Congratulations on your upcoming nuptials.
Planning a wedding can be a complete minefield, but we have plenty of tips to help you get organised for your big day.
Set a tentative wedding date, guest list and RSVP timeline
Once you have a tentative wedding date, a wedding guest list and RSVP timeline is a must-have for any couple getting married.
It can be hard for anyone to decide who to invite to their wedding and how many people should be invited. It is always a good idea to have an idea of the budget you are working with before you set your guest list so that it doesn’t get out of hand.
The RSVP timeline will help tell you when you need to make sure people respond – this way, it isn’t too late in the game when people are trying to find places for their family and friends.
Price out all wedding vendors before committing to any contact
When you are planning a wedding, there are so many aspects that need to be planned and budgeted for. One of the most important things to do is pricing out all your vendors. You can price out these vendors by figuring out the cost of items like food, flowers, venue etc.
1. Make an initial list of everything you can think of that will make up your wedding (flowers, cake, DJ/band, tableware, centerpieces).
2. Research what it will cost to purchase these things online or locally and compare prices from different stores or vendors.
3. Once you have this budget in place and know how much each item costs either online or locally, take a day to do a little window shopping around town and see how much it would cost for each item
Create a detailed wedding day timeline& checklist for all your wedding day needs
Wedding day timelines are great for organizing all of the day-of details and making sure you’re fully prepared for the big day.
Use this timeline as a starting point and customize it to fit your needs. You can add, remove, or reorganize sections as needed.
Day before: Pack everything in your suitcase so you’re ready to go the next morning. Pick up your final dress fitting if you haven’t already done so. Buy any extras like a bouquet holder, veil, etc.
Day of: Make sure you have all essentials like hair ties or bobby pins, snacks/drinks for when you arrive at the venue, emergency kit with BandAids and ibuprofen (just in case!), camera battery charger, etc., on hand before
Choose your perfect venue & get in contact with them (i.e., ask about availability, space rental fee, catering, etc)
If you are planning a wedding, you will need to find an appropriate venue to accommodate your needs. You may be looking for a location that has a lot of parking, is easy to find, offers sound equipment, or any number of other options.
There are many reasons why people choose one location over another. They may have personal preferences for the type of entertainment they want or the budget they are working with. Here are some things to keep in mind when choosing a venue:
Parking- Are there enough spaces for all attendees? Is it close enough that attendees don’t mind paying for parking? Will the event end late enough that attendees will need overnight parking?
Location- Is it in walking distance from public transportation stops? Is there parking near the venue?
Find wedding photographers, videographers and DJ
Planning a wedding is hard, but planning for your wedding photos and video can be even harder.
Thankfully, there are tons of places to find a photographer and with the variety of styles out there, you should have no problem finding someone that suits your needs.
The same goes for DJs. There are so many different options out there that it should be easy to find one that fits your needs. One thing to keep in mind is how far in advance you book your DJ. Hiring one early will usually get you the best prices!
I hope these tips help you to get organised for your upcoming wedding.