If you are about to begin planning a wedding, this guide can help you get on track and avoid the most common mistakes. It also includes a checklist and an 18-month blank calendar to keep you organized.
This guide will give you the knowledge and confidence to plan your dream wedding. From establishing a budget to choosing the right venue, you’ll find everything you need to know in this book.
Set Your Goals
Setting goals is a great way to plan a wedding that’s truly yours. It’s also a fantastic way to stay motivated and focused on your big day!
Once you’ve figured out what your priorities are, it’s time to set your wedding goals. These can be anything from a fairytale ceremony with a beautiful venue to a laid-back celebration that everyone will remember forever!
Start by brainstorming ideas and writing them down. This can be done alone, with your partner or a friend.
Create a Budget
One of the most important parts of planning a perfect wedding is creating a budget. This will help you to save money, keep track of your progress, and make your dreams a reality!
To start, sit down with your fiance and discuss an amount you feel comfortable spending on the big day. We recommend shaving a significant contingency off this figure, and adding any financial contributions you may receive from your family.
This will help to inform your guest list, venue selection, and a few other decisions. It’s also a great opportunity to talk to your partner about what you hope for on the big day, and how much that will affect your budget.
Create a Guest List
When it comes to planning the perfect wedding, one of the most important tasks is creating a guest list. Getting this out of the way early is key to making sure everything runs smoothly.
For starters, write down everyone you and your fiance want to invite. This can include family members and close friends.
You’ll also need to decide whether to include plus-ones and children on your guest list. If so, you’ll need to make a decision about how to allocate their space and what rules you’ll have in place for their attendance.
Choose a Venue
Choosing the venue for your wedding is one of the most important decisions you will make. It will set the tone and design of your wedding, so it’s crucial to find a place that’s perfect for you and your partner’s vision!
Start your search as early as possible, at least a year before your wedding date. Look at the size and capacity of each venue, as well as the type of package it offers.
Hire a Wedding Planner
Hiring a wedding planner can be an extremely helpful way to make sure your big day goes smoothly. They can help you with everything from setting a budget and planning your timeline to organizing all the details for your venue.
A planner will also offer vendor referrals, negotiate contracts, schedule vendor meetings and track payments. They will also provide design services, if desired.
Once you’ve narrowed down your list of potential candidates, meet with each one to determine if they are the right fit for your needs and style. Ask each planner the above questions and also make sure to check out their business website and social media profiles.
Prepare for the Big Day
A little planning goes a long way when it comes to making sure you have the perfect wedding. Having a list of everything that needs to be done will make you look like a pro and help you stay organized throughout the entire process!
You will be preparing for the big day for months before it even happens, so you will want to have everything under control. Start by creating a checklist and assigning a date for each task to be completed.
In addition, you should also prepare for the day’s activities by putting together a getting-ready kit. This includes all of the items you’ll need to touch up your hair and makeup, as well as any other items you’d like to have handy for the morning.