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Published On: Fri, May 24th, 2019

A wedding isn’t just a party: Tips to make wedding planning more delightful

A lot of people dismiss the emotional and financial realities of wedding planning by saying that it is just a party.  Although it may be true for your guests, for you it is going to be one of the most important days of your life when you form a new family together with your partner. On your wedding day, the main thing you should do is to relax and enjoy each moment without having to run around to take care of any unexpected event. You should plan everything carefully to ensure that your special day goes without a hitch. Whether you love wedding planning and find it easy or hate wedding planning and stress about each detail, here are a few tips to make your wedding planning a little more delightful.

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Start planning early

The most important thing that you should keep in mind is that you should start taking care of that to-do-list early in time. The earlier you get onto it, the easier and less stressful it will be as the big day approaches. It is important to have a clear plan before you start because it will keep you focused on your tasks and ensure that you do not miss any important planning detail. Create a timeline list where you can keep a track of all the tasks that need to be taken care of until the wedding day arrives. It helps you to visualize what you need to do and how much time you have left to keep everything planned by the book.

Agree on a budget

Although it isn’t the most romantic thing about your wedding, before any planning or spending takes place, you need to agree on a budget with your partner. You should not start spending anything until you have set a realistic budget that won’t stretch you too far. It is a common mistake that you should avoid to forget about all the little additional costs that may appear while planning. It is always wise to take those costs that may occur into consideration when deciding on a budget.  We all know that weddings can cost a fortune if you are not careful to keep the costs minimal. Instead of spending boatloads of money on things that won’t even last or matter after your wedding day, you should keep some money for your honeymoon. For example, you can save a lot of money from choosing to decorate your wedding reception with personalised ribbon for weddings instead of flowers that will die shortly after the party.

Get your loved ones to help you

Now that you know exactly how much you can afford to spend on planning the big day, you are going to need some helping hands. Your friends and family members will be more than willing to help and will want to be involved in the planning. However, make sure that you don’t let other people tell you how you should feel about your wedding planning and what should you choose for your wedding day. You may be feeling pressure from your helpers to feel in a certain way about your big day or about choosing what you want to have on that day. Yet, keep in mind that by getting people from people you trust, you are more likely that you feel that you can be honest about what you want and about things that are not exactly as you want them to be. You do not have to get married under a pastel floral arch unless you want it, let your own style and preferences dictate your wedding style, not your friends and family’s recommendation. After all, it is one of the most important days of your life and everything should look and be exactly how you picture it in your head.

Assess your guests

Before you start looking at venues, you have to sit down and write out an actual list of all the guests you want to be present at your wedding day. Although it may be tempting to throw everyone you know on your guest list, that isn’t always the best idea. Each additional person you invite means an additional cost. Unless your budget allows you to invite every person you know, you should try to invite only those people that you really want to celebrate together with. Moreover, apart from financial concerns, inviting fewer people will also make the event more intimate. Avoiding the “obligation” invites will give you the peace of mind that every person who will attend your wedding will come because they love you and want to celebrate your love and union together.

Choose your wedding day

So, you know who you want to attend your wedding day, but they can’t do so unless you decide on a wedding date. It is wise to know ahead of time if your wedding date will fall on the same day as any other local event that could affect traffic and hotel room availability. It will save both you and your guests from a lot of worrying and a lot of hours spent in the traffic to get to the chapel or wedding reception. Once you have completed your guest list and decided on a date, it is time to send the wedding invitations so that all your guests will mark the day in their agenda.

The wedding is about your union

One of the best advice that will save you from multiple headaches and worries about having a perfect wedding day is to keep it simple and remember that the wedding is about sharing your love with your partner in front of your family and friends. It should not be about planning a large wedding with many guests, pressure, and stress. Instead, you should focus on keeping in mind that your wedding is about your union, not your hostess abilities. So, if you are marrying the person you love, your dream wedding will be whatever you want to have on that day.

Author: Bogdan Butoi

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