The wedding day is coming up and there’s lots to do. From arranging a venue, to ordering a cake and sending out invitations, it can be chaotic if you don’t plan well from the get-go. Planning early, with a calm, cool head can help you avoid all the stress.
First Things First
First of all, if you’re not that good at planning a big event like a wedding, it is best to find someone who is. You might have parents, relatives or friends who are rather quite good at organising who can help. Ask them to take over the reigns no matter how tempting it is to try to do it yourself. In the short and long run you’ll be better off than attempting success at something you’re totally not prepared for.
Remember, planning the wedding involves three camps: your family, your partner’s family, and the officials. Each needs to be carefully lined up and informed every step of the way. Surprises could upend the entire operation and cost valuable time and money.
The first wedding stress that you may encounter could be from the invitations. You don’t want to leave someone out, or invite someone who might cause trouble. You should decide on the invitation list with your partner, and whilst there may be conflicts between you two in the early stages, ironing out the issues early, before you even think of stuffing envelopes will avoid misery and woe later on. If you are worried about a particular issue, you could speak to the two people involved and see whether they will be able to put their differences aside for the big day.
The Wedding Venue
Booking the church or registry office and reception should be done as soon as you have settled on the date. Make sure you get all the pertinent information about your wedding venue, such as its capacity, how many electrical outlets there are and where to find them, and whether there is a kitchen and adequate bathroom facilities. Make certain if it’s a hall or another public place that there’s no concert or bizarre festival scheduled at the same time. Having a clear playing field means no interruptions, distractions, or windows of opportunity for mishaps.
The wedding dress, gowns for the bridesmaids, and tuxedos for the groom and best men need to be shopped for way ahead of time and tailored. This takes up a great deal of time and should be done as soon as possible. Try to agree on a colour scheme early on so that you can plan outfits that coordinate, if this is the look you’re going for.
If you have a budget for the wedding, stick to it and make sure to record everything that you purchase, so you know how much you’re spending along the way. Discounts can be found by booking early or by booking numerous services through one supplier so don’t be afraid to shop around. You can also avoid additional fees by making sure gowns, tuxes, equipment and the like are returned on time or ahead of time. Appointing someone in your wedding party to help out with the finances is always a good idea.
Planning for a wedding should be well thought out. Look at your options before weighing up the best decision for you.