These are the Top 10 Essential Pieces of Wedding Planning Advice!
As we were reading all of the lovely engagement posts from New Year and Christmas on social media, it got us thinking about all the advice we’ve given over the years. There are probably 3,000 tips all over the site. They cover everything from setting a budget to giving a memorable speech. However, we decided to focus our efforts on the key points, the advice that you need when you’re first engaged. There won’t be any tips here on setting up your wedding cake table. This is the crucial stuff that gets lost in the rush of planning and bridesmaids dresses shopping. These little gems of wisdom will make your Wedding Planning Advice easier and more enjoyable. We have the best advice ever for wedding planning!
Talking about the wedding with family and friends is a risky business.
Although it is natural to tell your friends the most intimate details of your wedding, we think that it’s better to keep them in the dark. Although you may not realize it, revealing details such as your first dance song and how much you are spending on flowers can make your choices open to debate. It is best to avoid conflicts and upset by not revealing the details of your day, particularly if you have more opinionated friends or those who fret. Keep a quick reminder handy in case someone presses for more information. It could be something like “We want to keep this surprise”, or “You’ll just wait and see what happens!” It works wonderfully. Important information that may impact the safety or enjoyment of your guests should be exempted.
Identify your priorities early on
Before you begin planning your wedding, talk to your partner about the type of wedding you want. Consider the vibe and feel you desire, and then try to imagine the perfect celebration. Soon, you’ll be able to identify your priorities. As a couple, you should settle on three to four priorities. Many couples decide to entertain their guests and reduce stress. This allows them to relax and enjoy the day. But, if you have high priorities, that’s fine too. You can identify your priorities early on to help you budget. It also gives you something to look back at when making difficult decisions.
Avoid getting stuck in a research hole
Planning a wedding can be overwhelming if you’ve never done it before. However, it is easy to get overwhelmed with the amount of information. While you want to be fully informed, it’s not necessary that you feel overwhelmed. Also, you don’t want your time wasted researching areas that aren’t important to the couple (it’s best to stick to your priorities). It’s a good idea for you to find out how much weddings cost in your area. We have guides for Ireland and the UK. You can also see our other popular wedding cost features right here. You can use our directory to search for the best suppliers. Also, you should set yourself deadlines so that you can make decisions. It might be time for you to pick your favourite manicure after spending three weeks researching it.
Budgeting: Master the Art
It’s easy to get overwhelmed by the costs of your wedding without a detailed budget. You can find out how to figure your wedding budget by reading this article. We recommend that you have a contingency of 12.5%. You can then choose a method to keep track of your spending. The most popular option is spreadsheets. Let me be clear, it is not common for couples to stick to a budget when planning their wedding. However, if you are diligent about tracking your expenses, you have a better chance of staying on track.
Treat Potential Guests with the A,B,C, and D List Treatment
It may sound tedious but it is the fastest and easiest way to create your wedding guest lists. You can divide your family and friends into groups according to how important their attendance is to you. Ok, maybe this is a bit complicated, but you have another option, which is to make a list and then use a red pen! It is much more difficult and takes twice the time. This video shows you how to use A-to-D List. It also includes helpful guidelines that will help you determine which family members and friends fall on which list.
Don’t buy anything that doesn’t feel right for you
As with any party, weddings follow a certain pattern. This will prove to be very helpful in the planning phase. It’s important to not include handfasting rituals because everyone else did it, or giving speeches when you don’t like public speaking. If you are determined to do away with the bridal party’s dresses, photo booths, bouquet tossing, and colour white, then go for it! No one will be disappointed that you have chosen to make your wedding a little more unconventional. You and your partner will have a more enjoyable wedding because they feel authentic. You should not allow elements to have a major impact on the experience of your guests. For example, you can be creative with the food selection, but it’s important that everyone gets enough!
Be a good supplier
Although it is a difficult task to put together a team of dream wedding suppliers, the good news is you can relax and breathe a sigh. We prefer the following approach when it comes to suppliers: Find the right people, communicate what you want, then let them do what they do best. It’s much easier to plan a wedding when you are satisfied with the vendors you have hired. If a supplier is able to adapt to your brief and offer alternative solutions, it will make wedding planning much easier. Remind yourself that suppliers are experts and you don’t need to get into micromanagement mode.
Fake Deadline – Work for a fake deadline
When it comes to wedding planning, organization is essential. Throwing an easy party can take a lot and it’s easy to run out time at the end. It’s because you should plan your wedding like it’s happening a month before it actually is. It’s likely that by the time your fake date arrives, there will be a few things you need to do but you’ll still be a lot ahead of schedule. This allows you to relax and enjoy every moment leading up the big day.
Your Heart is yours
It takes a village in order to plan a wedding. Doing it yourself often leads to stress. Although it can be hard for some people to call in favours or ask for help, many will find that their friends and family are more than willing to help. In reality, many of your closest friends, parents, siblings, and wedding party members will be expecting to do a few jobs. You can make delegation your best friend when you choose your wedding helpers carefully. You can choose to give the big tasks to some family members and friends, while others will prefer you assign one of the smaller tasks. You should keep track of who is doing which tasks, and thank them for their efforts in speeches.
Stress Less on the Little Things
Even if you have a list of priorities for your big day, it is easy get lost in all the details. You may worry about the decorations on the chairs, the cake toppers or the music at the dinner. Although these details might have an effect on the atmosphere of the day, they are not essential to the success or failure of a wedding. And guests won’t notice them. You can ask your guests to think about the week following the wedding if they aren’t sure. What about the following month or year? If you are unable to answer, give yourself permission not to add it to your to-do lists. This applies to minor family dramas as well. Panic around the mother-of-the-bride’s outfit and upset over the guest list will likely be forgotten by the time the big day rolls around.