What is a wedding? A wedding is a celebration of two people who unite their hearts and souls as one. How do you want to celebrate your wedding? What is important to you? Is it important to have your entire family and a multitude of friends in a lavish, elegant venue with the best food and entertainment that will make you “the #1” wedding of the year, or – do you want something more intimate, more meaningful, a more casual celebration with close family and a few friends? Or, is it something in between these two extremes?
The most important thing to remember is that it is your wedding and you need to follow your heart. If you are choosing the lavish wedding the best advice for any future bride is to hire a wedding planner. If you are looking for a more casual, intimate celebration here are a few tips to keep you stress free and truly enjoy your wedding.
- Cut the fat and get to the core. Decide from the beginning what’s important in the day’s events for both of you. You don’t have to do a garter or bouquet toss. You don’t have to have a large, multiple tier cake, and you can choose a more relaxed menu like food stations. There are no rules.
- Choose a venue that means something to you. Banquet halls or fancy hotel ballrooms are nice, but is it you? What about a more non-typical wedding venue. In St. Louis you could rent the Moto Museum (which has a neat display of antique motorcycles) or perhaps a small cabin or resort with a more relaxed atmosphere.
- Minimize the number of bridesmaids and groomsmen in your wedding party. It just adds a lot more complication to the entire planning process, plus when you have large groups your photography during the day takes a lot longer, just because you need to coordinate more people.
You want to remember this day as the best, most fun day of your life. And most importantly, remember during the day to spend a few quiet moments with your groom. So many couples are so busy during the day that they never take the time to share their feelings, take a walk, or spend time together. After all, without him, there would be no wedding.