Wedding planning can quickly become a headache for any bride and groom when it comes to time scales and budget if it’s not gone about in the correct way. But what is the key to wedding planning success? Well, you can’t just take one key and hope it fits many of the locks you will metaphorically come across while planning the seating arrangements and times for the cake cutting. There are many keys to choose from, all of which will help make your big day a success; here are the most important ones:
Settle on a budget
The first thing to do is decide how much you can spend on the wedding and try not to stray from this amount. No one wants to enter married life with unnecessary debts under their belt.
Prioritise what to spend the budget on
It’s also a good idea to decide what you can save money on and where you can splurge a little. For many people, the venue is one of the most important elements and swallows up most of what you have saved. A photographer is also something you shouldn’t skimp on when it comes to price – no matter how good your Dad reckons he is with a camera. However, you can actually save cash on table decorations and by being clever when it comes to bridal wear, skipping the high-end bridal shop and heading to the high street for dresses that look just as good but don’t have such huge price tags. Here’s a great guide on what to spend and splurge on.
Bridal magazines are out to make money, so while their shoots look beautiful and offer some great inspiration they aren’t the only place to look for ideas – especially if you are looking to plan a wedding on a budget. Sign up for magazine subscriptions for some interior and food titles in the run-up to the big day and take elements from these that you like, to incorporate into your wedding.
Don’t be afraid to change your mind
Something that you loved a year ago might not be your cup of tea now, so if you’ve agreed on a hairstyle or a particular kind of flower in your arrangement but really don’t want them now, speak to the person who deals with these as soon as possible. It’s an important day so you don’t want to just ‘put up with things’ if you don’t like them, especially if they are costing you money.
You can’t do everything yourself, so it’s important that you and your partner delegate certain jobs to people in the wedding party. Your bridesmaids could be in charge of sourcing items for the table decorations and your mother-in-law to be could look into where is best to place your cake order. Relieving yourself of certain jobs will help you focus on the bigger picture and the more important elements of the wedding planning.
Leave yourself plenty of time
DJs, caterers, photographers and florists get booked up very early so ensure you look around nice and early to avoid disappointment. Many wedding planners online are a little tight with the times they suggest (looking into the hen party only four months before the wedding is risky business) so ignore some of the guidelines the ‘experts’ suggest and always get a head start on everyone else. If you live in a small town then you’ll be competing against other brides for venues and entertainment!
As you can see wedding planning isn’t a simple process but if you keep a level head, lean on your friends and family throughout and don’t let the little things get to you. You’ll only look forward to the day itself and those nervous butterflies won’t be related to you worrying about the caterer letting you down.