8 Steps To Planning The Perfect Wedding

Image by slgckgc on FlickrWedding planning can be a tricky process, especially if you are doing it by yourself. Save yourself time and stress by following these eight simple tips.

1. Setting your budget

Even though your wedding day is one of the biggest days of your life, it’s not an excuse to go wild with your money. It is important to stick to a budget and keep your expectations realistic. Here are a few tips to help you stick to your budget:

  • Never exceed your total budget. If you overspend on one area of the wedding, another area will have to take a cut to meet the budget.  Be prepared to be as flexible as possible and to prioritize stuff that really matters. You can always make do or DIY the less important aspects of the wedding.
  • If your parents or in-laws are helping to fund your wedding, you will have added help. However, it’s important not to burden them either. Ask them what their maximum budget is and stick to it.

2. Deciding on the size of your wedding

This is something that you will need to talk over with your fiancé. One persons dream wedding may not be right for the partner.  You will need to know exactly how many people will be attending so that you can arrange the venue, invitations and catering.

You will also need to choose your bridal party. How many groom and bridesmaids do you want?  This choice usually boils down to personal preference and the amount of space that you will have available for everyone at the ceremony.

3. Choosing a wedding venue

It is important to choose your wedding venue as early as possible, this will give you piece of mind knowing that you have the place you really want. Check out the various options that are available to you, the prices, the marriage fees, the catering deals, the amount of space available etc.

Make sure that the prices you have been quoted cover everything, this will save you from spending extra money. It is worth remembering that even churches and synagogues charge fees.

Research into the wedding venues and reception venues usually starts approximately 12 months before the big day, with bookings occurring shortly after this.

4. Setting a date

The date that you choose will be largely based on the availability of your venue, family and friends. Think about the people who you must have at your wedding, and then set a date when they are available.

The majority of people do their best to accommodate a wedding, so unless this person has a holiday booked or a wedding on the same day, you should be fine to direct their calendar.  It’s a good idea to send a save the date card to each of your guests.

Setting the date for your wedding usually occurs just after you have confirmed your wedding and reception venue. Your guest list should be finalized at least 6 months before your wedding day. It’s very common to have cancellations and last minute additions due to pregnancy, illness, travel etc. This can’t be helped, so just relax and go with the flow.

5. The wedding invitations

Sam and Jon's invitationWedding invitations are seen as one of the most traditional aspects of a wedding. Start researching into the design and style of your wedding invitations around 9 months before your wedding day.

If you are making your own wedding invitations, make sure that you set aside plenty of time, as this can become very time consuming. Also, be sure that you have plenty of spares; it’s inevitable that mistakes will happen now and again.

Ideally you will want to have your wedding invitations purchased and ordered around 6 months before your wedding date.

6. Choosing a wedding theme

A wedding theme doesn’t have to be anything specific, but great weddings tend to have a consistent theme and feeling throughout.  Go with a theme that is relatively simple to arrange and decorate. Many people hire a professional to decorate their wedding, but this can be very expensive.

Visit the venue and try to imagine how the area might look on the day. It is worth measuring the dimensions of the area, this will allow you to plan where you want everything to go.

Research the various items that make up your theme, such as various flowers and props. Get in touch with a few florists and obtain quotes. Try to finalize your flower arrangements at least five months before your wedding day.

7. Choosing dresses and suits

You should start researching the dresses and suits at least 9 months before your wedding day, Will the wedding dress be custom made or purchased off the rack? Either way, it’s likely that you will need seven or eight adjustments to perfect it.

The same applies for the bridesmaid dresses and men’s suits. Try to get the men’s suits sorted and ordered about three months prior to your wedding day.

8. Find a wedding photographer

It’s definitely worth considering a professional wedding photographer for this occasion. You will need to make sure that the person you choose is reliable though, the last thing you want is for him/her to forget your wedding day or stuff up the photos.

Ask for recommendations from and family and friends who have recently got married. Also ask photographers to see their portfolios. This will give you an idea of their photography style and abilities.

Author Bio:

This is a guest post by David at Christopher Davies Wedding Photography.

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