Engaged? Cheers! Planning your wedding doesn’t have to be stressful! With a lot of research and preparation, the planning process can be very exciting! It may be a bit difficult to figure out where to start, but here are a few things that you should definitely do first! Details Made Simple is sharing their top 5 tips to help you get started with wedding planning! Details Made Simple specializes in Day-of-Coordination to help you put together your special event.
1. Set a Budget, and Stick To It
Weddings these day can be very expensive as we all know, and it’s easy to stray off budget with additional items and wants for the big day. Take some time, make a list of your must-haves for your wedding and also make a list of “wish list” items. From there make a budget for each of these items and stick to it. If you aim to never exceed the set amount you have budgeted for each item from day one, it’s easier than trying to add last minute items to list that you didn’t initially budget for. Be flexible with yourself, and prioritize the big spend items like the Florist, DJ and Photographer which are vendors that have to be paid for keeping in mind that you can cut some wish list items at anytime if you run over on some of the bigger wants.
2. Get The Tools That Keep you Organized and On Track
Wedding checklists, reminders, and apps for tracking your budget are great for helping you stay on track through out the planning. Once the big day gets closer, and you are starting to do your seating arrangements, try using an online floor planning tool like AllSeated to make that process 1000% easier. You’re welcome. :-)
3. Hire a Wedding Day-of-Coordinator
If you are planning your wedding yourself, you are going to need the help especially on the big day. A Day-of-Coordinator will help create a day of timeline, setup and style your wedding day of, direct your guests, play the point contact for your vendors, and get the bridal party down the isle on time. Plus so much more! Having a Day-of-Coordinator like the girls from Details Made Simple, is truly the peace of mind you will need for a stress-free wedding. Trust us – it will be the best investment you will make for your wedding!
4. Plan ahead, way ahead
Hoping to snag your favorite photographer for your big day? Make sure you hire those amazing vendors in the very beginning, as a lot of vendors can be already booked a year out or more! Decide on a date, secure your venue then get those big vendors contracted before the next couple does as they are going like hot cakes!
5. Attend a Few Bridal Shows
This is great way to get your creative wedding juices flowing! Attending bridal shows can provide not only a ton of wedding inspiration, but will also put you in front of a lot of great wedding vendors (who are likely to be running show specials) and you’ll even get a chance to win big, like a honeymoon! Who wouldn’t love that?