no fuss no bother! how to plan your wedding
Organising a wedding does not need to be fraught with tension. Follow these simple steps and voila – your day will be perfect in every way.
Once you have a budget, stick to it like glue. Use planning tools from 22seven to help you adjust the items you simply can’t do without. Cut back on the things that aren’t so important. Don’t go on honeymoon with a mountain of debt; it will weigh down on you like a tonne of bricks.
2. Set the date
Be sure to set a date that suits you and that guarantees you can book the venue of your choice. Many venues need booking a year in advance. If you want a particular day, for instance New Year’s Eve, then you have to take that in to consideration. Think about which season you want to be married in – each one of them has something special to delight.
3. Capture the moment
Photographers and videographers get very booked up, so if you’ve got your heart set on a particular person – then make sure they can also confirm the chosen date. Make a list of all the photographs you want to remember every aspect of your wedding by, and all the guests you want to be pictured with.
A videographer may seem like an unnecessary expense, but in years to come you want to be able to watch your ceremony, speeches and the fun you had with your grandchildren. So, give some thought to finding the budget for this.
This is where the budget steps in to pull you back in to line. Decide on your theme and style of wedding and list what is the most important and least important. Start with the essentials and work your way down from there.
5. Your guest list
Start working on this from the beginning: it will definitely determine your budget. Be clear on how many guests you want to invite, how many the venue will hold, and which family members you can or cannot live without on the day. The guest list is the source of untold stress at weddings and the most important thing to remember is that it is ultimately up to the bride and groom as to who will be invited.
6. Be decisive
Indecisiveness can be a major stumbling block. There are so many tools out there to help you plan every element of your wedding – take advantage of them. Pinterest, Instagram, bridal magazines, wedding expos, websites, blogs – they are all available at the touch of a button. Be sure before you meet with suppliers. Have a clear idea of what it is you are looking for to ensure your big day is the success you have always dreamed of.
7. Break the rules
If you can’t afford it, don’t want it or it’s stressing you out, then don’t have it. Life is too short!
8. Gorgeous grooms
It’s your responsibility to:
1. Choose your best man and groomsmen
2. Buy the wedding bands
3. Arrange the music
4. Sort out the transport – for everyone!
5. Sort out the wedding night accommodation
6. Plan the most romantic honeymoon, whether it be a mini-moon getaway, local or international, inexpensive or expensive – just make sure it ticks the romantic box!
7. Write a beautiful speech
8. Look after your bride during the planning, throughout the day itself, and for the rest of your life
9. Don’t be afraid to delegate
There’s a reason you have a maid of honour, best man, parents and friends. If you’re overwhelmed and just not coping – delegate.
10. Keep an eye on the bigger picture
It’s more than just one day. This is for every moment of every day for the rest of your lives.