Wedding planning can be hard and overwhelming. For our brides out there that are not sure where to start when it comes to wedding planning, here are a few quick tips to help you get your event underway.
Tip 1: Visit The Knot - www.theknot.com
This website is the mecca of all things wedding. Whether you’re simply looking for inspiration or for actual vendors, this site is set up to help you navigate through the hubbub with real-time, relevant information. One of the features worth mentioning for the site include the classified section – where you can buy used or even brand new items from other former brides for a fraction of the retail price. The site also has a great gift registry section which allows you to set up your wedding site and register yourself with more than 15 popular retail stores like Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s and Pottery Barn. It’s a one-stop shop for all brides looking to minimize on the amount of research but maximize in relevancy.
Tip 2: Know What You Want to Spend
Everyone, unless you’ve had the luck of winning the jackpot, has a budget. Figure how much you’re going to spend and allocate specific amounts to different areas of your wedding. In general, 50% of your budget should be allotted to the venue, your food and drinks. The other 50% takes care of everything else that goes into your wedding.
Approach your vendors and be upfront about your budget. The last thing you need is to fall in love with a dress you can’t afford or waste time dreaming about that cake that isn’t going to be at your reception. Your vendors are experts, they’ll be able to tell you what is workable within your price range and what options are available to you. Be open to these options and don’t expect to be knowledgeable about everything. Your florist won’t expect you to know how much flowers cost and it’s their job to navigate and work within your budget.
Tip 3: Consider Your Schedule
If you grew up like me, you thought of your wedding was an excuse for a big party. But unlike conventional parties, cupcakes and punch are no longer going to appease the masses. Weddings are now orchestrated through months and months of planning and catered to not only your tastes but the tastes of your groom, his mother, your mother, the list goes on. For brides that are working full-time, we suggest considering whether you have time to execute this wedding to its full potential. If not, you may have to hire an event planner to take care of the details for you. Keep in mind these event planners may take a bite out of your wedding budget but they’re the purveyors of all your wedding details and will take a load of responsibility off your plate. If an event planner is out of your budget, you can also hire a day-of coordinator. Day-of coordinators don’t plan your wedding but they will step in at the last minute to make sure everything goes off without a hitch the day of your wedding.
Tip 4: Start Big and Go Small
When you’re planning your wedding you should take care of the big details first like the date, venue and your guest list. Once you have those details down, start looking for your dress and hiring vendors. Leave all flexible details that you can do yourself for last, like party favors and seating charts. Anything that requires an outside party should be prioritized first because of the lead time some vendors require in order to execute your event. Think of your planning process as a funnel and the closer you get to your wedding the more minute the details of it should become.
Tip 5: References, References, References!
Most brides plan their weddings only once, so almost all brides are green to the process. There are many choices out there as far as great vendors, so make an informed choice by asking people you trust for a reference. Ask former brides, friends who frequent weddings and other professionals for people they’ve used or were impressed by. Your close friends will be able to give you a first-hand account of a vendor’s services and a trusted vendor can give you a professional account of a company they like partnering with. Coming armed with a recommendation allows you to have confidence in the service you’ll be receiving and will help ease your piece of mind the day of your event.
It takes a lot to get your wedding started and planning becomes simplified if you’re prepared with the correct information. If you have any questions about what our venue can do for you visit the Wedding section of our webpage or contact our Event Specialist, Tiffany, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 951-278-2842 ext.206.