Did you ever think about what your wedding would be like when you were younger? Do you have dreams of throwing the perfect wedding? Wedding planning can be both stressful and satisfying. The best way to ensure the best experience is by planning the right way.
Planning a memorable wedding requires constant research, planning, and staying organized. Your wedding can either be the best day of your life or the most tragic, depending on how effectively you have planned it out. Staying organized will be your greatest strength in event planning. Be sure to give yourself enough time to plan out your special day and be sure to stick to your budget.
Pick A Date
Here are a few things to keep in mind when picking a date for your ceremony. Although, holidays such as Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, etc. can add value to the theme of your special day and make it more memorable, they can also put a limit to the amount of guests who will actually attend.
Another factor to consider when picking your wedding date is the season you would want to get married in. The season can affect not only the atmosphere of your wedding, but the mood as well. Lastly, remember to consider other important events that may fall on the same date you are considering and even upcoming birthdays that could potentially overlap.
Plan A Budget
Create an affordable budget plan and adjust your budget to ensure that it fits your wedding needs and expectations. Although it is your day, it is not an excuse for extravagant spending on unnecessary things. However, there is also nothing wrong with wanting to go all out for your special day.
- For most, the goal is to have a memorable wedding day that allows the couple to also save money. DIY projects such as table decorations and flower arrangements can help save on excessive spending by doing some research on Pinterest and Instagram.
- It’s important to capture candid shots of your event, so be sure to set money aside for a photographer as well. According to Shutterfly, the average amount spent on wedding photographers is about $2,000. Getting quality photos doesn’t need to put a hole in your pocket. Check out new photographers that are building their portfolio and are charging less.
- Another way to limit your spending would be to consider renting rather than purchasing a wedding dress and tuxedo that you will only wear once at your wedding ceremony.
By sticking to a budget plan, you can avoid spending an extreme amount of money on your event. Make sure you are tracking your spending so you don’t go over your budget and end up spending more money than you plan for. Give yourself enough leeway for any unexpected expenses that may come up. Remember, saving more and spending less is the goal.
Organize Your Ideas
Staying organized will help keep you on track of planning. Some ways to best organize are by keeping a binder with you where you store any important documents in one place such as receipts, quotes, invoices, notes, and any other important documents. Start using tabs and categorize as you go for easy access also.
Now, if you don’t have a planning method or are totally freaking out about planning your wedding, don’t worry! There are plenty of Wedding Planners that will be more than willing to plan your day for you. If you do plan on getting a wedding planner, be sure to include that into your budget as well.
Set A Timeline
Time management is an important factor in planning any event. Develop a timeline to keep your event planning on schedule and keep it running smoothly so that you achieve all that you are planning from start to finish. According to Pop The Knot, the average couple takes 13-18 months to plan a wedding after engagement. The more flexible you are with your timeline, the more time you have to come up with ideas for your wedding.
Your planning schedule should include booking your venue, shopping for bridesmaids and groomsmen, finding the perfect wedding gown and tuxedo, and reserving any other important necessities. Be sure to avoid any last minute planning, as things are not always predictable and can cause extra unnecessary stress, taking away from the fun and joy of wedding planning.
Choose A Theme
Consistency is key when developing a wedding theme. Brainstorm potential ideas and colors that may create your ideal theme. Consider the seasons because it could influence the atmosphere of your wedding.
Dive into the roots and cultures of you and your significant other, even possibly blending your cultures together. Consider how formal or informal the wedding is. Be creative when it comes to deciding your wedding theme. Most importantly, be sure to enjoy this part of your planning process as it is a reflection of you and your significant other!
Your wedding day is important and should be a day to remember. Remember to pick a date that is not only convenient to you, but to your invited guests as well. There is absolutely nothing wrong with having a fun, memorable, and AFFORDABLE ceremony, you also won’t regret it.
Keep your important ideas and documents stored safely and somewhere they are easy to find and access. Stay on track with important dates as these are checkpoints for your event. Make a plan and stick to it. Choose a wedding theme that represents the union of you and your significant other.
Lastly, be sure to enjoy this special day of yours. After all the work of planning, seeing your wedding come to life is a great reward in the end.
Congrats you’re one step closer to planning your DREAM Wedding!
This blog post has been inspired by WikiHow “How to Plan Your Wedding”
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