2020 put a pause on a lot of large events, such as weddings. Maybe your soon-to-be hubby didn’t want to propose yet, or he did, and you did not expect the last year to turn out how it did. The point is, your fantastic celebration of two people uniting for the rest of their lives. You will get family, friends, and loved ones to join all in one place! How exciting. Although weddings are so much fun, they can also be stressful. You need to do so much planning ahead of time that it can feel a bit overwhelming. The key is to stay organized and take things one step at a time. If you follow our guide to help you plan a wedding, you will be prepared and excited!
Set A Wedding Budget
Whether you’re buying a home or planning a wedding–setting a budget is one of the most important steps so that you can ensure you don’t spend above your price range. Once you have discussed this with your significant other, you can get the rest of the wedding planning process in motion. The last thing you want to do is fall in love with a dress or venue and realize it’s completely out of range. So sit down with your fiance, parents, or any other contributors, come up with a total budget, and then divide it up by service or vendor. Some people prefer to spend more on their wedding cuisine, while others prefer an amazing destination wedding venue.
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Set A Wedding Planning Timetable
You won’t be able to set a wedding date until other big decisions are made, like choosing or booking a venue. So first, determine a range of dates that will work for you. You should think about what season you’d prefer, like spring or fall. Additionally, you’ll want to consider any conflicting events like holidays or family events.
Get Inspired And Pick A Venue
One of the most fun parts about planning a wedding is looking for inspiration. Imagine the style and vibe of your ideal wedding. Is it candlelit or tropical on the beach? Do you want a big or small wedding? Outdoors or indoors? These are all questions to consider when planning. After determining what style and wedding type you want, it is time to look for wedding venues. There are so many beautiful options out there based on location and size. Once you pick your venue, you can set a date and get the rest of the process going!
Plan Your Wedding Guest List Tactfully
While you don’t have to have a final guest list right away, it’s important to have an estimated guest number when you plan a wedding. There’s a huge difference between a 50 person wedding and a 300 person wedding. You will also want to start thinking about who will be at your wedding party. So, you will want to select your bridesmaids, groomsmen, flower girls and ask them to take on this important role.
Start Your Wedding Registry
Don’t be worried about registering too early. With all the events coming up like engagement parties, showers, and well-wishing relatives, it will be easy to have a place to send them to. The easiest way to do this is to create a wedding website and include links on there. You won’t want to be obnoxious about including this on your invites. But, you will have somewhere to send people so they won’t be left asking what you want.
You will be surprised how many vendors you’ll end up hiring for your wedding. Some people hire up to 15 different vendors. That may seem like a lot, but you will want the very best people to help you out on your wedding day. From photographer to your florist, they all have very different yet crucial roles.
Consider A Wedding Planner
If you are a very busy couple, you may want to consider hiring a wedding planner or coordinator. You don’t necessarily have to hire a full-time planner. There are part-time consultants available to help you out. Another option is day-of coordinators to help ensure the setup goes smoothly for you, so you aren’t stressing on your big day!
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