Believe it or not, wedding planning can be a stress-free process! With a little know-how, a few minor adjustments and tweaks, and a dash of positivity, you can achieve wedding planning success without the stress, sweat or tears. From sending out the save-the-date invitations on time to booking the wedding venue of your choice, and coordinating top quality service suppliers and vendors, it really is possible to simplify the whole process when you follow our guide...
Keep It Simple
Wedding planning doesn’t have to be a complicated nightmare. Although you will have to define a budget and deal with a lot of people, there’s no need to feel overwhelmed by it all. To help you simplify the wedding planning process right from the start, you need to keep things simple.
Choose one wedding planning checklist and stick to it, to avoid cross-referencing several lists and getting yourself in a pickle.
Avoid asking everyone you know for advice. Pick one friend who’s great in a crisis and make them your go-to guru, when you need a second opinion.
Set Your Priorities
Before you get stuck into wedding planning it’s a good idea to sit down with your future spouse so that you can jointly decide on things that are important. Share your opinions on the wedding venue, the reception, the food and music, photography and video, and the flowers and wedding cake. Knowing what matters the most will help you work out the potential cost of the big day and how you can budget for it.
List 2-3 essential priorities, and identify areas that you’re a little more flexible about, and that are not as important to you. You’ll also need to work out how much you can afford to spend in order to cover the cost of the must-haves. As you set your priorities, you might even spot a few ways in which you can cut the costs and save some money.
You can definitely save money, time and energy by going all-inclusive. Simplify wedding planning by choosing a wedding reception venue that offers inclusive service packages, like catering. This option takes care of more than item on your checklist, and it also saves you cash.
Look online for venues, and when hiring service suppliers and vendors. Hotels, country manors and clubs, and banquet halls often include free or discounted extras to entice couples to book.
Select Quality Service Suppliers
When checking out potential service suppliers and vendors you’ll want to pick the professionals who pride themselves on making everything run smoothly on the big day. To help you decide, read the reviews written by other couples that have booked services for their wedding day.
Once you’ve decided on the vendors for your cake, catering, flowers, bridal makeup, photos/video, music and other entertainment, let them take care of everything for you. It’s not necessary to micromanage every little detail of your wedding day. Trust that the professionals you’ve chosen won’t let you down.
To really put your mind at ease, you can take out affordable wedding insurance to protect your special day.
Take Advantage Of Technology
Beautiful wedding planning notebooks, binders and pretty scrapbooks make excellent keepsakes that you can treasure long after your wedding day. To simplify the wedding planning process though, it pays to take advantage of technology. Reduce the paperwork by planning your wedding exclusively online. Specialist wedding websites are packed with practical planning tools that are super easy to navigate and use.
Put your mobile phone to good wedding planning use by using wedding related apps. You can find the perfect wedding dress, research potential service suppliers and vendors, and update your budget at the touch of a phone keypad button.
Double Check The Wedding Checklist
A wedding checklist is designed to help alleviate some of the stress that can accumulate when you have too many things to do. Part of its job is to alert you to the important things that need your attention. To stay organized, you need to check the checklist regularly.
Details of your wedding budget can be listed on your wedding checklist so that you can keep an eye on your spending habits. It’s no good if you spend the money but don’t bother to check if you can comfortably afford to. Keep a list of all expenses and compare notes with your partner.
Planning a wedding and staying on budget requires effort and determination. The wedding checklist is your reminder to manage your finances, and to stay organized.
Pay Someone Else
If the thought of planning your wedding is giving you a headache, there is an alternative option that you can consider… You can always pay a professional wedding planner to take charge of the planning process for you. An experienced professional planner knows how to simplify every aspect of your wedding day. In their capable hands you can sit back and relax whilst they get busy organizing all of your requirements.
A wedding planner will work with you, within your budget, so that you can enjoy a stress-free lead up to the special day. They provide a service that can take care of everything on your to-do list. If you want to source a particularly popular wedding venue or vendor service, a wedding planner is your special ally.
As you will have to pay for their services, you’ll need to budget for the extra expense. Making a wedding planner one of your important 2-3 priorities however, automatically takes care of everything else on this simplifying process list. All that you have to do is book their services and send out the save-the-date invitations.