Planning a wedding can be one of the most exhausting tasks you ever have to complete, and it is easy to underestimate. Until you have begun to plan your own wedding, you can never have a true grasp on the number of factors and decisions that go into making the event beautiful and enjoyable. For that reason, it is always helpful to have some sort of checklist to rely on as you begin the planning and organization process. Here are some particularly worthwhile tips to help get you started.
First Move: Your Guest List
Before you make any other decisions regarding the planning, design, and organization of your wedding, you will need to write out a guest list and determine how many guests you will need to accommodate (thus determining your venue options). There are simply too many factors of a wedding that can’t be decided until you have at least a rough idea of who will be attending. This should always be one of your very first steps.
Choose A Date & Venue
Once you have a guest list figured out, it is time to choose a date and venue – and it is important to make these decisions together. When you take into account the time of year you want to get married, the weather at that time of year, and the competition you may have with other events while booking venues, it makes a great deal of sense to consider date and location simultaneously. To plan your wedding, you need to choose a time and place that compliment each other and work for the majority of your guests.
Devote Time To Rings
While the engagement ring may already be picked out, it is a good idea to begin to educate yourself on wedding rings. Head to a site like 77Diamonds to look at wedding rings early in the planning process. To begin with, the wedding bands will be very important to you and your spouse, and thus should be chosen before you get into the complex details closer to your wedding. Additionally, knowing what you will spend on rings can help you to plan your budget for the rest of your wedding.
Pick Decorative Themes
Instead of choosing specific design aspects for your wedding right off the bat – the flowers, the reception decorations, etc. – try thinking of an overall design theme. This might be a mood, a colour, or a set of colours, and it is usually fairly simple. Still, it can keep you more organized if you pick a theme before choosing specific decorative elements.
Stick To A Budget
As you get into the more specific details of your wedding planning – the ones with price tags – try to stick to a budget. It can be tough to know exactly how much you need to set aside for a wedding, but even having a rough idea can stop you from making unnecessary or extravagant purchases. Needless to say, weddings can get very expensive, and with a budget you can be sure to spend your money on the most important factors first.
With all of this said, the most important thing to do? Contact a wedding planner who will look out for your best interests (and budget) and keep you grounded every step of the way!