Generally, a large amount of effort is put into planning the wedding. Before you start planning, take the time to read these essential tips, so that you don’t waste time or money during the planning process.

Religion is most likely going to be a significant factor in not only your wedding, but your future marriage. It is important to talk openly about religion not only with your future spouse but also with both families.

Alcohol can be a big expense at a wedding, so consider limiting the types of drinks and opt for cost efficient choices. An open bar can be very expensive over a long time period. Inquire at your venue what your alcoholic beverage serving options are.

If you will be catering your own wedding, look to wholesale markets such as Sam’s or Costco to buy supplies. If you shop at a wholesale store, you will get much more for your dollar than the regular supermarket. See if your friends can chip in for food costs.

The earlier you buy things for your wedding and plan things out the cheaper they should be. You can even find great deals online so be sure to shop around. I bought my gorgeous gown online for only $150, but it cost me another $200 to have it altered to fit me perfectly. Be sure to work the additional cost for alterations into your overall budget.

Do not under-eat in an effort to fit into your dress. You are going to find yourself dehydrated and lightheaded if trying to lose weight too quickly prior to your wedding. You may even faint while saying your vows. A good idea is to get a dress that has a corset back; this way, you can keep it on or take it off on your wedding day.

Fashionable brides who love the look of luxury may wish to glam up their bouquets with sparkling embellishments like rhinestones, Swarovski crystals, or even diamonds. You can do this by applying some crystals, costume jewelry, or maybe even an heirloom piece. The bouquet should not clash with your overall look, so pay close attention to the colors, cut and size of each stone.

Practice walking in your wedding dress and shoes. 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.

Rather than break the bank for a towering wedding cake, opt for multiple tiers of decadent, sweet cupcakes or mini-tarts. They taste great, are easy to eat and are affordable. Guests can pick up their cupcake as they leave.

Do not make all your guests wait around while you’re taking your pictures. Photos of the bride and her party and the groom and his groomsmen should be taken ahead of time. You can also take pictures with both newlyweds’ families at this time.

A thoughtful gift for destination wedding guests to receive is a basket of vacation goodies delivered to them in their room. Put items in these baskets that they can use on their trip. These can be maps, disposable cameras, a pair of sunglasses, a hat and also a pamphlet detailing where it would be fun to visit. Also make sure you include a local restaurant guide that makes it simple for them to grab a bite to eat.

Perhaps a quick and impersonal Las Vegas wedding would work for you. However, if you would like a more traditional wedding, read the advice provided in this article for the wedding of your dreams.