Tips for Making Your Own DIY Wedding Projects

DIY-Wedding-Ceremony-Chair-Reserved-Signs_0012-300x300Making your own wedding projects can be a great way of adding your own personality into your wedding and some say it also cut’s costs. This is true, but for the inexperienced crafter something’s are harder than they appear and take more time to make them then a crafty person. As a crafty person a would like to share with you some of my top tips when you endeavor to start making your own wedding projects so you know what to think about before you start racing out to the shops buying all those materials. It is great when you make something yourself you get that sense of pride and satisfaction but if you are not crafty trust me pay a professional and do something else that you a better suited to.

Here’s my DIY Wedding Tips:

Time-line:

Make sure you have a time line of what projects you want done and the date they need to be accomplished by and stick to it.

Time to devote:

How much time are you willing to devote to making wedding projects. If you are not the crafty type then limit the amount of projects you are going to make. Its all great thinking I’m going to make this and that but you don’t want to be on the eve of your wedding sitting up making things for your wedding day when you should be getting some rest.

The test run of a project:

Before you even make your final decision on making something for your wedding and run out and buy all the materials try a test run making session and see how much time it takes to make one project and then times this by how many more ever you need. This is especially important if you have never made this project before, the seasoned crafter will probably make this in half the time compared to someone that is not that crafty.

This is particularly important when making wedding stationery. Wedding stationery can be tricky, cuts need to be straight, wording needs to be spelled correctly etc, etc.

Research:

Know what you need before you go to the shops. Make sure that you have sat down and written exactly how many of each item you need. If you have a photo of the project take it with you just in case the shop assistant can tell you of something you have missed. Also if you’re wanting something out of the ordinary for centerpieces like different bottles to use as vases you will need to scour through many different second hand shops to find these items make sure you give yourself ample amount of time to drive around the countryside looking for these items.

Costs of items:

If you are wanting to do everything on the cheap remember the saying you pay for what you get. So expect things not to be as great quality. You can get really cheap vases at chain stores but remember the quality in the glass is very thin, this is why I say buy more than you need they chip so easily and guaranteed its around the lip of the vase where everyone will see. If you can afford to buy the better quality try to it looks better, feels better and presents better.

Ask for advice:

If you are buying your supplies from a specialty store. No matter how good you are at craft just quickly run it by the shop assistant and explain to them how you anticipate making this project. You never know they may be able to offer you some advice on how to make it better, quicker or even see something that could arise as a problem.

Buy more than you need and make more than you need:

Contrary to the top where I have said buy exactly what you need, always buy a few extra bits to allow for mistakes and breakage. What happens if you cut wrong and have no more paper it means another trip to that shop for more material and also what happens if they have run out of stock and can’t get anymore of that paper? Breakage what happens if you break a vase that you were going to make your table centerpieces with always have an extra to replace.

Transporting your items:

How will you get your items to their destination especially vase style wedding centerpieces you can’t just stack in the car these will need to go in a box with cardboard or towel to separate each vase so they don’t move around and break another vase. Take consideration on how you are going to transport your wedding items to your wedding venue and the size of the car to get these all in. Also make sure you have a helper, more hands make less work.

Storage:

Where are you going to store all of these extra items while making them and where will you store them after the wedding. We are all criminal of starting it on the kitchen table and then leaving it there for months pushing it from one side of the table to the other side. Make sure you have a room to make your projects away from everyone, if you don’t have this then at least a shelf or a good storage box with a lid. Once the items are made where will they go in the spare room on the bed, think again we have guests coming means they have to be moved. Find a space in the house where they can be stored for the next 6 months without getting in everyone’s way and being tossed from one section of the house to the other.

Wedding is over what will you be doing with those twelve vases, one hundred tea light holders extra, well I am about to save you with some suggestions.

1. Sell them on a wedding forum.

2. Keep them for special occasions and if you’re having a summer barbecue spread them around the garden and light them up they will look fantastic.

3. You want to keep them store them properly where they wont be in the way. Conceal them properly so the dust doesn’t coat them and spiders don’t make new homes out of them.

I personally have a craft storage cupboard which I re-hash the bits and pieces in there for other occasions.

Have a system in place for constructing:

When the day comes to make your wedding projects make sure you put all the materials you need to make the project together ready and waiting in one bag.

E.g. making wedding invitations get all the paper, ribbon cut to size etc, get your self a pack of plastic lunch bags you can buy at the supermarket and place all the base materials in the bag and seal. Why – nothing worse finishing one project and then starting the next project having to look for the three different types of paper, mum have you seen the envelope box, Susie can you pass the parched paper. By doing all the prep work first it will eliminate all the mess. If you don’t finish the project on the day you started doesn’t matter. Each day you can go to your project box and pull out one bag to complete the project.

Relying on others to make your wedding related items:

It is great to have Aunty make the cake and your sister to do the bouquets, when you rely on other people to do something for you is it going to be at the standard you want. Make sure you get an example first don’t just go off peoples word that they will do something how you want it done. Also remember you are relying on them to do this if they don’t who will pick up and finish a week out of the wedding. This is were I have to say paying professionals has its advantage’s. When you pay a pro its their responsibility to research, make, deliver and take away. When you make or your delegate a person its your’s and theres.

Finally have fun, invite a few friends get some snacks and drinks and have a making session. This is a great way for family and friends to feel as though they have made a contribution to your wedding day and something that you and they will remember forever.

Tips for Choosing a Qualified Wedding Consultant

Many women choose to alleviate some of the wedding planning stress by hiring a wedding consultant. If you are thinking about hiring a wedding consultant, no doubt you want to make sure that you hire someone that is qualified in this field. It can be a bit difficult to know what to look for in a wedding consultant, so below are six tips that will help you pick out a qualified wedding consultant that will make your wedding go smoothly.

Tip #1 – Check for a Business License – One thing that you need to do when you are picking a wedding consultant is to be sure that they have a business license or a DBA registration. You do not want to just pick out anyone to do this for your wedding, so be sure that they are truly in the consulting business before you give them any money. If they have no business license, you may want to consider looking elsewhere.

Tip #2 – Check Referrals – Make sure that you get referrals from the prospective wedding consultant and check them. You may also want to ask your friends and family members if they are familiar with the services that this consultant provides. If the consultant cannot produce any referrals for you to look at, then this may be a clue you do not want them helping you with your wedding.

Tip #3 – Is the Consultant Organized? – Organization is a key factor when you are trying to find a qualified wedding consultant. The consultant is going to be in charge of organizing one of the most important days of your life, so you want to be sure that they are actually organized. If they seem scattered and disorganized, choose another consultant.

Tip #4 – Consider the Prices – No doubt you will want to take a look at prices before you make your final decision. After getting a price quote, you may also want to check around with other consultants to see if their rates are similar.

Tip #5 – What is Covered in the Fees? – Before you take a deal because the price seems lower, you may want to check and see what the fees actually cover. Are the fees all inclusive, or are you going to have to pay more later for other services. Some deals may look great at first, until you find what else you will be paying for as well.

Tip #6 – Personality – One of the most important things you need to remember when picking out a consultant is their personality. You are going to be working quite closely with this person, and you need to be sure that your personalities mesh. If they seem overbearing, or you just feel uncomfortable, then you need to make another choice.

Having the right wedding consultant can make your big day much easier and less stressful. On the other hand, a bad consultant can make everything a disaster. Use these tips to help you make the right choice so you can enjoy your wedding day with peace of mind.

Tips For Choosing Wedding Favors

Wedding favors are small, but lovely wedding gifts that the wedding couple leaves for each guest at the wedding reception. These trinkets are usually set at each place setting and may be incorporated into the place setting as the name holder.

When deciding on what type of wedding favor it is important to remember these 7 tips.

Tip #1 – Know your budget. If you will be inviting 100 guests to your sit down dinner reception and you only want to spend $100 on wedding favors you know that you need to look for wedding favors costing about $1 apiece. While most favors tend to run in the $3-$5 range each, don’t be discouraged. One dollar per wedding favor can be done! There are tons of ideas out there. Purchase small gift bags that have been decorated and personalized as a place card. (You or a friend can do these by hand.) Then, large containers of items – beautiful pebbles, shells, candies or potpourri can be used as centerpieces for the guests to take home a memento of your wedding day.

Tip #2 – Use the wedding favors as a way to represent your wedding theme or colors. Small snowflake picture frames, ornaments, or coasters would be an elegant way to enhance a winter wedding.

Tip #3 – Whenever possible, incorporate the wedding favor as a cardholder for the place setting. If you have chosen assigned seating for your reception save yourself the time and expense of purchasing and arranging dozens of place cards and wedding favors. There are many wonderful favors that will serve double duty.

Tip #4 – Think outside of the box. A wedding favor is a gift, but there is no rule that says it has to be in a box all wrapped up and topped with a ribbon and a bow. You can save so much time, energy and worry. (Your worry, but mostly your bridesmaids time and energy, as they would probably be assigned the daunting task of wrapping those hundreds of gifts!)

Tip #5 – Be aware of the current trends and fashions. Wrapping candies in a circle of netting material and tying it with a personalized ribbon with your names and wedding date on them is so 1990s. There is no reason to despair even if you are completely lost for ideas. There are so many resources. You can search the Internet for ideas, join an online community of other people who are planning weddings and share ideas, or thumb through wedding magazines. If you can’t afford to buy them, go to your local library and browse through the current and past issues for ideas.

Tip #6 – Use the newest technology to really make an impression on your guests. You have probably been to a wedding where disposable 35mm cameras are left on the table for guests to use, but are you aware that they make disposable camcorders now? Each guest could record their wedding wishes to you and take about 20 minutes of footage. The cameras are returned to the store where you purchased them and a DVD is made of each camera’s contents.

Tip #7 – Enjoy the entire experience. If the idea of finding wedding favors puts you over the edge then you are taking on more than you can handle. The secret to staying sane while planning a wedding is to enjoy every stage – even the difficult ones. Planning and pulling off a large ceremony and party does take quite a bit of organization and a huge sense of humor. If you are acting as your own wedding planner try to make each decision and task as joyful and fun as possible. Yes, there will be stumbling blocks, but there is also a lot of festivity and amusement that goes along with planning a wedding. So, savor every moment.

Tips For Planning A Wedding Budget

Let’s face it, some of us are born budget geniuses that could plan a wedding without raising a sweat. Some of us struggle to spell budget let alone make one. Most of us are somewhere in-between, and these wedding tips are for those of you in the last two categories.

Whether you are getting married in one of the beautiful wedding venues in Auckland New Zealand, or somewhere else equally charming, you need a budget for your wedding.

For many this will be the biggest event they ever plan and also the most expensive. Without a wedding budget, a couple can begin their life together in more debt than they can handle.

Top 3 Wedding Budget Tips

Here are 3 hot tips when preparing your wedding budget

1) Decide what is most important to the both of you and make an ordered list. Food, venue, cake, invitations, alcohol, photography – it all costs money and you need to know what you cannot skimp on and what does not need to be fancy.

Note that with the recent global financial crisis and the new tax system in place in NZ, the cost of goods and services in NZ has increased quite a lot in the past year. If you have not reviewed prices in Auckland for some time and you are planning to get married there, I suggest checking with suppliers to make sure you are still within your budget.

2) You need to have two numbers in mind. The budgeted amount of money you are planning to spend and the “no-go” number which you will under no circumstances spend more than. Having these two numbers will help keep you focused in your spending.

As per the above, you will get less for your money in Auckland in 2010 than you would have in previous years. Be aware of this when setting your budget limits if you are getting married in Auckland.

3) Get married in the off-season. It’s kind of a no brainer but seriously, some people are way too attached to the idea of a summer or spring wedding. I got married in winter and it was great – nobody got too hot and everyone had sufficient attire to stay warm. Of course it helps if you are getting married in a place that has a moderate climate like the wedding venues in Auckland, New Zealand.

In closing

Newly wed’s want to look forward to a lifetime of love, opportunity, optimism and fulfillment. These concepts are a lot harder to focus on when the first few critical years are spent paying off an overly expensive wedding (along with all the interest). So be sure to use the above wedding budget tips and move confidently towards the happy ever after.

Tips and Ideas For Creating Wonderful Memories

A fun wedding trend is hosting a wedding with a theme. Wedding couples across the country are thinking of ways to create an unforgettable ceremony and reception. Creating a theme adds your personality to the celebration’s look and tone. It can be as decorative, modern or traditional as you prefer. It helps build continuity throughout your planning so it easier to make decoration, location and program decisions.

Fashioning A Theme
Ideas for a theme are often selected based on your personal tastes, preferences and about how you want your wedding remembered. Choose your theme as you start its planning so the location, decorations and apparel are coordinated. Reserve time for a brainstorming session with your fiancé to discover what appeals to each of you. It could be as simple as a color combination, graphic symbol or a pattern like tropical plants or stripes. It could be a shared memory, such as a European adventure or how you met while learning a sport or attending a friend’s holiday party. You may even consider a quote or music to inspire your selection. Next, let your imagination loose as you apply the theme to two areas, such as the cake and invitations, or to as many as your budget allows. Some couples may decide to extend their theme by accenting it with costumes, food, and actors. It can even be used to plan a destination wedding so the theme is the location. No matter what your plans, make sure you are both comfortable and capable of implementing it based of your available time and money.

A Few Ideas
If devising a theme seems like too much effort, think again. A wedding near a holiday has its benefits – family plans are sometimes easier to coordinate around a holiday and the holiday can lend its theme to your wedding. For example, Christmas or Valentine Day make planning easy since decorations are in ample supply in most stores. Do you love history? Pick your favorite time period as your theme. Are you a lover of animals – why not have a butterfly or snow tiger themed event. Are you known for as a collector of wines or traveler to favorite locations, such as an old movie theater or wild flower garden? Ideas are everywhere you go.

Easy Decisions
A themed wedding might sound like more work, but it will actually make your decisions much easier. Why? There are so many wedding options available, that your theme focuses your attention. You will probably devise new ideas for your wedding as you work, drive and daydream. Imagine – instead of looking at all flowers, invitations and dresses, you will automatically screen out a myriad of colors and designs that do not fit your theme. The best choices are more obvious.

Engaging The Theme
Planning usually starts next with a venue and then invitations. When guests receive their invitations, the tone and style is set. You then carry your theme throughout the rest of your plans. Have fun and be creative! If you decided to host a Hawaiian wedding, aside from the tropical beach decorations, accent the event with one or two unexpected gestures that will delight. Your guests can be greeted at the reception with leis over their neck and sandals on their feet. Hawaiian dancers, island music, surfboards and a volcanic drink fountain will keep your guests entertained.

Creating a unique theme will not only make your wedding stand out, but it coordinate your decorations, favors, menu, dresses, bride bag and other items and will give it personality. Celebrate your love and remember to have fun – the ultimate theme is your love, values and faith in each other.

How To Choose The Right Wedding Ceremony

bride-and-groom-at-receptionA wedding between two people although it can be religious, is also a legal contract that both partners agree too; the ceremony has seen a large change in attitude over the last decade. Whatever the background and history to marriage, it is still a legal union between two people; until the marriage certificate is signed by the bride, groom and witnesses, the ceremony is not finalized. The man getting married is called the groom or bridegroom to give him his full title and the woman the bride; once they are married they known as the wife and husband.

Church Ceremonies

As soon as you look outside of your own race, religious and social group, the wedding tradition can become very complex. Performed by a Christian priest or vicar, the Church ceremony continues to be top of the list as a venue. These ceremonies are usually referred to as white weddings and are considered formal or semi-formal in the United Kingdom, Ireland and United States, as well as some other Commonwealth countries.

Double Weddings

Although unusual a double marriage is a where two couples are married at the same time; this often happens where a person has a brother or sister that decides to tie the knot at the same time and it is not unheard of for two brothers to marry two sisters this way.

Weddings in a Foreign Country

When some couples decide to get married in another country, they are known as destination weddings; whether this happens for an intimate beach ceremony in the Caribbean, or extravagant nuptials in Las Vegas, it will qualify as a destination wedding.

Activity weekend Weddings

A weekend wedding is where couples and their guests celebrate over the course of a weekend. Those with a themed element can also be very successful and the activity can be either built into the day or over the course of a weekend. Lodging is usually at the same facility and couples often host a Sunday brunch for the weekend’s finale.

Online Marriages

Although it has not really caught on yet, a few bold and different people have decided to tie the knot online but it may be sometime before this style of wedding really becomes more popular; There are already a number of companies based online can help you find out more information about his unusual type of ceremony. Marriages that are broadcast live online are also referred to as online weddings.

Town Hall Services Elected and appointed officials can carry out a marriage ceremony which is usually called a civil wedding. Although it may sound clinical, civil ceremonies usually make no reference to God. Many civil ceremonies take place in local town or city halls or courthouses in judge’s chambers.

If you live in a Christian country then you will recognize many of these wedding traditions but there are many more types of ceremony available around the world.

Tips and Decoration Ideas For Outdoor Weddings

With the beauty of Mother Nature as your background, there’s nothing quite like an outdoor wedding. But don’t assume these natural settings are a breeze to plan. Here’s your guide to planning a flummox-free, al fresco wedding.

Outdoor Theme Weddings – Things to Consider:

Who will officiate –

Some officiants will only perform ceremonies within a house of worship, so you’ll need to check with yours in advance before planning your ceremony outside.

Inform your guests –

Guests need to know they’re attending an outdoor wedding so they can dress appropriately. It’s also a good idea to send weather information to out-of-town guests who may not be familiar with the climate.

Be prepared –

Combat potential outdoor issues by having the following items on hand:

Bug spray
Water bottles
Umbrellas
Paper fans
Sunscreen
Cell phone
Tissues/paper towels

Securing your Outdoor Location –

For an outdoor wedding, the draw is the setting, so finding the right spot and coordinating the event around it is the most important task on your to-do list. Your setting options are as limitless as the great outdoors itself. But before getting your heart set on a specific spot, these are some key questions you’ll need to ask:

Is There Privacy?

Keep in mind that if your location is a public space – or even near a public place (like a street or sidewalk), you may have to contend with onlookers. Try to reserve your space in a secluded spot to prevent unwanted guests or distractions.

What’s The Backup Plan?

Obviously you’ll need a plan in case of inclement weather. If your location doesn’t have indoor facilities to accommodate your event should the skies open, you’ll need to rent a tent.

Can You Hear?

Will guests have to compete with roaring waves, gusting winds, honking cars, or screaming children to hear your vows? You may need to rent a sound system and lavalier mics for the officiant and yourselves. Your band or DJ should be able to provide this for you.

Outdoor Wedding Ideas

When it comes to pulling off perfectly styled theme weddings, it’s all in the details:

Decor Elements

Let the setting speak for itself – don’t compete with Mother Nature; rather, subtly enhance your background – whether a sandy beach, blooming garden, or thick forest – with a complementary color palette and décor elements.
Natural elements – depending on your setting, natural items like shells, pinecones, berries, vines, leaves, and grasses provide great décor inspiration.

Flowers
Blooms – an outdoor wedding calls for flowers that can brave all sorts of weather. Look for sturdier blooms like mums, alstromeria, calla lilies and sunflowers.
Style – keep your containers and arrangements natural looking, as an intricately designed, elaborate pedestal centerpiece in a tall candelabra just doesn’t fit. Instead, use loose arrangements in urns, wooden boxes, crates, or pails.
Menu
Keep it simple – even an elegant outdoor wedding calls for simpler fare that can withstand varied temperatures, so avoid items like mayonnaise or dishes which must be served cold. If yours is a casual affair, consider a traditional outdoor barbeque.
Keep guests refreshed – especially if your outdoor wedding will take place in a warm environment. Have plenty of ice and water, along with teas or lemonades. Alcoholic beverages like sangria, mojitos, or mint juleps will also keep your guests refreshed.

Cake
Make it last – wedding cakes can melt outside. Opt for fondant icing over buttercream, which doesn’t keep well in heat or humidity. Stay away from mousse and ice cream cakes.

Attire
Dare to go casual – outdoor settings allow for breezy fabrics and shorter hemlines
Do elegance right – you can still plan a formal dress code, just consider what’s best suited for sun, sand, or grass. Lace and organza are good outdoor fabric options.
For the Girls – Silhouettes – you may want to forego the giant ball gown skirt. Instead, stick to a romantic empire or a-line. (same goes for your bridesmaids) – Hemlines – Keep your hemline clean from the grass or dirt. Consider going knee- or tea-length. Or raise a floor-length gown it to the ankles or at least a half inch higher than you would for an indoor wedding. Avoid a train. – Shoes – Opt for a wide, flat heal, as stilettos may sink into the ground.
For the guys – Unbuttoned affair – consider losing the tux and dressing the guys in khakis and sport jackets or crisp oxfords. – Neat in back – if they do wear a tux, get a vest with a full back – which will look better when their coats are off.

Favors
Keep ’em cool – personalized paper fans are both decorative and functional
Keep love blooming – with packs of flower seeds
Plant it – give miniature potted plants or herbs
From the sea – if yours is an outdoor beach wedding, give bags of shells, sand dollars, sea stones or sea glass – decorated with your monogram

A Time-Saving Wedding Tip

Designing your wedding invitation can be a lot of fun, and many brides really enjoy choosing the pieces that go into their invitations. While you are ordering your wedding invitations, think about how many thank you notes and other stationary items you may need. It can be convenient (and often save you time and money) to take care of everything at once. Some things to think about ordering together include:

Wedding invitations. It goes without saying that your wedding invitation is the piece you will design first. Whatever style you choose will set the tone for your wedding. Choose a pattern that will work well in different pieces or has accent colors you can play off of in your other stationary.

Save the Date cards. These cards are usually sent out before anything else. When you are thinking about your wedding guest list, you will most likely have a group of people you know you’ll want to invite. Go ahead and get your Save the Date cards ordered (and get some extras just in case you want to send more out later).

Stamps. It can be easy to overlook stamps until you get ready to mail everything. Instead, order traditional or personalized stamps online ahead of time so you are ready when the stationery arrives!

Maps or directions. This may be maps to your wedding, reception, a hotel or all of the above. Provide the information your guests need to be able to get to and from your events and they will thank you for it.

RSVP cards. In you have RSVP cards, they should capture the number of people who will be attending from each household, and a food preference (if you are offering meal choices). Also, you’ll want to include a self-addressed and stamped envelope to make sure the RSVP cards are returned to you.

Table cards for your reception. If you have a formal dinner, table cards can help guests quickly find their table and seat.

Rehearsal dinner invitations. Your rehearsal dinner invitations can set the stage for this less formal get-together, and let people know if they are invited (or expected) to attend.

Name tags for your reception or rehearsal. If your friends and family have not met before, it is thoughtful to provide name tags either at the table or for guests to wear. One fun idea is to write a piece of trivia about each guest on their name tag as an icebreaker.

Thank you notes. You should order these early and get extras! You might be surprised how many people you know that will want to wish you and your fiancé well on your new adventure together!

Wedding announcements. Your wedding announcements should be completed, addressed and ready to mail before your wedding day so your Maid of Honor can send them out after the wedding reception.

Choosing the Perfect Wedding Singer

Selecting the right music and wedding singer for your wedding is important. Make sure that you choose a performer that you will love and will entertain your guests. Once you begin your research, you will quickly find that there are all different kinds of wedding singers to choose from. Here are some tips to help you find the perfect singer for your wedding.

1. Word of mouth

This is an excellent way to find any person to do a service for you. When you are finding that you ask around for advice on the right singer to use from others, you will get a great response. Usually people are not afraid to tell the truth about the experience that they have had with a service provider.

If a person has a bad experience they will surely want to make sure that you are not going to have the same problem happen to you. Others will want to boast about the good experience that they have had with someone doing a service for them. This is exactly why asking around for a good wedding singer is such a good idea.

2. Check the phone book for companies or people that provide wedding singers

You may want to get some references on these people so that you are not wasting your time. You can ask them for some past clients and their phone numbers. This way you can speak to people that have hired them in the past and get a good idea of what to expect.

Some people like to have a wedding singer that can sing just about anything. This is a good choice to make when you are having all kinds of different people at your wedding. You will want to make sure that everyone is happy and entertained at your wedding. It is important to make sure that you are getting someone that can get the crowd excited at you wedding.

3. Choose a solo wedding singer or select a band

You will have to make this decision and figure out what you want for your entertainment. You can find great singers at affordable prices. This is the key point, make sure that you can afford whom you are getting for your entertainment and make sure they are worth the price. You do not want to get ripped off when it comes to getting the wedding singer.

4. Choose a friend or a family member for your wedding singer

In most cases, someone will know of a person that can sing well and this would be a great opportunity to have him or her included in your wedding. You may want to have them for the ceremony and then you will only have to worry about getting a band for the wedding reception.

You may also have a band in mind that you would prefer to have for your wedding entertainment. This is a choice that many people go with and it works out well for them. Some people want to have the most entertainment that they can get from their singer and this is the type of fun they want for their wedding reception.

There are some special songs that you may want to have included in your wedding. When you have these special requests, make sure that your wedding singer can sing them ahead of time. There is no sense in having a wedding singer if they do not know the words to the songs that you like the most. You will want to make sure that you are interviewing the wedding singer first to make sure that you are getting exactly what you pay for.

Tips on Organizing Your Wedding

Organizing your own wedding is both a stressful and a fulfilling job. That moment when everything goes the way you plan it to be with all your loved ones present to witness your bond with the person you truly love is such an amazing feeling. But having that dream wedding of yours takes a lot of skill and hard work. There will be a lot of errors to be made and reality prevents everything to be perfect. Though having everything in place and getting your dream wedding is such a tiring job, it is not impossible. Here are the top 10 tips on organizing your wedding.

Number 10. Give a least a minimum of six months to plan your wedding. If possible, plan it for a year if you really want to it to be grand. Giving an ample amount of time to plan for your wedding will help you give it a lot of thought on the little things from where you will have your wedding to the color of the flowers. Rather than rushing to get reservations, you will be the one of the first ones.

Number 9. Establish your budget plan. Having a concrete plan on how much you will spend on your wedding day will make your job easier. Write down a list of estimates on how much you will spend for each aspect of the wedding such as food, wedding video filming, wedding photographers, the tailor made dresses and suits and so on. This will give an idea on which aspect you have to prioritize on dealing with first.

Number 8. Send your wedding invitations early on. Since you are sending them early on to your family and friends, you will eventually get a quick reply whether they are going to go or not. This will help you get a rough estimate on how many people are coming and it will also help them to plan their schedule ahead to attend your wedding.

Number 7. Split the tasks. Although you and your soon to be husband or wife feel that you can do it all on your own, you are not super heroes. Spitting the tasks among your family or friends who are willing to help you plan and organize your wedding will result to less stress and fatigue.

Number 6. Always include your partner in all the decisions. No matter how small it is always decide together. A lot of conflicts arise even just at smallest change which was made. This may result to arguments in which may disrupt the organization process. You may never know that there might be some traditions the family of your partner that they want to include in the ceremony.

Number 5. Make a work schedule or timetable. This is effective not only to organizing weddings and events but also in everyday work matters. Having concrete visual timetable will make you more organized and work effectively on the tasks that you will do for the day.

Number 4. Research. Search on the different sites on the web and in the newspaper on current wedding trends and deals. You will never know any good dress or suit deals not unless you look for them. This technique gives you knowledge on the discount deals, good wedding photographers, the wedding videography company that you will hire and such. It will help you save a lot of cash eventually.

Number 3. Get feedback. And get lots of it. Ask your parents, family, your closest friends, a wedding planner, basically everyone you can easily talk too. Feedback makes you realize which factors are most important and which ones that requires more work.

Number 2. Have some time to relax. Taking your mind off the all the calling, writing down, making lists, designing etc. is a must. Too much stress is unhealthy and if you get down with the flu, the more work and stress that needs to be done in the long run. Keep cool and pamper yourself once in a while.

Number 1. Have fun! It is in reality a big hassle to organize a wedding but never forget that you are planning your happiest moment of your life. Enjoying the process of organizing it is just as important as the day itself. Don’t stress too much, you are already getting married! Have fun and enjoy every single moment that you are doing these tasks.