If you are planning a wedding for the first time, you can easily become overwhelmed. There is a lot that needs to be done in a relatively short amount of time. If you want to avoid the stress of wedding planning, there is some advice that you should listen to.
Start Planning Early
There is no way to stress how important it is to start planning as early as possible. Leaving your planning to the last minute will increase your stress and you may find that what you want is no longer possible. If you are thinking of a wedding during peak season, potential venues could be completely booked and vendors may be too busy to take on your wedding.
Planning early will also ensure that you have a clear idea of what needs to be done. You can also set a schedule to keep you on track with the wedding. You might be surprised at how easily you can fall behind on everything.
Have A Realistic Budget
You should not look at anything wedding related until you have set a realistic budget. A mistake that many people make is to start looking at venues and vendors before they know what they can spend. When you create your budget, you need to think about what you can realistically spend as well as what you are going to spend it on.
Your venue is generally the largest expense followed by catering and entertainment. While these big expenses are easy to remember, you also need to include smaller expenses. This includes dress alterations, makeup expenses and flowers which can all add up.
Get Some Help
Planning a wedding on your own may seem like the best idea because you know what you want. This can easily get to be too much to handle and you need to get some help. This does not mean that you have to hire a wedding planner to handle everything for you.
Talk to your friends and family to find people who are willing and able to help you. Get your partner involved in the planning as well because there are two people getting married. When you have some help, you can share the load and everything will run smoothly.
Be Selective With The Guest List
Setting your guest list should be one of the first things that you do. The number of guests you have will impact the venue you choose as well as your vendor options. When creating your guest list, you need to be selective and understand that inviting everyone you know will be a mistake.
You should also stand firm in the face of people trying to guilt an invite from you. The uncle that you only met once as a child does not really need to be at the wedding. This can be very hard and you need to be strong.
There is a lot of advice that you need to hear when it comes to wedding planning. Getting your budget and guest list in place is vital before you start looking at venues. You should also get some help to make the planning easier.