Planning Your Perfect Wedding
Executing the perfect wedding is a dream come true for most women. The planning stage is the most crucial part to ensuring that everything goes off without a hitch. However, planning the perfect wedding can be one of the most difficult and stressful undertakings in a woman’s life. There will undoubtedly be so many different options and ideas floating around that making the big decisions about decorations, food and everything else may become overwhelming. It is best to follow a checklist or plan of action in order to ensure that everything gets done on time. The following list is an example of a simple plan of action to make sure your special day goes off without a hitch!
Step 1: Draw Up A Budget, With A Little Wiggle Room
A realistic budget is essential to the proper planning of a wedding. Knowing exactly how much money you’ll have to work with will allow you to narrow down your options for all of the major expenses. The key part of planning a budget involves assessing any regular income, along with any expected family contributions. It is also beneficial to leave a little room for unexpected costs or contributions.
The rule of three works best in this case. Your first budget should based entirely upon your actual income, and family contributions which have been guaranteed.
The second budget is your bare-minimum, or backup budget. It allows for only the features which you absolutely cannot do without, and uses cheaper backup options for everything else. Your bare-minimum budget is to be used in the event of a financial emergency which limits the availability of funds for your wedding. A bare-minimum budget will allow your special day to proceed as planned, though perhaps with fewer frills.
The third type of budget is the fantasy budget. It is an accounting of the absolute maximum amount you would consider spending for your wedding, and should be done last. The purpose of the fantasy budget is to allow your imagination to run wild, in order to transition into the creative process of planning your wedding. The fantasy budget also gives you room to splurge in the (however unlikely) event that you suddenly receive a hefty inheritance or surprise family donation towards your impending nuptials.
Step 2: Pick Your Date
Choosing the right wedding date is one of the most important parts of the planning process. Many venues charge different prices at certain times of year due to demand.
If you are not too particular about what time of year you want to wed, it might be beneficial to call around to a few prospective venues and ask them when they offer the cheapest rates for renting their space. Doing this will also give you an opportunity to begin researching venue options and weed out those that simply won’t work for your wedding.
After coming up with a few potential dates, be sure to check with your most important guests to avoid scheduling conflicts. It may also be necessary to remind any guests living abroad to renew their passports if necessary.
Step 3: Book Your Venue
At this point, you will have already chosen a few potential venues and narrowed them down based on your needs. After you book your #1 choice, call at least two others and ask how far in advance the space must be booked. In the event that your first choice somehow becomes unavailable, (a nightmare scenario, but also a fairly common one) you will at least know your options for booking another place.
Step 4: Pick Your Wedding Company
Though some brides will have very specific ideas in mind for their food and entertainment which will require hiring several different people and keeping track of them all, most hire a coordinating company to consolidate all of the different pieces of the wedding puzzle.
Most wedding companies offer a variety of packages which include everything from catering, to live music options. This tends to be the best option for budget conscious brides who don’t want their expenses to get out of hand.
Choosing a wedding package allows for most of the food and entertainment needs for your wedding to be covered under one price, which can be determined at the beginning of the planning process. Knowing how much a significant portion of the wedding will cost early-on gives you a better idea of how much you’ll have to spend on the more personal aspects of your ceremony.
Step 5: Fun Stuff
Now that you’ve finished plotting out all of the serious portions of your wedding, you are free to focus on the creative aspects such as decorating, the wedding party’s wardrobe, and of course your dress.
The first step is to come up with a theme, or colour scheme. After determining what you want the overall look of the wedding to be, finding the right flowers and décor, as well as your bridesmaid’s dresses will be relatively simple.
When shopping for your own dress, keep in mind that the photos taken at your wedding will be with you forever. Trendy styles may be popular, but will never take the place of classic elegance.
By taking the time to create a plan of action for your wedding, even the most tedious details can be executed quickly and efficiently. Figuring out the messy details at the beginning will allow you more time and energy to focus on the fun and creative aspects of planning your special day.