This is your time to shine and you want your special day filled with long-lasting memories. There is a lot to do and you might feel overwhelmed. Take a deep breath and embrace the moment. Yes, planning the wedding does require some organization and patience but all the hard work is worth it in the end. Here is a checklist and some creative tips to maximize your time and help you stay on budget.
- Set the date
- Guest list
- Dress 6 months
- Caterer 9 – 12 months
- Location 9 – 12 months
- Florist 6 – 9 months
- Cake 6 – 9 months
- Invitations 6 months
- Pictures 9 – 12 months
- Video 6 – 9 months
- Music 9 – 12 months
- Official 9 – 12 months
While you’re planning the wedding you still have to live. Determine the budget and prioritize your needs versus wants. The dress and banquet will take up over half the budget. Use some discipline to get the most out of the budget.
Tip # 1 – You will only wear your dress once. Borrowing a dress, renting a dress, buying from a consignment shop, shopping at outlet stores or online are ways to think outside the box.
Tip # 2 – People want to help make your day special and in some cases prefer giving money over buying a gift. Setting up an account just for your wedding is a great way for people to contribute.
Tip # 3 – Being in control does not mean doing everything yourself. Hiring a wedding planner or delegating someone from the wedding party will free up your time to complete other wedding tasks.
Tip # 4 – One stop shopping is always a good option in lieu of saving time and money. Ask around friends and family about venue companies who specialize in pre-made or customized wedding and event packages.
Tip # 5 – Before confirming any deals always review your vendor’s customer ratings and read contracts carefully. The internet is a valuable resource but only if you take the time to do the necessary research. What you don’t know is what will cause you grief.
On a final note, sometimes less is better. Making your day special does not mean you need to break the bank. There are a lot of different ways to save money while enjoying the planning process. Just be creative and think outside the box.
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