Planning a wedding can be a pretty intense and stressful experience. There are a million details to work out and a ticking clock that gets louder and louder with each passing day. In order plan a wedding successfully, and do it with your sanity intact, you need to learn a few tricks of the trade that can really help reduce the pressure of it all.
Here’s a list of the top 5 tips and tricks you should know to make planning a wedding as easy as possible:
1. All-in-one event venue
Finding and booking the venue can be a little tricky when you also have to find a venue for the reception, along with worrying about transportation logistics for guests.
You can avoid the hassle of using multiple locations for your wedding by finding a venue that provides it all on the same property. Many places offer a beautiful setting to say your vows and an adjoining hall for the celebration afterwards. Also, it’s an added benefit if a venue has hotel accommodations nearby to better serve your guests.
2. Charge it for rewards
Weddings can get really expensive, really fast. If you’re going to be using credit cards to finance your big day, research different credit card companies and find one with a really lucrative rewards program. Then, you can put all of your wedding expenses on that card and earn airline miles that you can use for your honeymoon or any number of reward varieties that might appeal to you.
3. Check the Weather
Surprises from mother nature always seem to happen at the worst times. Since you never know what the weather is going to be like on your big day, planning ahead for it is so important. Make sure you have a plan B readily available in the case of inclement weather. Work out the details before hand so you aren’t left in the rain on your wedding day.
4. Control the guest list
The infamous guest list has been a thorn in the side of many couples who are planning to celebrate their love with family and friends. Work out your list before booking a venue, and make sure the venue you pick can accommodate every person in your wedding party. It’s important to consider that each guest list has a significant amount of no-shows, but don’t forget to leave room for the catering staff, waiters, and the band at the reception.
So, the budget for a wedding can quickly spiral out of control if you’re not careful. It’s important to keep track of every purchase, and strategically plan for every expense. If you are having trouble with staying on budget, consider decreasing the amount of people on your guest list. Feeding and entertaining your guests can be one of your biggest expenses and you could save up to $100 for each guest you take off the list.
Planning a wedding should be a fun and exciting time in your life. Sadly, many people get weighed down with the seemingly endless list of details and to-do lists. Don’t let the stress of planning a big event ruin this special time in your life. With a little preparedness and smart planning, things will naturally fall into place.