You’ve just announced your engagement, but there are so many tasks to accomplish. Where do you start? Answer these questions first, and you’ll find wedding planning less overwhelming.
What are Our Priorities?
While one person’s perfect wedding includes an over-the-top reception, others value simplicity. If you’re looking for easy, consider a destination wedding, like one couple we know, who hired a wedding planning company in Bermuda to secure everything from the cake to the minister. Or stay stateside and hire a wedding planner.
If your main priority is meeting family traditions, ask a trusted family member for guidance. But if your family is plagued with drama, don’t be afraid to keep the wedding small. After all, it doesn’t matter how beautiful the ceremony is if the in-laws start a brawl at the reception!
One couple we know preferred an outdoor location, but didn’t care about providing reception music. They found a country estate to be the perfect solution.
Another couple wanted to evoke the groom’s Irish heritage, spending money on traditional dancers and food, but saving pennies on homemade invitations and centerpieces.
How Much Will We Spend?
Nothing ruins a honeymoon like those four words: “You credit card’s denied.” It’s best to determine your budget ahead of time to determine what you can spend.
While many wedding books and magazines offer formulas to determine your budget, it’s important to adjust those to reflect your own priorities. Remember, too, that location can make a difference. You may live in a big city, but if you have family in a small town, consider having the wedding there, where prices are likely to be lower.
Pay attention to your priorities. If you’ve already determined that the ceremony is more important than the reception, for example, you can adjust your budget accordingly, spending more on ceremony location rentals and wedding attire, and less on reception food, entertainment, and table decorations.
Ask friends and family for money-saving help. One couple we know got the word out that their wedding, based on a popular science-fiction show, would be a must-see event. They soon had plenty of volunteers, all hoping to secure an invitation! One word of caution: If you hire a friend for a key position, such as DJ, remember to make your expectations clear.
Answering these two questions will help you figure out what you really want and how you can start getting there.