Your wedding day is a special day that you’ve probably been preparing for since you were 5
years old and had dreams of having a fairy-tale wedding. Now, as a bride, it will be your special
day, and all eyes will be on you. It’s easy to feel like the pressure is overwhelming and to let the
fear of messing up the best day of your life scare you into inaction. However, with proper
planning, you can make it a day to remember for both you and your guests. IWED Global | The Institute of Wedding and Event Design recommends some helpful tips to nail your wedding
1. Start the Planning Process Early
This is something many couples get wrong. They think that because they’ve planned to have
their wedding in about 2 years, they can wait for 2 years before they begin the planning process.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t work like that. The earlier you begin to plan for your wedding, the easier
things are going to get as the wedding draws closer. You will also find such things as securing a
venue much easier because you get to make reservations for the most competitive wedding
venues early enough. Starting the planning process early enough makes sure you’re on top of
things. When starting out, don’t forget to focus on what’s most important. This includes such
things as an approximation of the guest list numbers, wedding budget and insurance in case
things go haywire.
2. Create a Select Guest List
This is one of the reasons why it’s so important to start your wedding plans early. Once you’ve
got the guest list sorted out, you’re then free to go and sort out such things as the wedding
venue based on factors like the cost per head for your defined guest list. The best venues will
likely have the greatest cost per head, so you might have to be selective with whom you want to
invite to your wedding. This can be a very difficult decision, and there will be some tough
decisions to make, but you and your spouse-to-be should come together to make the decisions.
It’s your special day, so you should get to decide.
3. Get the Budget Right
Don't spend a dime for your wedding until you have come up with a realistic budget that won’t
overstretch your finances. You should also remember to factor in every little thing that will cost
money. It’s a common mistake to focus on the large expenditures and forget those minor
expenses that tend to add up. You should also factor some amount into your budget for
miscellaneous and unforeseen expenses, such as alterations, beauty expenses, gifts and so on.
4. Always Have Contingencies
This is one of those things you naturally don’t want to think about. However, as much as we
might not want them to, things can and do sometimes go wrong. It could be the catering, the
weather or the venue. Whatever it is, make sure you have contingencies for the major parts of
the wedding, so nothing catches you off-guard.
5. Choose Bridesmaids Carefully
Your bridesmaids will probably offer you the greatest support throughout the planning process,
so make sure you choose long-term best friends or your closest relatives. Don’t go for recent
friends or family members you rarely see. These could potentially let you down. Also, you want
to look back at your wedding photos and be happy in the fact that you are still in touch with most
of your bridesmaids.