Learn 25 essential tips to plan your wedding
Big-picture tips for wedding planning:
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We know. This advice is something that you have probably heard many times. Start early and spread out the planning so that you can reduce wedding stress. If you allow yourself to relax, you will be able do more work and not notice any lapses.
Take a look at the average timeline.
Our ultimate timeline for wedding planning. Knowing how long it takes to plan your wedding is helpful. You will also notice that the big decisions are spread out so you don’t always have to do ten things all at once.
While your wedding is important, it’s not the only thing you will do. You will still live your day to plan. You’ll still go to work, be together, socialize with friends and family, and do some exercise. Keep your perspective, and you will be less likely become overwhelmed.
Estimate your wedding size.
It is much easier to plan a beach wedding for 20 people than it is to plan a wedding at The Bronx Zoo for 300. To help you visualize your timeline and checklist, consider the wedding size.
Give your venue a lot thought.
This decision is crucial in wedding planning. It is the foundation of many subsequent decisions. Before you decide on a venue, here are some important considerations:
- Are you planning a large or small wedding?
- It will be at a location or local.
- Are you imagining a relaxing or elegant reception?
- What is your budget?
- Are you looking to have an all-inclusive event or manage vendor arrangements on your own?
You can search for wedding venues on Wedding Spot if you have the answers to these questions.
Understanding your venue from the inside out is key.
Site visits can be done once you have narrowed your choices. Is it possible to feel a connection with the place and its inhabitants? Do the photos on the website match the quality of the site? Are you able to meet members of the team that will most likely assist on your wedding?
You can find reviews on websites such as Yelp, Google Reviews and Google Reviews about the venue. If you see negative reviews repeatedly, that’s a sign to be concerned. Talk with the venue to discuss the issues and get their feedback.
Get your engagement ring sized.
It will slide off your engagement ring if it is too big. You should take it to the jewelers before you begin wearing it and showing it off! To have it measured for the right size, bring it to the jewelers. Remember that if you are aiming to lose weight before your wedding, you may need to do it again.
With wedding planning apps, it’s easier than ever.
You can find many free apps that will help you organize your wedding. These apps are great sources of inspiration and help you choose the right attire, venue, and decor. They can help you stay on track and manage your stress.
Make sure to start your wedding website as soon as possible.
You and your guests will find it easy to create wedding websites. With Joy, you can quickly create a website that includes all of the important details, such as the location and time, transport options, dress code, invitations and RSVPs, as well as the registration.
Your wedding is yours.
It’s not uncommon for weddings to come with significant social and family baggage. It’s unavoidable. However, you can set loving boundaries with your aunt, who has 1000 ideas about your wedding. You don’t have take your father in law up on his offer to play the harmonica for the reception.
The other option is to include the harmonica solo in the celebrations. You can serve pizza on fine china. If you love emerald, green is a good choice. Vegans can also be served. You can be secular or religious. It’s your wedding.
Together, determine your “must-haves”.
Discuss your must-haves for the wedding. What is the most important thing to you for your wedding? What about your fiancé? It might be great live music. It might be great food. This could be your vows. You can write down your top two or three most important things. Place them on your fridge, or on the cover for your wedding planner. These are the main things you will want to put above all other concerns.
Reduce the number of items at the bottom of your to-do list.
You will find items at the bottom of your list when you organize and prioritize. Do yourself a favor by deleting some items. They aren’t important, no matter how they look. Take them off your to-do list and save yourself time.
Trusted family members and friends can offer advice.
Ask those who have gone before you for advice and guidance. Bonus points if you have family members who have hosted a similar type of wedding. You can also ask them for the contact information of vendors that they recommend.
Look at the digital footprints of your vendor.
Florists. Caterers. Classical guitarists. Nowadays, almost all vendors have a presence on social media. Look at their Instagram and Facebook accounts and comment. Follow their hashtags. As you did for venues, review sites should also be checked.
Make sure you read the fine print
While it’s not the most romantic part, wedding planning involves many contracts. Contracts will be signed with all your vendors including the caterer, videographer, florist, and musicians. You should read each clause and detail of every contract before signing. Things to be aware of and include in your contract:
- It is not known when and exactly what vendors will arrive for deliveries or services.
- Dates for fulfillment of services, such as delivery of videos and photographs, after the wedding.
A detailed list of items and services. You should have a written contract with your florist that includes the number of bouquets, centerpieces and garlands you want, the color of the ribbon, and the types of flowers you used.
Non-review clauses. After the wedding, it is important that you are able to give your honest opinion on review sites.
Your big day is going to be marred by a destructive fire in the kitchen at your venue. Your tailor trims your gown too much during alterations. The videographer loses your wedding film. Although unlikely, these events do happen. Your financial protection against the unforeseeable is provided by wedding insurance
You should check the policies of vendors and venues that offer insurance. However, their insurance may not cover all costs. To cover any expenses that arise from delays due to flooding or sickness, you will need insurance. Insurance can also pay for rescheduling costs in the event of a no-show, such as for food trucks or other vendors.
You should start thinking about your wedding dress as soon as possible.
While you don’t necessarily have to choose your wedding dress right away; it’s important that you think about what style of dress is most important for you. Is it pret-a-porter or custom made? Both of these approaches will require a different timeline.
Make sure to have all your questions about the venue and vendors.
Perhaps you will get an unexpected leave at work and can make some phone calls. Perhaps you’ll receive a return call while shopping. So you don’t have to wait, keep your questions about the vendor and venue handy.
Do some reconnaissance.
It is a good idea to visit the venue while someone else has a wedding. This is only possible in large-scale venues and hotels with public traffic.
If you’re interested, you can also view the wedding band in action. Can they get people to the dance floor with them? Visit the food truck you are interested in hiring at a public event. If the lines are long, do they provide friendly and fast service?
Do it Yourself and skip the vendor.
It’s not just a way to save money. There’s something special about making some of the wedding elements yourself. This creates beautiful memories, as you can make a playlist with your partner or create favors for your wedding party.
Spend less time sending out invites
Instead of licking all the envelopes or using a messy sponge, use glue sticks to seal them. Labels or address stamps are available to be attached to your return address. Digitalize your RSVPs so they can be accessed online at all times.
Numerote your RSVP cards.
Many people forget to include their names on RSVP cards. It doesn’t really matter if you add an RSVP for each person you invite. A small number can be written on the back of each card. You could also use an invisible ink pen to reveal the number when it is lit with a black light.
Ask for help.
Many of your close friends and family want to help you with ideas, errands, or decor. There are always people willing to take on the load. Let them know you are thinking of them and they will help to alleviate some of the stress in your wedding planning process.
Do not be afraid of borrowing.
This is a great method to save money. You can borrow tables from friends to have a small outdoor ceremony. For a small outdoor wedding, borrow folding chairs. You can borrow your wedding dress!
Consider your emotional temperature.
Are you overwhelmed by wedding planning? Do you think this is all? Are you constantly worrying about the things on your to-do list and waking up in the middle the night? This isn’t a healthy way for you to plan your wedding.
Now is the time to start planning non-wedding-related activities with your fiance and asking for more support from family members and friends.
You should be exercising, drinking lots of water, sleeping well, and spending quality family time. While stress can’t be completely eliminated, you can reduce it by remembering that this is just one day and not your entire life.
Consider weather issues.
Prepare for possible weather events. It is possible to have a very hot August outdoor wedding ceremony in the south. It’s a good idea to have an ice station set up near the venue. Also, you could give each guest a paper fan (which could double as a favor). You can wrap plush wraps around chairs for cold weather. If guests get cold, they can be hung over the shoulders of their guests to make them a cozy decoration element.