Weddings should be happy events for everyone involved. Apply the advice in the following paragraphs to properly plan and execute a wedding that will be eternally memorable.

When you are planning your wedding festivities, think hard about the kinds of alcoholic beverages that are going to be available, and also how much of a price tag they will carry. If there's a bar that's open, it can be expensive, especially the longer it's open. Speak with the people at the venue about any alcohol serving options.

You may want to utilize ethnic dishes for a unique reception. The standard is usually steak or chicken, so consider standing out with something different. Be certain you make the dinner at your wedding memorable; after all, it's your big day!

If you cannot justify the cost of a thousand-dollar wedding cake, consider contacting a local bakery and inquiring about single-serving portions, like cupcakes or cake pops. Some bakeries will even ship fresh cupcakes with fewer than 100 calories per serving as well as healthy options like gluten-free ingredients, fruit-filling instead of frosting, no-calorie sweeteners, or even tart meringue toppings.

You don't want to have your guests waiting as you have your wedding photos taken. Many photographs, including the bridal part and the groomsmen, can be taken before the ceremony. Pictures with the couples respective parents should also be taken in advance to cut down on wait time for the guests arriving at the reception.

Send a planning and an itinerary to your guests to help them schedule their activities and find their way. Let people know what events, like the rehearsal etc., that they need to show up for, so they end up in the right place at the right time.

If you have a large wedding cake decorated in brightly colored icing that has its own stand, consider placing the stand on some color-coordinated fabric to create a stunning focal piece. You could even select a patterned or strongly textured fabric to focus attention on the cake and its beauty.

If you can, it's a good idea to have a cruise ship wedding with just your family and close friends. This will allow you to have your honeymoon directly afterwards. Some cruises will offer discounts if you are getting married.

Have a set plan for everything at the wedding. Make everyone feel warm and welcome on your wedding day.

If you want to get married outdoors, make sure you have a backup plan. You can rent some large tents, or book a outdoor venue that includes a hall that is available in case of bad weather. You can also install planks on the ground so that your guests do not get mud on their shoes.

Be considerate and think of your guests who need to travel when having a destination wedding. Some of your guests may plan a vacation around your big day, so be sure they have enough time to make preparations. About eight months before the wedding, send out cards alerting guest to save the date; that will provide ample time for anyone to plan.

Before you start planning your wedding, sit with your fiance and make a list of the things that are most important to you. For example, some may feel that great food is more important than having a DJ or dance floor. With this prioritized list, you can budget your finances according to what is most important and add and subtract to accommodate any budget. This will help ensure that you have everything that you want and keep within your budget.

A great way to place live flowers around your wedding without spending an arm and a leg on flowers that will end up in the bin is to use potted plants. You can choose pots with colorful glazes or add a little pizzazz to plain terracotta pots with decoupage, ribbons, or creative paint applications. The guest's wedding favor can be the plants in the pots, or you can put them in your garden.

A tradition linked to weddings is the gift registry. Your guests will appreciate knowing that a gift is not a requirement. Give them a lot of options at a lot of different price points. Your guest should be comfortable about affording a gift that will please you.

Pick a photographer for your wedding who will create memories, not simply take pictures. Therefore, it is essential you ask the right questions when interviewing photographers. Question their process for shooting weddings. It is imperative you are comfortable with their style as it will have an impact on your entire day.

Make your floral arrangements more complex by incorporating different heights. Different types of vases should be included in the design. Place shorter vases with shorter and plumper flowers around the tall vases. The shorter and smaller flowers should be paler than the main flowers.

Practice the first dance with your spouse-to-be while wearing clothes similar to what you'll wear at the wedding. Dancing with your spouse-to-be is romantic, and in addition it will help you get used to each others' clothes so you won't feel awkward on your wedding day. You personally may be fine moving in a longer dress, but your fiancee may be very happy for the practice. This will help prevent any awkwardness your partner might experiences from maneuvering around a large, full dress.

Make sure the bridemaids know what type of gown they'll be wearing before asking if they will be in your bridal party . Many friendships can experience a severe strain by simple disagreement on a bridesmaid's gown. Be sure to select comfortable dresses that match your theme and look good on your bridesmaids. The last thing you want to do is alienate a dear friend over something as simple as a dress.

When selecting a videographer, be certain to interview multiple candidates, and always ask to view sample videos. Be sure that sound editing is something to which you pay real attention as well. You could get wedding on VHS tapes a long time ago, but getting them on digital video or DVDs can help you enjoy them for years. Base your decision on these things and your own personal feelings about the videographers you talk to.

Without the proper planning, it is all too easy for a wedding to become a comedy of errors. Implement the tips you've just read to help your wedding plans flow smoothly.