It’s no secret that planning a wedding isn’t easy. If you speak to any married couple, they’ll tell you that it’s a stressful and nerve-wracking experience at the best of times. However, they’ll also tell you that it’s all worth it when your big day finally arrives.
Interestingly, in the post-pandemic world and current economic climate, wedding planning has become that extra bit more difficult. There’s no need to panic, though, as you can use the following wedding planning tips to make your life easier.
So, whether you’ve yet to propose or are 6 months into the planning process, here are some tips that you need to know.
Decide the Wedding Venue
Before anything else, your main priority should be to decide on the wedding venue. Once you’ve done this, you’ll suddenly find that everything else starts to fall into place more easily.
No matter which part of the country you live in, you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to wedding venue ideas. These days, you can have venues tailored to your taste and made perfect for your guests when they arrive. Just make sure to create a wedding venue budget for yourself. This way, you’ll know exactly what you can afford.
Make a Guest List
Speaking of guests, it’s recommended that you make your wedding guest list sooner, rather than later. This will allow you to create a clearer vision of the day while also committing to important decisions, such as how much food should be ordered for catering.
Remember, you’re likely going to have 2 separate guest lists:
- Guests who are invited to the wedding itself
- Guests who are invited to the after-party
Have a sit sound with your spouse and take some time to get your guest lists right. This process can take days and even weeks to finish, so be patient.
Look for a Wedding Photographer
Make no doubt about it, you need to choose a good wedding photographer. There are tons of different photographers to choose from, all of whom have different priced packages and benefits. The key is to browse online through different portfolios to see which photographer’s work appeals to you the most.
Of course, you’ll also have to take your budget into account, as wedding photographers are notoriously expensive. Whatever you do, avoid the temptation to have a family member or friend do the photography to save money – it never works out.
Carefully Select Your Wedding Date
The actual date of your wedding is incredibly important.
June, July, August, September, and October are the most popular months for getting married due to the weather. Also, in the summer holidays, the kids are off school, which makes attending weddings more convenient for families. The only catch is that weddings are more expensive in these periods as demand is significantly higher.
If you aren’t bothered by which month your wedding takes place in, it’s a good idea to choose a winter month (e.g., December). Typically, weddings are much cheaper during winter because of the unpredictable weather and disruptions that can take place. Therefore, if you’re willing to take the risk, it’s something to consider.