It is finally happening. Here you are, wallowing in this intimidating, murky world of wedding planning! It doesn’t have to be so complicated though.
Here are nine of the most important steps to planning a wedding that should be first up on your to-do list.
1. Make a Budget
You need to decide how much money you are going to spend on your wedding before making any other plans. Some people feel it is unwise to spend all your savings on a ‘party’ while others find it sensible since it is a celebration of your commitment to each other.
You and your partner need to make a budget. You cannot move onto the other steps to planning a wedding until you have decided on a figure. If this is hard to come by, at least come up with a reasonable estimate.
2. Pick Your Wedding Date
When do you want to get married? Do you want a spring wedding? Sometime during the summer, perhaps?
You must pick a date early on in your planning so you have an idea of how much time you have. It will also help you find the best venue ahead of time.
3. Decide How Many Guests You Want
How many people can you comfortably accommodate without going over your budget? Getting a guest count early will help you choose your venue since you have a rough idea of how many people you have to integrate into your logistics. Picking a guest number allows you to focus on the next steps to planning a wedding.
4. Book a Venue
Research shows that nearly half (48%) of couples spend hours looking up reception venues online. Before booking a site, decide the setting you want for your bedroom. For example, do you want an outdoor garden wedding or a banquet hall wedding?
With the setting and style of your wedding in mind, you will find it easier to book the best venue.
5. Choose a Color Scheme
The colors you choose for your wedding portray you in a certain sense. They also set the tone for your wedding. While selecting a color scheme, study the overall color of your venue and its existing decor.
Afterward, integrate two primary colors that both of you love. Consider the feel you want your wedding to have before settling on that color scheme.
6. Buy Your Wedding Attire
Wedding dresses are usually custom made, and you should order yours (ideally) 9-12 months before the wedding. This creates enough time for modifications. Your outfits should match the general style of the wedding and should be done by professional tailors.
7. Select Your Bridal Party
Being part of a wedding can be challenging and demanding. You should ask your friends as soon as you can. With a bridal party lined up, you can then start planning your bachelorette party.
8. Pick a Caterer
Look for the best caterers you can find on a budget. You should contact someone that fits the theme and style of your wedding, and that has catered for such a wedding before. Your venue probably has a list of caterers they’ve worked with previously—maybe you can find your match there!
9. Book a Photographer and Videographer
What is the purpose of a good wedding if you can’t take moments of it home to look at and reminisce? Of all the steps to planning a wedding, this is probably the most important. You need to have pictures to show those of your friends that couldn’t make it. Book a competent photographer to cover your wedding and take beautiful pictures foryour album. Make sure to check their rating and work quality online before signing any deals.
These steps to planning your wedding will work wonders and you’ll have a perfect wedding day.