Hey Karma Followers,
Today’s entry comes to us from www.reviewboard.com. We thought it was a great piece but we couldn’t help but add our 2 cents as well, so you and your fiancée survive, I mean enjoy, the engagement process.
Planning a wedding involves making lots of decisions, and depending your wedding date, the process of planning can be hectic to say the least. This is why you need all the help you can get in terms of ideas and activities that will help you plan your wedding with ease.
1. Always Involve Your Partner In Planning
Your partner is plays a huge part in planning your wedding. When you cooperate with each other in the wedding plans, you may be pleasantly surprised by the creative ideas that you can come up with together. You may not always agree on everything, but do agree to disagree and find solutions that please the both of you. Our 2 cents: Marriage is give and take and if you can learn this in the engagement process, you will have a long and happy life together. Just remember to let him have things that are important to him at the wedding, so when you really want something, he will be more agreeable.
2. Decide On The Guest List Before Anything Else
The number of people attending your wedding affects almost every aspect of wedding planning, from the venue, to the budget, the menu, and everything else in between. Sit down with your partner and decide carefully who gets to come to your wedding, and then make the other decisions around the guest list. Our 2 cents: This can often be the hardest aspect to agree on, be sure to know your own goals and what you can afford. Having a larger party can often mean those details you want so bad, may have to be eliminated. But if you work together and with a great planner, such as ourselves ;), you can come up with a plan/budget/event that will shine.
3. Choose A Location For Your Wedding
Whether your wedding will be indoors or outdoors, the venue you select should comfortably fit all your guests and provide amenities such as a kids’ section, bathrooms and care for the elderly guests. Also check whether there will be room for you and your partner to have some private moments together at the venue. Choose a location that will be accessible for your guests, meaning that they do not have to travel far to get to your wedding. Our 2 cents: Being as South Florida is a destination location for so many couples, and most of the time (99.9%), they want to be outdoors, we thought we would also mention that you should always make sure you are happy with the back-up location in case of rain. There are venues which are spectacular for their outdoor areas but may not be what you want if it happens to rain. Don’t set yourself up for disappointment, make sure you can live with plan B and then let your vendors work their tails off to make your event a dream come true.
4. Choose A Theme For Your Wedding
This is where all the creativity comes in, and you can have the wedding of your dreams. The theme of your wedding can range from the seasons- summer wedding, winter wedding, fall wedding or spring wedding. You could also have a Victorian wedding or a beach wedding. Themes are abundantly available for you to choose from, and you can even combine two themes into one. Only make sure that your theme is practical enough and will be appreciated by your guests as well. Our 2 cents: Theme or vision is very important to overall look and feel of your event & with all the blogs for inspiration and of course, Pinterest, it will be very easy for you to find things that fit what you are looking for. When you take your vision to your vendors, be sure to bring your inspiration photos to help you express yourself.
5. Create A Realistic Budget For Your Wedding
How much you spend on your wedding can make or break the planning process. Many disagreements arise from this, especially if one partner has more costly ideas for the wedding than the other. Always be realistic, and save as much money as you can because to be honest, your wedding day is only one out of your whole lives together, and you do not want to start your marriage when you are broke. Thinking long term usually helps in making the wedding budget. Our 2 cents: Nothing can cause more turmoil than money. Most couples do go over budget, that’s seems to be natural but do yourself a favor when planning, before you go for that splurge, look to see if it fits the overall feel of the event. Will it be impactful. If you answer yes, then go for it. If you are hesitant, think about and come back to it towards the end when you have a clearer vision of what is left in your budget.
6. Hire A Wedding Planner For Efficiency
When all the above aspects of planning a wedding are agreed upon, you can now look for the best wedding planner to take over. Do not let the planner, even with their expertise on weddings, to make major decisions for you. You can of course leave room for adjustments, but your planner should be able to make your guest list, budget, venue and other parts of your wedding work together. Our 2 cents: Well, give this is our line of work, we couldn’t agree more. We are here to facilitate in the planning process, help you with decisions, find the right vendors, and ensure that you and your families enjoy this moment in your lives together.
Hopefully you find these tips helpful as you start your planning process.
Until next time…