Top Twelve tips for Wedding Planning
When you’re planning a wedding there are certain things that are really good to know. There are also some things that are totally necessary for you to know. These are the kinds of things that when a bride hears them she thinks to herself “Wow! I am so glad somebody told me that!”
If you think there may be something you missed in planning your wedding here are some helpful tips to keep you on the right path –
(1). Your Guests Come First
You need to have a handle on the number of guests you’re going to invite before you settle on your venue. That way you’ll be sure there’s enough space for your crew and everyone else. The rule of thumb in these matters is to allow from 25 to 30 square feet for each guest. At first this might seem like a lot of room per guest but not really. When you add in space for tables, a band, the dance floor, and busy waiters, it gets taken up really quick.
(2). Investigate Possible Blackout Dates
You want to find out if your wedding date is on the same day as any type of local events that could cause traffic and hotel problems. You also want to keep an eye on the weather to ensure that your wedding is dry and comfortable. Guests are notorious for skipping out on venues that are too hot or too wet. Bugs, gnats, mosquitoes, and deer flies are wedding wreckers during certain seasons. You want to be prepared for anything and everything and plan ahead to avoid possible tragedies.
(3). Lighten Your List
One of the easiest ways of lightening your budget is to lighten your list. Cut down on how many people you invite. Keep in mind that about half of all your wedding expenses will be for wining and dining the guests. If you can cut your guest list in half you will cut your expenses in half. Let’s say your costs added up to $100 a person, then eliminating 10 guests or more can save you a thousand dollars. That’s a nice chunk of money.
(4). Create a Meal Plan
Remember that you have to feed your wedding crew as well as your guests. Before signing any contracts, be sure you aren’t required to server your crew the same meal as your guests. If so, you may be paying for an additional 20 lobster tails. You should have the option of feeding the crew something a bit less expensive.
(4). Always Leave Room in Your Budget
A wedding budget should try to follow this formula –
a.— 48% to 50% goes toward the reception.
b.— 8% to 10% should be for flowers.
c.— 8% to 10% for clothing.
d.—8% to 10% for music/entertainment.
e.—-8% for miscellaneous expenses.
f.—10% to 12% goes for photos/video.
g.—2% to 3% for invitations.
h.—2% to 3% for gifts.
and it’s always wise to keep back 5% to 10% for any surprise expenses that may arise during the event. You have to allow for mistakes, miscalculations, and unexpected circumstances.
(5). Wait for Your Date
There are times when your last-minute planning may work for you rather than against you. The closer you get to your date, the more bargaining power you’ll have. Most people try to book their wedding venues around 6 months in advance. If you call for open dates around 2 months before your desired date, it can save you as much as 25%. You can also save by planning a Friday or Sunday wedding (up to 30% less than Saturday bookings).
(6). Prepare Yourself for Rejection
As a rule you’ll find that around 30% of the people invited will not attend. Life just works that way. You choice of location plays a part in it along with the lives and schedules of the people you invited. A destination wedding will be harder for some people to attend and out-of-towners may always find the circumstances are beyond their control.
(7). Prioritize Your Guests
You should try to pare down your list using the old ‘tiers of priority’ method. Put your immediate family, your bridal party, and your best friends at the top of your list. Follow them up with Aunts, Uncles, and Cousins. Next add in your closest friends, the ones you just can’t imagine not being at your wedding. After that you can get down to neighbors, colleagues, friends of your parents, and more. When you start making cuts, work your way from the bottom up.
(8). Stress Less
You heard it right, stop stressing! There are many ways to help you handle the stress. Meditation and Yoga are great ways of combating stress. You can visit yoga studios in Melbourne and learn some great exercises that can help prepare your for your wedding day. You may even find a yoga centre close to your wedding venue so you can have a session before getting to your wedding destination.
(9). Clear Your Head
I don’t mean simply get some fresh air. What I mean is getting rid of the anxiety from over-thinking everything. You cannot be stressed and perform at 100% capacity, it’s just not possible. Are you one of those caffeine addicts? This would be an excellent opportunity for you to kick the habit. Some people need a little help to kick a habit like this and I highly recommend Neuro Linguistics practitioners. On your wedding day you want to be as prepared as possible so take all the wedding help you can get.
If you are hooked on any type of medications you can get help from an addiction rehab facility or an out-patient program. Nobody wants to blow it on their wedding day. Be physically and mentally up to the challenge.
(10). Find the Right Venue
You can search your wedding venue directory Melbourne to find the best place to hold our wedding. There are plenty of bridal directories Melbourne to glean information from. This is a crucial part of your planning and everything else needs to be keyed toward your venue. Your venue should reflect your theme if possible and that carries over to your food menu. You want everything built around your venue as much as you can to make it more authentic and beautiful.
(11). Schedule Your Setup
If you rent a venue and bring in some inside help, see what time people will be able to start setting up. You must have ample time to get set up. Preston Bailey who is the author of what is known as ‘Preston Bailey’s Fantasy Weddings’ highly recommends setting up the day before if at all possible.
(12). Help Your Guests to Pay Attention
Be sure all of your guests are able to see and hear from where they’re seated. If you have anyone seated as far as 15 rows back you should consider renting a microphone and a riser. These could cost you between $50 and $100 depending on what kind of equipment you use.
These tips should be a lot of help to you, especially if you’re planning your first wedding ever. Be sure to check the bridal directories Melbourne and the wedding venue directory Melbourne to get you started out on the right foot. When it comes to weddings, Melbourne has everything you need.