 AM may not go over
too well with them.

Wedding Organizer

Wedding Organizers like notebooks or software can keep you from going into the insane asylum, for your probably can’t and
shouldn’t try to keep all those numbers in your head. This way you are less likely to forget the small expenses that tend to
add up in the end like wedding dress shoes, slips and veils. Weddingchannel.com and Theknot.com have free online wedding organizer software that includes a budget and
expense calculator. At the very least, attempt to carry a notebook with you and record your wedding budget, expenses and tasks.

Wedding Guest List

Making a wedding guest list now is not too early. Well, at least attempt to do it! Combine the guest lists of future
in-laws with your parents and your own guest lists for a good starting point. Don’t fret too much at first, because this
will only be a rough draft. Your wedding coordinator can help you with this also. A good idea for all of you is to start off with those you must invite and end with those who you would like to invite and go from there.

Choose Your Colors

Picking your color scheme will, of course, make decorating a whole lot easier. The wedding d├ęcor that you want so badly may not come in the colors that you want, so it is good to do this early on. The same idea goes for the wedding party’s attire.

Above all, relax! It is your wedding day, not a final exam. And if something goes a little awry on your wedding day, try not to panic. Usually things work out in the end when you have loved ones to help you.