8 Essentials You Must Do When Planning Your Wedding In 2018
Throughout the course of a relationship, you’ve probably dreamed of that special day when you’ll finally get to meet your special someone at the altar and say “I do.” As that day approaches, however, you may find that amongst all the excitement, you’re a lot more stressed than you imagined. If you’re planning a wedding or getting close to doing so, know that it can and will be tiring and stressful. With our tips, however, you’ll be able to make your magical day come to life like a professional event planner!
1 – Establish a budget
Let’s face it – weddings are pricey. Chances are as you approach the date, you’ll think of other little things you want to throw in and end up spending a lot more than you previously anticipated for your wedding. Avoid this by establishing a budget early on and making sure you stick to it. If you want to leave some money budgeted but unallocated for little wish list items at the end, that’s fine, but make sure you account for it in your budget. Remember – if you overspend on something, you have to cut back on something else. Put a bigger priority on the things that you definitely need and leave the wish list items last in case you can’t make it work within your budget.
2 – Build a timeline
After you’ve established a budget, you’ve got to build a timeline. Wedding planning professionals always work by a timeline to fit their schedule so they can ensure that every little detail of the event is planned out early enough in advance. There are quite a few websites that can generate checklists with a timeline for you so you know by when you should be booking vendors, when you should send out those invitations, and more.
3 – Use event tools
Stay organized with event planning tools! There are tons of resources online – just Google wedding planning checklist, or look for apps with budgets, checklists, reminders, and lots of other things. It’s the digital era – take advantage of it. If you prefer to stick to good old pen and paper, however, this is perfectly fine. You could even choose an adorable notebook to put all your wedding plans in. Just don’t forget to keep tracking all of the expenses that you need and write down each date and deadlines you need to meet so you won’t be left rushing to book a vendor as the date approaches!
4 – Choose a venue
After you’ve established a timeline and chosen what event planning tools you want to use, it’s time to choose a venue. This will affect your budget, so make sure you think your way through it! First, you’ve got to decide how many people you want to invite to your wedding. It could be 10, it could be 500 – this is up to you. Just keep in mind that you have to be able to pay for it all. After you’ve created a guest list, it’s time to look for venues that can accommodate your number of people. Visit the locations, look at their packages, get a quote, and make sure you know all the services you are getting for that price. If you want a specific date, book your venue early on, as many beautiful places are constantly booked months in advance and you may find that your ideal venue is booked on your preferred date. Make sure you review the contract in great detail before you sign it. Don’t forget to ask if you can visit the location you wish to use in person! This will help you better visualize how the place will look on your day.
5 – Select great vendors
Do your homework when it comes to vendors. Since there are often several involved in a wedding, be sure you’re especially organized about this step. Keep track of their services, prices, and contact details. Whether you are searching for a band, DJ, caterer, florist, or any other number of things, take your time and make sure that you are comfortable with your decision. After you’ve booked the vendors, see if you can set up a meeting (even a virtual one) where you can talk to all of your vendors and discuss how your day will be going down and the parts they have in it. That way, the DJ will know when to play your special song, and the caterers will know when they can start serving. It will make for a much smoother experience.
6 – Thank the people involved
An important part of events is saying thank you. Don’t be afraid to do more than what is expected for the people who came to be a part of your special day, especially if they had a big part in it. You could put together wedding favors for those attending the wedding, and even create special gifts for your bridal party. Make sure you put the schedule of the day in the goodie bag, ensuring that times and places are noted. Throw in some cute gifts as well.If you are getting married in a city well-known for beer, throw in a bottle of the local beer, maybe even with a custom tag. Another great idea is to have a gift that is personal to you and your soon-to-be spouse. If your first date involved peanut and butter jelly sandwiches, for instance, you could give your guests a small jar of homemade peanut butter to enjoy at home! This will make your event seem much more professional and put together. Plus, your guests will have fond memories to look back on when they return home with your favors.
7 – Don’t expect perfection
Even a wedding planned down to the minute is bound to run into a small problem or two. Accept that some things will go wrong, and that there is a very tiny chance that everything will go exactly the way you plan. That way, when it does, you’ll take it in stride. You could even appoint someone to be responsible for making sure your day goes as smoothly as possible. That way, you won’t have to stress about the details on your special day. Broken zippers happen. Sometimes centerpieces go missing. A vendor or two may not know where to go. Have back up plans for every situation you can anticipate. Simply be agile and quick to deal with issues while keeping a level head. In the end, your wedding will still be the most amazing day of your life.
8 – Enjoy it!
When the special day arrives, don’t forget to take a moment to just stop and enjoy the fruits of your labor. Look at the smiles on the faces of your guests as they come together to celebrate your union, and admire the gorgeous decor your vendor pulled off. Really soak it in. Then take a deep breath, and go say hello to your forever person at the altar! If you need more tips or guidance when choosing the right vendor, especially if you are located in the Buffalo area, feel free to reach out to as at Avanti Mansion for all your catering, event planning and wedding needs. Cheers Contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org