– How to Plan Your Budget, Wedding Speech, and Other Things the Right Way

Less stress and flexible organization make the preparations for a small wedding easier. The number of guests for the wedding shouldn’t be higher than fifty people, and they’re usually composed of close friends and family members. The atmosphere is more relaxed, and no one is that eager when it comes to etiquette. comes with an advantage of more savings, unlike those big events. Likewise, there will be lesser pressure in planning the wedding speech as it is going to be addressed in front of a smaller audience (but still, there’s still a need to make it interesting for the bride and the visitors).

Rather than paying for trifles, why not get a nice dress, good food and drinks and quality videography. In addition to this, when the planning isn’t really that complex, the family can help more with the preparations. There’s smaller stress involved with such planning as you don’t have lots of things to do.

Even so, the concept of this kind of wedding planning is very relative, because what one understands by “small”, it might mean “medium” to others. You’ll be certain that an event planned to be small from the beginning, has higher probabilities of turning out as different from typical events. Therefore, don’t expect everybody to be excited about the plans, as there’ll be a chance that you will be wrong about it.

Some opinions may be daunting, but don’t trouble yourself with negative reviews if what you’re doing is according to your own good judgment. What matters most is that you and your would-be-spouse should feel contented with the choices and planning you’re making. And if family and friends are supportive, what more could you ask for?

Books and online guides can also assist you with the planning, like helping you find the best theme for the event, the groom wedding speech, the menu for the party, and others. Also, you should be able to decide carefully what’s good and practical for your situation and then go on. Grins and discouraging statements shouldn’t trouble you. Just remember that you are in charge of your wedding. Therefore, without calling it a competition, event planning is a race that you need to win!

Small And Less Expensive Wedding Plans

Small and less expensive wedding plans.

Is a large wedding with all the elaborate trimmings a bit much for you? Is this your second time around, and a big bash wedding just isn’t what you’re looking for? Then here are some ideas for you.

Wedding Attire- Try going for the casual wear theme. It still looks nice, but without all the extra trimmings.

The Wedding Gown- If a wedding gown is too expensive, or just a little more than you need, a second hand gown works just as well; especially for the fact that it is only going to be worn once and then tucked away in a box or closet.

The Wedding Tux- Leave off the frills, the cumber bun and tails, and go for the more leisure type suit. Slacks, jacket or vest, dress shirt, bow tie and nice shoes.

We all know a church wedding is good, but when you combine it with renting a hall for the reception, it can be quite high in price. More so if it’s catered. Go for the back yard wedding and have a Bar-B-Q for the reception.

For the Wedding Ceremony- An iron or wooden arch purchased from a garden center is decorative and works very well. No time for growing climbing roses? Silk roses and other flowers on plastic vines work just as good. Ten to one, the guests won’t even know unless you tell them. You can even give them a fragrance by spraying them with air freshener.

As for organ music, try finding someone who can play a keyboard. You can get many wonderful sounds from a keyboard, and it’s safe to take them outdoors.

Bar-B-Q Reception- Borrow chairs and tables from a local bingo hall or church. Ask the guests to all bring a covered dish. There are several dishes that are wonderful at a Bar-B-Q. There’s cold meat and cheese platters, grilled burgers, hotdogs, and chicken, steamed clams, salads, shish kebabs, and assorted veggies. You can even add in appetizers.

Wine or Champaign- Use plastic stemware.

Dishes and utensils- Heavy-duty plastic ware is great and even comes in many styles and colors to choose from.

Wedding Favors- Instead of having specially made or purchased place favors for your guests, make your own. It’s really not hard to do and the expense is much cheaper too. You can purchase the netting, twisting wire, ribbon, and little frills such as flowers or plastic rings at any store that carry’s craft supplies.

Filler- While we’re on the subject, how many people do you actually know, that really eats those candy coated almonds? Try substituting them for something else. Mini peppermint patties are a good choice. Even candy sticks are great. They come in a variety of flavors, all individually wrapped, and your guests can swap them with the person sitting next to them if they don’t like that particular flavor. There is also those little after dinner mints and chocolate kisses that work well, and even certain trail mixes would do the trick.

The entire theme can be very simple and easy to put together. Think of it as a big get together in your back yard. There are endless possibilities.

Although, weddings can be very costly today, you can still make it your dream day. Having a small wedding for a few close friends and family members, will enable you to be a bit more flexible with some of the details than you would otherwise.

At a small wedding, you will have more time to spend with your friends and family, and it will be far less stressful. You will be able to concentrate on the finer details and make sure everyone has a great time.

Tips for :

Tip 1:
Smaller weddings generally seem more personal than the large social events some people choose. When you are planning a small wedding, you have a lot more options on where to hold the event. You can have it in your home or a friend/relatives home or you could have a garden wedding. Other venues could be historic inns, museums, historic homes, and on a train or a boat. Some of these places may not advertise availability for weddings, but that’s because they don’t want enquiries from people holding large events. It’s always worth asking.

Tip 2:
Depending on your budget, you can have hors d’oeuvres, a full buffet, or go for a full catered event. If your wedding party is small enough, you can even reserve a room at your favourite restaurant. Some restaurants will even print a special menu just for your event and you can choose to make it as simple or as lavish as you wish.

Tip 3:
Use flowers that are in season. Ask your florist about the best in season flowers. Let them know what you want and your budget. Also be aware that out of season flowers can also be cheap and may help in decorating in other areas, such as the hallway. Leaving your ideal flowers for decorating the tables etc. However, don’t worry too much about the flowers, as guests are more likely to remember the food than the flowers.

Tip 4:
Have a small wedding cake for display and a large sheet cake to cut and serve from the kitchen. You can serve the cake as the dessert after the meal.

Tip 5:
You will be able to involve your guests for when planning a small wedding. You could have each guest sign their name and write their sentiments on the tablecloth. Through time, these could be embroidered onto the tablecloth to be passed down through the generations.

Tip 6:
Give each member of your families a flower, and have them line the aisle. As the bride proceeds towards the altar, she takes each one and assembles her bouquet as she goes, symbolising the contributions the family makes to this union.

Tip 7:
Ask each of the guests to say a few words about the couple, or ask them to write a few things down ahead of time, and compile them into a document for one person to read out.

Tip 8:
Make your wedding program more into more of a booklet and keepsake. Include messages to each of the guests and explanations of why you chose your flowers, readings, colours, music, etc. If your wedding is held in a unique place, give some information about it.

Tip 9:
Be your own ushers after the service. You can greet each guest as they leave the service.

Tip 10:
Have a guestbook for all your guests to share comments and messages. You could have a page for each guest and will be a great keepsake of your day.

Tip 11:
Have your photographer take photos of all your guests, either in one large group photo or as couples, families etc.

Tip 12:
Have a slide show of photos of each of you from childhood and on up through meeting each another. Include photos of each of you with your families and other guests. Then show the slides during the reception, either with music you have created or with some narration.