Planning a wedding can feel pretty overwhelming at first. With all the decisions to be made and the limitless possibilities to be considered, you can almost feel it choking you to death. But do not be weary, WedDresser is here to help you!
Every wedding requires meticulous and calculated planning, from the food to the location to the music. It’s not an easy feat but the perfect wedding is definitely achievable. We’ve taken the time to outline and explain easy steps on how to go about planning your wedding to perfection.
1) Prepare your Budget
Start by deciding just how much you can spend without going completely broke. As seemingly impossible as it may sound, you can plan a perfect wedding on a budget. Be judicious about how much you are willing to spend. Your budget should also make room for miscellaneous expenses that are bound to pop up. The most important thing about preparing a budget is that you have to make conscious efforts to stick to it as much as you possibly can.
2) Set the Date
Don’t be in a hurry to decide when you’d like to tie the knot. Picking a date should be done carefully and considerately. You and your significant other should sit down together, with a few family and friends if you will, and discuss when would be most ideal to have the wedding. Take some important things into consideration, like the weather forecast, your work schedule, your period (yes this too!). Work with a date that you’re both comfortable with. If, peradventure, you don’t decide on one date immediately, choose a few ideal dates and work on them till you find the perfect one.
3) Create a Guest List
Creating a guest list will largely depend on your budget and the number of people your location can carry. If your budget and location will only allow a specific number of people, be sure to send wedding invites on time and request that RSVPs be made early enough. You should have a comprehensive guest list ready at least a month before the wedding so that you know what number to work with. Remember to always make room for a little surplus should anything come up.
4) Choose a Location
This should be decided by you and your fiancé. How much space can you afford? Would you mind having your reception at your own backyard if it has enough space? Can you have the ceremony and the reception at the same venue if it’ll cost you less? Consider every option available and settle for the one that best suits your taste and budget. Ask people for advice and suggestions.
5) Create a Schedule of Events
Create a schedule for the run-of-show at your wedding. Include things like when vendors will arrive, when the ceremony will be, when the first dance will happen, when the cake will be cut, etc. Be sure to give a copy to your MC, photographer, maid of honour and anyone else that should be in the know. The whole point of making a schedule of events is to keep you organised. You can also use checklists, spreadsheets, Word/Google Docs—anything, really—as long as you have all your thoughts, budgets, numbers, etc. in one place. There are also some great programs and apps out there that can help keep you organized.
6) Select your Vendors
It is next to impossible to manage single-handedly all the preparations for your wedding. Consult with your friends or close relatives for good vendor references for all aspects, from the flowers to the photographer, and engage them. If necessary, have a combined meeting of all your vendors and chalk out the best strategy to create a first class experience for your guests.
7) Select a Theme
Choose a theme to design your wedding around. It could be a few colours or an actual theme. This will make it much easier for you to make design decisions and will make things look cohesive. Get a good sense of the type of style you like and translate that into something you can show your vendors too.
8) Choose your Bridesmaids
Bridesmaids and groomsmen are there for emotional and tactical support throughout your wedding planning process. Choose a group of friends and family you trust and can rely upon completely. Having the right team around you can help you cut down on losses and make better decisions. Choose your bridal team wisely.
9) Get inspired!
Google everything! There are a lot of amazing resources out there to help you get inspired when your creative juices seem to be running low. Pinterest is a great app for getting wedding ideas and DIY tutorials. You can also ask other married couples for advice. A good idea would also be to try to remember other people’s weddings you’ve attended then decide on what you would want to imbibe into yours or change to your make yours better. Surf through bridal magazines and seek advice from other couples.
10) Take a breather
Planning a wedding can have you running around like crazy and worried about a million different things but don’t forget to take out time for yourself and relax a little. Talk to your fiancé about every detail and get trusted people involved so that you’re not left to worry about everything alone. Always remember that the aim of the wedding is to have a much fun with your family and friends as possible. If you run yourself dry before the wedding, you won’t have enough energy and zest to enjoy the actual day.
Finally, don’t rush into decisions, weigh all your options carefully. Work as a team with your fiance and try to enjoy every moment you spend planning your special day. Don’t get too hung up on the small details. Your guests won’t notice if your ushers are wearing the wrong shade of blue or if the appetizers came out 15 minutes late. The second you walk down the aisle let go of all the small stuff. Hey, you’re getting married!