Congratulations on your engagement!
Planning a wedding can be difficult for anyone. Maybe you’ve looked forward to this day your entire life, or maybe you could care less about the smaller details of your big day and only look forward to marrying the person of your dreams. Either way, the fact still remains that you have a lot of planning ahead of you.
Keeping all of the information straight, and knowing where to start can be difficult, especially if you are unfamiliar with wedding planning.
That’s why we created a simple planning guide to help you plan your perfect wedding. This guide will help point you in the right direction, and offer helpful tips to help you through your wedding day.
Start Planning Your Wedding Early
The longer you wait to begin the planning process, the more potential you have of overworking and making yourself stressed. Give yourself plenty of time to move through the planning process slowly. Take it one step at a time. This way, once you finally are nearing the date, you will be focused less on the planning aspect of your wedding and more upon enjoying your special day.
Make a Budget and Stick to it
Before you start anything, sit down with your fiance and set yourselves a realistic budget that you can follow. Make sure that you cover everything, even the little things like beauty expenses, or dress alterations. All of the costs can add up if you don’t keep track of what you are spending. Having a budget before getting started will help you make decisions without having to worry if you can afford it.
Don’t be Afraid to Ask for Help
Your family and friends can be wonderful people to turn to if you need help with planning your wedding. Plus, they will probably be more than willing to help out in any way they can, and because they are people you trust you can be honest and communicate if things aren’t how you envisioned them.
Create Your Ideal Guest List
Creating a guest list early on in the process can help you focus on finding the perfect venue for your wedding ceremony and reception. This can go hand in hand with creating your budget, as the majority of your expenses will probably be from costs per head. If you don’t want someone to come, don’t invite them. It is your day, so don’t let anyone guilt trip you into inviting someone that you don’t want there. It may be difficult to narrow it down, but remember that it’s your day before anyone else.
Accidents happen, and sometimes no matter how carefully you plan something can still go wrong. Make sure that you have a plan B in place in case something goes wrong with things like the weather, or the catering. Have an alternative option in place just in case so that you aren’t left stressed and panicking with no way of fixing your problem.
Choose the Right Avenue
We mentioned finding the best venue for the amount of guests you have coming before, but there are other things to consider. Do you want your wedding to be outdoors? If so what issues could there be with the weather and how can you plan around them? Is the venue affordable? Can it hold all of your guests? It’s important to ask questions before making a big decision, but it’s also important that your wedding looks the way you want it too, so take care when checking out venues.
Have a Great Menu
Plan the type of food that you wish to serve. Perhaps you want something catered in? Either way, what type of food you’re serving may not be important to you during your wedding, but it is very important to your guests. Make sure there is plenty of food to keep them happy!
You want to look your very best on your wedding day. It’s a day that you will look back on and remember for the rest of your life. Your look is one aspect of your wedding that is all about you. You don’t need to worry about guests, or how to keep them happy. When it comes to your attire it’s all about indulging yourself. Of course, it’s still important to stay within your budget, but don’t hold yourself back.
Hire a Wonderful Photographer
A great wedding photographer will capture important moments from your wedding. Friends, family, the venue, the aesthetic, and you and your beloved in your wedding best. Never underestimate the importance of a good photographer. Taking engagement photos before the wedding are a great idea as well, because you can get to know your photographer better and capture more personal, peaceful shots focused solely on you.
Don’t Forget that it’s Your Wedding
It’s easy to get caught in the stress of planning and worry about wanting every aspect of your wedding to be perfect for both you and your guests, but it’s still your wedding. If you begin feeling stressed, take a step back and remind yourself that your wedding is about marrying the love of your life, and that’s the part of a wedding that matters most.