He gets down on one knee in front of you. You see the beautiful ring and hear him asking ‘Will you marry me?’. Breathtaking moment. You think that you have never been happier before. You say ‘yes’ and kiss your sweetheart.
This is only the beginning
And then there are months of wedding planning. It can be very stressful especially when you don’t have a lot of time, or you are on a tight budget. Don’t let it turn into a nightmare though. People say: ‘It is going to be the best day of your life.’ And it is the truth. It is the beginning of your family after all.
All you need is a good plan. Let’s go step by step and see how you can remain calm and organise your perfect wedding in a few months.
Set up your budget
Weddings are always expensive. There are a lot of essential details — the venue, the special dress, wedding hair accessories, rings, cake, etc. So, you will have to be financially prepared.
Don’t take loans for you ‘big day’ though. Financial issues are very stressful. So, don’t put yourself and your partner in a difficult position. Calculate your income and expenses instead. Maybe you have some savings that you can spend on your wedding. Your families might offer some help, so take this into account as well. There is no need to make your wedding next month. If you understand that you can’t afford it now, you can wait for a year and save some money. If you want to stick to this plan, make sure to calculate other expenses such as groceries, car maintenance, insurance, etc.
That’s your special day, and of course, you want your loved ones to be there with you. Keep in mind, the number of guests at your wedding will directly affect your budget. So, you need to take it very seriously. Discuss everything with your partner. Making a guest list is one of the most important parts of wedding planning. So, try to do this as early as
Find a place and set up a date
Once your guest list and budget are ready, you can start looking for your venue. Don’t wait too long. Some places are reserved for a year ahead. The good thing is that you can get married in many different places. You can say your wedding ceremony vows in the hotel, on the beach, in the park or museum.
Don’t make a decision blindly. You should visit all the places in person and choose the best one. Sometimes venues provide their catering or music. Take this also into account. Maybe it is precisely what you need. Once you find your perfect venue, you can set up a date and invite your guests.
Organise wedding catering
If your venue doesn’t provide catering, you will need to take care of it on your own. At first, you can do research online. Then you will need to visit all the places and taste the food. Inform your caterers about your guests’ allergies. You can organise a traditional sit-down meal or buffet-style catering.
Choose your wedding theme
Wedding theme creates the whole atmosphere. It is your special day, so make sure your theme reflects your taste. Sticking to one theme ( e.g. modern, romantic or vintage) will make it easier to choose decorations,
venue, music band, dress, etc. You can also make a vision board with pictures you like. It can help organise decoration shopping and inspire you.
If you want to ‘wow’ your guests, think of entertainment for them. You should definitely hire musicians or DJ. Do your research, listen to their music. If you have the possibility to visit the concert of your potential live band, do it! You can also consider hiring a cover band so that you can listen to your favorite songs. It is your celebration, so you can also add fireworks, sparkles or photo booth.
Find a photographer
If you want to find a good photographer, do the research on Instagram. You can see the examples of their work, compare it and choose the best one. Book your photographer in advance.
There is no need to look precisely for ‘wedding photographer.’ Everything that includes the word ‘wedding’ is usually more expensive. A professional photographer is all you need.
Find perfect wedding attire
Wedding attire is extremely important. You need to look gorgeous and enjoy yourself! So, after you will be happy to look through your wedding photos.
What do you need to consider while looking for a tuxedo and the dress? First of all, it should look the way you want. If the traditional white dress isn’t your thing, go for something else. Don’t forget to discuss it with your partner though. It doesn’t mean you should take him to your wedding dress journey. You need to discuss the style, so you two will look good together!
If you are on a tight budget, you can consider renting a wedding dress and tuxedo. It is a cheaper option than getting a new one. However, you will need to be extremely careful with it. Every wine stain on the dress will cost you.
Also, you should order your wedding bands at least two months before the wedding. So, you will have time to make some adjustments such as engraving.
Order your wedding cake
Ideally, your special day cake should match with the wedding theme. You will see a lot of beautiful cakes, so taste them all. If you don’t feel like ordering a traditional 3-tier wedding cake, you can choose a different kind of desserts such as a chocolate fountain, pies or a candy buffet. Find the bakery at least three months ahead of time.
Find makeup and hair artists
Every bride wants to feel confident and look at least like a princess on her wedding day. You will need to spend some time to find professional hair and makeup artists. So, schedule a few appointments to choose the style you like.
A wedding is one of the most important celebrations in one’s life. It is an emotional event, and of course, couples want to make it perfect. Wedding planning can be challenging for both partners. So, try to discuss everything together. You will need to find compromises and creative solutions. Once you walk down the aisle and say ‘I do,’ you will understand that it is worth it.