The moment you set your date you should begin wedding planning; you’ll need to be setting aside weekends and work holidays to attend wedding fairs and venue tours. The earlier you begin planning your wedding, the less stress it’ll give you in the long run. Preparation means planning, and with a big event like a wedding you’ll be planning your preparation. Meeting with caterers, employing entertainers, and planning your guest list are all time-consuming and expensive procedures. With weddings the rule is simple: fail to prepare, prepare to fail.
Know Your Budget
The first thing you should be planning is your budget. Don’t even consider viewing anything until you know how much you’re willing to spend. As a rule, expect to spend more than you initially plan for, as unexpected costs appear at every corner. Attention to detail is always crucial for financial planning, and this rule applies to the extreme with weddings. Things like dresses, table gifts, and entertainment aren’t just fixed costs – you’ll be paying for alterations and additions until the day you’re married. Wedding
suppliers offer various rates for catering and décor, so do your research before you buy.
The hen-party or stag-night may happen before the actual wedding-day itself, but party preparations are as much a part of your wedding planning as the big event. A memorable party sticks in the minds of your closest guests, and an unsuccessful party does nothing to soothe pre-wedding nerves, which is the whole point! Choosing the right bridesmaids and best man is key to this, as they’re likely the ones who will be planning your big premarital blowout. Not all parties have to be wild; depending on your temperament you can opt for a crazy evening for the history books, or an activity-filled day of adventure. Great alternative activities for bonding with your bridesmaids and groomsmen include set meals, white-water rafting, paintball, and archery.
Getting the Right Photographer
Once you’ve packed away the tables, cleaned up the venue, and paid your debtors, the lasting memories of your big day will undoubtedly be defined by the photographs you have of it. Hiring a talented, professional photographer guarantees that you’ll have the best lasting impression of your wedding day. Good photographers will go the extra mile to ensure they get the best shots while staying incognito – fostering a good relationship with your photographer early on and communicating your needs early on means less marching about on your big day.
Agree on the Guest List
The people who attend your wedding will be defined by your relationship on a case-by-case basis, and it’s a great start to married life if you and your partner can agree on a guest list. Avoiding troublesome relatives and compromising on the composition of your tables is key – it’ll require communication between you and your partner to ensure that feuding family members are kept far apart!
Remember What It’s For
It’s easy to get lost in the details when you’re planning your wedding, and in a high-stress environment it’s possible to lose sight of everything you’re after. Remember throughout the process that weddings are a labour of love, for the one you love! It’ll all be worth it when everything comes together.