Wedding planning is one hectic affair for sure. It can take away your good night’s sleep and can give you dark circles before your D-day. Simply planning an arrangement is not enough. You have to ensure that it remains on the right track throughout. And, to make this possible, creating a to-do checklist is a great idea.
So, to help you out with your wedding planning,we have collected these tips from experts to make sure everything is perfect for your D-Day!
When planning the guest list, remember that you do not need to invite your co-workers. If there is some one that you work with that you are very close to, that is one thing but inviting 100 people from the office is just a waste of your money on the invitations because only the ones that you are close to will come anyway.
The first step in wedding planning is deciding how much money you are going to spend and make a budget.If your budget is small, share your joy and happiness with only family and your closest friends.Plan your budget first. The rest you can fit into that budget.Also, when planning your wedding budget allow 25% more for extras that you haven’t planned for.
Order the invitations four months in advance. Invitations should be mailed four to six weeks in advance. Take the invitations to the post office to be weighted for sufficient postage.
For the D-day:
On your wedding day bring along an emergency kit with a needle and thread, safety pins, hairpins, hairspray and nail polish.Do your hair and makeup before putting on your wedding dress or sari.Eat something before your wedding. Even though you might not feel hungry, try to swallow just a few bites. You don’t want to faint on your big day!
Make detailed photocopies of your wedding day schedule beginning that morning and continuing until your departure for your honeymoon. Give copies of the schedule to all parents as well as everyone in the wedding party.
The wedding dress:
Start shopping for a wedding dress six months in advance. You will need several fittings before it is perfect.Also,when shopping for your wedding dress, state your price range at the beginning.
Plan your honeymoon six months in advance. Make all arrangements and reservations well in advance.
When selecting a caterer try to sample their food before hiring them. If it is a restaurant, go there to have dinner before you hire them.
Deciding the D-date:
When choosing a wedding date, take your guests into consideration. Avoid family birthdays, anniversaries, etc. Also think about those that will be traveling.
Choose a photographer,videographer well in advance:
View his or her photographs to see if you like their style of photography. If you do, book as early as possible because photographers have a lot of projects during peak wedding season,so you do not want to miss out on your favourit one!
Planning a wedding takes a lot of time. If you don’t have the time, hire a wedding consultant.
Here is some in-depth insight on some of the key aspects of your wedding:
- Stop everything and Think!
Whether you were the little girl who always wanted a fairytale wedding, or the tomboy, who still can’t believe she’s getting married, if you want a wedding that’s you, you better start looking inward to figure out who you truly are, what you love and how you’re going to translate that to the venue, the stationery, the décor, your trousseau and so on. Pinterest is a great way to keep all your inspirations in one place if you’re an online junkie; if not, your trusty old journal and clippings will work just fine.
- Date, destination and vendors
With auspicious times to consider, family and friends flying in from faraway, and the possibility of a destination wedding, choosing a date may involve more debate and time than anticipated. Get cracking pronto, as the bookings of everything from ceremony and reception venues, to vendors (caterers, photographers, videographers, make-up artists, bridal attire designers…) hinges on it.
Family and friends are a good source of venue and vendor recommendations. Asking vendors to recommend other vendors works as well. Aside from viewing or tasting their work, speaking with former clients of your vendors, will give you a fair idea of whether they do indeed deliver what they promise.
Be warned: The best options tend to be booked months and even years in advance, so the later you settle on a date the fewer your alternatives.
- The Budget
Getting budget approximations from recently married friends will give you a fair idea of how much it costs to get married nowadays and what (quality and quantity) a certain budget can purchase. That said, once you’ve put all your pennies on the table, the best you can do is work out a percentage wise prioritisation of which aspects of your wedding matter most and allocate funds accordingly.
- The Guest List
A guest list tends to grow outrageously when you start keying it into an Excel sheet than when it is just names in your head. Prioritise the list in terms of family, close friends and relatives, distant relatives, acquaintances, etc. so that in the event that you have to cut down on invitees to stay within budgetary or other parameters, it’s just a case of knocking off a few names at the end of the list.
- Shopping Sense
This gargantuan task can go on till the day before the wedding and will quickly get out of hand if you don’t break it down into manageable bites ASAP. Attire, accessories, décor and giveaways are the primary purchase areas. Drafting a master checklist for everything from sindoor to socks for the groom should keep things on track.
- The Organizer
Keep things together. The trouble with having too many safe places is that you can never find things when you need them. So create one folder for everything and file, pin or copy/paste it there. Theme clippings, shopping lists, fitting dates, vendor contacts, guest lists, cost comparisons, anticipated and actual budget, to-dos, a reasonable timeline featuring all the tasks in the run-up to the wedding and task lists for everyone who is lending a hand (don’t forget to hand out copies of this to all involved in coordinating) must all be at your finger-tips when you need them.
- Enjoy the Process
No matter how much you plan there will be things that you just cannot control. So plan ahead, do not procrastinate no matter how small the chore, delegate as much as you can, and then put your best smile on, before that fancy candid photographer you hired catches you mid-frown.