9 Tips to Help You get Started With Your Wedding Plans

While planning their wedding, many brides want to save money while making their dreams come true just like they imagined the day as little girls.

From choosing your venue to creating your decorations and invitations, there are several tasks to take care of. Find a few tips below on how to get started.

1. Announce Your Upcoming Wedding
Sure, you can have your announcement in the local paper. But won’t it be more personal if you create and send a simple card (you can get them printed at your local printers)? Choose a cute theme, color, and envelope, and send out the announcements to the people who matter.

Start with making a list and gathering addresses (you can later use these addresses when getting ready to send out your wedding invitations). Want something a little different and fun? How about an animated version of your wedding announcement card? If it’s created to be an invitation, share it only with those you want to invite, however if it is merely an announcement go ahead and share it on social media.

2. Pick Your Wedding Date
You’ve got a lot of things to take consider when choosing your wedding date, such as when you and your fiancé are free, when your desired venue is available, and (especially for outdoor events) seasonal weather patterns.

If you’re like some couples, you have a specific date (such as the anniversary of your first date). Other couples are more flexible, such as anytime in August, or wanting a Fall wedding.

You may want to make sure that your desired wedding date doesn’t fall into any type of “scheduling conflict” with your parents and other people who are so special to you that you can’t imaging them not being at your wedding. Just remember that this is YOUR wedding, and not lose control of choosing the date.

3. Find Your Venue
If you’re flexible with when to have your wedding, you may want to look for a venue before having a definite date chosen, then finalize your wedding date based on your selected venue.

During your venue search, don’t just pick one hotel or banquet hall to visit; interview several, and choose the one that offers not just the best price, but the one that has the best combination of price, service, amenities, and decor/look. A venue that has an exquisite ambiance may cost more to rent, but will need minimal decor, whereas a venue that is more “bare bones” and plain costs less, but you can end up spending more in decor to achieve the look you want.

Before you go venue-searching you’ll need to know the number of people you would like to invite (or at least a good estimate). This will help to calculate the cost, and you’ll avoid looking at venues that would be too small to accommodate all of your guests.

4. Create a Menu
Some couples find creating their wedding reception menu as one of the most challenging tasks. Others find it quick and easy.

Regardless of which one you fall under, there are still a few things to keep in mind. You probably know the tastes of your friends and family members, so you may want to consider offering an entree that is a known favorite. And be sure to see if any of them have any food allergies, preferences, or dietary needs. These days most caterers offer more vegan/vegetarian, gluten-free, and other types of menus.

You will also have a wedding cake to design and order. It’s possible that you have a friend or family member who can help in its creation, or recommend you a company that will offer you a customized service.

5. Select Your Dress

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You might already have an idea about what you want to wear on your wedding. From simple white dresses to elegant lace combined with diamonds from diamantes certificados, there are many designs that suit your wedding budget and style.

Instead of roaming the shops, you can look for designs online and in magazines and create a shortlist of designers, dress styles, and elements of dresses that appeal to you. When you do visit wedding dress shops tell them your dress budget right from the start. But if you happen to fall in love with a wedding dress that you can’t afford, check with a local dress maker or seamstress to see if they can recreate the look for less, if you provide the materials.

6. Choose Your Bridesmaids
The bridesmaids you choose will be your helpers for organizing your wedding, so you have to make sure that you pick capable and reliable people.

Even if you already have somebody in mind, you’ll need to sit down with them and have a chat, to make sure they have enough time (and finances) to spend helping you with your wedding, and other pre-wedding events.

7. Get Crafty and Create Your Decorations

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You can personalize your wedding by creating your own decorations. Whether you want to have a few simple rosebuds on the table or go full in and get chair covers and silk drapes to cover the windows, you will need to get creative. Visit your local DIY store for inspiration. Use paper and other fabrics or decorative materials, and get custom printed napkins to make your wedding personal and unique.

8. Send Invitations
Once you have the venue and catering arranged, the theme and style of your wedding will have taken shape. A few months before your wedding, don’t forget to get invitations. You can create your own wedding invitations and design them to fit your wedding theme and style. Designing them yourself can save you a few hundred dollars, and your guests will remember your date by adding a personal touch.

When sending your invitations, make sure that you ask for RSVP confirmation. You can include a separate card for people to return to you, or include your email address or phone number at the bottom of the invitation for potential guests.

Alternatively, set up a simple website where you feature all the information about the wedding and allow people to contact you, including a section for them to RSVP and even leave a personal message.

9. Arrange Transportation
You want to make sure that you and your guests can get to and from your wedding venue easily. You might want to book a limousine or party bus, or appoint drivers if you want to save money.

While you are not obligated to provide transportation for your guests, giving them options, particularly if your wedding venue is a more remote locale, is a generous and well appreciated gesture. You might hire a bus for all your guests to be picked up. When you pick your transport company, ask them about their hourly rates, tell them of all pick-up and drop-off points.

So it’s time to get started with your plan. List all the main elements you will need and want (venue, dress, flowers, etc.), and decide which elements are the most important to you. Also list the small details you’ll have to take care of. Delegate some tasks to other people, and allow yourself time to think through the different options you will have. Carefully research venues, catering companies, and florists, and all other types of vendors, to make sure your big day will the fun day you’ve imagines since you were a little girl.

* This is a contributed post

I hope you found this information useful!

Hearts, Joy, Love!
Jean

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Ordering Your Wedding Gown Online

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There probably isn’t a wedding related item that holds a greater importance or personal connection to a bride than her wedding gown. More time and emotion is usually invested in shopping for wedding dresses than in any other part of the celebration.

Because of its importance (both as a practical indicator of the degree of formality planned and an emotional indicator of how the bride sees herself on this her day of days), little could be more important than where it is purchased.

Budget minded brides who may be trying to save money on their wedding may be tempted to cut corners on their gown by buying sight unseen from an internet source.

An overwhelming number of bridal experts would caution a bride not to take that step. Be extremely cautious if you are considering ordering the gown of your dreams at a discount over the phone, the internet or by mail. Beware if considering ordering your wedding gown online.

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Why? What can happen?

Listen to the woes of some brides and the problems they encountered.

  • Received a gown that is not the style, color or size dress she ordered
  • Received a gown that has obvious flaws, spots and missing parts
  • Got a cheap copy of the dress shown in the picture
  • Got a “look-a-like” made from an inferior fabric from what she ordered
  • The gown was not delivered on time
  • Did not get the gown at all

Most “discount” sources demand full payment in advance and in full, so if you have any trouble with the order, you are left trying to solve problems long distance with a vendor who already has your money.

Even if there is no issue and you get it, you’ll still need to arrange local resources to handle the alterations and pressing.

We urge brides to carefully weigh their decisions to buy on line or from a warehouse operation from a vendor with whom they have no relationship versus working with a reputable highly recommended local full service bridal salon that will stand behind every order and promptly solve any problems that may be encountered.

Good bridal salon consultants will help the bride on a budget find the dress of her dreams.

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Choosing Your Wedding Gown – To Minimize Wide Hips

Wedding Dress To Minimize Wide Hips

The fullness of a ball gown will help to accentuate your waist while hiding hips. An A-line gown will also do the trick.

Drop waists or basque waists can make you look bottom-heavy.

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Instead, try gowns with lovely detailing on the bodice or an off-the-shoulder neckline that will draw attention to the upper half of your body, as will a square or bateau neckline.

Be careful with trumpet or sheath style gowns, as they may make you look out of proportion.

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Jean

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Choosing Your Wedding Gown – To Slim a Full Waist

 

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A drop or empire waist, or an A-line dress will add curves.

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Also look for detailing around the neckline which will draw the eye to the upper part of your body.

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Avoid dresses that are fitted at your natural waistline.

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Choosing Your Wedding Gown – For an Hourglass Figure

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This figure has a natural balance – show it off! Many different silhouettes – sheath, trumpet, a-line – will look fabulous on you. Choosing the right neckline and waistline are key.

Avoid high necklines, as open necklines like an off-the-shoulder are more flattering.

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Accentuate your waist with a fitted waistline. (Natural waistline) Stay away from empire, basque, or drop waists. You want to accentuate your real waistline so stay away from high or low waistlines.

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A trumpet skirt or ball gown will also beautifully enhance an hourglass shape.

Avoid spaghetti straps, but if you want a bit of coverage or support, cap sleeves are a good choice.

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Choosing Your Wedding Gown – For a Petite Figure

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A gown with a subtle silhouette, such as an a-line or a sheath delicately adds length to a petite figure.

An empire waist will also elongate a small frame.

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Keep any detailing small and subtle as large decorations will be overwhelming. Depending on the fullness, even long sleeves may be too much. Avoid the bulk of a ball gown or a mermaid silhouette, which are too overpowering for a smaller body type.

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Choosing Your Wedding Gown – For a Tall, Narrow Figure

 

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A sheath, mermaid or trumpet style is for you, as they add gentle curves. Soft detailing on the bodice or sleeves gives the illusion of width. You’ll want a waistline that is at or close to your own natural waistline.

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Be careful with waistlines that are especially high (empire) or low (drop) as they can add additional height.

A basque waist (natural at the hip and dips down into a “v” or “u”) is also a good choice.

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Jean

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Choosing Your Wedding Gown – To Minimize a Large Bust

halter style wedding gown wedding dress If you have a large bust, there is no rule that says you cannot rock a wedding dress with a strapless or sweetheart neckline. Just make sure you choose a gown that offers enough coverage up top. so you won’t spill out.

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But if you’ll feel more comfortable with a bit more coverage or support, go for a halter or illusion neckline. V-neck and scoop neck gowns are also flattering.

Avoid an empire waist or a highly embellished bodice as that will only draw more attention to the top portion of your body.

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Jean

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D is for Dress Shopping

wedding gown wedding dress shoppingWhat’s probably one of the first things a bride does after she becomes engaged?

She goes wedding dress shopping.

So if you’re on your way to the nearest bridal salon to find your perfect dress, STOP!

There’s a few things you’ll need to do before you go dress shopping.

#1 – Determine the budget for your attire. This includes your dress, shoes, undergarments and other accessories. By knowing how much you have to spend, you’ll avoid trying on (and falling in love with) a gown that costs way too much.

#2 – Sit down with your fiance and discuss they style of wedding you and he want to have. You may decide that you want a more formal event. On the other hand, you may prefer something more casual. If you don’t even know the style of the event you’ll be planning how can you choose an appropriate style gown?

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#3 – Know where your ceremony and reception will take place, (or at least know your preferred style of locations). If your chosen location has a definite style or look about it, you’ll want to make sure your gown style coordinates and doesn’t look out of place.

#4 – Go out there and find the dress of your dreams

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Jean

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Buying Your Wedding Gown

wedding gowns wedding dresses in bridal salonI’m sure you’ve heard that your wedding invitation sets the tone for your wedding, since it is the first thing that your guests will see. This is definitely true.

Another thing that sets the tone – in a big way – is your wedding dress.

I know it’s tempting to go dress shopping right away after you’ve set the date,

BUT . . .

There is something you should do first.

Before you go dress shopping (or shopping for anything else for your wedding, for that matter), you need to sit down with your fiancé and talk about how you both envision your wedding day.

Talk about the formality, mood and style that you want to convey. Are you looking for a more simplistic look, or something more over-the-top? Do you like lots of sparkly and bling? Prefer something trendy or more classic? Decide what makes sense to both of you.

THEN go dress shopping with this wedding vision in mind. And only look at dresses that fit this vision.

Really, this will save you time and money in the long run.

True story – I had a bride who ended up not liking the wedding gown she purchased. It was a beautiful dress, but she realized that it did not fit what she wanted with the rest of her wedding day. So she ended up buying a second wedding dress. The 2nd dress was absolutely PERFECT, and she looked (and felt) amazing.

Unfortunately you cannot return wedding dresses. Once you’ve bought a wedding gown, it’s yours whether or not you end up wearing it on your wedding day.

So please, put some extra thought and care in making that purchase so you get a gown that’s not just beautiful but is the right one for you and your wedding. You’ll save time and money, and will have a wedding gown that you will absolutely LOVE!

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Jean

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