Did you know that every year over 2 million weddings are performed in the United States? With so many weddings, there’s a lot of inspiration available for your own ceremony. In fact, almost too much inspiration is available! It’s complicated planning a wedding. Where and when should it be? Who should attend and how do your plan for contingencies?
There are so many decisions to make it’s no wonder it can be incredibly stressful to plan a wedding. However, if you start with a few key factors, your wedding is much easier to plan.
If you find yourself unsure of where to start with the wedding of your dreams, read on to learn about some of the best wedding planning tips.
Unfortunately, money is often a limiting factor for weddings. Some weddings completely break the bank! However, by carefully planning, you can work within your budget and still have your dream wedding.
July, August, and September are some of the more popular wedding months. They can therefore be more expensive! Picking another month will help you stay within your budget.
Saving money in some areas allows you to spend more on others. Saving money on timing can help you afford a more expensive dress!
If you’re overwhelmed with your budget, it’s a great idea to take a look at some wedding planners who can maximize what you get out of your budget.
2. Planning a Wedding Date
What does your dream wedding landscape look like? Do you dream of a cozy indoor wedding with snow falling outside? Do you dream of an outdoor wedding?
No matter what you pick, you have to consider the convenience of your guests. If you want an outdoor wedding, consider the weather. If summer is hot in your area, and the mosquitoes are rampant, consider an autumn wedding instead.
Furthermore, try to avoid major events and big sports days. It’s also best to avoid planning your wedding on a holiday because your guests might have other commitments. And, if someone close to you is also getting married avoid conflicting wedding dates.
As soon as you plan your date, you can get your invitations out and more easily plan your dress and the ideal food to serve at a wedding in that season.
You should pick your wedding venue as soon as possible in your wedding planning timeline. Are you looking for a church? Do you want a destination wedding?
It’s also a great idea to walk through the venue and look for photo opportunities. Look for interior details like exposed brick and flattering lighting. If your venue is outdoors, look for outdoor decor or murals that will serve as your wedding photo backdrop.
4. Guest List
The guest list will dictate your venue. You don’t want to commit to a venue that’s too big or too small for your guest list!
Plan how many people you will invite, and who will be a member of your wedding party. Remember that the maid of honor and the best man are very important to the planning process so make sure you pick trusted friends or loved ones.
Once you know your guest list, you can begin to plan the setup for your ceremony and reception.
Plan Your Dream Day
Ultimately, planning a wedding is about planning your dreams. It’s your day, and you can spend it however you want. You can pick which factors are the most important to you and prioritize them to create your fantasy wedding.
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