Your wedding day should stay as simple as possible so that everyone can have a great time without a lot of hassles. Taking some simple steps allows this to happen, but you may have to take steps away from tradition and that is hard for many people to do. Here are some pointers to consider.
Forego Physical Gifts
Couples are getting married later in life, and most are already struggling to combine two apartments into one. Therefore, consider foregoing physical gifts. You may want to set up a simple moneytree where everyone can clip on an amount that they choose with the couple announcing that they are going to spend the money on a new house or another item that they want at an appropriate time. Other couples are choosing to have each guest who chooses to participate make a cash gift to a couple’s favorite charity.
Skip the Wedding Dress
Many brides stress over finding enough money to buy a fabulous wedding dress that never gets worn again. In fact, many spend more on their dress than they do on their wardrobe for the first five years of their marriage. Consider skipping this purchase and ask someone if you can borrow their wedding dress. Most people will be thrilled that their dress is being used. Others choose to skip the traditional wedding dress and get married in a nice outfit.
Rethink the Bridesmaid Dress
There is nothing worse than having a closet full of bridesmaid dresses as you cannot wear them anywhere else without people thinking bridesmaid. If you want all your bridesmaids to look alike, then head to a department store where they can buy dresses that can be worn in many different places. On the other hand, consider telling your bridesmaids your color scheme and asking them to find an appropriate dress.
Making your wedding reception decorations do double purpose is a great way to cut down on the number of things that must be moved on your wedding day. For example, use Mason jars with circles attached to them that your guests can sit on tables where they want to sit. Place a handkerchief in it to serve as the napkin and put your silverware in the middle. Consider using small potted plants as centerpieces and let each guest take one home.
Renting chairs, tables, lighting, tents and linens allows you to save the hassle of buying each of these items. Arrange with a company like ahead of time to carefully package these items in crates. Then, simply have someone pick them up on your wedding day. Have someone return them after the ceremony, and we the professionals take care of the rest.
Following these simple tips will help you relax and enjoy your wedding day because you will not have to worry about the multitude of details that most couples have to take care of on their wedding day. It is a great way to show that you truly are ready to do your own thing. Enlisting help from friends and family will help you relax even more.
About the Author:
Lizzie Weakley is a freelance writer from Columbus, Ohio. She went to college at The Ohio State University where she studied communications. In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors and long walks in the park with her 3-year-old husky Snowball.