Engaged couples who are planning their wedding will quickly learn just how many details there are to creating the perfect event. From the flowers to the favors, there are many items to pick out to create a special day that is remembered for a lifetime. To ensure that you can plan your wedding successfully and allow it to be everything you’ve envisioned, there are a few important tips to follow.
Create a Budget
The budget of your wedding will determine each detail of the special day, making it important to calculate what you can afford before the planning begins. You’ll also need to have enough wiggle room in the budget for unexpected expenses that may arise, which includes the cost of extra wedding invitations or having the wedding dress hemmed.
Choose the Wedding Venue First
Although it can be easy to find a caterer or begin shopping for your wedding dress after becoming engaged, it’s important to first choose a wedding venue. The venue will work as a canvas for the decorations and the attire that you pick, making it important to find a space before deciding on the style of your wedding.
Find a Marriage Officiant
The wedding ceremony should run smoothly to ensure that you enjoy each moment of the event while saying, “I do.” It’s important to find wedding officiants who are certified and have experience marrying couples. Find an officiant that you feel comfortable with and pick someone who has a friendly personality. Set up a meeting to ensure that they have proper speech and are willing to make the ceremony modern or traditional.
Determine Your Color Scheme
You’ll need to choose your color scheme before picking out the flowers or bridesmaid dresses to ensure that everything looks professionally styled. Consider visiting a hardware store to pick out different color swatches that you can use as inspiration for your wedding day. You can also find color schemes online with inspiration boards that you can make on wedding websites, which will allow you to stick with a specific vision that you have in mind.
Hire a Planner
Although you may want to plan each detail of your wedding yourself, you’ll still need someone to direct everything on the day of the event. Hire a day-of coordinator who can work with your vendors and style the centerpieces as you get ready before the ceremony begins. This will allow you to avoid the stress of working through problems that may arise and will ensure that you truly enjoy the day from beginning to end.
When finding someone to cater the food or when looking for a photographer, you’ll need to shop around to find a good deal. Opt for vendors or professionals who are competitive with their prices to ensure that you can stay within your budget. You can also ask for discounts or promotions that may be available if you write a review on their website or recommend them to a friend. If you would like more information, Young, Hip & Married has additional resources available.