Wedding planning can be a tumultuous process. People experience highs and lows while going through it, as it’s such a large responsibility. It’s really not all too surprising that many people hire wedding planners to take care of the bulk of the hard work on their behalf! But, if you’re looking to save money and are fond of a more DIY approach, there are steps you can take to make the entire process a whole lot easier and more straightforward. Focus on one area at a time and you’ll quickly tick things off your list, making your way towards your big day in a reduced stress and streamlined manner.
Here are a few areas to focus on to begin with, so that you can get your wedding essentials under wrap.
The first thing people generally buy when they’re getting married is an engagement ring. This is a symbolic item that you’re going to wear every day for the rest of your life, so you need to make sure it’s something that you’re happy with. Browse engagement rings and make sure you only settle on one that ticks all of your boxes and that definitely fits. After all, you don’t want an uncomfortable ring on day in and day out!
Creating a Guest-list
Once you know you’re definitely getting married, you need to start drawing up a guest-list. This, of course, should include everyone who you want to witness you getting married. Some people feel pressured to invite pretty much anyone they’ve ever met to their wedding, but it’s important to remember that it’s not actually essential to invite everyone to the actual ceremony. If you like you can always have a smaller and more intimate ceremony and then invite a wider circle of people you know to the party or reception afterwards. This is also a great way to cut costs, as having a huge number of attendees at the actual wedding itself can quickly get costly. Remember that some guests who may not know any other attendees might like to bring a plus one.
Picking Bridesmaids / Best Men / Etc
Another step that you need to take when it comes to organizing your guests is picking people who will play key roles throughout the day. Traditionally, you are going to need to choose bridesmaids, best men, someone to walk down the aisle, flower boy or girls, and other roles. Remember, you don’t have to absolutely stick to the usual protocol. It’s your big day, so if you want to mix things up a bit, you can. Many people even have their pets walk them down the aisle, so nothing is too out there!
Getting Your Flower Arrangements Together
While flowers aren’t essential for a wedding, many people do choose to have some sort of floristry for their wedding. Whether you want a stand out bouquet or beautiful table arrangements that will form centerpieces, it’s likely that there are going to be a fair amount of flowers about. Of course, wedding floristry takes time and many good quality florists are in high demand, so you’re going to have to make sure that you organize your wedding flowers well in advance of the date of your big day. Research credible florists and, if possible, choose a florist who is relatively local to your wedding venue. This way, they’ll be able to deliver the flowers to your wedding for you and even set them up, taking a weight off your shoulders.
Consider Your Catering Options
Weddings tend to be day long events, so your guests are inevitably going to get hungry at some point or another. It’s protocol to supply your guests with food, so they don’t need to leave the event. You don’t want everyone disappearing around midday to grab snacks and meals! There are plenty of different catering options out there, so choose wisely. Ultimately, your catering will fall down to personal preference, but it can have a big impact on how much you spend and whether your guests enjoy their meal or not. If you only have a few guests, a sit down meal is great. It gives people an opportunity to mingle and people can easily give speeches in this kind of setting. If you have a lot of guests, you might want to consider a buffet instead. This gives people plenty of choice, but keeps proceedings relatively low cost. Remember to make sure there are options for everyone at your wedding, including plus ones whose dietary preferences and requirements you might not be familiar with. Vegetarian and vegan options, gluten free options, and options without nuts or other allergens are all a good idea!
There’s a lot to consider when planning a wedding. But getting the essentials under wraps will help the planning process go a lot more smoothly!