There’s definitely no right or wrong way to plan a wedding. However, there is some easy way to organise your tasks that will definitely reduce your stress and make sure you do it on time. Your wedding day is often referred to aa the biggest day of your life so it’s understandable that you would want it to run without a glitch.
Have a look below at the important things that should be included in your wedding planner:
Set Your Budget
The first thing that you should do is set a budget. You need to think about what you would like to include in your wedding, the location and how many guests you would like but more importantly, you need to decide with your future spouse how much you can afford to spend. Are you planning on getting finance, paying as you go or saving in advance? Wedding planning can often cause disappointment if you can’t have exactly what you would like, however, having a budget in mind first will help to eliminate this and keep it realistic. If you’re on a tight budget it’s a good idea to ask for money instead of wedding gifts as this can go towards your honeymoon allowing a little more to spend on your big day.
Get On Pinterest
If you’re not already using Pinterest, now is the time to start, it’s chock full of ideas in all sorts of departments including weddings. From wedding cake ideas, dress designs right through to hand-made favours, it has thousands of posts full of inspiration.
Set A Theme
After you’ve gathered a little bit of inspiration, it’ll become much clearer what type of wedding you want. Whether you go simple and just choose colours or want to choose a complete theme such as vintage or festival it’s essential that you get a good idea of what you want to start basing your planning around. It’ll make it much easier to advise suppliers and make a decision with other areas if you decide this at the start.
Find Your Perfect Venue
You have your budget, your theme and some inspiration, now it’s time to think about your venue. You want one that’s going to fit in with everything you have already thought about. It will determine your wedding date, the maximum amount of guests and location, this makes it a priority. Sit down, talk about it as you will want a venue that you are both going to appreciate. If you both have different ideas then you might need to compromise.
When you think about the cost of a wedding, it makes sense that you should consider getting yourself some insurance. Although it might not be the first thing on your mind as you don’t want to think about anything going wrong, however, it’s best to be prepared. As soon as you start spending on your wedding you should get insurance. It’ll give you peace of mind throughout your planning.
Ok, not the most exciting bit, but it’s a necessary one. You need to make sure you arrange your wedding license. It’s not one of the immediate things to get sorted but you need to have in the back of mind as a thing to add to your todo list before the big day. Depending on where you’re getting married you may be required to have different documents so make sure you do your research.
Your Bridal Party
Without even thinking about you may be able to list your maid of honor, your bridesmaids, the ushers, the best man, flower girls, and page boys, but it’s ok if you want a bit of time to think about it. If you have a large pool of people to choose from, it can be quite a stressful time. Remember it’s your big day, so try not to worry about people who might expect to have an important role. You’re sharing your big day with them even if they’re a normal guest.
Make sure you consider your budget when choosing, going over the top with the number of people you choose can shoot your spending through the roof.
Your Wedding Guest List
Where exactly do you start? If you really think about it you’ve probably already started to think about with even realizing. You might need a bit of time to decide, especially if you have a small venue. The hardest bit is plus ones. If you only have a small number of spaces for the ceremony, try to make considerations for the number of people who you would like to invite to the evening. Remember you are paying per head so don’t go over the top and try catering to everyone.
Your Wedding Suppliers
The biggest part of wedding planning is choosing your suppliers. You’ll need to source wedding invitations, flowers, suits, your dress, bridesmaid dress etc. Your venue may be able to supply you with a list of recommendations. Make sure you conduct your own searches too though and if you’re looking for something unique and a bit different then you want to make sure you find what you’re looking for before paying any deposits. Compare prices, and don’t forget to barter for a better price, many things you source for a wedding are negotiable on price.
Your Dress, Bridesmaid Dresses & Groomswear
Choosing your wedding has got to be one of the most exciting, emotional and anxious parts of wedding planning. You may have an idea of what you want and change your mind too many times to count. If you’re having a dress made bear in mind that it can take around six months to complete and then you have to take into consideration any alterations that may be needed after your final fitting. You want to make sure you find your dream wedding dress, don’t let yourself settle. Once you’ve chosen your dress it’s time to move on to the rest of the party. Think about the bridesmaid dress and groomswear and make sure it complements the theme and your dress.
Create a Schedule
One of the best things that you can do for your big day to run smoothly is to create a schedule. You will be able to provide your suppliers with a timeline which can help loads and it will also remind you if anything is missing. It can be really easy to forget things when you’re focused on walking down the aisle and saying your vows. It could be a good idea to give your schedule to your maid of honor who can take point and spot anything that’s a miss.
You should include things such as what time you’ll sit down to eat, what time the speech will be, when the photos will be taken and when the first dance will happen. You can then also give a copy to anyone that needs it, such as the DJ, photographer, and venue.
A Gift List
If you’ve decided that you’re going to accept gift rather than money to put towards a honeymoon, you need to think about creating a gift list that your guest can choose from. You can then send this with your invitations. Most of your guests will want to buy you a gift so make it easy for them and give them at least an indication.
Save The Dates And Wedding Invitations
You’ve probably already told everyone about your upcoming nuptials but now is the time to send out save the dates so that people can book the time off they need it, its best to send these once you’ve booked your venue. You can then send your wedding invitations around six months to three months in advance.
Your honeymoon is the part of the celebrations that are just for you and your new spouse. This makes it one of the most important areas to consider. It can also be one of the more fun parts. Take some time to read through catalogs and browse online and really think about what you and your future spouse would like to do on your getaway. Do you want to have two weeks of pure relaxation? Or are you going to seek a bit of adventure?
When making your booking make sure you book it in ant names prior to marriage as you may not have the time to update your passport. If you’re still focused on a budget then you might want to book your trip after your big day as guests may give you money that you can contribute towards it or you could use it as spending money. A nice touch could be to book excursions and buy souvenirs while away, and then share them on social media or in a photo album for them to see after.
This is just a basic guide to help get you started with your wedding plans, there are other things to consider. Do you have any tips or advice that you could share in the comments section below?