The only required elements of a wedding are the bride, the groom, a minister, and, naturally, love itself. Everything else is a bonus, and many items are not even necessary to have a great time. Regardless of how simple or extravagant your wedding, remember to enjoy it.

When planning your wedding, think about what type of alcohol serving you want, and what type will be the most cost efficient. Open bars are typically very expensive, especially when they are open for long time-periods. Ask about which alcohol serving options are available through your venue.

When planning speakers for your wedding, they need to rehearse the speech prior to the day in front of you so that you know everything is appropriate. Otherwise, there may be a joke told that may be inappropriate to the youngsters or elderly in the crowd.

Going online to purchase your wedding dress can save you a small fortune. However, you should make sure that you order it well before the big day in order to allow time for any alterations to be carried out should they be needed. For example, you may purchase your dress for $100, but you need to spend an additional $200 on alterations. Make sure the additional costs are allowed for in the budget.

Use a friend or family member's property for your wedding. If you know anyone with a large enough backyard, you can save a lot of money on your wedding. You can even have someone come in and clean it up before the big day.

Brides that have sensitive skin should reduce stress before coming down the aisle with a good skincare regimen that provides a luminous appearance without irritation, hives, or breakouts. Find a facial treatment that has a skin soothing set of ingredients such as sea salts, rose, and oatmeal proteins.

Instead of choosing an expensive, towering wedding cake, choose several tiers of mini tarts or decadent cupcakes. Times have changed and despite the oddness you may feel based on tradition, guests tend to prefer this and it saves not only money but also prevents waste. Guests can even take a cupcake home.

If you're terrified at the thought of spending a fortune on a wedding cake loaded with calories, talk to local bakeries about something with a smaller portion size. Some bakeries are able to make healthier cupcakes that contain less than 100 calories in each serving providing you with healthier options such as fruit- fillings in replacement to frosting, calorie-free sweeteners and gluten-free ingredients.

Keep your wedding dress at the bridal shop until the big day. The likelihood of something happening to it is much higher than if you leave it at the bridal store! Leave it where it is, and it will look perfect on your wedding.

Have your wedding while on a cruise with your close family and friends. This will allow you to enjoy your honeymoon as soon as the festivities are over. A lot of cruise companies will give you a great rate if you're getting married and want to have a honeymoon on the ship.

If you want your colorful wedding cake as the focal point of your reception, present it on a coordinating fabric tablecloth. To make things interesting, fabric can be solid, patterned or heavily textured materials of silk, satin or velvet.

Weddings are widely viewed as a joyous event to be celebrated. Be that as it may, weddings must be well planned to go smoothly. However, with the above advice, your wedding day will be remembered as the best day of your life.