There are all kinds of weddings for all kinds of people. A wedding can be simple or complicated, quiet or crowded, outside or inside, luxurious or laid back. One thing you don’t want a wedding to be is disorganized, however. The following advice will improve your experience with planning and going through a wedding, thus keeping that special day from being especially frustrating.

If you are purchasing your wedding dress, you could save money by purchasing a “like new” wedding dress. There are many stores that will offer wedding dresses that have only been worn once. These dresses will be cheaper than purchasing a brand new dress and could look as great as a brand new dress.

When the wedding has ended, you will most likely receive gifts from the people who have attended. Make sure that during this time, you and your spouse are together so that you can both show the appreciation that is deserved. Thank everyone regardless of what type of present they give you.

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!

Consider having an alcohol-free reception to alleviate the worries that inebriated guests can cause. If you do choose to go this route, make sure to offer many beverage options to your guests including soda, water, coffee, and tea so they don’t feel like they’re going to get parched. Having a homemade fruit punch served in a fountain can make a gorgeous centerpiece for your catering table!

Make sure you know exactly how many people will be attending your wedding. You need to know how many seats are needed and how much food needs to be provided. When you sent out your wedding invitations, make sure to tell people to contact you and let you know if they are coming or not.

To ensure you have photos of everyone in attendance at your wedding, have a photo booth set up right next to your guest book. Photo booth rentals are readily available and can be set up in a variety of ways, usually with the help of the booth operator, who will assist your guests and guide them into making some memorable pictures for your photo guest book. When the photo has been developed, the attendant can put the picture into an album and have the guest sign it with their congratulatory wishes. You can also choose to have two sets of photos printed so you can give your guests one as a little remembrance of your special event.

Now you know a little bit more about how to make sure your wedding is as perfect as your romance — or even better! With these tips to guide you, your wedding plans will be well-considered which will make sure your ceremony can go as smoothly as possible, no matter what style you choose for the event.