Wedding planning can be exciting, enjoyable and fun. It can also be extremely overwhelming. There is so much to do and so much to consider that wading your way through it all can be a challenge. Rather than drowning in details from the get-go, consider tackling the big items first. Getting these staples out of the way will allow you to focus on the nitty-gritty while having solid plans in place.
Not sure where to begin? Here are some big items to consider at the start of your wedding planning process. Set them in place early on, and you’ll be halfway done with arranging your perfect day. They are big decisions but surprisingly they are not necessarily your biggest expenses!
Select the Venue
The venue is one of the first and most important things you should address when planning your wedding. Traditional venues book early, so if you are scheduling a mainstream wedding, be sure to make a reservation with the chapel and banquet space of your choice as soon as possible. Reception areas can be especially difficult to reserve on short notice, since they typically host numerous weddings throughout the year and book way in advance.
In addition, reserving the venue early in your wedding planning process will allow you to narrow down your timeline and detailed needs. Once you have a set date and a confirmed location, you will be in the position to consider all of the smaller décor and event details to make your wedding day an occasion to remember.
Reserve Guest Accommodations
With the venue and date in place, you can begin securing the other important aspects of the wedding. If your guests are coming from out of town, you may want to block rooms at a local hotel or bed-and-breakfast for them. Don’t delay this task for long. Rooms can fill up fast, and you do not want to leave your guests scrambling to find a place to stay. Not having accommodations may also prevent some guests from attending the wedding, so be sure to plan ahead and reserve rooms well in advance.
Discuss cancellation options in the event last-minute changes are needed or not all rooms are used. A hotel will be more likely to accommodate your needs if you contact them ahead of time.
Hire A Professional Wedding Photographer
Although often overlooked or done as an afterthought, choosing your wedding photographer is a very important step in the wedding planning process because your photographer is one of the most important vendors you will hire.
Years from now, you probably won’t remember what you ate at the party or what the cake tasted like or what kind of champagne you drank. Ultimately, you will remember your wedding based on what you see in your wedding photos.
Your wedding photography will set the tone for your wedding memories. Your photographer will be with you for nearly every part of your wedding day – more than any other vendor except for a dedicated wedding planner – from the first stages of getting ready to the last dance.
Finding a wedding photographer you like to work with, that you trust, and feel comfortable around is extremely important. They should offer products and services that provide you adequate coverage and exactly what you want – nothing more. If you don’t want prints or an album, you should be able to find a wedding photographer that offers a la carte services so you don’t overpay for things you don’t need.
Because wedding photography affects so much about how you will remember your wedding day, photographers are much like wedding venues in that most book weddings several months to several years in advance. You should not delay in finding your wedding photographer or you may not have your top choices available to you when you get around to finding someone.
Tackle the Details Last
With the above-mentioned items out of the way, you will be in the prime position to start planning all of the dazzling details to make your special day a truly memorable experience. This is the most fun aspect of wedding planning, so keep your head up as you plow through your list of wants and needs.
After you book your major vendors, you will want to start working on:
- – Wedding Dress
- – Hair and Makeup
- – Officiant
- – Cake
- – Food and Drink
- – Décor
- – Specialty table and room lighting
- – Favors
- – Gifts for participants
- – Special touches
- – Surprises
- – And all the really fun stuff!
Get yourself well organized for best results. Keep a wedding planning checklist with costs and due dates, and cross each item off the list once it has been arranged and confirmed. This will ensure that nothing is missed as you approach your big day. Most importantly, retain a positive perspective at all cost. Your wedding is all about love, so cherish the experience and have fun!