When it comes to planning a wedding, it can be a very exciting experience for all of those involved, especially for the bride. Sometimes it’s hard to stop and think about everything that goes into it, and when you’re in it so deep it can become incredibly frustrating. There are many factors that you have to consider when planning a wedding. Once you know every step and know how to stay organized, planning a wedding won’t necessarily have to have you pulling your hair out.
Choose a Date:
Before getting down to the nitty gritty of wedding planning, it’s first important to set the date. Once a date is set, you’ll be able to organize when every other detail should take place. Setting a date will also allow you to reserve the reception hall. You can’t reserve a reception hall if you don’t know when your wedding is going to be, and with most reception halls it’s difficult to reserve on short notice. So planning in advance by setting your date early on will prevent something like that from going wrong.
Set a Budget:
Once the date is set this will allow you to start saving your money in advance so you won’t run into any financial problems later on. This way, it’ll give you an idea on what you can splurge on, and what you will have to downgrade on if your spending gets a little out of hand.
Book Reception Hall:
Reception halls are sometimes difficult to book, and therefore should be done as early as possible (as stated above.) If you have somewhere else in mind for the reception, such as in your home, or a friend’s home, that’s fine. Just remember to make sure there’s enough room for everybody. That’s one thing that has to be considered. And also remember to make sure the location is decent enough for a wedding reception. When booking the reception hall, begin planning what you’re going to do about catering, and the wedding cake also. You’ll need to set up a consultation for all of these things.
Get an Organizer:
Manual organizers, and/or online organizers have made it very easy for brides to keep track of everything that has to be done for their wedding as well as making it easy by letting brides know when everything has to be done. Some people try to plan a wedding without an organizer, which can be done. It can get difficult and confusing, however. Having an organizer is beneficial for having the dates organized for fittings, and other errands. So I would recommend an organizer of some form. It’ll make everything that much easier.
It’s important to discuss the theme of your wedding. The bride and groom should be on the same page here, since it’s not just the bride’s wedding. It’s the groom’s also. Not everyone wants a traditional wedding these days. There are a number of themes you and your groom can go through, so choose the right one that fits both of your personalities.
Choose Wedding Party Members:
Sometimes you can’t avoid the drama that comes with the members of your wedding party. Choose them carefully to try and avoid that as much as possible. Make sure they’re on board with how you want your wedding to go. Give them a list of duties to help you out. Planning a wedding can be a long and tedious task that can be made easier if all parties work together and just have fun with it.
For the bride especially, it’s important to begin shopping for your dress early on. That way you’ll have plenty of time to choose the right one that fits your body and your personality. You’ll also need plenty of time to go back for different fittings. Weight can fluctuate during the course of your wedding planning for a variety of reasons so stay on top of that at all times. Don’t add extra stress on yourself by going on starvation diets just to fit into your dress. Have your dress made to fit your body, not the other way around. Use your organizer to plan and remember when to go back for different fittings. Same thing applies with bridesmaid dresses.
With the groom’s tux, and groomsmen, it doesn’t seem to be as stressful. Most men can simply rent their tux closer to the wedding date, but not too close. It’s important to get that done in a reasonable amount of time so you can have a tux reserved, and so you can make sure you get one that compliments your wedding colors.
It’s important for everyone to know where they are going to be sitting at the reception, and so does the ones in charge of the reception hall. So setting up a seating chart is essential to avoid all the chaos. Who wants that on their wedding day? If you have a lot of people showing up to your reception then begin the seating chart as early as possible. Set up a certain amount of people to every table. Naturally, the wedding party will sit at a head table. You can even set up a sweetheart table for the bride and groom also.
This is something for the bride and her friends and family. Here she can take time to unwind during the process of planning a wedding. Having one of the bridesmaids, or maid/matron of honor help with this can take added pressure off of everyone, especially the bride.
This party usually comes as a “surprise” for the bride and groom. You get to unwind even more here, let your hair down, and get a wild night before the wedding. Normally, the bride and groom don’t have to have this part of their organizer. Nonetheless, have it on there anyway, just in case you don’t have anyone helping you with the bachelor and bachelorette party.
The bride and groom should begin planning where they want to go on their honeymoon. Make sure the cost to this is part of your wedding budget. It doesn’t have to be too expensive, and you don’t have to go far, distance wise. You can even plan a honeymoon at a later date, if you like.
These are all the steps leading up to the wedding. When you take your time, stay organized, and have fun, you will have a great experience leading up to your wedding, and especially on the day of your wedding. Happy planning.