While planning a wedding is exciting, it can also be a stressful experience- particularly if you’re having a large wedding, you don’t have long to plan, or you have a lot of guests coming from out of town. Here are some top tips to make the whole process easier:
Set your budget
Money can be difficult to talk about, especially if one person in the relationship earns a lot less than the other, or multiple parents are planning to contribute to the wedding. The best advice? Don’t leave the money conversation until the end. It’s crucial that you have a good understanding of exactly how much before you begin planning and shopping for your wedding. Once you have an idea of your budget, you can sort out your priorities accordingly.
Most of the time, your budget won’t stretch to every little thing you’ve seen at all those other weddings (and on Pinterest). That’s why it’s a good idea to talk to your significant other and think of five must-haves so you can spread your budget accordingly when you’re planning the wedding. For example, if you love fashion, you’ll probably want to allocate a decent portion of your budget towards your dress and your bridesmaids’ dresses.
If you’re hoping to wow your guests with great food and good music, that’s where you’ll want to put the majority of your budget. But if you’re more concerned about having as many people on the guest list as possible, you’ll need to make some necessary cuts.
The best venues are often booked solid up to a year in advance (and sometimes longer). That’s why you’ll need to consider where you’d like to get married before you think about anything else. If you’re planning to get married on the beach or in a garden, you’ll need to find bench rentals for weddings, while if you’re looking at an indoor reception or ceremony, you may want to check out San Diego party rental instead.
While you’re planning your wedding it’s a good idea to remember that the day is all about celebrating your future together. No one will notice if the bridesmaids’ dresses don’t exactly match the chair decorations, but they will notice if you’re super stressed out and don’t seem to be enjoying yourself.
That’s why it may be a good idea to think about hiring a wedding planner, who can do the majority of the heavy lifting for you when it comes to planning. Since it’s their job to ensure your day runs smoothly, you can focus on having fun and enjoying your wedding day.
Are you planning your wedding? What are your top tips? Leave a comment below and let me know.