Congratulations! Planning a wedding is exciting—and it can also be overwhelming. It’s a lot to take on, and there are so many decisions to make. So relax. Breathe deeply and focus on what matters most: you and your partner and the meaning of your relationship together.
Before you get started, take a moment to breathe and reset.
Before you get started, take a moment to breathe and reset. It’s hard to be objective when you’re caught up in wedding craziness, so take some time to think about what your priorities are. What do you want? Don’t worry about what other people want; this is YOUR day!
Don’t stress over the cost—you’re going to spend that money anyway (and hopefully have some left over). Don’t let yourself get overwhelmed by the amount of planning involved; do one thing at a time. Don’t think in terms of time: it will all come together when the big day arrives (even if everything goes wrong on that day). And don’t worry about details either—if something doesn’t work out quite right, who cares? It will still be your wedding!
The point is you need to focus on what’s important, and everything else should be taken care of. Don’t let the little things wear you down; remember that it only matters how much fun you and your guests have!
Set your priorities.
Once you’ve figured out what you have to work with and what your priorities are, it’s time to prioritise.
- Make a list of everything that needs to be done in order for your wedding to happen.
- Prioritise the list by importance. As in, if something was really important but not doable at all (like a unicorn or flying monkeys), put it at the bottom of the list because it’s not going to happen anyway so there’s no point spending time on something that won’t happen or isn’t even possible! If something is very important but also possible (like hiring a professional photographer), put them towards the top of the list because they’re important enough that they should definitely be considered as soon as possible! Once everything is prioritised based on its importance level, then go through each item and write down whether it will be done regardless of budget constraints and whether any obstacles might prevent its completion within your timeline anyway… This way once everyone knows which things are most important for them like having food served on time or having flowers delivered ahead of schedule so guests don’t have anything else distracting them from enjoying themselves at this beautiful celebration we’ve created together!”
Focus on what will be most meaningful to you and your partner, and be thoughtful about whether those things are worth the money.
When planning a wedding, it’s tempting to think about all the ways you can make it special for your guests, but don’t forget about yourself! If there are elements of the ceremony or reception that would mean more to you than anyone else—or if there are aspects that would look beautiful in photos but aren’t as important—it’s okay to cut some of those things out. For example, if your family is expecting an elaborate meal at dinner time but doesn’t mind skipping dessert or having something simple like cake pops instead of cupcakes with fondant flowers on top (which cost $1 per piece), then consider saving some cash by doing so. The same goes for favours: Your guests might appreciate getting thank-you cards with pictures inside more than they’d appreciate receiving their own set of silverware engraved with their names.
Look carefully at what you’re buying vs. renting.
If you think about it, there are a lot of things that seem like they should always be purchased. What do they say? “If you want something done right, do it yourself.” But if you’re getting married and trying to find the best way to plan your perfect day, it may be worth thinking about whether renting could actually save money in the long run and create a better experience for everyone involved.
To help with this decision-making process, here are some examples of when renting is good and bad:
- Renting is good if you don’t use what you buy very often (or ever) because then it will last longer than if it were bought new. For example: You’re going to need some chairs for your outdoor ceremony venue, but those same chairs won’t get used every day at home after the wedding—and besides, buying them would probably cost more than the rental fees!
- Renting is bad when buying something new would save money in maintenance costs over time compared with renting since typically items that are bought new can be repaired or replaced easily without having to pay full price all over again (especially with things like electronics). For example: Your fiancée wants an expensive blender as part of her registry list—but wouldn’t she rather spend her money on something else instead?
Don’t skimp on a good photographer or videographer.
Photography is one of the most important parts of your wedding, because that’s how you will remember it.
If you’re looking for an affordable option, consider hiring someone who offers their services as a side hustle or up-and-coming photographer who can’t afford to charge top dollar yet but has great skills to offer in the future.
Having a wedding website is an easy way to keep everyone informed.
Having a wedding website is an easy way to keep everyone informed. Your guests will be able to see what’s happening at the ceremony itself, and even make their own personal plans for the day. This is especially helpful if you’re holding your wedding in a remote location where not all of your guests may have access to smartphones or wireless internet—they still have plenty of time to see what’s happening where they are!
Consider having a few friends or family members help out with some of the planning.
It can be helpful to have some friends or family members help out with some of the planning. For example, if you don’t know a lot about flowers, ask your friend who does.
You may also want to enlist your friends and family for assistance on your big day itself. After all, there are so many things that need to get done before and during the ceremony—and it’s likely that you’ll have other duties (like getting ready) that you won’t have time for if you’re trying to do everything yourself!
It’s also smart to consider using them as an extra set of hands if they’re available during the reception; this way they can help serve food or drinks or hand out favours or any number of other helpful tasks!
Make sure your planning aligns with the time of year that’s best for you!
Another important step in planning your wedding is to find the right date. This will depend on what type of wedding you want, but it’s always good to keep these factors in mind:
Time of year. Chose a date that works best for you and your partner, as well as for family and friends.
Weather conditions. If you’re having an outdoor reception outside, choose a month where there’s not too much rain or snow! Or move it inside if necessary! I’m sure your guests will be more than happy about that plan B 🙂
Availability of venues/caterers. If there aren’t any venues available on certain days (or if hiring caterers is really expensive), then look at other possible dates that might work better for those things instead!
Plan for a wedding that is realistic and meaningful for you.
- Make sure you have a budget.
- You should have a time frame in mind, and be able to stick to it.
- Don’t forget to figure out the venue!
- Finally, don’t forget about the guest list!
When it comes to planning a wedding, the most important thing is to have fun. If you don’t enjoy the process, then it will be difficult for you and your partner to get through it. By making a point of enjoying each step of planning, you’ll be creating happy memories that last long after your nuptials are over.
- Having fun with this process can mean several different things:
- Enjoying the time spent with your partner as he or she helps plan it with you
- Enjoying being creative and coming up with ideas for how your special day will look and feel
- Enjoying looking at galleries of past weddings to get inspiration from some beautiful moments
Enjoying yourself is absolutely essential if you want an amazing wedding experience. Make sure that all three aspects—planning, enjoying the planning process itself, and actually living the day—are something that makes both of you happy!
Overall, wedding planning can be a fun, exciting process. The best part about it is that you get to decide what kind of wedding you want it to be! If you’re looking for something simple, with just family and friends, then go for it. Or if your dream is an elaborate affair with all the bells and whistles, then go for that too! We hope these tips have helped you find your way through planning your ideal wedding—and remember: we wish you all the best on this journey.