How To Prepare For Your Wedding Day In 2018!
It isn’t uncommon for people to look forward to planning their wedding. It is a time of excitement, anticipation, romance, and of course, lots of stress. However, the knowledge that you and the love of your life will soon be one is enough to take you through the stress. Of course, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t avoid unnecessary stress while planning. To make it a little easier for you, here’s a simple guide as to how to start planning your wedding!
Set a Budget
If you are like many people, you may have had a fantasy wedding envisioned in your head for quite some time now. From celebrity weddings to royal weddings and even fictional weddings in the movies, you have pictured your wedding day to be extravagant! But when you first start to see wedding pricing, you may have a different idea in mind. Weddings do not have to break the bank! Instead, set a clear budget to stick with. This will act as a guide for everything you do in the planning process, from selecting a venue to choosing the decor. It will help you determine what you need and what you don’t while keeping you on track to spend on only the most important parts of your wedding. Start with the overall sum you are willing to pay for your wedding. Afterwards, break that sum down into subcategories. How much do you want to spend on the dress? The venue? The photographer? As an added buffer, include some extra money into your budget in case you decide to go over budget in certain areas. Don’t forget to stay organized – it wouldn’t do to miscalculate something and find out that you are way over your budget just a little bit too late. Feel free to write it down or even make a simple spreadsheet; you can definitely find some awesome templates just by Googling it!
Start Planning Long in Advance
Unless your dream wedding is a 15-minute ceremony down at the courthouse, you won’t finish planning in just one night and probably not in a week either. Start way ahead of time to make sure that you don’t miss out on any small details! Plus, great vendors often require bookings far in advance. Ensure you get the vendor of your choice by doing your planning early on. It’ll be a lot less stressful too! The first thing you need to decide is an approximate guest count. From there, you can start to call venues and check availability, Once you have a date and venue secured, the rest can follow!
Figure Out Who To Invite
The more people you invite, the more you’ll end up having to pay. How many people do you want at your wedding? If you’ve always wanted a huge wedding where you invite everyone from your old high school buddies to your cousin’s niece’s boyfriend, go for it. However, if you want a smaller, more intimate ceremony with your closest friends and family members, then spend a little bit more time on the guest list to ensure that your closest circle will be the people attending. You could either start with a number of people and create the guest list based on that, or start with the guests you want to invite, and round up to the total number of people. Whichever way, your guest list will be important in determining the venue you choose and for sticking to the budget you initially set.
Make it Your Own
In the end, the purpose of a wedding ceremony is to celebrate the union of you and your partner. It’s a wonderful idea to add elements that are personalized to the two of you. This could be the theme, the reception, table décor, gift bags, pictures, or even the flowers. Some couples choose to have wedding themes! This is a great way to add a personal flair into your event. We’ve seen so many fun and creative themes, from Disney princess films, Dr. Who, a masquerade, Harry Potter, and plenty of seasonal themes. Aim for every part of your wedding to have meaning. That way, it’ll definitely be something to remember for not only you and your partner, but your guests as well. Someday, you’ll look back and smile at the special memories you’ve made on one of the biggest days of your life.
Select Members of the Wedding Party
The people in your wedding party are people who have played the most significant roles in your life. They will be the people celebrating you getting hitched at your bachelor and bachelorette parties, and they will be beside you as you step into your exciting new life role as a husband or wife. Choose these people wisely and keep in mind that you don’t have to have a certain number of people for this. You aren’t obligated to ask anyone in particular just because they’ve been hinting at it. Select those who are important to you – it’s your day, after all. After you’ve selected the people you wish to be a part your wedding party and have asked them to be, be sure to let them know their responsibilities, what to expect, and/or what they may need to do. Checklists are a great way to do this. Be clear about the details too. Do they have to purchase their own dresses or suits, or will you provide them? Do they have to come prepared, or will you be providing makeup and hair stylists? They’re a big part of your day – keep them in the loop and take care of them since they have always been there for you and obviously played an important role in your life thus far!
Order Tasty Food
Food truly brings people together (and puts a smile on their face). After enjoying your beautiful ceremony, people will likely be hungry and more than ready to enjoy the delicious food that you’ve chosen to be laid out. Want your guests to think back to the amazing time they had at your wedding? The trick is to have great food! Whether you choose a cocktail meal or a home-style buffet, food is a major part of your wedding. There are lots of different options when it comes to food. Choose something that compliments the theme of your wedding while still fitting into your budget.
Plan for Photographic Mementos
You’ll probably want some visual mementos to look back on when you want to reminisce fondly about your wedding day. The photos and videos captured on that day will act as keepsakes of the wonderful memories and the happiness and joy of that special moment. As you look for a wedding photographer/videographer, be sure to take a look at their portfolios, experience, their style, prices, and reviews from past clients. This will help you get a better idea of their performance, quality, and what to expect if you decide to choose them to capture one of the biggest days of your life. If there’s one thing you can’t cut corners on when it comes to your budget, it’s the photographer. The difference between a reputable photographer and some rookie with a camera is staggering. You only have one chance to capture these moments, choose wisely! A great way to gauge their competency is to contract them for an engagement shoot. Not only will you get great photos, but you’ll get a better idea of whether you are able to work with the photographer/videographer and whether they are able to produce work that you love.
Get Other People on Board
You don’t have to plan your wedding alone. Get your partner in on this! This will help you cover more bases and also make it more special for them by catering to their wants, needs, and interests. You can both get through the planning process together and put together an amazing wedding that will be special for the both of you. Besides your partner, consider getting a wedding planner on board for extra assistance. They can make sure that everything is running smoothly and guide you along the way to ensure the least amount of stress possible. Furthermore, they know the people in their industry and just might be able to strike you deals with vendors that they commonly work with. They’ll probably have a lot of tips, tricks, and recommendations to make your special day feel all the more special. Keep wedding planning stress-free with a professional wedding planner! Feel free to contact us here at the Avanti Mansion if you would like some recommendations for anything we just talked about!