Starting the Wedding Planning Process

Wedding planning may seem daunting at first, but it doesn’t have to be. Begin the planning process early.

Before you start the actual planning process, it is essential to determine your budget.

How to Budget

First, it is important to figure out who is paying for what. Are the bride’s parents going to pay for everything? Will the groom’s parents pay for the rehearsal dinner? It is better to know what to expect ahead of time so you can plan accordingly.

When planning your budget, pretend as you can only afford 15% less than what you can really afford, and do your best to stick to that. For example, if you can honestly spend $10,000 on your special day, act as if you can only spend $8,500.

This may sound strange at first. Practically speaking, however, there are sure to be hidden costs and fees that you may forget to account for. Most of us don’t have the luxury of an unlimited budget, so it’s always better to be safe than sorry. When such charges come up, you won’t have to worry about where the money to pay for them will come from.

Beginning the Planning Process

First, set the date. Coordinate with your religious leader to see when he or she is available, and reserve the date that works best for you. If you are planning a summer wedding, it is especially important to get started early, as summer is the most popular season for weddings.

Consider Hiring a Wedding Planner

Though exciting, planning a wedding is hard work. There are a myriad of details to remember and planning can be a time-consuming process. This can be a lot for one bride to handle. Many brides opt to hire a wedding planner.

When hiring a wedding planner, it is important to discuss with them what you’re expecting from them. Do you want them to be there to help you make decisions every step of the way? Do you want to have just a few meetings with them to make sure you’re on the right track to creating your dream wedding? Or do you just need someone to be there for you on the big day? Depending on what your expectations are, pricing may vary.

Many women prefer to plan their own wedding. This can help you save money, as well as give you complete control over every minute detail. Just remember, it’s ok to ask for help. And you can always hire a planner later on if it turns out to be harder than you expected.

Create the Vision of the Wedding

Close your eyes and imagine your wedding day. What do you see? This theme can consist of anything, from a colour scheme to red carpet glam. Do you want to incorporate your culture or heritage into the theme? What about your favourite fairytale from when you were little? Are you going to make your wedding eco-friendly?

Once you have a theme in mind, you have the foundation for how to go about planning the big day. It is vital to create a theme for a wedding before you start purchasing things. Everything will depend on the theme you choose. For example, you probably wouldn’t want to wear a huge ball gown to a simple backyard wedding.

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Simple and Elegant Wedding Tent Decoration Ideas for Your Outdoor Wedding

Wedding Tent Decoration Ideas

An outdoor wedding on a beautiful day can be a glorious thing, but a tent is a much needed accessory. Just about everyone wants to have perfect weather on their wedding day, but sometimes Mother Nature has other plans. Not to worry, there are many ways to decorate your tent to create a magical experience for all your guests.

Tent Size and Color

The color of choice for a wedding tent is typically white, but you can choose any color you’d like. Another essential decision you’ll need to make is what size you’d like the tent to be. The size will depend on how many guests you expect, but it will also depend on how much of the reception you would like for guests to spend under its cover. You can choose a smaller tent just for the cocktail hour or one just for dining, but if you are concerned about the elements, you should plan to use the tent for the entire night. You can always make a quick change if the sun comes out.

Flowers

You should decorate your tent as you would expect a reception hall to be decorated. If you are using a specific flower throughout the event, such as a daisy or calla lily, you should also use this flower to decorate the tent. This flower can be added to garland and twisted around the tent poles, or it can be arranged with other flowers in large vases to be placed at the tent entrance. For a natural vibe, choose an outdoor location that is close to a garden; this way, guests can marvel at the beauty of the natural botanicals and you won’t have to use as many cut flowers.

Lighting

If your event is in the evening, you will want to add some functional and decorative lighting. For a fun and inviting vibe, try wrapping strings of small white lights around the poles of your tent. You can also hang paper lanterns from the ceiling, just out of reach of the guests. This type of decorative lighting will cast a warm glow on your reception, creating a subtle yet romantic ambiance.

The most important thing to keep in mind about decorating the tent for your wedding is that it should coordinate with your other décor, but it shouldn’t stand out. Keep the hues subtle and the lighting dim, so you can be the star of the day – not the tent.

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3 Essential Tips for Planning your Dream Wedding

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.

Wedding Planning Tips

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.

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