It is no secret that planning a wedding could be quite the cumbersome process. However, it needn’t be if you bear in mind that when planning your wedding, there are things you should know… advice so essential that any bride who’s lucky enough to have it will be glad they did.
So, if you’re wondering whether there’s something you may have missed or whether or not you’ve got everything under control, check out these 5 invaluable planning secrets below;
#1. Carefully Pick-out Your Wedding Date
First know ahead of time if your wedding date falls on the same day as a trade conference, charity walk, or other local event that could affect traffic and hotel room availability. You may also want to watch out for the weather and other potential natural hiccups.
#2. Marry Your Vendors First
Your wedding vendors should be your go-to, most-trusted experts during the planning process. When working with them, you should feel free to really explore what it is you want. You should feel like you can have an honest conversation with them about what it is you want. Their job will be to tell you what you can and can’t make work given your wedding budget.
#3. Prioritize Your Guests
Pare down your guest list with this “tiers of priority” trick. Place immediate family, the bridal party and best friends on top of the list; follow with aunts, uncles, cousins and close friends you can’t imagine celebrating without. Under that, list your parents’ friends, neighbors, coworkers and so on. By so doing, if at all you need to make some cuts with the guest list, you can start from the bottom until you reach your ideal number.
#4. Take It One Step at a Time
Put together a wedding planning schedule and do things one by one, in a logical order, so you don’t take on too much too fast and end up with everything crumbling around you. Don’t hire any vendors until you’ve confirmed your date; don’t order your cake until you’ve picked-out your flowers (you don’t want the colours conflicting); and try not to book a band until you’ve settled on how big your reception space will be.
#5. Be Realistic With Your Time
You should liaise with your planner in such a way that they understand how important timing is. You don’t want to put your guests off with draggy speeches and long toasts. Just cut to the chase and let every one have a good time.
On a final note, you should know that as a rule, about 30 percent of the people you invite won’t attend. Naturally, this depends on the location of your wedding (long destination weddings are harder to attend), you may want to have your wedding in the heart of the city where every one could easily access the venue.
I suppose we are good to go here. Good luck with your wedding, and hey… We wish you Marriage Bliss!!!