Planning your special day is something that is full of both excitement and nightmares. There are so many things to look forward to and be happy about, but there are also so many things that are going to cause you stress and worry. Knowing how to go about planning your day can help alleviate a lot of the stress and help you to be in the moment. It can also help to ensure that your wedding is the best that it possibly can be. Here is how you can go about planning your special day.
Don’t Wait Until the Last Minute.
When it comes to hiring people to help out with the wedding and choosing a venue, the worst thing that you could do is wait until the last minute. Venues and photographers book up extremely fast and sometimes can be booked for up to a half year. If you think that you can choose a venue three months prior to your wedding, you are not going to have a good time. Even if you are able to hire someone last minute, oftentimes, you are going to be paying a more expensive rate as they will rush to get everything prepared. This is definitely the case when it comes to finding a wedding photographer for your special day. There are a lot of things that they need to know about beforehand, such as the venue and other specific requests. Make sure that you give them the heads up that they need to successfully shoot your special day.
Pick a Date
You can’t go about hiring people and choosing a venue if you aren’t sure of the date you are going to be getting married. Generally speaking, you should plan at least one year ahead, if not longer. This will give you ample time to take care of all the arrangements and ensure that deadlines are reached. Picking a date early will also allow your guests to free it and keep it open so that they will be able to attend your event.
Determine a Guest List
When it comes to choosing a guest list, there are a few things that you have to consider. You might want to invite all of your friends, but does your budget really allow you to do so? The size of the venue that you book will directly impact the number of guests that you can have in the room. You will have to sit down and go through many lists to see who exactly you want at your wedding and who unfortunately is not going to be able to attend.
Pick a Menu
The next thing you are going to want to look at with your wedding is the menu and the food that is going to be served. Oftentimes, venues come with several different menus that you can choose from. If the venue does not have it, you can also have food catered in. You can go for a buffet-style where people line up and take what they want, or you can go for an a la carte style. Either method works for a wedding and will definitely help to get people fed.
A late-night snack bar is also becoming quite popular with weddings. As the clock reaches midnight, guests might start to get a little hungry from all of the dancing that they have been doing. Having something fun like tacos, pizza, or any other small finger food is a great way to make sure your day is memorable and unique.
Are you having a wedding if there aren’t flowers everywhere? Taking the time to figure out what arrangements you want and then having them decorated is another thing that you are going to have to plan. Flower arrangements are not as simple as you think, and you will have to give the florist plenty of time to arrange everything for you.
Book Hotel Blocks
With any wedding, there are going to be people who are traveling to attend your ceremony. If you are getting married in the area you grew up; you won’t need too many hotel rooms; however, if you have moved away or are having a destination wedding, you are going to need a lot. Contacting a hotel and reserving hotel blocks will ensure that all of your guests are not only staying in the hotel but are also staying close to each other. This can add another layer to the wedding as people will hang out at the hotel before and after, leading to more parties and fun.
These are all things that you should consider when planning your special day. Try not to stress too much and take some time for yourself during all of this. Once all the planning is done, you will finally be able to sit back and enjoy the best day of your life.
Source: Upscale Living Magazine