Planning Your Wedding – The Wedding Day, What A Magical Event

Weddings are a big deal, and they happen once. Which is why wedding planning needs the proper wedding planning timeline for everything to run smooth. After all, it is every parent’s pride to walk their daughters walk down the aisle or witness their son join in holy matrimony with the love of their lives. You will not have a second chance to make any first impressions.

The decision to get married is exciting yet scary in equal measure. It is a turning point in a relationship. Weddings are magical but require a great deal of wedding planning. Behind all the pomp and color is plenty of planning and probably a stressed out bride. However, planning a wedding should not be nerve-wracking affair.

Hassles and your wedding planning checklist such as choosing your dream wedding gown, the maids’ outfit, the perfect wedding DJ, photographer, caterer, and any other service provider is enough reason to cause the couple to be anxious. Mistakes and mishaps happen, and sometimes they are inevitable. The idea is to start planning your wedding early in advance, seek referrals, and allow your friends and family to take charge of some activities. It will give you the chance to enjoy your big day without worrying if your guests will have enough to eat.

It is crucial to choose service providers who will make the best out of the day. You do not want to be bride or groom who worries that something will go wrong. Relax and enjoy your wedding day as you exchange your vows in front of your family, friends, and other guests. Below are something things you will need to think hard about. You can also create a wedding planning checklist out of these.

Wedding Planning Checklist

Picking the Right Wedding Dress & Wedding Tops

Brides-to-be face a serious dilemma when choosing their wedding dresses. Worry not! Wedding experts share tips that brides will find helpful in the wedding gown search.

Wedding Location

Will it be a beach or garden wedding? Will it be in a cathedral? Wearing short slip dresses in a church would not be a good idea, but it would perfect for a beach or garden wedding. The fabric of material matters a great deal too. Imagine wearing a brocade or velvet on the hottest day of summer? Organdy and linen are perfect for all seasons.

Budget

How much can you afford? Do not make the sales attendant bring out gowns that you cannot afford. It will even break your heart knowing you cannot afford it. Also, determine if the price covers the dress and its associated accessories such as veil and undergarments.
Here are more tips:

  • Avoid last minute shopping and fitting
  • Do not pick a gown because it is trendy
  • Dress according to your body shape
  • Try as many dresses as you need to

Picking the Right Wedding Caterer

Food and drinks take a large chunk of the wedding budget. Some brides will get onsite catering but others will have to outsource, and the hunt is tricky. Even before picking the company and going for tasting, you need to do the following:

  • Determine your budget
  • Ask for requirements and suggestions from your wedding venue
  • Get multiple proposals and compare/ contrast the prices
  • Read reviews before engaging any caterer
  • Find out if the caterer offers dinnerware, chairs, tables or will you need to hire them at an extra cost

After identifying the right caterer for your big day and going for the tasting, it is time to sign the contract and choosing the menu.
A good caterer should have the following traits:

  • Hospitable and friendly personality
  • High level written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Stress management skills
  • Natural leadership skills
  • Proper time management skills
  • Extensive knowledge of food and associated ingredients

Picking the Right Wedding DJ

Interviewing a potential DJ for your wedding appears like an awkward first date. You are not sure if you are asking the right questions. Music is a universal language, and it uplifts everyone’s mood on the big day. Here are few questions you should ask your wedding DJ-to-be:

  • Are you a full-time DJ, are weddings your main focus, and what functions have you performed in the past?
  • Can you customize the music experience for us? Can I have my song lists and suggestions?
  • How do you the crowd pumped?
  • Do you allow song requests and how do you handle them?

Find a DJ who knows how to pump a wedding crowd. Also, he or she should allow the couple to choose songs for special events such as cake- cutting. It is essential to find out if the DJ allows song requests or they stick to the playlist.  Another important aspect to consider is if they offer additional services such as HD video screens and lighting. Ensure you understand all the details of the contract before signing.

Picking the right Wedding Planner

Getting the right wedding planner can be hectic but it is a worthwhile cause. Doing thorough research is important. Look out for the latest wedding and photos on their website. Pay special attention to factors such as décor and lighting and see if it gives a cohesive look. While at it, look out for their past events, professional achievements, and services they offer.
Narrow your search and pick 2-3 of your favorite.

Find out the planners availability, price range, and planning services they offer. If they will address your questions and concerns, set an appointment. During the meeting, share your inspirations and ideas with them.

Call up their references and find out if they would approve of the wedding planner. Did they like their services and did they stick to their budget? If you love them, make a deal and sign the contract.

Picking the Right Wedding Photographer

The wedding photographer is one of the most valuable service providers on your big day. The photographer captures the magical moments and memories that will forever linger in our memories. When choosing a wedding photographer, consider the following:

  • Portfolio- How do you want your wedding day to be remembered? What do you think about his/her work? Do the images capture genuine emotions and do the subjects appear natural?
  • Professionalism
  • Personality- Is he/she approachable? What skills do they have?
  • Package pricing- How much can you afford as a couple? What package options does the photographer have and what are the rates?

Not anyone with a DSRL or camera makes a professional photographer. Do not make the mistake of hiring an amateur photographer or a friend who will take the photos for free. Such decisions often lead to regret. Get value for your money and create those memories. Get multiple photographers if need be.

I hope these wedding tips help in planning a wedding. Feel free to form these into a wedding planning checklist and wedding planning timeline!