Power Pointers

When you start to plan a wedding and spend time contemplating what is involved, it is easy to become overwhelmed and overlook things because of the vast number of things to consider. Sometimes, the smaller things get lost in the mix and fail to be considered. Here are some pointers in reference to things that may not even cross your mind…

Setting a budget is a difficult thing for any bride to do because 1) without having been through the experience of planning a wedding, it is difficult to know just how much everything costs and 2) there are so many things to get distracted by that wouldn’t have even crossed your mind but, upon seeing, you instantly want. Believe it or not, it IS possible to go overboard to the point that your idea of a beautiful day can end up looking inelegant and not well-thought out. No wedding is more beautiful simply because it cost more nor is any wedding worth starting your marriage in debt because of.

Regardless of how much or how little you have to spend, choose a few things to concentrate on and let those be “splurge” items. For some brides, it may be the dress (that goes without saying), flowers and rings. For others, the invitations, venue and food at the reception may top the list. Regardless of what is most important to you, if you focus on those, your guests will do the same. In addition, it is important to remember that no one who attends a wedding notices (and certainly doesn’t remember) every single detail.

Although some brides choose their venue immediately and others have most things in order before deciding on a location, it may be surprising to hear that the venue location plays a part in the ambiance of your day. Of course, any location can be transformed from formal and grandiose into warm and intimate or vice versa on the inside. However, nothing can be done in reference to the hustle and bustle of downtown streets or the sounds of cars passing by honking their horns. You can have the most extravagant, over the top affair but if it takes place in a quiet and quaint area, your guests will have a completely different feeling than they would if it is in a busy and noisy one.

The truth is that weddings often run behind schedule because you will be trying to make sure that everything is absolutely perfect. Of course, there is nothing wrong with that but your guests will be sitting around waiting and, honestly, there’s only so much time that can be spent commenting on decorations and who is wearing what, etc. Using your program is a wonderful way to entertain them interim. For example, on the back page, you can include a word search in reference to love, marriage and your relationship. You can do the same in the form of a crossword or something like a “Mad Lib” about the two of you that can be left behind to read and then later look back on.

You’d be surprised by how many people you and/or your fiancé know or know someone who knows that has talent in a form that would easily be of assistance to you on your special day. For example, your fiancé may have a cousin who is a talented photographer or you may have a co-worker whose best friend is a florist. Whether you use their services or not, it certainly is worth considering because, not only would it keep you from having to research and look for someone but perhaps you could get some services at a discounted rate.

At the end of the day, your wedding will be perfect (not only to you but your guests as well), regardless of the venue, budget, décor or anything else. Although you will over think every single detail and worry about what people are considering, your guests are there out of their love and affection for you and your fiancé. While these have been some pointers, of course it is YOUR day and you should do what your instincts tell you to.