While wedding planning can be a stressful experience,
many people who have been through it vouch for the fact
that it can be a fun process. Since a wedding is supposed
to be a very happy event, planning the wedding should
be enjoyable and exciting too. There are some key factors
that can help reduce stress while planning a wedding
party. These factors include basics such as keeping
a positive attitude when things don't go as planned,
working within a budget, starting to plan as early as
possible, exercising daily, delegating tasks to the
right people and of course identifying and contracting
with reliable service providers.
The excitement behind wedding planning includes beautiful
moments such as selecting beautiful wedding attire and
accessories, visiting many beautiful venues before finalizing
one and tasting delicious cuisines and cakes. Wedding
planning should be started as early as possible. You
could start by gathering ideas from local bridal shows,
bridal magazines, interaction with married friends,
surfing the Internet and shopping around. Early planning
helps avoid last minute pressures and saves time for
relaxation in the days immediately preceding the wedding.
It is critical that the budget for the wedding be finalized
and expenses worked backwards based on it. The more
detailed the budget is in terms of fine details of expenses
based on up to date price quotes, the better it is.
It is always advisable to allocate some buffer funds
after estimating the expenditure.
You should shop around for quality service providers
by researching on the net and by checking references
from friends and relatives. Some service providers can
be brilliant and others are terrible. The service providers
can make or break a wedding ceremony.
Finally, it is a good idea to exercise daily; besides
keeping the body trim and beautiful, it also helps relieve
Some Additional Planning Tips
While organizing a wedding, there are some vital elements
that might just escape your attention and cause chaos.
Here are some tips to help make that special day a success.
Always get a sample print of the wedding invitations
from the printer before the main print run. Check for
any printing errors and ensure that the time and venue
mentioned are correct.
Keep an updated wedding guest list and make sure this
list contains several contact numbers for each person
to facilitate quick communication about any changes
made in the arrangements.
Book a photographer with experience in covering wedding
functions; you might want to check out some samples
of their coverage of other functions to assess their
skills. It is always better to communicate requirements
in writing and insist on a written confirmation in return.
It is safer to double check details with the photographer
and not make assumptions about the scope of service.
It is advisable to check with the minister if the wedding
service can be filmed. Typically, most of them are agreeable
to this, but some can object to a sacred ceremony being
filmed. Also many couples like to provide a live webcast
to their friends and family who are unable to travel
to the ceremony. This requires a venue with a stable
Internet connection and a webcasting team with experience
with live events.
Before booking a reception at a hotel or restaurant,
you must try them out to ensure that the food and service
they offer is of high standards. A fancy menu does not
guarantee good food.
Parking is almost as important as the quality of the
food. Check parking facilities before booking a venue.
There should be sufficient parking space to accommodate
all the guests.
Wedding etiquettes are practices prescribed by social
conventions or by authority. A few traditional etiquettes
followed during a wedding are covered below.
In recent times, bearing the cost of a wedding is no
longer the exclusive responsibility of the father of
the bride; it is shared between the families of the
bride and groom. There are no rigid rules as to "who
pays for what", but some of the traditional guidelines
are that the bride's family pays for the wedding dress,
the wedding ring for the groom and the ceremony while
the groom's family pays for the wedding ring for the
bride and the wedding cake. With regard to tipping,
a sum of about 15% of the total bill is recommended
if the services were extra special.
Dancing at the reception is an elegant way to bring
friends and family together. Traditionally, the bride
and groom should have the first dance. As the music
continues, the father of the bride cuts in and dances
with his daughter, while the groom dances with the bride's
mother. As a general rule, the parents paying for the
wedding are the ones who give out the invitations. The
groom's cake is a smaller cake served at the reception.
It is recommended that the groom's mother bake the cake.
The bride must wrap small slices of the cake in tin
foil and pass it around to the guests attending the