What to focus on when starting to plan your wedding
by SoonlyWeds on 30/08/2021
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Your special day is perhaps the biggest celebration of your life, that’s why knowing how wedding planning works is essential — especially if you’re throwing a party in the midst of a pandemic. But regardless of the size of your event, the steps are pretty much the same.
In this article, we give you some key items you need to take into consideration once the thrill and excitement of engagement ebb away. When you are ready to begin with the planning process, you’ll need to start making decisions that will help you and your significant other have your dream wedding. Take a look at the most important elements you need to address.
1. Set your budget
One of the first and crucial aspects of your wedding planning is the budget. It will help you determine nearly every other decision you will have to make. Keep in mind that hosting a wedding, especially if you’re planning on throwing a big one, involves a considerable amount of money. So, the earlier you set your budget, the better. Find out if any family members would like to volunteer and contribute. If so, ask them what they would like to help with or determine if there is a specific element they’d like to sponsor, i.e., the cake or photography.
However, if you are going to take care of the bill yourself, you need to draft a number and do what it takes to stay within that amount. This may sound like a walk in the park, but you’d be surprised to know how many couples have dealt with different suppliers before realising they were completely out of range!
2. Set the date
Wedding planning ideas will begin flooding your mind as you start imagining your big day. Therefore, it’s best to set a schedule to keep every detail in check. In a perfect world, you should be able to set a fixed date for your ceremony after making some big decisions like the venue — but that’s not always the case. Some venues are almost always fully booked, and in case you fall in love with one, you have to make sure that they are available on the date you are targeting. We recommend choosing a range of dates that will work best for you. A typical engagement lasts about a year or two, but you need to determine what season you prefer and find out if there are any holidays that need to be avoided as you choose the wedding date. You don’t want to create a conflict with annual family celebrations, like Christmas, Easter or New Year’s Day.
3. Set your priorities
Wedding planning will open doors for you to discover various professionals. When you begin talking to different suppliers, it’s quite easy to get off-track. Some of them offer great prices while others provide more expensive quality service. To avoid any confusion or indecision, figure out the elements that matter most to you. Would you rather spend more on exquisite food than an upgrade on the venue? Do you want to offer drinks or would a dry wedding fit your religious beliefs? Do you want to include entertainment from a DJ or an acoustic group? Would you consider spending a considerable amount on professional videography? Having your priorities set will make it easier for you to decide on less significant items.
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4. Envision your big day
One of the best things about wedding planning is that it unleashes your creative side — you get to imagine how your big day should look and feel. Are you going for a classic or a rustic aesthetic? Do you want to exchange vows along the beach or at a vineyard? Here’s the good news: since it’s your wedding, you get to do whatever you want! It’s very easy to find inspiration these days. You can go online and check out Pinterest, Instagram, and wedding websites to encompass your theme, colour palette, decor ideas, and other elements. It’s best to imagine the vibe at your event as soon as possible, which will make booking suppliers much easier.
5. Record everything
Wedding planning ideas will require you to keep a record of important things that come to your mind. You have to organise these ideas into a spreadsheet, which will simplify the recording process. Use shareable spreadsheets like Google Sheets that allow you to access your records online, whenever you are online. Give your partner and certain family members access to the sheets to make sure you are all on the same page. Also, don’t forget to secure physical and electronic receipts, brochures, and other literature from suppliers.
6. Make a guest list
Depending on your budget, you will invite a certain number of guests your venue can accommodate. Sure, you can always have a final guest list later, but wedding planning will require you to set a maximum number of people to witness your big day at some point. So, it’s ideal to have an estimated guest list at the early stages of the process. You can also start making the guest list before choosing your venue. It’s not easy to try to fit in 400 people when your venue can only hold up to 200. To avoid this problem, start figuring out who are the people you’d like to see on your special day.
7. Choose your suppliers
Your wedding can include many different suppliers, ranging from catering to decor, to the florist, and the photography team. They are essential partners who will turn your wedding planning ideas into a reality. It’s important to do your homework and hire the right people in order to ensure your big day goes as smoothly as possible. So, check out their websites or Facebook pages and read reviews from their previous clients. Their experiences will help you determine you are booking the right people.
Wedding planning is an exciting journey that you and your spouse-to-be should enjoy. With these helpful tips, you’ll navigate through the process much more efficiently. If you need additional advice on how to plan your wedding, keep reading our articles.