ADVICE FROM FORMER CLIENTS ON WEDDING PLANNING
W hen it comes to decisions, lists, deadlines, and everyday living, organization is crucial to staying on track. The first step is to make sure you leave enough time to organize your wedding.
A longer timescale will help you here—aim for a year if possible. Remember to include your significant other in this process as well. Your wedding should reflect the two of you as a couple.
01 SET A BUDGET FOR YOUR WEDDING AND STICK TO IT.
Your wedding budget will be the driving reason for many of your wedding-related decisions, so this should be one of the first things you tackle. If any family members are contributing, talk to them about how much they're willing to pay. If you're paying for everything yourself, it's time to examine your finances. When it comes to actually budgeting for your wedding day, be prepared for a reality check, as many couples are unaware of the entire spectrum of costs involved. Stick to that magic number once you've found it!
02 CHOOSE YOUR WEDDING STYLE
Choose a few sources of bridal inspiration that appeal to you the most—Pinterest, Instagram, magazines, and reputable bridal websites (including Brides, of course!)—and begin your study. When visiting with potential providers, having a strong notion of the type of wedding style you want helps a lot. Don't get too carried away with all the wedding ideas available. Creating one or more Pinterest boards—or even a visual collage on cork or poster board—can help you figure out what kind of style and feel you actually want while also keeping you on track with your bigger picture.
03 EXPAND THE NUMBER OF HANDS ON DECK
Remember that you are not alone in this. Your bridal party, family members, and soon-to-be husband are all eager to lend a hand in ways that best suit their abilities. However, you must inquire and, on occasion, delegate. One of the most crucial times to delegate is on the big day, when you'll need extra hands to help with activities you won't be able to accomplish yourself, such as dispersing checks to vendors. You should never feel awful about asking, as long as you respect their decision to decline.
04 ORGANIZE YOUR WEDDING
You can use checklists, spreadsheets, Word, Excel, Google Docs, or anything else as long as you can collect all of your ideas, budgets, numbers, and other information in one spot. There are also some excellent internet tools and apps available to help you stay organized. Wedding Happy helps us keep organized with tasks, while All Seated helps us visualize seating charts and venue layouts.
05 CHOOSE A THEME
It can be beneficial to establish an idea to plan your wedding around, whether it's specific wedding colors, seasonal or style inspiration, or an actual theme (like the Roaring Twenties or Festival Chic). It's easier to make design decisions once you've decided on a style, and everything looks more coherent.
06 GET YOUR SIGNIFICANT OTHER INVOLVED
Don't feel like you're on your own when it comes to wedding preparations. Consult with your spouse along the way; their input will be vital, and making decisions together will make wedding planning that much more enjoyable. Working for a common goal strengthens your relationship and helps you grow as a pair with every problem you face together.
Don't forget to schedule your marriage license appointment in the midst of all the frenetic planning and innumerable tiny things. Start looking into and acquiring the appropriate documentation as soon as possible, but bear in mind that marriage licenses are often only valid for a few months and destination weddings often have additional requirements so prepare ahead.
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