Your wedding day should be one of the best days of your life, if not the best of all. Marrying your life partner around your nearest and dearest in the setting of your dreams is as magical as it sounds, but it takes an awful lot of planning to get to that moment.
Of course, for many brides (and grooms) to be, the planning is an exciting part of the adventure, but it needs to be done properly to ensure you get the day you always wanted. If you’re reading this and are about to start your planning journey, here are five things you should remember when building your big day.
Be Honest With Your Budget
It’s incredibly easy to get carried away with the scale of your wedding. You might have been to other weddings that have given you inspiration for your own or seen amazing ideas on Instagram that you want to replicate. You must remember, however, that weddings are expensive and, while you want to make your day as special as it can be, you must remember to stick within the bounds of your own budget.
If you’re limited with what you have to spend, don’t go comparing your day to bigger budget ones. If you work hard at your planning and have the right people around you, you’ll be able to create the day of your dreams without the need to go over budget.
Think Carefully On Your Guest List
Again, it’s easy to get carried away with the invites. You’ll no doubt want the world to know about and enjoy your big day with you, but it’s essential you’re considered, even clinical, in your approach to who is coming to what part of the wedding.
The big issue will be who to invite to the ceremony itself and the wedding breakfast. Your final number will dictate the size of the location required, as well as the scale of the catering operation, both of which will impact heavily on your budget. Don’t be afraid to invite people exclusively to the evening do if it means you can stick to your initial plans.
Get The Big Items Out Of The Way First
Once you have your budget and numbers nailed down, it’s time to start looking at the foundational elements of the wedding. Because wedding services are in such high demand, you’ll need to prioritize essential items first. However, getting them out of the way will also help you create a solid plan, not to mention reduce stress levels knowing all the main things are sorted. You’ll want to get the following sorted early:
- The venue
- The dress
- The catering
- The entertainment
- The photographer/videographer
- The cake
- The VIP guests (groomsmen/best man, bridesmaids/maid of honor)
If you need some financial help in the beginning, it’s probably worth looking into to ensure your main priorities are sorted. Once you have the essential items out of the way, the smaller details will fall into place.
Don’t Be Afraid To Ask For Help
You might have looked at the list above and taken a big old gulp. There’s no getting around that there’s a lot to do ahead of your wedding and getting it right will typically take months of hard work and dedication. Naturally, you’ll want to have a hand in every single element of the day, but don’t put the responsibility of the entire event on your shoulders alone. Even if you think you can do it, there will be times where the strain of everything going on could get on top of you.
Draft in help from your loved ones. Your parents, your family, your friends – all will be willing helpers that can take the weight of responsibility off you, plus add some extra creative spark to the process.
It’s Your Day, Not Anyone Else’s
Last but not least, on a day where you want to impress everyone, don’t forget that it’s yours and your partner’s day most of all. Don’t let unwanted opinions of others, whether that’s nosey parkers at work or pushy in-laws, sway your judgment – stay true to who you are, and the rest will fall into place to create the best day of your life.