When taking photos at a wedding things can get hectic. Have a family member help the photographer out by getting all the family together when it’s time to have group shots. It’s a lot easier to call people by name in the case that they’re not doing what they’re supposed to be.

You can consider holding a separate “reception” style party at your home after the wedding for friends and family who couldn’t attend the wedding. It can be much like your wedding reception, and you can show photos or video from the actual wedding and enjoy good food and dancing with your loved ones who couldn’t make it to the big day.

Your cake may be a focal point in your wedding plans which means not only hiring the best your money can afford, but taking everything into consideration in your choices. Whether it be the theme, the flowers, your dress or whatever the cake ties into, do not hesitate to ask for the perfect cake. Find the right cake vendor who sees your vision and will carry it out.

Practice your walk down the aisle many times on the days leading up to the wedding. Make sure that you do this at the actual site of the wedding, as you will want to test out the floor with the shoes you are going to wear. This will help to improve your flow when the big day comes.

The most important tip to making your wedding the event that you will remember forever is to personally plan every detail of the day that you want. Do not let other people tell you what it is that you should be doing. You should of course, listen to advice, especially that of a professional wedding planner. However, make the decisions that you want to make. It is your day!

If you are concerned with your wedding budget, keep your bridal party small. This means there will be less gifts to buy for your attendants and less bouquets to purchase. If it is too difficult for you to decide which people to include, consider just having a best man and a maid of honor to make things easier.

This may seem like common sense, but make sure that the wedding dress you plan on wearing actually fits. Too many times, the dress is too long, too tight, or just a poor fit. If you are planning on a train, make sure that it isn’t too long as to make you trip, fall, or catch on something.

Shop around! Make sure you call plenty of florists when you are pricing flowers for your big day. Wedding flowers can be one of the costliest parts of your planning process. You may want to look into creating your own arrangements and buying your flowers from a wholesale outlet. There are many flower arranging tips online that can help.

If you’re already living with your spouse-to-be and don’t really need housewares for wedding gifts, ask for cash instead. If you include a cute little poem asking people to consider giving you a cash gift instead of something you can’t use, you’ll be saving them the time it takes to shop and helping pay for your honeymoon!

For an unique spin on the traditional wedding guest book, use clothespins to affix blank heavyweight over-size gift tags to a floral garland, hemp rope, or line of pennants. Mount the line over a table near the entryway and provide a variety of pens and markers in bright colors. Guests can write messages of hope and blessings for the new couple, then pin them back on the rope.

Plan well in advance. You might think that a year is a long time to plan a wedding, but if you wait you’ll find that venues and service providers cost more and become unavailable with short notice. Start planning as soon as possible so that more choices are available to you.

Ask around to make sure none of your guests have any food allergies! If they do, you should offer some foods which are 100% free of whatever it is that will set them off. Also, let them know if any food items DO contain the dangerous item so they can stay away from anything which might have touched it.

Don’t invite people to your wedding just for the sake of inviting. Including cousins that you barely talk to or distant family that you haven’t seen in years might sound like a polite idea at the time, but just means more money to have to spend on accommodations like food.

Yes! Wedding are exciting! It is a time to celebrate two people sharing their lives together. No doubt, there are many decisions and much planning to do. Use the practical suggestions given in the above article to help make your day special! Congratulations!

Bruno Bogen produces ebooks on men for marriage