Make Your Wedding Planning Easier and More Fun With These Easy Tips!

Maybe it's something in the water or the alignment of the planets, but there seems to be a wedding fever going around. In the last few weeks, I have had no less than four friends announce that they are getting engaged, and that we need to block our calendars for their wedding. Blessedly, all of their weddings are at different times, and the people they are marrying are great matches for all of them.

For the grooms-to-be, though, there seem to be a few common tricks and misconceptions about the wedding process that they have not quite figured out yet. So, in honor of my friends and their new lives, here are four unusual wedding tips for these grooms-to-be.

The Wedding Day Is Her Day, Not Yours

For the most part, little girls fantasize about their wedding days as soon as they learn about marriage. Most grown women are not much different than little girls in that way. However, there is a difference, and a big one - most grown women have a much more elaborate vision for how their wedding is going to happen.

Most men, on the other hand, do not have this sort of vision for their wedding day.

As a groom-to-be, have no doubt that you will be a key player in the wedding festivities. After all, it takes two to tango, and she would not be a bride if you had not proposed! However, you need to recognize that your wedding day is truly all about your bride and her vision for the wedding, and you are just playing a part in it. The sooner you realize this and start to act on it, the happier you two will be.

Take Advantage of Wedding Cake Tastings

As you and your bride select your wedding cake, you will more than likely be checking out options from a number of bakeries in the area. They will pull out books of glossy cake pictures, talk about all of the fancy options, and try to sell you the tallest cake possible.

You may or may not find this process enthralling. I sure didn't.

But what I did enjoy was the second piece to this - the sampler.

Along with talking about the cake itself, most bakeries will give you a sampler box containing six to twelve slices of different types of cake. The variety makes it a bit like a box of chocolates, except that you know what you are going to get, and most types are delicious. Make sure to save a little for your bride-to-be, but definitely take advantage of this free treat.

Get A Delicious Cake, Not A Beautiful Cake

As you are working your way through the cake sampler, truly try to pick a cake that you both like the most. One of the things I have found most interesting about weddings is that people may be impressed by the big, elaborate cake - but what they talk about is how delicious it is. So, when selecting your cake, select for taste, not beauty.

Another option is to avoid the giant cake debate - and expense - altogether, and go for a different dessert option. My wife and I got an assortment of cheesecakes for our guests and arranged them in an eye-catching manner. The total cost for a dozen cheesecakes was under $200, much less than a typical $500 for an elaborate wedding cake. And our guests are still talking about it!

Plan Rides for Your Guests

Regardless of where you have your reception and where your guests are coming from, they will more than likely need a ride home after the reception. At most weddings, there will probably be more than a few guests who shouldn't be driving. For the safety of your guests, and to finish the night off right, rent a limo for the evening to take your guests home. It usually is not that expensive (relative to wedding plans, anyway), and the piece of mind it creates is absolutely worth it.

Your wedding day should be one of the most joyous and memorable days of your life. If you get the wedding bug yourself, these four unusual wedding tips will help you make the most of it. Best wishes!