How to plan your wedding on paper:
- Before you get to booking your wedding venue the biggest thing to consider is the amount of guests you want to invite, this will determine your venue size.
- Plan around big events in the year to come - This is one that a lot of brides forget about, when you choose your wedding date, make sure there are no other big events taking place on that weekend. For example, Easter weekend might not be the best time to have your wedding as most guest might already have plans to be out of town.
- Plan around the weather - Rainy season would be the worst time to choose an out door venue.
- Get Referrals - Asking your wedding photographer for a referral for a florist would be a great way to make sure you get the best in the business.
- Make a planner file - Keeping all your color inspirations, decor ideas, and vendor contact lists in one place will make your planning a lot easier.
- Leave a little extra $ - Make sure you plan for the unexpected, this means keeping a bit of extra cash for those last minute things right before the wedding, for example, last minute alterations to your wedding dress after you lost a bit too much weight to fit in your wedding dress.
- Expect few RSVPs - One thing that is not for sure is the variable called "People". Guests who forget to RSVP by the date given, or people who RSVP and do not show. Plan for a second reminder you can send out via email, to confirm your guest head count.
- No Ring, No Bring - This is a good way of saving a bit of money on the catering costs, you could say that if your guest isn't married, they can unfortunately not bring a plus one.
- Provide a proper map - Last thing you want,is to be at your wedding before most of your guests have arrived. Make sure you give clear directions to the wedding venue, a map might be a good idea, and even allocate a person to contact if guests get lost.
- Paper trail is key - This tips refers back to your wedding file, do not take your venues word on any promise, get it on black and white. Make sure you send a follow up email to your vendor to confirm on paper their promises.
- Emergency Contact - Make sure you have a detailed list of all your vendors, and not just email addresses or cell phone numbers. Also make sure you have someone as your emergency contact for the wedding day, if you can not be contacted if something needs to be changes at the wedding venue.
- Plan your wedding time line - This is the most important part of your planning, a detailed time line for your vendors, wedding party, and guests to follow. Make sure you give yourself enough time, that you won't be too rushed, remember you want to enjoy this day. Send your timeline to your whole wedding party, and all vendors so that there is no miss understandings.
Being organized can give you more peace of mind in your planning. This also gives the people around you a clear idea what they need to do. Remember beauty is the detail, now get started planning your "Happily Ever After"!