Your wedding day is inarguably one of the most important events in your life. You will be celebrating the undying commitment between you and the love of your life, so you want only the best experience for everyone.
Every bride-to-be wants to make their big day perfect. There’s the pressure to make it stand out and extra memorable so those in attendance will gush about it for years to come. This can make the whole planning process overwhelming and leave you feeling stressed, especially if you really have no idea where to start.
To help you make the most out of this life-changing experience, here are three essential tips that will help you get started with planning your dream wedding and actually do it right.
Have a tentative guest list
Creating a guest list is one of the most challenging aspects of the wedding planning process. You cannot do this alone so even if you are doing most of the planning, you and your partner should work together in putting together your preliminary guest list.
The first thing to consider is your budget. Yes, it would be great to have everyone celebrate your big day with you but you need to stick to your budget to avoid stress and drama later on. And even if you have an unlimited budget, you still need to be realistic with your guest list count due to venue size and other factors. Remember, more guests means more stress and effort on your part.
Furthermore, be prepared to pare down your tentative guest list. This is the part where you might ruffle a few feathers but you’re not expected to please everyone. So go ahead and formulate your own cutting rules.
You decide on the people you want to be there with you on your wedding day. Think of your guests as must-haves and nice-to-haves. Your must-haves can be your immediate family members, close relatives, and your best buds – people you can’t imagine not by your side on this very special occasion. While those in your nice-to-have list might include co-workers, distant relatives, and other people you’d still want to be there. If there are people in your list that do not fit in these categories, don’t invite them. And please, don’t invite people
just because you feel really bad for leaving them off.
Choose a location
Where do you plan to hold your wedding? Will it be in the city or town where you or your partner currently lives? Or is there a wedding destination you’ve been eyeing for years?
When choosing a location for your wedding, you need to think ahead if it’s doable and if it will make it easier for you to execute your wedding plans. You would also want a location that’s accessible for your guests because if you choose to hold your wedding somewhere, that’s too far away, many of your guests might not make it due to time and budget constraints.
Pick your wedding date
One of the most important decisions you have to make when planning your wedding is picking the wedding date. The moment you announce your plans to get married, you will be asked the ultimate question: ‘When’s the big day?”
There are factors to consider when choosing a wedding date. You need to think of the season, the availability of your chosen venue, and the preferred length of your engagement, among other things. If you’re planning a wedding on a modest budget, you might choose to get married during the low season so you can negotiate for better deals and deep discounts with all your vendors. An off-season wedding is also advised for those who want a shorter engagement because there aren’t as many competition, so it’s very likely that your favorite vendors will be available on the date you picked.