As a wedding planner, I see the looks on couples faces when they are quoted the price from a venue and their jaws drop! They had no idea that just the venue and catering alone was going to cost them upwards of $15,000.00. Make sure you’re well prepared for the unexpected, and some things that you might never have thought of, I have provided you with seven fabulous wedding planning tips to help you with getting prepared to plan the wedding of your dreams.
- Don’t forget to make a list of all the most important photos that you want your photographer to take on your wedding day, make sure your photographer has a copy as well as your wedding planner and Maid of Honour to make sure that none of these special moments are missed. You’ll never get those moments back to get those pictures that you missed that day.
- Remember that it’s your day! Don’t be so busy catering to the wants and needs of others that you don’t make your own wedding dreams come true.
- Keep in mind that it takes approximately 200 or more hours to plan a wedding. Make sure you have good and reliable friends and family by your side to assist you along the way. If you feel that it is simply too much to handle on your own, don’t be afraid to ask a professional for help! Whether it is hiring a wedding planner or just having a consultation to figure out a couple of things you are stuck on.
- Realize that everything will turn out okay, no matter what goes wrong during the wedding, there’s always a way to improvise and make things work, don’t stress, your wedding is supposed to be fun and enjoyable, don’t overwhelm yourself.
- Weddings are expensive! Save, save, save money! You won’t believe how much money goes into hosting a wedding, the numbers add up very quick, the more elaborate your ideas, the more you will tack onto the budget. Plan a budget and stick to it!
- You will change your mind several times throughout the planning process, make sure you have a vision in mind before you go ahead and book your vendors and pick your packages and colours etc. Don’t be over impulsive, if you simply can’t resist, check out their cancellation policy to ensure you can get a full refund in the event you change your mind, especially early on in the planning process.
- Most guests you invite will be terrible with actually RSVP’ing for the wedding, you need to know exact numbers for your venue, caterer and when purchasing wedding guest favours. Make sure you follow-up within the week that you needed your guests to RSVP by to ensure you know the amount of guests to expect. Some venues and caterers even have a minimum guest amount, make sure you understand this when booking them.