Planning the perfect wedding isn’t exactly easy, so most brides are only too happy to get some sound advice from people who’ve been there before. Unfortunately, a lot of the time, they don’t get the kind of solid advice that really matters, and that really helps to make the wedding come together and go off without a hitch. I’m here to change that. Here are some wedding planning tips and tricks you really do need to know:
Get to Grips with the Guests
The very first thing that you should so when you’re planning your wedding is to work out roughly how many guests you expect to invite. This will help you to set your budget and choose your venue with more ease.
When you are looking at venues, you should aim to ensure that there are around 25 square feet to every guest so that they all have plenty of room to enjoy the occasion, and you don’t have any trouble fitting in all of the stuff you need to throw a great wedding.
Check the Calendar for Other Events
Before you set a date for the wedding, it’s never a bad idea to check local events calendars in the area you’re planning to marry. By doing so, you can avoid holding your wedding on a day when another big event is going to be held, so that you don’t have to contend with increased levels of traffic, booked up hotels, etc. If you’re set on a particular date and another big event, like a business conference, is happening, you will at least have some advance warning, so that you can plan accordingly.
Rank Your Expenditures
No matter how big or small your wedding budget is, chances are you won’t be able to do everything you would like. That’s why it’s always a good idea to list all of the details you want and rank them in order of importance. Things like the venue, dress and wedding invitations will be a high priority, while other things like the number of guests and transport, may be more negotiable. Do this, and you’ll be able to better balance your budget so that your wedding will always be fabulous, even if it’s not quite as extravagant as you would like.
Take the Weather into Account
If you want your wedding to be memorable for all the right reasons, and you don’t want your guests to leave in a hurry because they’re struggling with the weather conditions on your wedding day, it’s prudent to plan ahead. For example, if you’re getting married in the height of summer, ensure your venue has air co, and perhaps have the place sprayed for bugs if you know that they’re likely to have a problem, or if you’re getting married in winter ensure your venue is sufficiently heated. After all, you want to be comfortable on your big day.
No, I don’t mean that you should get into huge amounts of debt for your big day.! However, signing up for a quality credit card that offers rewards for every dollar you spend is an excellent idea. Weddings are expensive so you can rack up a lot of air miles, for example, which you can then use to pay for your honeymoon! It makes sense to take advantage of this.
Unfortunately, although there are tons of great wedding vendors out there, there are a lot of rogues too, which is why you should always seek to get recommendations from friends and family members, for everything from the florists to the wedding photographer. Asking one vendor to recommend another is also a good way of finding what you need.
Ask for More
When you’re hiring vendors for your big day, it absolutely does not hurt to ask them to throw a little something extra in for free before you sign the contract. You might be able to convince the band to include an Elvis impersonator of the venue to give you a few free drinks if you just ask., After all, most vendors want to secure as many bookings as possible, and they’re often willing to throw a little something in to sweeten the deal.
Don’t Forget About Feeding the Team
A lot of couples forget that they will need to feed their wedding team as well as their guests and this can throw their budget seriously out of whack.One way to cut expenses in this area is by, before signing the contract, ensuring that you can feed your wedding crew different, less expensive food than the rest of the guests.
Hire Enough Bar Staff
There’s nothing worse than a wedding reception where the drinks aren’t flowing freely. So, if you don’t want your guests to be disappointed, make sure that you hire at least one bartender for every 50 guests, and more if you plan to serve complicated drinks that must be mixed fresh at the time of ordering.
Ask for What You Want
As I mentioned above, most wedding vendors want to please you, so you should never be afraid to ask them if they can accommodate an unusual request. You might think that skipping the starter and serving burgers later in the evening is a no go, but it probably isn’t, and if you want your wedding to really match your vision, all you have to do is ask!
Maybe Leave it Late
Although a lot of brides just would not be able to deal with this, leaving the planning of your wedding to the last minute can often pay off. If a venue has a free slot, they will typically charge 25-30 percent less for it, so that the day isn’t wasted completely.
Planning a wedding can be stressful and it’s almost always challenging,but if you know what you want, you employ some or all of the tricks and tips above, and you take your time, there is no reason why you can’t plan the perfect wedding and have it go smoothly when the big day comes around.