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TIP! If you want to save money on your wedding, consider having it in the off-season., That may means having a wedding in a less popular month or on a weekday, but the savings can be significant.

There are only four things a wedding really needs: a bride, a groom, an officiant, and love. The other typical features of modern weddings, while nice to have, are little more than added frills that can end up causing anxiety and irritation. In this article, we focus on the most important things to help you have a memorable and enjoyable wedding day.

TIP! The wedding dress may be a major expense. When you are browsing through dress shops, remember to look a dresses that are not officially categorized as wedding dresses.

When you’re getting plans together for your wedding, consider the types of alcoholic beverages you’re going to be serving. Also be aware of the cost. Open bars are typically very expensive, especially when they are open for long time-periods. Ask about which alcohol serving options are available through your venue.

TIP! Personalize your wedding by including things that represent your spouse-to-be, and the bond between the both of you. Select a wedding theme that really symbolizes the times that you and your future spouse have spent together.

Buying wedding gowns online can save you hundreds of dollars, but be sure to do it very early to allow you time to get your gown altered when you receive it. It is also important to realize that alterations can cost quite a bit of money. Make sure to allow for additional expenses in your total budget.

TIP! Spice up your wedding reception by choosing an ethnic inspired menu. Steak and chicken are both overrated, not to mention boring.

Hold a dress rehearsal for all members of the party that are giving speeches at the reception. This will give them a chance to practice, and you’ll also be able to make sure no inappropriate remarks are planned. For example, you would want to eliminate any jokes that apply to a very specific group within your guests in order to avoid anyone feeling excluded and to make sure the speech is well-received by all who attend your wedding.

TIP! You don’t want to have your guests waiting as you have your wedding photos taken. Take photos of the groomsmen and bridesmaids with the happy couple ahead of time.

The wedding pictures are amongst the most important wedding mementos. It might cost a littler extra to do so, but hire yourself a professional photographer so that on your big day you can get the quality of photographs you desire for your momentous occasion.

TIP! Midday is your best bet for planning a wedding reception. Alcohol consumption will be less during a day reception, which could help to reduce costs.

Spice up your wedding reception by choosing an ethnic inspired menu. Chicken, steak and other common choices are overused, so you should go with a unique menu. Variety makes things interesting and will ensure you have a memorable dinner!

TIP! Rent a venue, with lights that are capable of being dimmed, for your wedding reception. This may seem like it’s trivial, having the option to lower your lighting during the first dance will be nice, and then you can brighten it for the remainder of your event.

Transportation is a key element to consider when planning your wedding. Hiring a bus or shuttle can really help out your guests. Also, this is beneficial for people who have consumed alcohol during the wedding.

TIP! You can have a special relative or friend become ordained online so that they can perform your wedding vows. Your ceremony will have a more personal tone, and you can save money by not needing to hire an officiant.

You should let the DJ know what is okay to play and what isn’t okay to play. Perhaps it’s heavy metal, country music or special music from an ex. Make sure that let the one you are marrying know as well.

TIP! If you are looking for some local assistance for your wedding, have a look on Craigslist. Make sure to meet them in person, with your groom for safety, before you give them any money.

If you want to dance during the reception, make sure there is enough room! You want to have ample room for everyone to get down, so if the dance floor of your favorite venue is lacking at least make sure that you can add some size by moving nearby tables and chairs.

TIP! If the culture of the bride’s and groom’s family are very different, plan the wedding ceremony in the tradition of one side and follow the traditions of the other side at the reception. This solution creates a contrast that will honor the traditions of both families.

Practice your walk in front of mirrors to feel comfortable on your wedding day. If you’re scared of turning your ankle, go with attractive flats instead. No one can see your shoes under your gown anyway, but if you fall on your rear end, they’ll see a lot more than shoes.

TIP! Dress children in comfortable clothes if they are in your ceremony. Select loose, soft, natural fabrics that allow children to move around without any discomfort.

Schedule your reception for midday. You will find that people are not so ready to drink heavily during the day, which will cut back on the costs of an open bar. Lunch receptions are often cheaper than receptions held during dinnertime. This can help you focus your budget on higher-quality foods or providing higher-end alcoholic beverages.

TIP! Renting different styles of seating for your wedding is a great idea, instead of traditional tables if you are planning to not serve food at your reception. Chaises, lounges and even sectionals can encourage your guests to mingle like old friends.

Clearly, there are very few things that are actually essential for a successful wedding. The other things that go into the wedding are totally optional. These things may be nice to get, but they also stress you out and that drains your happiness. Choosing to follow the advice in this article can ensure that your wedding is a pleasing success for everyone who attends.