There is a lot to know when you are planning a wedding, and most brides will have to learn on the fly and hope that they do not miss anything. Wedding industry insiders, however, already know all the little secrets that will make the planning process go smoothly. Get the inside scoop by checking out these wedding planning tips every bride should know.
When you are in the early stages of planning your wedding, you will not have an exact tally of how many guests are coming. This means that you will not be able to know precisely how many reception tables are needed until much closer to the actual wedding day. When booking your florist, always sign a contract for the minimum number of centerpieces that you will need, rather than the maximum. This is because it may be impossible to cut the number of floral arrangements back once you have signed a contract, and the result can be that you pay for more centerpieces than you end up needing. It is easier to add a few centerpieces to your order (with a reasonable lead time of course) than try to take them off your bill.
Many people operate under the assumption that a buffet reception is the least expensive option, but this is not always true. Good caterers know that there is a lot of waste at a buffet dinner, and will plan accordingly to have enough food. So what you save on servers as compared to a seated reception, you may well spend on the additional food supplies. Couples who are really looking for ways to trim the costs of their reception might find that a brunch reception, whether plated or buffet style, is more cost effective than a buffet dinner.
The music at the reception will really help to set the tone for the party. When hiring a d.j., a lot of couples rely on a booking agent to pair them with a d.j., rather than going to see them in person. This can be a big mistake. While you do not have to worry about the quality of their music as you would with a live band, you definitely need to be concerned about the quality of the d.j.’s sound system. Everyone has been to a wedding where the speakers sound scratchy or the music is blasted so loudly that it practically rattles their wedding jewelry right off. Industry insiders always recommend seeing a d.j. in person before signing a contract.
Something else that every bride should know about planning her wedding is that there tends to be a mark up on many goods and services which are designated as bridal. You might find the exact same Swarovski crystal and pearl wedding jewelry at a jewelry boutique for far less than at a bridal salon. Renting a white limousine often costs more than renting a black one. Little trinkets packaged and sold as wedding favors may be more expensive than similar items which are not marketed to brides. A party dress might cost less than a bridesmaid dress of the same quality. It can pay to shop around for goods and services for your wedding which are not specifically for weddings whenever possible.
Planning your wedding should be fun and exciting. Brides who are uninformed, though, can find themselves overpaying or not getting what they expected from vendors. When you know all the insider tips, it can make it much easier plan your special day with confidence.