Planning a wedding, without ending up in the poor house or going completely crazy, is not an easy task. Everyone knows that without a wedding checklist timeline, the whole affair can be an extremely stressful and demanding experience, especially as the big day gets closer and closer.
Among the most important details of the wedding is the actual date of the ceremony. This is generally the detail that is taken care of first. Primary considerations, when choosing a date, include the availability of any unusual wedding venues, where you’ve determined you would like the wedding will take place, as well as, the availability of friends and family on the particular date.
It is also advisable to set a budget before you start to make plans. This way you’re able to organize the details according to your budget. You might want to consider some small wedding ideas, outdoor wedding ideas, or even a cheap wedding reception as a means to try and control costs.
Some of the venues, where weddings are traditionally held, frequently offer discounts on days when weddings are not generally held. Additionally, the time of day that the wedding takes place can also become a factor when considering the expense. For example, mornings and afternoon receptions are usually somewhat less expensive than receptions held in the evening.
Venues might also offer discounts depending on the time of year. Just after the holidays could be a good time to hold a wedding if you are considering the cost. This time is considered an off-peak time, therefore the price tends to be less costly.
It’s important to consult with your fiancee about the size of your wedding. Your dream wedding might not be your fiancee’s idea of a dream wedding. There should be some level of agreement regarding the larger details, such as the location of the ceremony and the reception. Additionally, you’ll want to agree on the guest list for the wedding/reception, any special parties or catered events and of course, the choice of entertainment, which should include the choice of wedding reception songs.
If you’re on a tight budget, you may want to have a more intimate kind of affair, limited to only family and/or friends. On the other hand, if you’re determined to have the wedding of the century, the mega guest list should include friends and family, long lost relatives, the whole neighborhood and all of your high school buddies. When making the guest list, it’s always important to consider the capacity of your chosen venue. It may be difficult to fit a Super Bowl crowd into the local Elks Lodge.
It’s generally the best policy to hire a professional photographer to capture this momentous occasion. Sure, your friends can take good pictures and some of them may own a camcorder. However, for this special occasion, you would want something special, lasting, and visually presentable. And, that could require equipment that your neighbor or relative simply doesn’t own.
Don’t forget the cake! It’s a good idea to have a tasting first, before settling on a cake. All bakers are not created equal. And, just because a cake looks delicious, doesn’t mean that it is. Visit more than one bakery and taste several samples before making a final decision. Invite your family and friends for the cake tasting. This way, this task becomes fun for everyone!
Order custom wedding invitations. Look at lots of samples before deciding on the best wedding invitation text. If you want to get creative, you can always print your own. This way, you can customize them with some really special wedding reception invitation wording, which will not only save you some money but will also add a more personal touch to the invitations.
You’ll want to begin your search for that perfect wedding gown months in advance of the wedding ceremony. This will allow time to have one custom made if you’re unable to locate something that meets your expectations. The extra time will also provide more opportunity for multiple fittings, right up to the last minute, if necessary. Also, the groom will want to make arrangements to rent or buy a tuxedo preferably in advance in case there is trouble with the fitting.
Couples who don’t have enough time on their hands or just find the preparations that go into planning a wedding too overwhelming, can always pick up a copy of a good wedding planner checklist, or simply hire a professional wedding planner. This way, everything gets organized and coordinated by someone that does this stuff for a living. It’ll add some cost, but in the end, could save sanity and your dream wedding