Attitude - Don't forget that you
as bride and groom are the most important people in the wedding.
Don't worry about pleasing everyone; just make sure to keep it
special for yourselves. This is the most important.
Planning the costs - Make a list of
expenses and see where you can spent your money wisely. The items on
the list can be:
- Invitations, wedding consultant,
wedding cake, wedding
gown, engagement and wedding photographs, ceremony expenses,
flowers, reception, attendants, transportation, lodging for
out-of-town attendants and guests,
engagement and wedding rings, personal
wedding attire, traveling expenses, marriage license, officiant's fee,
musicians, food, drinks, rentals of wedding hall or tent, cleaning
Personal, gifts and all honeymoon expenses (Flight,
hotel and catering).
and Make up - if you would like your skin to have healthy, radiant look you should start the care of your face
a few weeks before the big event. Choose a gentle skin cleanser
that is appropriate for your skin type, slough off dead skin cells
with a toner or astringent, then
apply a moisturizer and at the end protect your skin from the
ultra-violet rays with a good sunscreen, with at least 15 SPF. Some
very sensitive skin types can not cope with the ingredients of
creams or cleansers and than it is better to use just water and to
leave the skin relax. You can use as well chamomile
steam bath for your face. Just put a few liters of boiling water in
a bowl and add about 10 chamomile tea bags to it. Than put your face
in the steam. The relaxing steam will open your pores and enhance the
blood circulation in your skin leaving it clean, healthy, smooth and
Visit your hairstylist
and share with him your ideas about your hair on the
weddings day, take in consideration the accessories and jewelry
you intend to wear. It's good when you practice your
wedding-day hair style, so that you are sure this
is what you really want.
For the make up, you may either consult a
specialist who can tell you what suits you, or you can choose it by
yourself. It's important to figure out what suites you the best before
the wedding day.
The wedding rings
- More and more women choose rubies, emeralds, sapphires and
even more unusual stones for their wedding rings. Men tend to prefer
blue sapphires or black onyx, in making a more neutral statement.
So, if you insist on the stone your ring, it's important to know
that the cut is determining that stone's quality. The best diamonds
are colorless and disperse white light into a rainbow of colors.
Still, these diamonds are very rare and expensive, so you would be
better off opting for a diamond with a slight tint that is invisible
to the naked eye.
Order wedding rings a 2-3 month before and make
arrangements for engraving.
Dress - Shop for a wedding gown and
accessories at least 3 months in advance.
Try the dress again 2 or 3 weeks before the
wedding', to be sure you still fit in. It should be enough time to make
changes if necessary. Choose the shoes afterwards that in order to fit your
You can rent dresses and accessories if money is an issue.
- When planning the date consider what the weather is
going to be and if the most important people have unchangeable
scheduled commitments for your day.
When the event is planed for a
day around the holidays, it's recommended to make air travel or
transportation reservation in advance, as having people in town on
Weekend dates are generally easier for guests
to attend, and because they are the most popular for weddings. You
have to book the popular ceremony and location sites in advance for
weekend dates since there are only 52 weekends in a year. But weekend
rates may be higher than weekday rates at some locations, and the
wedding suppliers are not as busy on a weekday, so you might get
better service during the week.
Invitations - It
is important to choose the right design
and text for your invitation. The only necessary things are: who, what,
when, and where.
Don't forget the full
names and address of the ceremony site, as well a small street maps,
for the orientation.
It is nice to
provide a list of local restaurants, hotels
and attractions for out of the town guests, who plan
to stay longer.
Always order extra invitations
and envelopes to allow mistakes, surprise guests and
keepsakes. It is a lot less expensive to order extras from the
as soon as possible. A few month in advance is nothing uncommon.
Mail the invitations (six weeks is
customary, 8 is becoming increasingly common).
For a proper transportation of your guests, family and yourself you
have to organize your friends help or you contact a local service
who offers the right solution. You can rent busses, limousines,
cabs, horse pulled carriages or even something more extraordinary
like a small plane, hot air balloon or a private tram.
Camera-man - Book your
photographer / camera-man in advance. Sometimes
it's difficult to find a good photographer in the last
moment, so better start your search in advance. Ask friends and
relatives about their experience or to recommend you somebody
order to make your marriage license you have to inform yourself
about the following details:
Do you have to apply for the
license in person?
What sort of identification is necessary (passport, birth
Is a blood test required?
How long does it take to get the license after you applied?
When is the date in the registration office?
How many witnesses you need?
What are the fees?
- Choose an officiant for
Reserve the ceremony location. Choose and order attire and
accessories for bridesmaids. Keep in mind the time of year, and
style of wedding.
You may choose one or
two little girls to be flower girls. The best age range is between
4 and 12, the smaller ones are very cute but they may create
some challenges during the ceremony.
Their task is to walk down the
aisle and to scatter flower or rose petals, or hand out single
flowers to guest as they walk, or they may just carry a bouquet, a
ring of flowers or a pomander ball.
Location for the
Consider the amount
of people that will join the party. Choose a hall that's enough big
to accommodate all your guests. Usually 3-15% of the people you invited will not come. This
3-15% will give space for unexpected guests.
Choose a hall, tent or a big room for
Favorite locations are hotel banquet halls,
tents, clubs, restaurants, discos, bars and your own home.
Items - Make sure that you have enough table,
chairs, napkins, flatware, glasses and cutlery. Ask someone to
be responsible for the guest book. Provide a list with the
names of the guests and the table number they are sitting. These
lists are often displayed on a table outside the hall/tent or in the
reception room. Don't forget to mark the tables with numbers.
Food & Drinks - Many
party services provide an experienced service. You just have to tell
them the number of the guests and they will arrange everything for you.
If you want to serve
homemade food, it is
recommendable to make cold dishes and to present them on a buffet.
Providing alcohol to your guests is strictly a
decision for you and your fiancé to make. If you are not sure what
to do, you may serve champagne and wine with sparkling grape wine or
a mixed punch of sorts. Take care about a wide range of non
alcoholic drinks for the children and those who do not like to
Order the wedding cake
one week in advance. Make sure the cake will have a place where nobody
can run into it.
Music - Hire a DJ,
musician or a band . This day is too important to
trust it to non-professionals or to relatives. Good
will offer you a large variety of songs with the right experience
for a perfect atmosphere.
Give musicians a list of the music you like them to play for the ceremony and reception. Specify any music you do not want
to be played. Make the music start with the coming of the first
guests at the reception.
Wedding Toasts &
Speak slowly with lots of pauses.
2. If you are very
nervous and afraid - tell the audience or even make a
joke of it.
3. When you expect a
laugh, wait for it. If it's slow in coming, encourage them, but
don't hurry on.
4. Keep paper and pen with
you ready to jot down any last minute additions, like responding to
something or somebody has said in an earlier speech.
5. Don't drink too
much before you speak.
Wedding Night -
Transform the room into a lovers' retreat with special touches
that add warmth. A soft satin sheet to curl up in, a light scent of a
fragrant candle, and fresh flowers create a relaxing, pleasurable
atmosphere. Bring soft music. It sets the mood and
forever recaptures special moments. Most people feel more alluring by the soft glow of
Honey Moon - If you are leaving the country, make
sure your passport is up to date and verify any visa requirements.
Make a hotel reservation and a travel insurance.
While you make
your reservation for hotels, restaurants or cruise, ask them if you
may enjoy a special treatment. Most of them are happy to extend the
extra service. A honeymoon trip is not just an ordinary holiday. Don't
think you won't spend much time in your room, then you might be
sorry if your accommodations are not special. This honeymoon would
give both of you a life memory. Don't forget to take the camera.
most romantic places that we
collected for this special moments in time.
The End - Make
sure that all rented premises and things are returned in a good
Write thank-you notes as gifts are
received. Give thank you gifts to the most important persons who helped
with the wedding.
After all this comes to
tell your already husband or wife how happy he/she has made you and
how much you are looking forward to the rest of your lives!
wedding with a third party - If you feel confused about making
the plan alone, or don't have time for it, then you may hire a
wedding consultant. He knows what to do, what to avoid, and who offers
the best deals. The wedding
consultant is there to organize and plan a better wedding at a lower
If you prefer to save your energy from doing
everything alone, you can find a wedding chapel at the location
you're interested in. These tend to have complete packages with
photographs, flowers, music, officiant, even license built right in.