You’ve made the decision: one of you asked and one of you said “yes!”. Congratulations! The great news is you’re now getting married. Planning your wedding can be incredibly stressful and all over the place, but it needn’t be. Planning your wedding should be relatively easy and definitely fun!
Getting organised fast is essential. Ensure you have remembered every aspect of planning your big day, and you will be able to take that walk down the aisle feeling everything is fine and can get on with enjoying the day that will give you so many precious memories.
Here are my essential wedding tips & advice for planning and preparing the first best day of the rest of your life:
Getting organised for your wedding planning journey is essential so you can keep track of your decisions and keep breaking down the jobs list. Here are some resources that could help you out immensely in getting some of your initial general wedding day planning sorted:
One of the biggest kickers for any engaged couple is planning a dream wedding and realising it is too expensive, or worse driving yourself into mountains of debt. No marriage should begin with a wedding-related deficit. To avoid this, it is important that you get on top of your cashflow instantly. Set a budget, and keep working to it.
Use our free Wedding Planner Budget tool by right clicking and saving to your computer…
Define your minimum wedding requirements. This is essential to work out an accurate budget as you will classify your cashflow and know for certain where you want and need to spend money. Budget your “must have” items first.
Before you begin looking at venues (and certainly before booking somewhere) you should know the approximate number of guests you’ll invite. This will ensure there’s plenty of space for your family and friends. Generally, allow for 25 to 30 square feet per guest. That may seem like a lot, but it’s not if you count the space you’ll need for the tables, bustling waiters, the band and a dance floor.
It is vital that you keep an eagle-eye on your cashflow. You need to know if and when money is due to be paid, and that contracts are in place. More importantly, you need to see at a glance where you are up to and what still needs to be done to have your dream wedding.
Our free Wedding Budget Planning tool gives a clear picture of contracts you have secured, deposits you have made, balances that are due and a close watch on how your spending is working out against the set budget target.
However, if you are going it alone and decide not use this resource, then you should factor in some particular budget breakdowns:
|Budget Item||% of Budget|
|Wedding Couple & Attire||16.8%|
|Venues & Reception||46%|
|Flowers & Decorations||7.9%|
This one can really take you by surprise if you’re not careful and organised… Feeding the team who are working for you on the day of the wedding. Before you sign any contract, always check that you’re not required to serve the same meal to your vendors as your guests. You could wind up paying for 20 additional three courses of fine dining. Choose a less expensive (but equally tasty and filling) meal for them instead. You will have to let your wedding caterer know a few of days before the wedding exactly how many vendors you need to feed (don’t forget photography assistants and band technicians) and what you want them to serve.
Know that as a rule, about 30% of the people you invite won’t attend. Naturally, this depends on the location of your wedding (destination weddings are harder to attend), how many out-of-towners are on your list, and the timing of the event (some guests may have annual holiday or summer plans).
Make your life easier by making your guests’ lives easier:
Create a personalised ceremony so it is more memorable. This is easy to do with the many wedding books available today, or even better using an Independent Celebrant can really give it that spark of originality… Some things to consider:
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