Planning a wedding can be a lot of fun if you get the basics right. With so much to accomplish in a short time, starting early is the key to pull off a successful wedding party without losing your mind.
Whether you’ve hired a wedding planner or intend to do it all on your own, here are three things you need to get done as part of the pre-planning phase. Once these three tasks are ticked off your checklist, you can catch your breath and focus your attention on the finer details.
Set a realistic budget
Planning such a large event without a budget is a big no, say seasoned wedding designers. Without a ballpark estimate of how much you’re going to spend on the wedding, everyone, including you, could end up making bad decisions that could put the entire event in jeopardy. For instance, if a close friend is helping you research venues, they won’t know what to pick if there’s no budget to refer to. Also be realistic about how far you can stretch your budget.
Ideally, you should plan your expenditure around the money you have right now rather than the money you think you can arrange as you go along.
Set the date and book the venue
Once you’ve decided to tie the knot, set a date as soon as possible so that you can begin preparing for your big day, or you may find it impossible to take any decisions. Once you have a date, make a list of your dream venues as well as some options that could serve as plan B. Keep the weather, number of guests and your budget in mind when picking a venue.
If you’re getting married in the peak season, you’d want to quickly pay the deposit on an available venue before it becomes unavailable. If you’re not keen to spend mega bucks on a high-priced venue, you could save thousands of dollars by opting for a different date or a different location for your big day.
Start working on your wedding invites
When you’re planning your big day, it’s never too early to draw out a preliminary guest list and start exploring designs for your wedding invitation. If you’re going to DIY and don’t consider yourself a pro at putting together an attractive digital design, start early so that you’ll have ample time to research, make improvements, and send out the invites in time.
Sydney Thompson from Sherwood Universal says that the style of your wedding invitations will set the tone for the wedding day, so the colors and font should go with the wedding theme. The typeface you choose should work well with the words on your wedding card, so finalize the text as soon as you’ve chosen the font. Choosing wedding stationery can be tough with so many options. Usually, the best bet is to decide on a theme—delicate, classy, boho, artsy, luxe or vintage—and then build everything around it.