Plan Your Perfect Wedding With These 7 Simple Steps
Updated: Jan 12
Planning a wedding can be really stressful, WE KNOW! You must have looked through a bunch of blogs which curates a long list of things to do, and you’re probably freaking out because you haven’t done any of them. The list of things is a reflection on what you want to do, so we summarised a really basic structure that you could build on.
1. Set a budget you can afford
A wedding is not the end of the world. Do what you can afford. We’ve seen plenty of beautiful weddings which are small but arranged so passionately without spending too much money. Spending for a big wedding is definitely not worth the trouble of being owed to someone after it’s over. That’s just crazy and you will regret it.
2. Get your marriage license
In the midst of planning, you might forget about this. Just Google ‘How to get a marriage license in [the state you live in]’ and you will find the steps. Start the process now, so you will slowly complete the tasks.
3. Make a guests list
Think hard, and invite ONLY the people you want to see at your wedding. Invite them online, and be creative with it! Ask us for ideas if you don't have any! It’s easier to RSVP online and get an answer right away. If you fancy sending an invitation by mail or delivering in person, don’t let this blog hold you back. Don’t let any of the blogs hold you back. Do what you want. It’s your wedding!
4. Make a schedule
Making a schedule of how the wedding day will come together can help you see an overview of the day, and allows you to fill in any free time with more fun filled activities. The more detailed your plan is, the better. Make sure to leave plenty of time between each session to make the day more enjoyable than stressful. Write down the vendor/person responsible for each session, so that you leave no room for mistakes and could contact them easily. Mistakes are inevitable but try and mitigate them. Give this schedule to all your vendors and anyone else who are in charge.
5. Ask questions
No need to freak out and get drunk on the wedding day! Find vendors who have a good online presence and are easily contactable 24/7. If any of your vendors are not online, you have no reason to expect a quality output. Ask all your questions before booking them! Here are some examples for questions to ask, if you don’t have any:
Are you available on [the date you chose]
Can you come to [the venue you selected]
How much will this cost me? Can you give me options?
Can you send me a quotation with what I chose?
Can I get the contract? (read all the contracts thoroughly)
What time will you arrive on the day?
What time will you pack up?
Who’s the point of contact on the day?
What do you require from me?
6. Choose a theme
You and your partner must have your own favourite colours. Combine them and create a theme. Pinterest is a great place to gain some inspiration! Choose your garments, flowers, and decor according to the theme. If you aren't bothered much, just leave it to a wedding planner.
7. Look at our priority list
Lucky for you, we will share with you a list of the most important things you should focus on:
Make sure to book the venue at least 6 months prior to the proposed wedding date. If you are not fussy about the date or the venue, and want to save some money, try scouting for available dates with different venues at least two months beforehand. If you are lucky, you will get a date that's freed up due to a last minute cancellation. And if you are very lucky, the venue will give you a good discount!
Food and beverages
It's recommended to get food and beverages from the venue itself. Choose from their selection, and tell them that you will confirm the dietary requirements a week before the wedding. You will know the exact dietary requirements when all your guests have RSVP'd but most importantly you will know how many guests are actually coming! This will save you a lot of money. If the venue isn’t providing meals, you will have to find a caterer with good reviews online. Make sure they have the capacity to cater to all of your guests with the dietary requirements. Don’t forget the crews (such as the photographers and videographers) when ordering food. People who are working on that day needs to eat too! If you're not providing food for them, let them know before the wedding day so they could prepare their meals.
Make sure to book a professional wedding photographer. Garry from work is not a pro just because he has a DSLR camera. Wedding photography is a profession for a reason. Always make sure to book a wedding photographer who matches with your style. Ask them to send sample pictures and browse through their portfolio. Do a quick Google search (search from image) on one of their top captures to make sure that they aren’t lying about their talent.
Yes, that happens too!
Chances are your photographer will know a videographer that they can recommend. If the same company is handling both, that’s VERY VERY preferred. You are guaranteed to have a good time at your wedding without having to worry about missing out on those special moments. You can rewatch all of your wedding memories, later in life while sipping on a glass of wine with your BRAND NEW partner.
The flowers and decorations
The photographer or the venue will know a floral company who they usually work with. There are plenty of decor businesses who focus on reusable decors which are made with recycled material. You will feel good and your guests will be wowed.
Most of all, RELAX when planning your wedding day. As we emphasised earlier, a wedding is not the end of the world, and you are not obliged to impress anyone but yourself. Do what you like, and everybody who truly love you will LOVE your wedding too! That’s guaranteed!