Planning your wedding day can either be fun and exciting, or it can be a real drag. The difference between the former and the latter usually has to do with organization and mindset. If you begin the planning process knowing exactly what you want but with the willingness to remain flexible, preparations for your special day can be a joy. With this in mind, here is our list of top ten steps to ensuring your wedding prep is more fun than work:
1) Get More Bang For Your Buck:
Let’s face it: Weddings can be expensive. That means you should wring every drop of fun out of every penny you spend. Why not have your ceremony and reception at the same location? Guests won’t have to travel far after the ceremony is over, meaning that you can start the post-ceremony festivities even sooner.
2) Stay True to Your Style:
Choose a wedding theme that suits you. You may get pressure from family members and well-meaning friends who have their own ideas about your wedding. Thank them for their advice, and then do what you want, anyway. Furthermore, work with a venue that will respect your vision and work with you to bring it to fruition.
The devil is in the details, and your wedding is no different. Decide which aspects of the wedding are expendable and which are must-keeps. For example, guests probably won’t remember that your cocktail napkins were monogrammed, but they will remember the fun they had at the reception. Put that cocktail napkin money to better use: Invest in a spectacular banquet hall.
4) Roll It Into One:
Rent a hall that does it all: Ceremony, reception, in-house catering, service, set-up, and clean-up. Your event will be more cohesive, organized, and fun.
5) Respect Your Wedding Party
The days of getting away with acting like a scary Bridezilla are over. Nobody likes to be treated like a pawn in your wedding game, so go easy on your bridesmaids. They’re not your indentured servants. They’re your friends and family who love you…and will remember that time you had a toddler-like meltdown and called all of them names because they held your bridal shower at noon instead of 1pm.
6) Location, Location, Location:
Miami is a wonderful city in which to get married. Not only is it a lovely place, venue options abound. When searching for Miami wedding venues, choose one that fits your theme, is large enough to accommodate your guests, and allows for your unique touches.
7) Allow Time for Photos:
Most brides and grooms forget that the photographer will want to take a multitude of photos using different subjects: Photos of the bride and groom alone as well as with family, the wedding party, and special guests, not to mention different backgrounds. This can take a lot of time. Make sure you plan your cocktail hour and reception accordingly.
8) Hire a Planner:
Is this all starting to seem a tad overwhelming? It can be at times. Luckily, there are professionals who plan weddings for a living, and they can transform your wedding day vision into reality while you focus on other issues, like having a life and keeping your day job.
9) Practice Flexibility:
Life is unpredictable, and so are weddings. Sometimes, plans have to be changed, details have to be reconsidered, or Plan B will need to be initiated. It’s okay. You’ll manage through it, as long as you expect the unexpected right from the beginning.
10) Keep Some Perspective:
Your wedding is one of the biggest days of your life, but it is just one day. Your marriage, however, will be long, and so will your relationships with the people involved in your wedding planning. Don’t burn bridges over details that won’t matter in the long run. Keep it all in perspective, and not only will your wedding day be fun and special, your post-wedding day life will as happy as you make it.
Finding your soul mate was the hard part. Let Renaissance take care of the rest.