Anyone who’s planned a wedding knows exactly how expensive weddings can be!
Your wedding will likely be the biggest party you’ll ever throw. Currently, the average cost of a wedding is more than when most people buy their first cars, home down payments, and for some, even four years of college can cost less than a one-day wedding!
Figuring out how to plan a wedding step by step can feel pretty daunting at first. From engagement photos, to selecting vendors, to making checklists and choosing your wedding party, there are lots of items that need to be planned out in an orderly fashion up until the magical day. But there’s still always information you walk away with after your event that makes you think, “I wish I’d known that when I was planning our wedding!”
Here’s a list of the basic steps you’ll need to complete to ensure your big day is a success even if you have a tight budget. Of course, there are more tasks you may want to tackle, but we’ve just rounded up the oh-so helpful, must dos wedding planning tips below which can be pocket friendly.
Set A Budget And Stick To It!
Determine how much you want to spend, and how much you can spend based on your families’ contributions and your own. Once you’ve got that magic number, stick to it! Maybe your family members are contributing in your wedding, sit with them and check what they are contributing. Once the budget is set, STICK TO IT!
The Guest List
The question of how to cut your wedding guest list without stirring up any tension between family or friends still remains one of the hardest jobs ever. Before you start browsing wedding venues, get an idea of how many guests you’ll host. Your budget and the venue size are the main factors that should play into this decision.
- If you’ve never spoken to them or met them or heard their name before, don’t invite them.
- If neither of you have spoken to them in three years and they’re not related to you, don’t invite them.
- If you feel guilty about leaving off the people who invited you to their wedding, don’t. They’ll understand. You have a tight budget.
- If your Aunt is insisting, to invite her relatives feel free to remove her from the guest list as well.
You have to be realistic about the number of guests to avoid stress later on.
List of Priorities
If you overspend on flowers, then you must cut back from something else on your list. Be flexible with yourself, and priorities the big spend items and must-have items first on your budget, knowing that those have to be paid for, as opposed to “wish list” items that can get cut at anytime. Weddings are not for the faint of heart be sure to be quick on your feet when issues arise, and assertively step in to handle juggling balls as they come flying your way. You can always make your partner do that too.
Working as a team
Make sure you know who the important voices are as you are planning your wedding apart from your husband to be, maybe your mom, your best friend. Whoever it is, make your list and stick to it but put yourself on top. So many couples try to gather extra information and inspiration from family, friends and even Facebook. You can quickly become overwhelmed by opinions! It’s great to have options but an overwhelming amount of opinions and options(info) can keep you from remembering your own opinions and thoughts (ideas). Don’t listen to your dad’s sisters or your mom’s cousins, your mom is enough to give you the best advice.
Communication Is The Key
If you want to minimize stress on your wedding day, be sure to communicate effectively. Set clear all your expectations before hand. Good communication will minimize the chances of your expectations being broken. Sit with your partner, and have a discussion to figure out the five most important aspects of your wedding to avoid any confusion. You can agree with your partner and ask him to get you another diamond ring for being in control as a honeymoon present for later.
You may not be able to eliminate the crazy, but there are ways to minimize it.
Now all you need to do is prepare yourself for potentially awkward conversations by coming up with a polite but firm response that can’t be misinterpreted.
Having the tips ahead of time, will help go a long way when taking the dive into the sometimes overwhelming, but very rewarding process of wedding planning.