The Bride’s Survival Guide: Things You Need To Know About Planning Your Own Wedding
Who is not excited about her wedding? Wearing the best wedding dress, celebrating love with the people close to your heart, and yes, marrying the person of your dreams. Wedding is what almost all women and men dream of. Of course, you want an extravagant wedding or a wedding that would everyone remembers for the rest of their life, but if you have very limited money to spend, how can you turn this dream into reality?
Hiring a wedding planner is a good idea as they can make the wedding preparation easy and comforting, but if you do not have money to pay for their service, what would you do? Actually, planning and executing your own wedding is possible with the help of people dear to you, and besides, it is cheaper so there is no reason why would you not take this route.
Things You Must Know When Planning Your Own Wedding
Before you get so excited and start planning your wedding all by yourself, here are some of the things you have to keep in mind.
- Make sure that you know your budget before you start planning
The general rule of thumb is that you need to know how much you can spend before planning your own wedding. You would not want to go out or speak with different vendors without having any fixed budget in mind. Identifying your budget can help you a lot in determining the right vendors to call, the right shops to visit, the number of guests to invite, and so on.
You have to speak with your soon to be husband about what he thinks is fair to spend on your big day.
- You can consider hiring one day or two days wedding planner’s service
Before you completely decide on shutting down your doors to hiring a wedding planner, you should know that they can be hired even just for a day or two. It is not all or nothing as you can hire them on the day of your wedding. Check on the packages they offer, and if after finalizing your budget and identifying the vendors to hire, you see that you have enough to spend paying an on-the-day wedding planner, by all means, you can go ahead and do so. There is a lot of good benefits and advantages of letting a wedding coordinator handle the show.
Tip: You have to meet up with the wedding coordinator a few months before the wedding so they know what to expect and the work they need to provide.
- Be as organized as possible
Make sure that you are well organized if you are planning your own wedding. Some of the things you have to consider ensuring that everything is handled right are:
- Checklist: A checklist must include everything you need to accomplish until the big day comes
- A calendar: You can set up a reminder on your phone or you can have a physical calendar you can check from time to time for meetings, appointments, etc. A calendar can help you avoid missed appointments and agreements
- A notebook: Make sure that you have an available notebook all the time when meeting up with vendors. Also, this will let you jot down things you remember
- File envelope: Keep an envelope to safe keep agreements and contracts. This can also help you easily find contracts or agreements in the event that you need to get back on it
- Seek help from friends and family
There are so many things at your wedding you need to organize and arrange, doing it by yourself may be impossible. Seek help from your family and friends and assign them a job that can make your life a little easy.
Also, you can turn to your friends or family who recently got married and ask for recommendations. Their recommendations can help you a lot in sourcing the right vendor to hire for your wedding. Do not hesitate to seek their help and suggestion, for sure they are willing to give you a hand. They will let you know two things, vendors you need to avoid and vendors you need to trust. Taking their suggestions into consideration can help you a lot in finding the right one to service your wedding.
- Make sure that you consider the time
Time is very important. Make sure that you are planning your own wedding ahead of time. There is so much planning to do on your wedding and time is not on your side. Make sure that you allot enough time to prepare for your wedding. Do not take time too easily, give yourself enough time to prepare. There is just so much to do and if you prepare late you may not have enough time to call all your vendors and choose right.
Giving yourself enough time will avoid you from choosing vendors haphazardly.
- Never sacrifice quantity over quality
Here is what you need to keep in mind, the more guests you will invite, the more expensive it will get. Try to cut your guests to a few and serve them the highest quality of meals and wedding favors. If you invite too many guests, you might end up with a venue that is not too nice or a food that is not too appetizing or not enough quantity for serving.
Although if you have enough money to spare, you can go ahead and invite as many as you want but you have to make sure it won’t affect the quality of your wedding at all.
- Read your contracts very well
Reading the contract is a must. Read it twice or even thrice if needed. Do not hesitate to ask as many questions as you can. Never leave any grey area behind. You have to know every detail of the contract.
There is absolutely nothing wrong if you are planning for your own wedding, provided that you do it right. To know more about weddings, visit this site: https://www.callablanche.com/post/the-ultimate-brides-survival-guide/
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