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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

15 TIPS TO CREATE THE PERFECT WEDDING



You’ve just gotten engaged, and you couldn’t be more thrilled. You also might feel a little overwhelmed by the sheer volume of wedding-planning books out there. Where to begin? From timing to budgeting to breaking in your shoes. In this article, bebeakinboade.com presents to you   some of the most important concerns to keep in mind when planning a wedding, along with helpful budgeting tips.

WHAT'S THE RUSH?
Sure, you're excited when you get engaged, but don't act impulsively. So many brides rush out and start putting down deposits without thinking through the logistics of what goes into planning a memorable day. Bride and groom should let it all sink in and wait for a few weeks after they get engaged. Then start.


GET THE BIG PICTURE
You need to envision the kind of wedding you want; outdoors, cocktail reception, beach. When you know it's a beach wedding, for example, you can choose your colors, and the rest of the details;  décor, flowers and food  will start to fall into place.

CREATE A 'WANTS' AND A 'NEEDS' LIST
Try to separate your ‘wants' from your ‘needs. "The ‘needs' list consists of the items you have to have to make your special day work, such as a good photographer and an affordable venue, while the ‘wants' are the items you get after the ‘needs' are acquired (such as ornate centerpieces or customized favors)."

WORK OUT YOUR BUDGET
Do not spend a dime or book a single service until the two of you have thoroughly worked out your budget. This is where a couple can go wrong early in the game and never recover. They fall in love with a venue and book it right away, then find they have to skimp on everything else, including necessities.


EXPRESS YOURSELF WITH A THEME
Anyone can choose pretty colors for a wedding. To make your celebration feel truly personal, decide on a theme that you and your betrothed have a real connection to. Carry it all the way through your day, from the first save-the-date cards to your getaway car at the reception.
Your theme can center on how and where you met, hobbies you share together, or perhaps you’d like a vintage wedding with the stylish flair of a particular time period.

DO YOUR DRESS HOMEWORK
Don’t rush off to the salon without doing a little advance planning. Otherwise you can easily get overwhelmed by all the dress options on offer. Before you go, make your options manageable by picking the dress silhouette you want. Choose from a classic A-line (fitted at the bodice and flowing down in an A shape), a dramatic ballgown, a sexy fitted mermaid gown, a column gown or sheath, or an empire dress with a high waistline. Do you want a long train or a shorter tea-length dress? It can’t hurt to think about color, too. Do you want white or ivory, or something stronger?

DON'T MULTITASK
 One thing that always works out really well for my clients is a ‘one task at a time' planning schedule.
Give yourself twelve to fifteen months to plan, and tackle one item on your checklist at a time. Some things will take one hour, others will take three weeks or a month, but having just one goal at a time allows you to focus on the task at hand and not get overwhelmed.

CHOOSE A PRO PHOTOGRAPHER
A pro photographer is definitely the way to go. Even if your best friend is a superstar at snapshots, always choose a pro photographer. Your wedding is too important to entrust to anyone else. And you want your friendship to last beyond your wedding day!
Before picking a photographer, think about your style. Do you want traditional or posed, candid or journalistic, flash lighting or natural? Spend time with different photographers before settling on one, and make sure you see photos they shot at more than one wedding to get the big picture.

CHOOSE THE PERFECT VENUES
You’re not limited to your childhood church for your ceremony or the local hotel ballroom for your reception. As with your theme, your venues express your personality and the special qualities of your relationship.
Did you meet at university? Look at alumni clubs, libraries, botanical gardens (and possible alumni discounts for the rental fee). Do you love the theater? Exchange vows on a dramatic stage. Other venue ideas include planetariums, aviation museums (plenty of room to dance), aquariums (wonderful light), old-fashioned barns, wineries and historic inns.

HIRE HELP FOR THE BIG DAY
Even if you choose not to hire a wedding planner to handle the bulk of the wedding, then at least hire someone for the day.
Even if you're a planner at heart and you've got things well under control, the best stress reliever is to have someone professional there, taking care of the things that can and do come up."

ORCHESTRATE
Seven to 10 days before the wedding, call your vendors to confirm details. Give everyone a timeline of the day. The biggest mistake is leaving any of this to chance.

BE SMART WITH YOUR STONES
A diamond ring can easily dwarf other wedding costs if you aren’t careful. Remember that diamonds are rated by the four C’s – cut, color, clarity and carat weight, and if you compromise on one of the C’s you can save some cash. Does it matter if your diamond is not perfectly colorless? It can still sparkle brightly. In addition, round stones are the most popular and can be the most expensive. Could you love an oval or a princess-cut?

  

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