For most people, planning a wedding is a stressful affair. You may find yourself with so much to do within a very short time. It can actually take a toll on you.
But like with most things, planning a wedding effectively calls for discipline and thoroughness. You need to complete tasks within the required time frame in order to have a smooth time planning your big day. Here are a few tips on how to plan a wedding effectively:
1. Prepare a Budget
The first and perhaps most important step of creating a wedding plan is deciding just how much you are willing to spend on your wedding. Without a budget, it is hard to plan for anything else.
A budget will provide the much needed focus for your entire occasion. For instance, the number of guests you can invite to your wedding, the venues for the wedding, and the kind of entertainment you can provide during your wedding are all dictated by your budget.
Before you settle on much else, first sit down with your significant other and create a budget. Make it as detailed as you possibly can, and also make allowances for changes that may occur in the course of time.
2. Create a way to Stay Organized
When planning a wedding, it is easy to become overwhelmed by the number of things you have to do. How do you stay on top of everything without forgetting some critical aspect of your special day? The answer is to create a way to be organized. Depending on your style this could be in a written notebook or task management app like Task Pigeon.
Create a checklist and tick off tasks as you complete them. Have you already bought the wedding dress or ordered the cake? Tick it off your list.
If you are not organized, a lot of things could go awry. Take steps early on in your planning to stay organized and it will prove invaluable in the long run.
3. Decide on the Size and Style of Your Wedding
There are virtually endless ways to celebrate your big day, but you need to settle on one or a combination of a few as you plan your wedding. Do you want a traditional church wedding? Or do you want a garden wedding?
Or maybe you want something elaborate that will forever remain etched in the minds of your guests. Perhaps your budget dictates that you should have a small, simple but intimate wedding. You really have to settle on this as soon as you possibly can.
The other factor you have to decide on is the size of your wedding. Have you always wanted a big event with many guests to witness your big day? Or do you simply want your close friends and family to attend your joyous occasion?
All of these are important questions that need urgent answers if you are to progress smoothly with your wedding plans. The sooner you settle, the easier it will be to plan your event.
4. Choose Your Date and Lock in Key Venues
Another important thing that you must do as soon as you possibly can is to settle on a wedding date. With a fixed date in mind, you can easily book venues early enough to avoid a lot of last- minute inconveniences.
Another benefit of picking a date early is that it allows for some flexibility. For instance, you can be better able to choose prime venues for your wedding and at a time which suits you best.
It is critical that you contact the proprietors of the locations you settle on as soon as you have chosen a date. Putting it off can prove to be disastrous, so do it early in advance.
5. Notify Your Wedding Party
Once you have made most of the essential decisions, you now have to contact the people who will be playing critical roles on the special day such as bridesmaids and groomsmen. If you haven’t yet decided who will play what role, now is the time to make that decision.
Get your wedding party involved as early as you possibly can. Settle on what they will wear for your wedding from the onset to ease your planning arrangements.
6. Lock in The Big Ticket Items
Once your wedding party is involved, it is now time to think about the big ticket items on your checklist. This would include such things as music, photography and entertainment.
It is now time to start looking for professionals and making contracts with them. This is perhaps one of the hardest parts of planning a wedding, particularly if you have no idea who the best professionals are.
Get recommendations if you must, but be very careful with your hiring process. Remember, the people you hire to take care of certain aspects of your wedding can either make it perfect or ruin it for you.
7. Involve Your Bridal Party/ Family to Help Co- ordinate Things
Wedding planning is no easy task, and it is no use believing that you can execute it by yourself. Ask others help to oversee certain preparations so that you can focus better on the things you choose to do yourself.
But before you delegate tasks, it is important that you appoint responsible people to help you. Your bridal party and family can aid you greatly since they want the best for you as well.
8. Take some time off
It is also important that you take breaks from planning your big day. If your entire life revolves around that day, it could kick the balance out of your life. Take time off planning on purpose to relax and even concentrate on other areas of your life.
There is no denying that planning a wedding can be hectic. But with the right support and discipline, you can get the task done.
Remember to start your planning as early as you possibly can. The earlier you get the bulk of the work done, the more relaxed you will be as your wedding approaches.
If you need help, don’t shy away from asking for it. It could be the difference between a perfect ceremony and a disastrous one.