8 Helpful Tips For Planning Your Wedding
Planning a wedding can be one of the most stressful experiences known to humankind. While hiring a professional to help out can lessen the load, for many of us that isn’t an option due to budget restraints – or maybe because we just have the urge to make our special day extra special by doing it ourselves and watching all that hard work come to fruition.
It’s not impossible to plan your own wedding if that is the route you want to go down – it just takes a lot of organization and a little bit of help from trusted friends and families. To get you started, here are eight helpful tips for planning your own wedding.
It’s never too early to start planning
You might have a date set for two years away, but it’s never too early to start planning. The sooner you can nail down the essentials such as numbers and budget, the better.
Set a budget
You might not have the budget to host a wedding like the celebrities on Richest Lifestyle lists do, but that doesn’t mean you can’t put together a memorable do. Don’t spend anything until you’ve set a realistic budget that won’t stretch you too far. You’ll want more money in reserve as you are bound to find additional costs on top of what you’ve planned for such as dress alterations, gifts and beauty expenses.
Get friends and family to help
It’s your big day, but it will go much smoother with a select band of helpers. Get help from people you trust and who you can be honest with – if they come up with a suggestion you don’t like, you need to be able to tell them!
Be selective with the guest list
You don’t need to have 1,900 people attend your wedding like Prince William and Kate Middleton did. Once you’ve set how many people are coming, be selective in who you choose. Cost per head is likely to be the biggest expense of your wedding, so don’t be guilt tripped into inviting second cousins you haven’t seen for 10 years.
Make sure you have a Plan B
The last thing you’ll want to think about is what happens if things don’t go to plan but having a Plan B can spare stress and worry on the day. Plan alternatives for uncontrollable factors such as weather, something going wrong with the catering or illness before the event. You might not need a back up plan, but if you do then at least you have one ready and waiting.
Book the best photographer you can
Memories may fade, but photos don’t. Book the best wedding photographer you can find who understands you as a couple as it will be through their lens that you look back on the happiest day of your life.
Get the food right
Along with how beautiful the bride looked, one of the most talked about parts of a wedding day is often the food. If you are a quirky couple, then why not try some unusual wedding foods? Whatever you go for, make sure your guests are fed and watered as hungry guests are never a good thing!
Most important of all – enjoy it
It’s your day and you should enjoy every moment of it, including the planning. If you feel yourself getting too caught up in it all, take a step back, remember how special the whole process is and what it is all for.