Ways to Make Wedding Planning Easier

Marking the Wedding DayNo matter how long you’ve been envisioning your big day, wedding planning can still be a handful. However, following a few simple tips can relieve some of the stress and anxiety associated with the process.

Sticking to Budget
No one wants to be opening up envelopes at the end of the reception in order to have enough money to tip the DJ. Early on in the process, create a budget for every aspect of the wedding including ceremony site, reception site, gown, limos, entertainment, officiant, food, linens, tips and so forth. Set realistic amounts, and do not go over budget. Shop around until you find the best deals.

Choosing a Reliable Bridal Party
One of the biggest nightmares of wedding planning is having a bridal party who is constantly squabbling with one another. It’s also sad when a person who you considered close does not seem to care at all about your big day. Select individuals with whom you have been close for years and who you see yourself being close with in the future. Be considerate to your family members and friends. If someone says she cannot afford the dress, consider offering to pay for it if your budget allows.

Shopping Wholesale
When you’re heading out to purchase wedding supplies, see if there are any items available at wholesale prices. Some areas have wedding warehouses which are stocked with favors at affordable prices. If you’re going to have all of the guests blow bubbles as you exit the church, check around to see if it’s cost effective to buy a couple of hundred bubbles from a wholesaler. When you’re having a large wedding, wholesale is often the way to go. Any steps you can take to reduce the cost of the wedding is absolutely a way to relieve stress.

Don’t Let Too Many Voices In Your Head
When there’s a wedding to plan, everyone seems to have an opinion whether it’s about the readers you should select, the type of transportation you should hire or the colors that the flowers should be. You and your fiance need to decide what it is that you want. Listening to and considering other peoples’ suggestions isn’t always a horrible idea. However, make it clear that the final decision on all matters is going to be yours.

Research, Research, Research
Before you book any vendors, check out wedding websites and the Better Business Bureau to see what types of reviews they have. Maybe you’re wondering how doing more work could make the process easier. Well, in the long run, you won’t have to fret about one of your vendors showing up or doing a bad job if you are certain to research early on.

Even the simplest of weddings are going to require work; however, that does not mean that the planning process has to be a total nightmare. Instead of making the process more grueling for yourself, follow these aforementioned tips to have an enjoyable wedding planning experience for yourself and your fiance.  

Easy to Forget Wedding Essentials

9 wedding essentials

Everyone knows that planning a wedding is a massive undertaking. People spend lots of time and money making sure everything will be perfect for their big day. No matter how a couple plans their wedding, there will always be small details forgotten. Here are a few things that are often forgotten when planning a wedding:

Have Backup Plans for the Essentials

You have probably been warned that on your wedding day something will go wrong, but this is not the case. You simply must be aware that something might go wrong, and therefore, you should have backup plans for anything essential to your wedding. This includes: backup venues for any events that rain might affect, arrangements to get basic decorations such as wedding centerpieces to the venue if deliverers do not show. Make sure that you have a backup plan for everything that you could not possibly do without on your big day.

Make Emergency Kits

A growing trend for brides is to create emergency wedding day kits, and this is a great trend that savvy planners suggest couples extend to all the crucial players in their big day. Creating emergency kits for bridesmaids and groomsmen is also a great idea because these people will be better equipped to handle last minute emergencies with guests, wedding centerpieces, and venues. Some people go over the top with their emergency kits putting anything and everything they can think of in them. Remember that you only need to have things that you absolutely could not do without if something goes wrong, and you only need to have one of most of the kit items on site, so you do not have to put a lot of things in everyone’s emergency kit. Some great ideas for emergency kits are: scissors, bandage, hairpins, basic medicines, snacks, safety pins, sewing kits, deodorant, tape, tweezers, and instant stain remover.

Have a Go-To Person

It is critical that every couple have one or more persons designated to take care of all the last minute errands and tasks that are sure to come up. This could be the maid of honor or best man or another member of the wedding party, but sometimes it is good to give this job to another person, who can entirely focus on it, and it is great to keep this person up to date about their responsibilities via social networking before the event. This person should be someone you can completely trust, who ideally lives locally or at least has a car and will be available both before and after the wedding. Some often forgotten tasks this person can tackle include transporting gifts and the guestbook, setting up wedding centerpieces, return tuxes, pay DJs and caterers, donate left over flowers, and hold onto the honeymooners stuff while they are gone.

Remember what is Important

Never forget that, while planning your reception’s every detail, your wedding day is really about your marriage. Sometimes couples actually neglect the true essentials of their day. Other people can handle your DJ, the catering, the centerpieces, and the photographs: these are all just icing on the cake for your marriage. Remember no matter what to bring your marriage license and rings.