A wedding is a huge undertaking. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime event that’s going to be talked about for years. But planning an event like this isn’t easy! There are so many details to take care of, like finding the right venue, hiring vendors, and making sure everything runs smoothly on the big day.
You don’t have to start planning right away, but the sooner you do, the better. The key to a successful wedding is planning, so it’s important that you give yourself enough time to do it right.
Planning a wedding takes at least a year; some people plan for two or three years. That may seem like an eternity away when you first get engaged, but trust us: Time flies by and before long it will be your wedding day! The good news? We’ve got some great advice on how to make all those little details run more smoothly…
Set a budget
Decide how much you can afford. If you’re not sure how much it’s going to cost, the first thing to do is get some estimates from different venues and services. Talk with friends who have recently gotten married or take a look at wedding blogs and ask them what they spent on their wedding parties. Determine a budget for each item in the wedding party category (venue, food/drinks, entertainment, decorations) as well as categories that may be more important to you than others (wedding cake or photographer).
Set the date and send out invitations
Once you have the date set, it’s time to start sending out invitations. While this may seem obvious, it’s important to go beyond just sending an email and actually putting together a personal invitation. Paper invites are more elegant and memorable than electronic ones—and they’re also easier on the environment!
If possible, send out save-the-date cards at least 6 months before the wedding. This will help ensure everyone has enough time to make travel arrangements without having to rush things too much later down the line.
Pick a venue
Picking a venue can be one of the most fun and creative parts of planning a party, but it can also feel like a serious decision. Make sure it’s convenient for your guests. If you have family members flying in from across the country and abroad, make sure they can reach the venue easily and comfortably.
Consider your budget—and know what matters most to you. Do you want something unique or trendy? You might need to compromise on one or two factors if other elements are more important than others! But don’t stress over finding everything perfect right away; keep looking until you find something that suits all of your needs (or at least enough).
The next step is to choose your vendors. When choosing a vendor make sure they are professional, reliable and affordable. You want to find the most reliable people who can help you enjoy your day without having to worry about any issues. It’s also important that they are easy to work with and have good reviews from previous clients. Make sure everyone involved will be flexible enough so that nothing gets messed up on the day of your event by having backup plans.
Arrange for dresses
To ensure that your wedding party dresses are comfortable and easy to move in, it’s best to find a dress that suits your body type. If you’re taller, choose a style with less fabric around the waistline so it doesn’t restrict movement. If you’re shorter and have long legs, consider choosing a more fitted patterned dress (like this one). Make sure the dress isn’t too long or short for the occasion—you don’t want to trip over it! Choose an appropriate length depending on where you’ll be dancing: at home or out at a club?
Have someone there to assist
Having a friend or family member on hand to assist with setup and cleanup is one of the easiest ways to ensure that things go smoothly. If you have the budget, you may even want to consider hiring someone for this job. You’ll probably be surprised by how much it costs—but it might be worth the peace of mind!
The bottom line is that weddings can be stressful, so you should make sure to have fun with it. Use your wedding as an opportunity to show off your personality and make it your own. The best way to do this is by putting yourself in the shoes of someone else who is planning the perfect day for you. If they could see anything right now, what would they want? Don’t overthink things too much and don’t worry about being perfect – just enjoy yourself!