Now that you are engaged, the next step is to make it official. But getting married is more than just showing up, exchanging rings, and saying “I do.” With all the moving parts involved – choosing a wedding dress, picking the bridesmaids, having the cake made, etc. – it could turn out to be nothing short of stressful. A successful wedding day, therefore, requires lots of planning beforehand to ensure the event runs smoothly. Here are the some of the steps you don’t want to miss:
Gather the Information
Whether you are planning a large wedding or an intimate get-together, knowing everything that is needed will make the planning process easier. Get yourself organized from the get-go by writing down all you will need, who to get what from, and associated contact details. You can check off each item as you go along, making it harder for you to forget any important details or go over your wedding budget.
Make A Budget
Speaking of budget, starting out your marriage life in debt is no fun. So, knowing how much money you have to spend on your wedding is highly important. Creating a wedding budget allows you to figure out what you can afford and how many people you can actually cater for, especially if you are financing the entire event on your own. A budget also allows you track how much you have spent already and helps with adjusting spending as needed.
Create Your Guest List
Having determined your budget, it should be easier to figure out who you want to invite. The amount of money you have to spend will influence the number of people you can cater for and the size venue you can afford. It will also help you figure out how many invitations you will need to create.
Decide on A Color Scheme
The color scheme for your wedding day may seem secondary, but it is something that should be decided as soon as possible. The reason being that the bridesmaids and other bridal party members depend on your chosen color palette. Even if they are not taking part in the wedding, the guests will also want to know your colors so they can have enough time to source the right attire.
Shop for Your Dress
Choosing the perfect wedding dress can take up an enormous amount of time. With some luck, you might encounter one that speaks to you on your first few attempts. However, like most brides, you may end up fitting many different dresses before finding “the one.” Therefore, you need to start shopping for one as soon as possible to give yourself enough time. Also, don’t forget about the groom’s attire. As soon as your dress and those of the bridesmaids are out of the way, his suit or chosen mode of dressing should come next.
Nail Down the Venue
You and your spouse may be also responsible for finding a suitable wedding reception venue. This is something you want to take care of early in the planning stage as well. That’s because the chosen venue will have a bearing on the theme of your wedding and the amount of people who can actually come.
Plan Your Honeymoon
The honeymoon comes after the wedding, but it’s not something you want to leave for last minute. You want to start checking hotels and vacation spots at least a few months before the big day. The last thing you want is to be faced with fully-booked hotels and having to postpone your honeymoon until a slot becomes available. In addition, if you start planning your honeymoon well in advance, it is possible you can find good travel deals. This last bit is especially important for staying within your wedding budget.
There are quite a few other wedding planning tips that can be added to this list. But this is a great start if you don’t know where to begin. Also, if you need help sourcing the perfect wedding dress, the Giga Fashion team will be more than happy to help.