More Wedding Decisions
Apr 12, 2012 Plan The Perfect Wedding
There are so many more decisions to think about! In this article, it is important to start finalizing any decisions you have yet to make. Tackle that to do list. Then, use this guide to help you work through some of the next big tasks you have.
Pick The Venues
Choose the location of your wedding reception. You have seen them and now it is time to make choices. When you do so, you will have to know about how many people will be attending. You will also need to keep in mind if the location offers catering of it you will need to have an outside service do this.
Now that you know where you will have your reception:
- Before you sign the contract, read it. What is the facility responsible for?
- Note if you need to do the decorating for the event or if they will do this for you.
- Down payments are usually required to hold the date.
- Know when final numbers are necessary for the reception hall. They will need to know this usually at least a week or two prior to the wedding.
- Know the restrictions they place on you ahead of time.
Contracts are usually signed well in advance of the wedding taking place. Be sure you have read it thoroughly.
Catering and Food
If outside catering service is necessary, you will need to find a company to work with. Even if the facility does do the catering for you, you still need to do the planning.
- Arrange time to taste dishes and make decisions on what will be served.
- Determine if alcohol will be served and who is required to provide it.
- Note the need for tableware, glassware and other utensils from the providing company.
- Take into consideration your guests, what types of food do they need to have or are there any with special limitations.
- Make final choices on food choices and style (buffet, table service) at least two weeks in advance.
It is often a good thing to have a family member from each side of the family to aid in the decisions on food choices, especially if there are many cultural differences.
Wedding Party Attire
Bridesmaid dresses may be selected at the time of selecting your wedding dress. If you have not yet done so, it is important to have these dresses picked out and ordered at this point. They too require alterations in most situations.
For the guys, visit the tux shop or have each of the guys measured for tuxes from specialized companies. It is essential to keep in mind that everyone from the best man to the ring bearer will need to be measured at least a month in advance.
You may find that the provider offers a discount on the groom's tux if the wedding party registers with them, too. The groom's tux should also be ordered, of course, which often requires some decisions. What color, style and cut do you prefer? All of these decisions are best made in person, where you can see the different options you have.
Get Your Wedding Invitations Done
Wedding invitations can be planned for in several ways. You can choose pre printed invitations for a less formal event. For a formal wedding, you will need to have them professionally printed. Give the printer at least two months to do so, prior to the time you will mail them out.
When it comes to wedding invitations, keep the following in mind:
- Choose your designs early so you have time to find the right poem or message to include.
- Have a test run done on the invitations to ensure the printing looks right.
- Mail invitations to guests about four weeks prior to the wedding and include the necessary RSVP information.
- Put someone else in charge of collecting the RSVP's for you. That way, you can focus on the wedding planning.
Have you thought about all of your options in printers? Local printers may work, but there are many printers offering fabulous options in printing styles online to consider, too.