People who have been a part of a wedding know how stressful the process can be, no matter the size of the wedding. Jewelers, caterers and florists can make the process festive but much more difficult. Thankfully, the following advice will help reduce the stress of your wedding.

Religion is possibly the most influential aspect of any wedding ceremony. Religious beliefs or the lack of religion should be discussed well before marriage.

You can get a better rate on almost any venue by booking during an off period. The wedding season is traditionally from May through September. During this time, wedding venues will be more expensive. If you must book a space in these months, be certain to book way ahead of time to get a reasonable deal.

If you're short on money, consider renting diamonds for your wedding day. Renting diamonds will allow you to have the wedding look you've always dreamed of, even if you're on a strict budget.

If you do not want a traditional wedding cake, consider individual-sized cakes. Many bakeries will offer healthier options, such as 100-calorie cupcakes, fruit fillings, meringue toppings, or gluten-free ingredients.

Practice walking towards a full length mirror to ensure you know how to do it, especially if you are not used to heels. If you're afraid of twisting your ankle, wear cute flats instead. Having footwear that isn't exactly what you wanted is a good trade-off.

Instead of spending so much for a multi-layered wedding cake, opt instead for a multi-layered confection of mini tarts or sweet cupcakes. They taste great, are easy to eat and are affordable. Guests can pick up their cupcake as they leave.

Don't make your guests wait while you take all of your photos. Take your bridal party photos in advance of the wedding when you are all fresh and crisp. You will want to respect everyone at the ceremony and reception.

Give your guests a schedule of events in order for all of your guests, including those from out-of-town, will know what events they should make time for and attend. Let people be aware of the events, such as rehearsals and the things that they must come to, so that they could be there at the appropriate time.

Having someone close to you get ordained online allows them to preside over your wedding. This can not only save you money, but can also add a touch of personality to your ceremony. However, be sure to check all the required legalities before you opt for this.

Silk flowers offer great alternative for many of the flowers that you would include in your wedding anyways. You can get these way in advance because they aren't fresh and then have them on hand and reduce one thing to do right before the big day.

Dress children in comfortable clothes if they are in your ceremony. Try using soft fabrics that are loose enough to not be uncomfortable. If the children are going to be wearing new shoes, make sure they are comfortable, and let them walk around in them a bit so that they can get broken in. Taking care of these small details will allow children to focus on participation in the wedding instead of fussing with their attire.

Plan everything for the wedding, from reception activities to the food. Those that have elected to join you on this important day in your life deserve to enjoy themselves.

If you're not planning on serving a meal at your reception, think about renting furniture instead of using the standard tables. You can witness far more social interaction among your guests if they are seated in chaises, lounges and maybe even comfortable sectionals. You can group the chairs into separate seating areas at the venue, plus the relaxed setting will flow onto your guest's mood also.

Be considerate of the guests and any travel arrangements they have when you plan a wedding in your desired location. Some guests may have conflicts with the timing or with the costs of attending. Invitations or a "save the date" card ought to be sent out eight months prior to your wedding day so guests can make plans.

With weddings, consider if you wish for children to be invited. You can spare yourself a lot of aggravation and money if you don't invite children. But, some people may not be able to come to your wedding because they do not have a babysitter.

Another way you can save money is on the flowers. A flower girl does not need a large flower wreath. Use silk flowers in lieu of fresh ones. Silk flowers last forever and cost much less than the fresh alternative. Plus, silk flower arrangements can be made weeks or months in advance so that you can be sure you have exactly what you want.

Whether you are booking a band or a DJ, do your research ahead of time. Get references and never be afraid to contact them. After you've decided whom to hire, be sure to have a signed contract that includes a firm date. You don't want the lack of music to put a shade of blue on your wedding day.

When you decide on decorations for your wedding, especially floral arrangements, try to keep your venue in mind. If you plan an indoor wedding, you can enjoy large, complex floral arrangements. This may not be true outdoors. You may need certain types of arrangements for flowers depending on whether your wedding is indoors or outdoors.

Practice the smile that you are going to give. This makes sure the bride's smile comes across the right way in photos. By practicing regularly, you will not be disappointed with the results.

Don't feel your engagement ring has to be the typical diamond solitaire just because that is what the commercials all advertise. Try using heirloom jewelry from one of your families. Using such a beautiful piece of vintage jewelry can help you feel that you really belong to the family.

Now that you know more about what you are doing, you can get on with planning your wedding. The information you have learned should be kept with you at all times as you plan.