Wedding Planning Tips
There is nothing more magical than planning your wedding. Although it can be one of the best moments of your life, the preparations for a wedding can be quite stressful. According to expert wedding planners, it takes about 12 to 18 months to prepare for a wedding. So, how do you take the stress out of wedding planning?
Make a date
One of the biggest mistakes a newly engaged couple makes is putting off the wedding date decision. It is important to put a date down in stone and let your guests know when you will be tying the knot. Some guests will have to make travel arrangements, so the sooner they know, the better the event will be. Sending out your save-the-date cards once you solidify the big day is a way to let your guests know you have settled on a date.
Budget, budget, budget
Just as important as setting a date, creating the budget is vital to making sure you can afford all the things your wedding needs. Flowers, musicians and food all cost a pretty penny; so, deciding on how much you can spend will keep costs from rising. Or worse, you running out of money.
Write everything down
If you can’t afford a wedding planner to take the load off of your shoulders, you will have to take charge. Create a binder or notebook that has all of the wedding planning information in it. From dates to appointments, you should have everything written down.
Your bridal party is your support network that will help you get through the day. In many cases, the bride’s bridesmaids have the most important job of the two bridal parties. These brave, dedicated souls must not only keep the bride looking good during her big day; but they must organize much of the pre-wedding get togethers. Select your bridal party carefully, and pick people you cannot only trust, but can execute the plans on the day.
Create a schedule
Once you have organized the first three steps, you can begin to put the pieces in place for the actual day. Making a schedule is important for you planning as well. By scheduling when everything is to happen, you will have tasks done in order and on time.
Share the duties
Remember, a wedding takes two people, so share the duties of planning with each other. By taking on too much wedding planning work, you will merely cause yourself more stress before your big day. Make sure your fiancé is a part of the preparations. It isn’t just your fiancé you should delegate tasks to. You are only two people, so be ready to delegate jobs to your parents, siblings or bridesmaids. It will take the stress off of you and make preparations easier.
Stay in contact
As the wedding date gets closer, it is important to stay in contact with people who will make the big day special. This can be vendors you have hired to guests who haven’t RSVP-ed. Within the last two months, get in touch with each vendor to make sure they are prepared and are ready to proceed. In the case of guests, contact those that haven’t returned an RSVP and confirm their attendance.
Preparing for a wedding is one of the biggest tasks you can take on. With a few simple tips, you can be ready for your big day with minimal stress.