Top 5 Tips For Stress Free Wedding Planning
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- Set The Big Things First
- Make a checklist in order to prioritise your needs and keep track of what is getting done.
- Set your Date
- Set your Budget
- Set your Theme
Where To Begin Your Stress Free Wedding Planning
What is all the stress about? I mean, it's only the biggest day in your life! Let's face it, planning any event in your life can get complicated and stressful. Especially when you’re inviting all your friends and family, having a ceremony, a large party, feeding them all and making it all look and feel the way you've imagined it for your whole life. There are some inherently stressful factors at play when it comes to planning your wedding day, but have no fear. Sit back and relax because we are about to give you the cheat code, the life hack, and the blueprint you'll need by using our top 5 tips for stress-free wedding planning. This gives you a great framework for everything else to flow nicely. Now where to begin...
5 Tips For Stress Free Wedding Planning:
1. Create Your Checklist
The first thing is first. You need a checklist. This will help you prioritise and organise all of the elements of your big day. This list may go through a few iterations as you add to cross items out, so we suggest using a spreadsheet that you can edit and easily add or remove items.
As things progress, you will find that you will end up making a few checklists for different aspects of the process. These can include a checklist for invitations, decorations, catering, clothing, and anything else that you do not want to miss.
Our approach is that if you fail to plan, you plan to fail.
2. Set Your Date ASAP
There is a lot to coordinate, and you want to give yourself some time. Depending on how big the event is going to be, you will want to give people plenty of time to make arrangements to be there.
The date of your wedding can help or hinder your vision for it. Considerations should be made to ensure that your vision and date are aligned. Things like the weather, people's schedules, venue availability, seasonal foods and flowers etc. In many cases, these factors change with the seasons of the year and can add stress to coordinating something out of its season.
We suggest picking a date that will set you up for success and help guide you through the additional details yet to be planned.
3. Set Your Budget
Wedding spending can range drastically depending on how you choose to get married. Major factors in pricing are venue selection, catering, the number of guests, decorations, and clothing, including the wedding dress, bridesmaid's dresses, and dressing the men in a tux or suit.
Some of the smaller costs can add up quickly as well; things like printing for invitations, delivery fees, tailoring, photography, and thank-you cards/gifts can all blow the budget way past its limits.
Protip - reserve 10% of the budget for unknown and unforeseen items. Last-minute adjustments, weather-related changes, overtime and meals for staff members, there are a number of hidden expenses that can creep up on you, and if you want to keep this wedding planning stress free, staying well within your budget will help that.
4. Pick A Theme
Now that we have a decent framework for your wedding, it is time to start putting the meat on the bones. We find that so much time gets wasted in mulling over ideas, being unsure of what colours, food, and setting to use for a wedding. Indecision or an overabundance of ideas can cause a ton of stress and usually is where the pre-wedding tensions hide.
Picking a theme is a great way to cut through all of the clutter in your mind. Now that you have set a date, you know what season to plan for. Use this as a guide to help you with your theme. For example, if you are getting married in the summer, outdoor and beach weddings are more common. This means the colours are usually a bit lighter and outdoors, meaning you can let nature do most of the decorating. Set up a great marquee with seasonal flowers throughout, serve lighter foods like fish and chicken and have lighter fabrics used in the clothing and decor.
5. Book The Venue
Number Of Guests
WHAT DO YOU NEED TO CONSIDER WHEN CHOOSING AND SECURING A VENUE?
The venue you choose is dependent on the size of the wedding you plan to host. If you’re planning on having an intimate gathering of 50 guests, it probably isn’t too wise to look at venues that can cater for 300 and vice versa. You don’t need to have your guest list set in stone, just an idea of the number of guests you’d like to have.
PRO TIP: If you’re struggling to decide on numbers, booking a venue with limited capacity is also a good way to limit your guest list.
Time Of The Day
When booking the venue, you may also be required to book a time, especially at venues that may be large enough to cater for more than one wedding per day. Before locking this in, consider the time of year and timing of the day. This will also affect your photos. The best time of day to take photos is generally the hour or two before sunset, commonly referred to as the Golden hour. Chat with your photographer about the best way to fit this in around your ceremony and reception.
Keep Your Wedding Planning Stress Free
Now that all of the big stuff is out of the way and you have your checklist in hand, you are ready to fill in all the missing pieces. This is your time to make your vision come to pass. Enjoy it and have fun! This gives you a great framework for everything else to flow nicely. We hope you enjoyed our top 5 tips for stress-free wedding planning. For more great advice or for help planning your stress-free wedding, contact Pillingers Hiring Service. Let our experience work for you.