If you are getting married in the near future, chances are you think you have everything thought out. Your dress is probably already purchased and if any alterations are needed, they have already been started. You probably have already chosen your wedding location and your reception hall. However, there are a thousand minor details you may have overlooked. Instead of waiting until the last minute, you should try tackling them now. One thing that many brides and grooms seem to overlook is what they are doing for wedding reception centerpieces. If you have not already decided on your wedding reception centerpieces, here are some ideas for what you can use.
Make Wedding Reception Centerpiece Yourself
You might feel overwhelmed with the amount of things you have to do for the wedding. If you want something to help de-stress you and give you a few minutes of peace, think about making your own wedding reception centerpieces. One homemade idea is to use baked goods. Everyone likes baked goods, and you cannot go wrong in using them! You could put a plate of delicious homemade cookies in the center of the table. Using icing, pipe you and your fiancé’s names and the wedding date. Another great baked good idea is to put a cake, pie, or other delicious desert in the middle of the table. Put a dot or other mark on the bottom of a chair or a place mat. The one who has that dot on their seat or placemat becomes the temporary owner and can keep the centerpiece! You guests will not forget this wedding reception centerpiece!
On A Budget
Using baked goods is a great wedding reception centerpieces idea if you are on a budget. However, it can get expensive depending on what you are making. Ask for help from family and friends if you need it. If you still need to work with a tight budget, try asking the planner for your banquet hall what type of centerpieces they usually use. Chances are they have their own standard wedding reception centerpieces that you could use free of charge or for very cheap. You may, however, have to add your own bit to the centerpiece. For example, if they have anything to do with candles, you will probably need to purchase your own candles to put in them. You can also use a wedding floral centerpiece and many people consider it a great idea. Bring over some flowers from the wedding and place them in the tables. Your wedding reception hall will look beautiful and no one will have ever known that the flowers were recycled!
Choosing a wedding gown as a wedding planner is a very important process, one that a bride gets incredibly excited about. It’s one of the most fun aspects of preparing your wedding. Even if your wedding planner doesn’t know what dress you want to get, they’ll be able to help you out so that the wedding gown you choose will be memorable for the rest of your life. So with this in mind, it’s one part of your wedding you do not want to wait until the last minute to plan. With that in mind, here are some tips, straight from the mind of a wedding planner that will help you start your search!
It’s likely that your gown will take about 4-6 months to arrive after you’ve ordered it. So start looking for the perfect gown EARLY! You’ll want to order it as soon as possible so you can have ample time for fittings and alterations well before the BIG DAY. It will take a while to find the gown, so don’t underestimate it. Each fitting and alteration will take ample amounts of time.
You should sit down and plan out your dress budget with your wedding planner, keeping in mind that there are several things to buy like jewelry, accessories, gloves, veil, and other clothing.
Make sure you try your dress on because they don’t look like they do hanging up! So try on several gowns. You might find that a gorgeous gown on the hanger might not flatter your figure as you’d hoped. Never choose a gown without trying it on!
Ask your wedding planner or store staff to help you out with any questions you may have. They are there to help, and more than likely, they’ve sold hundreds of wedding dresses to women like you. In addition, when you speak with the wedding planner or staff, it will give them a good idea for what you are looking for.
Don’t make the mistake of ordering a gown that is “only one size smaller” than your usual size. It’s much cheaper to order the right size, instead of ordering smaller with the promise to yourself that you’ll lose weight before the wedding.
Grab your wedding planner when your dress arrives at the store, and make sure to look at it at the store. Try the wedding dress on there before you pay for it.
While trying the dress on, view all angles. Finding something you don’t like at the store is much easier to fix than finding it once you get home, so make sure you tell your wedding planner or store staff any imperfections that you find. More than likely, they will be able to alter and fix the problem.
As a wedding planner who does several weddings per month, I wish you the absolute best luck in your wedding gown search!