Your wedding is one of the most important events within your entire lifetime. This special day marks a new chapter in your life, one that will see you start a family with the person you love the most.
If you are in the process of planning the big ceremony, it is easy to feel overwhelmed in between negotiating for lower prices with suppliers and choosing wedding bands for her, here are some things that every bride and/or groom need to remember.
Budget for Unexpected Expenses
At the beginning of the planning stage, you have to determine a budget that you are allowed to spend on dress, tux, flowers, venue, catering, live music, etc. However, do not forget to save a little bit of cash in case you encounter a situation that you did not anticipate or want to tip a professional who had provided you with great service.
For food, ideally, you should include around 20% gratuity in the final bill. Although not required, it is appreciated. These people, after all, did their best to make your wedding as perfect as you imagined it would be.
Have a Plan B in Case it Rains
Do you plan to hold your wedding at an outdoor venue? When you book a date and place, make sure to check the local weather to know whether you should expect a warm sunny day or strong winds and a storm.
However, because you cannot predict the future, have a Plan B. While you can be sure that it will be sunny in the area on your wedding day, the temperature may become too hot which may cause your guests to feel uncomfortable or, worse, faint. Talk to the venue about having a contingency plan.
Do Not Forget to Order Food for Yourself
Remember that, on your wedding day, you and your partner have to eat, too. Unfortunately, many couples who plan the event on their own forget to order their own meals for the reception. When you submit the final guest count to your chosen caterer, make sure that you have also included yourselves and your dietary restrictions.
Do Not Forget to Feed the Vendors
In addition, you have to provide meals to the professionals who helped bring the wedding together. Some vendors even require food in their contracts. Make sure that you will also take care of the vendors, too.
Designate a First Point of Contact
You should not receive calls and continue planning your wedding on your wedding day. You should not feel stressed out during the special event.
Pass the role of the wedding planner to a sibling or a friend on your wedding day. They will receive inquiries or concerns from your guests and contact your suppliers as necessary.
Time will move so fast and so many things will happen. You will only feel overwhelmed if you continue to manage your own wedding on your wedding day.
Attempting to plan a perfect wedding will be stressful. No matter how much you prepare, something will go wrong.
Do not force perfection. Take a deep breath and enjoy the process. Chances are, you only will have this experience once in your entire life. Rest when you need to and do not worry about the small stuff.
If you have not planned a wedding before, be ready for the challenges ahead of you. There will be a million and one things that you need to put together. Some things can be easy to overlook. Hopefully, this will save you from any unexpected issues and situations on your wedding day.