Getting married is a great way to celebrate your love for your partner and share that love with all of your family and friends. Although weddings are a lot of fun, they can also be a super stressful experience. If you do not plan it carefully, you can end up with a very disorganized big day. This is why it is so important to give yourself time to plan the wedding as there is a lot that goes into making your big day special.
This is important, too, if you’re helping your daughter plan her wedding. As this will help things be less stressful on her and you, too.
People often think of planning the wedding as just choosing the outfits and choosing the venue, but there is so much more that needs to be planned. If you really want your big day to be perfect, then you need to ensure that you work with your partner to organize all the little things. In this article, we will go through a number of different things you need to do to plan your wedding, so keep on reading to find out more.
One – Take The Time To Prepare Guest List
One of the first things you need to think about when planning your wedding is your guest list. A guest list for a wedding can often be an area of contention, so you must make sure you take the time to get the guest list right. Sit down with your partner and go through each of your families and friends and make a decision as to who you would want to come for the whole day, just for the reception, or not at all. You may find that when you are making this list that it takes a few drafts to get right, but don’t worry, it is better to take your time with it than rush and not have the guest list you would actually like.
Once you have decided on the perfect guest list, then you can start creating the formal invitations for your wedding. Your wedding is a big day, so it is important that you make a formal invitation for each person who is invited to your special day. Make sure the invitations stand out, so people will remember them for years to come.
Two – Cater To People’s Diets
Another thing you need to consider during the wedding planning process is the food. Although people go to a wedding to celebrate someone’s love, they also want the say to be full of good food and drink. This is why you need to make sure that you plan the menu properly so that everyone can enjoy their meals. A major thing you need to consider when doing this is people’s diets. Not everyone is going to eat the same food as some people may have allergies or they could be vegan.
Once you have made your guest list, you should go through the list and have a look to see if anyone stands out as having a dietary preference or restriction. Knowing this early on will help you plan your meals as you can then contact your chefs at your venues and plan everything accordingly. The last thing you want is for some of your guests to be hungry while everyone is eating around them.
Three – Consider An Open Bar
As mentioned above, food and drink play a very important role on your wedding day, so you need to make sure you have both sorted beforehand. A popular choice for weddings is to have an open bar as it means your guests do not have to splurge on expensive drinks throughout the day. Of course, an open bar does end up being expensive on your end, but if it is in your budget, then it could be a good option.
Alternatively, if you did want an open bar but you can’t quite afford it, then you could host a ‘bring your own bottle’ party a few months before the wedding. At this party, ask your guests to bring a selection of their favorite bottles, which you could then use at your wedding behind the bar. This way, you haven’t gone over your budget and your guests get to drink their favorite drinks.
Four – View Venues In Person
This should go without saying, but when you are planning your wedding and searching for venues, you must make sure that you are viewing the venues in person. Just like viewing a house, the pictures featured on the website will be of the best parts of the venue, which means there could be some parts that are hidden. So, once you have found some venues that you like the look of, book some viewings and check them out in person. It could also be a good idea to view each venue a couple of times, just in case you miss something the first time around. Your venue is an extremely important part of your day, so you must make sure that you take the time to carefully select the right place.
Five – Consider An Alternative To Traditional Gifts
Asking for gifts on your big day can sometimes be a little awkward, which is why it is best to set up a wedding gift list beforehand so that people have plenty of options to choose from. It is a much better idea than just hoping someone gets you the item you want. However, if you and your partner are not ones for materialistic items, then instead it could be a good idea to ask for some alternative gifts instead.
A popular gift idea at the moment is to ask people to contribute money towards your honeymoon. The honeymoon is arguably more exciting than the wedding day itself and it is also a very expensive part of getting married. So, if you know that you and your partner want to have a truly amazing honeymoon, then why not ask your guests to contribute a bit of money, so that you can really splurge while you are away. Sometimes the best gifts are long-lasting memories, as opposed to material things.