5 Top wedding planning tips
Updated: Feb 26, 2020
When planning your wedding, there are things that are nice to know, and there are things you need to know. These advises are so essential to any bride who’s lucky enough to hear it, “I’m so glad someone told me that!” If you’re wondering whether you may have missed something, check out our planning secrets below.
Start wedding planning early
The earlier you get onto it, the easier, and less stressful it will be as your day approaches. Having a clear plan before you start will help you keep on top of everything. You will likely have your pick of wedding vendors, venues & caterers – vendors usually book up about a year in advance. So if you start early, vendors, venues, & caterers might even have discounts.
Nail the budget
Don’t spend anything until you’ve set a realistic budget that won’t stretch you too far. It’s a common mistake to forget all the little extras, too – for the budget to work; you need to factor in every detail. Don’t forget to account for additional costs like dress alternations, gifts and beauty expense. These can all add up! It’s essential to allocate extra $2,000 to $3,000 for surprise expenses like additional hours for photography / videography, printing extra invite because of mistakes, open bar, and premium flowers for your bouquet.
Book the best photo & video team you can
Your wedding album and footage is how you’ll relive the cherished memories of your day, so don’t underestimate the importance of a good photographer and videographer. Research carefully and find someone who understands exactly what you want. Don’t just compare pricing but also compare the quality of photographer & videographer. Some places may quote you for $1000/8hr, but their quality may not be up to your expectations. Average cost of a good photographer and a good videographer is $3000/8hr for each team.
Give your groom & bridal party their own responsibilities
Don’t feel like you’re in this wedding planning process alone. Turn to your fiancé for help along the way and even make wedding planning something fun you do together.
Your fiancé have his ideas and opinions and will want a say in the planning. Listen to what he says and remember it’s his day, too. Most guys like to get involved with the menu, music, and budget spreadsheets.
When someone from your bridal party graciously offer to help, come up with some very specific detail they’re well-equipped to handle. Even if you got everything cover, you can consider asking them to do something as simple as logging all the RSVPs.
Hire a planner