Wedding season is right around the corner. If you’re engaged, in order to prepare the best day of your life timing is everything. Paperless Post shares some tips and insights to survive the wedding planning journey.
surveys show that 37% of engagements happen between Thanksgiving and the end of February. That means that for engaged couples February isn’t a popular month only because of Valentine’s Day. This is the month when wedding planning starts and it’s not a secret that stress is always around the corner. However, if you will stay on top of all the steps, you will actually end up having lots of fun!
The first step is to build a small team of close friends and family members who are willing to embark with you on this very special journey. Indeed the last thing you want to do when it comes to wedding planning is to do that by yourself. Think about a few special people in your life: maybe your mom, your auntie, your cousin, and obviously a couple of great friends. Invite them over for dinner, cook something special for them, and ask them to work with you during the months before the big day. Take a piece of paper, or even better an Excel spreadsheet (so you can easily share the document with the other team members), and assign different tasks to everyone. Since those people are special to you, you definitely want them to be involved in the preparation of the happiest day of your life. Don’t be afraid to ask, they will be honored!
Once you have assigned some tasks, it’s time to play the numbers game. The question is: how many people do you want to invite at your wedding? If you have family members who live in another state, make sure to contact them ASAP. There are chances that they can’t make the trip to your hometown and in that case you can give their spot to other friends from your hometown. The earlier you learn that, the better. Sidenote: when it comes to relatives, always keep in mind to consult your parents first.
Once the number has been chosen, it’s time to reserve the venue. Keep in mind that some places are booked a year or two in advance (yes, that happens all the time), so time is of the essence and you should accept the fact that you might not end up choosing your favorite location. Brainstorm with your dedicated team the colors and the theme, if you’re not sure you can always look for inspiration here.
After the number and the venue, choose the photographer. That’s not an easy choice, because you want to make sure that he or she is the right person for the job. His or her task isn’t easy, so spend some time doing research and ask friends for tips and opinions. Once you book a photographer, make sure to spend some time with him to get to know each other. The better you know each other, the more easier the job will be for the photographer.
It’s now time to send wedding invitations! Internet can be a great resource in this case, especially with websites like Paperless Post and its dedicated wedding invitations page. Speaking of timeline, you should send them out at least 4 months before the wedding.
Don’t forget to book your hairdresser then and to reserve some sessions for those guests that will come to your wedding from another town or state. They might not be familiar with local hairdressers so you should do the job for them. In addition, book a few rooms at a nice local hotel for your out of town guests, and make sure to ask the hotel manager for a discount too!
Time flies during the months before your wedding and believe it or not the big day will come sooner than you think. And yes, planning can be stressful, but if you surround yourself with friends and family members it will actually be lots of fun!