You have the perfect partner who proposed in the perfect way, and now the perfect day awaits. Whether you’re planning a small, intimate affair or the wedding of the century, careful planning is crucial to success. To avoid the hassles of wedding planning, some opt to hire a professional; however, if you plan to do it yourself, the stress and anxiety can be eradicated with careful preparation, plenty of time and attention to detail.
Don’t Procrastinate on Planning
The first step in wedding planning is to hit the ground running – don’t wait until just a few months before your wedding day to start planning. After announcing your engagement to family and friends, start putting the wheels in motion. Buy a calendar that will be used solely for wedding planning, and note milestones and goals that you want to have reached by certain dates.
Teamwork Works Best
Communicate with your future spouse and plan together. Set aside a night or two each week to focus on wedding planning. Both of you should discuss your ideal wedding and what it would look like. There are so many tiny details that go into wedding planning, so it’s best to have “two heads” instead of one. Don’t forget to compromise on ideas, but keep the overall theme cohesive. Also remember to share the duties of planning so neither one of you gets too overwhelmed.
Keep In Touch
Depending on the size, your wedding may or may not require you to contract with several different vendors – florists, caterers, musicians, drivers and more – and you’ll need to stay in constant contact with them over the course of your wedding planning. Keep a list of your vendors’ contact information handy so you can quickly get in touch with them if last-minute changes arise. You’ll also be taking bids on vendors before you settle on a match, so be sure to make a list of pros and cons for each when you meet with them.
Plan within Your Means
Another important tip in planning revolves around finances. The cost of a wedding can quickly escalate without proper restraint, so be sure to establish a total budget with your fiancée. Calculate for everything from napkins and invitations to limousine rental and a wedding singer. Also note that things can sometimes go wrong for even the most meticulously planned wedding, and it may be wise to have a little extra saved up just in case.
The end goal is perhaps most the important thing to remember over the course of wedding planning. This is a joyous and momentous occasion that you and your partner are working towards, so don’t let the stress overwhelm you! If you need to take a week or two off from wedding planning, do so and return with a fresh mind and a renewed spirit.