When planning your wedding, there are certain dos and don'ts to keep in mind to help make the process smoother and more enjoyable. Here are some important points to consider:
1. Do try to set a realistic budget: Determine your budget early on and stick to it. Draw up a list or start a Pinterest Board which will give you a visual of your plans. Be realistic about your financial situation and allocate funds accordingly. Think about what you and your partner want at your wedding and try not to please family or friends by including things you do not want. Prioritize your spending based on what is most important to you.
2. Do Communicate: Maintain clear and open communication with your partner, families, and wedding party throughout the planning process. Share your expectations, preferences, and any concerns to ensure everyone is on the same page especially if there are family members who are contributing to the wedding and therefore feel that they should be able to make some decisions. Consider asking them to put money towards a specific wedding vendor or detail where you are comfortable sharing control i.e., flowers.
3. Do prioritize and plan in advance: Make a list of priorities and tackle them first i.e., photographs and videos of the wedding should be on the priority list compared to flowers because they are memories you can look back on. Secure important vendors and book your venue early to ensure availability. Planning ahead allows for more choices and minimizes stress closer to the wedding date.
4. Do research vendors thoroughly: Take the time to research and determine what theme you are going for or not, before attending a consultation meeting with potential vendors. Read reviews, ask for recommendations, and compare prices and packages. Make sure to choose professionals who understand your vision and have a good reputation.
5. Do try being organized by creating a timeline: Develop a timeline that outlines all the tasks and deadlines leading up to your wedding day. This will help you stay organized and ensure that everything is completed in a timely manner. It does not mean you will not encounter challenges along the way, but at least you will be able to deal with them by focusing on your plan.
6. Do take care of yourself: Wedding planning can be stressful, so if the budget allows, get a wedding planner. If not, then it's very important to take care of your physical and mental well-being. Involve your partner in the planning process. Take time out to practice self-care, get enough rest, delegate tasks and don’t try to do everything yourself. Remember to enjoy the process and celebrate the love between you and your partner.
1. Don’t overspend: Stick as much as possible to your budget. There may be things that cost more than you expected or you decide to change a few things so do make allowances for that but only if you think it is essential. Sticking to your budget helps you avoid starting married life in debt.
2. Don’t forget to read contracts properly: Read all contracts and make sure you understand them before signing anything. Ensure you pay careful attention to payment schedules, cancellation policies, additional fees, etc. If you do not understand the contracts, do not hesitate to ask the supplier and if you are still puzzled, then consult a legal professional to ensure you understand the terms.
3. Don’t try to please everyone: Your wedding day is really all about you and your partner. Focus on creating a celebration day that reflects your values and personalities. While it's important to consider the comfort of your guests, don't feel obligated to fulfil every request or suggestion. What others had or did on their wedding day is not necessarily what you want for your special day.
4. Don’t make hasty decisions: Take your time when making decisions about vendors, venues, and other wedding details. Rushing into choices may lead to regrets later on. Do your research, ask questions, and trust your instincts. It’s your prerogative to change your mind if what you expected or agreed on is not what is being presented to you.
5. Don't leave everything to the last minute: Procrastination can lead to unnecessary stress. Stay organized, work through your plan executing each task gradually, and avoid leaving important details until the final weeks or days before your wedding. Ensure you have a backup plan, i.e. if you're planning an outdoor wedding or any other aspect that is weather-dependent, have a backup plan in case of inclement weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This will help you avoid last-minute panic and ensure a smooth event.
6. Don't forget to enjoy the process: Wedding planning can be overwhelming, but don't forget to enjoy the journey. Take time to celebrate each milestone with your partner and appreciate the love and excitement that surrounds your special day.