Tips to Make Planning Your Wedding Easier

Got a wedding to plan? You probably realize by now that the prospect of planning a wedding is a pretty overwhelming one. From booking the venue and compiling the guest list to buying your outfits and choosing your vendors, there’s a lot of different aspects to take care of. The key is to get organized — and the earlier, the better (beginning your wedding planning at least a year in advance is ideal). Take things step by step and make sure to ask friends or family members for help and advice; there’s no need to shoulder the responsibility alone with your future spouse. Sure, it takes a lot of hard work and preparation, but planning your dream wedding is more than possible! Here are some practical time- and money-saving tips you need to plan your big day.

Hire a wedding planner

While hiring a professional wedding planner can be costly, you should think of it as an invaluable investment. A wedding planner can help take a share of your responsibilities and make sure everything’s handled in the best possible way. Right from the beginning, they can help you set your budget and stick to it. They also already know great vendors to recommend, as well as how to get the best deals. Your planner will know the ins and outs of planning a wedding, and will remember all the little, yet very important details, you may overlook doing it on your own.

Set a realistic budget

Setting a budget is a crucial part of planning any wedding, yet many couples often don’t come up with one that’s realistic for them. In some cases, couples give themselves a big budget which allows them to grossly overspend. But, in most cases, they end up having to stretch their budget further and further to cover every item they really want for their big day. It’s true, weddings are expensive. And you need to carefully consider how much you can afford to spend on yours. Make a list prioritizing the things you must have at your wedding, along with a second list of things it would be nice to have, but aren’t essential. You can then work on setting a budget which pays for everything you really want and maybe a couple of things from the second list.

Book your venue first

Once you begin planning your wedding, you should make booking the venue a priority. You won’t be able to get a truly accurate idea of your guest list, decor, or theme without having chosen your venue first. It’s only once you have decided upon your ideal wedding location that all the other aspects of your wedding will be able to fall into place.

Book your wedding photographer

Finding a great wedding photographer isn’t always easy. Research local photographers in your area and have a look at their websites, blogs, and portfolios. Looking at previous amazing weddings they’ve shot will give you can idea of what your own wedding photos could look like. Is there someone who has the exact style perfect for your big day? Set up some interviews, so you can see more of their work and get to know the photographer. It’s important you choose someone you’re comfortable with and confident in!

Have a timeline

Don’t forget to set yourself a timeline for the day of your wedding. Above all else, be sure to give yourself enough time to get ready in the morning. If you’re rushing around first thing, you’ll feel stressed, which isn’t how you want to start off your day. Also make sure you know what time sunset is, so you can work out the best time for your ceremony and photographs to take place.

Planning a wedding takes a lot of time, effort, and organization. It can be stressful, but there are ways to make it less so. Don’t let yourself get overwhelmed. Take each task one-by-one, step-by-step. Write a to-do list in order of your priorities and focus on working through them. If you already have a busy schedule and simply don’t feel like you have enough time, definitely consider getting a wedding planner. You’ll feel a lot more confident and assured once your wedding day finally rolls around.