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A wedding is a time of celebration, but also a time of stress. Whether you're holding the reception at home or not, you will want your space to look perfect on your big day. Here is what you can do to make sure your home is ready for your wedding:
Limit Costs All Around An invitation in the mail can cost money better spent elsewhere. Instead, create a website and e-mail your invitations. You can save a little more by opting out of some traditions, such as wedding programs, personalized gifts and a guestbook. If you want something to remember guests by, get creative. Have them sign a placard you can hang, or the border of an engagement photo. Be smart with wedding favours. A champagne flute with your engraved initials is beautiful, but your guests may not have a use for it. Instead, you could craft favors yourself. Make some bath salts based on the theme of your wedding. Have hand-rolled truffles ready for snacking. There are lots of ways to say thank you to your guests without breaking the bank.
Preparing the Food If you're holding your reception at home, or even in a local park or other open venue, one way to save big but still have fun is to hold a potluck. You can include a theme or have a signup online to help people decide on what to bring. If a potluck isn't your idea of a perfect day, have your family come over before the day itself and help out with some batch cooking. They may be able to bring things to help with the food budget, and to assist with the actual preparation itself. If you abhor the idea of cooking, you can speak to a locally owned restaurant. Often, non-chain food venues will have better deals. If they don't deliver, have your family or chosen guests to help pick up the dishes before the ceremony.
Build Your Own Floral Arrangements
The floral arrangement can be one of the most expensive aspects of preparing for your wedding. Yet, you can make these yourself for a fraction of the cost. It just takes a bit of extra time to think about your designs. You can get vases or bowls from a craft store, online, or even from a second-hand store if you are going for a mix-and-match eclectic vibe. You'll need scissors, floral tape and ribbon of your choice. You can get your flowers from the local shop, from a farmers market, or order some online. Do your research and find what flowers are hardiest in your color scheme. Do the big pieces before the day of the wedding, but save the bouquet for the day of, or even the night before.
Stress-Management Techniques All this planning can be stressful. You need to take care of yourself during this time, so you can actually enjoy the wedding. Don't start eating takeout because you're short on time. Diet and exercise both can affect how you feel, so stay active and eat well. It's important to keep sleeping well, too, so don't push back going to bed to get more work done. Proper rest can give you the energy and mental focus to deal with whatever comes your way.
If you feel overwhelmed in the moment, take a deep breath. Breathing with intention can help you release tension and relax. You may need to step back from work or social interactions temporarily to keep on top of your timetable. However, saying no to people can be difficult. Reaffirm how grateful you are to the person asking for your time for thinking of you, but state that you just can't afford to right now. Sometimes, you have to put yourself first.
It may take a bit of effort to keep your home perfect for your wedding day, but it will be worth it. Don't overlook caring for yourself, too. You want to enjoy this day, rather than be anxious throughout. Take the time to care for your home and yourself in the weeks leading up to the wedding.
As always, if you have any tips or hard-learned lessons, please share in the comments below!