How to plan a wedding becomes a priority after you get over the first few dizzy days of love after your engagement. With a few easy tips, you can plan a stellar wedding without stressing out.
Relaxation is a first step. Avoid getting frenzied and remember you are planning a loving celebration. Focus on the love you share and discuss your dreams together. Wrap your wedding plans around your vision, whether you want a winter wedding at a ski lodge or a traditional ceremony at a country club.
Create a wedding decorations budget that is reasonable and attainable. Start your new life off together with financial planning success for your wedding day – it’s a great start! Base your budget on realistic expectations and spend 10 percent less, so you have a little money in the kitty for unexpected wedding décor expenses that are bound to come up. Keep track of everything in a wedding budget book – write everything down and keep every receipt. Better yet, have a folder for receipts to keep track of what you spend and have proof of deposits paid. This type of organization is great practice for married life.
Some wedding décor items, such as personalized ribbons, favors and place card holders – not to mention wedding programs will need to be ordered ahead of time. Make sure items that need to be custom made or special ordered are paid for well in advance. You want to make sure everything arrives at least two weeks before the wedding day, in case anything needs to be exchanged or returned.
Make sure you know the regulations and requirements at your ceremony and reception locations. Some churches do not allow confetti, rice or pew bows attached. Some reception venues will provide linens free of charge – others will charge a fee or make you bring your own. If you are choosing a theme for your wedding day, make sure it flows well with your wedding location. Also, be certain to reflect your wedding theme in your invitations, thank you cards, favors and decorations.
Select stimulating decorations for your wedding ceremony, reception and honeymoon getaway car to create a party mood. Little accents go a long way such as table centerpieces, floral arrangements, wedding favors, a cake topper and bubbles to blow at the happy couple. Remember to choose thoughtful presents to thank your wedding party as well.
No matter how you plan your wedding, planning ahead will make certain you and your groom have a wonderful, unforgettable day that is appreciated by everyone in attendance.