Planning a wedding? If you’ve done any research at all into what goes into making your special day perfect, you know that the process is a daunting one. Not many people are organized enough to remember all the details on their own, so a wedding planning guide can be an invaluable tool as you begin this important journey.
According to a November 14 blog on AJC.com, one of the most important things that people can do before they go about planning their wedding is to set a definitive budget. Whether it is as low as $100 or as high as $30,000 doesn’t matter, as long as it makes sense for your income and lifestyle. Without a budget, however, you run the risk of overspending, especially since it’s easy to let your imagination and your desires run away with you. Most brides, and even many grooms, have their heart set on certain elements for their wedding, and without a budget it can be hard to narrow down what’s essential, and what aspects of the wedding they can perhaps spend less money on.
This budget should include everything from the flowers and wedding favors, to the DJ, photographer and reception venue. Then there’s the dress, the catering, the gifts for attendants, the napkins and table linens, the rehearsal dinner…the list goes on and on. Only with a thorough wedding planning guide can you make sure that you are including every necessary element in your budget – and only once your budget is set can you begin the real planning.
The number of guests you plan to invite to your special celebration may very well dictate what kind of wedding you have – will it be a simple backyard affair, with a casual potluck reception afterwards? A destination wedding, for which guests will travel to a beautiful beach location to watch you and your fiance pledge your love? An intimate but swanky affair at an historic inn? Or possibly you have your heart set on going all out with a huge church wedding, a grand ballroom, an open bar and steak dinner, and dancing all night. Regardless of your vision, you need to make a budget to determine whether your dream wedding is realistic, or whether you must scale back in certain areas.
A wedding planning guide will, moreover, provide a timeline for such important tasks as booking a venue, scheduling a tasting with the caterer, hiring a photographer, ordering flowers, and planning bridesmaid and bridal dress fittings. Many of the best guides include checklists, so you can be assured that every detail will be taken care of as you begin the countdown to your wedding day.