Ensure your special day goes without a hitch with our best wedding tips! From the guest list to the budget we are here to ensure your big day is glitch-free.
1. Start planning early
You might have a summer 2022 wedding in mind as the ideal date, but don’t think that means you have to wait until a couple of months before to start planning. The earlier you get onto it, the easier, and less stressful it will be as your day approaches. Having a clear plan before you start will help you keep on top of everything and be sure that you don’t forget something important. Insurance, rough guest list numbers, and the budget should always be your first three things.
2. Make a budget
Don’t spend anything until you’ve set a realistic budget that won’t stretch you too far. It’s a common mistake to forget all the little extras, too – for the budget to work, you need to factor in every detail! Don’t forget to account for additional costs like dress alterations, gifts, beauty expenses, and cleaning fees. These can all add up!
3. Helping hands
Although it’s your big day, your friends and family will be more than willing to help and will want to be involved in the planning. By getting help from people you trust, you’re more likely to feel that you can be honest if things aren’t exactly as you want them!
4. Be selective with the guest list
Sorting the guest list early is important to focus on finding the perfect venue that will cater to your chosen number of guests. It is hard to put a number on the number of guests we can accommodate at Greenwood Springs. We have so much space and multiple places for your guests to sit and gather. Our reception areas can seat 150-200 very comfortably; yet rarely are that many people sitting down at one time in our outdoor casual atmosphere. We have also had ceremonies with 250+ in attendance. Costs per head will most likely be your biggest expense, so don’t be guilt-tripped into inviting people you don’t want there. It’s the biggest and hardest decision in the whole planning process, but it has to be you and your significant other’s decision only.
5. Make sure you have a plan b in place
However much you don’t want to think it, something could go wrong on the day. This could be anything from a problem with the catering to rain (despite the forecast promising a dry day). Plan alternatives for each scenario and account for anything that might not go to plan so you’re not left stressed out and panicking on the big day. Additionally, you should invest in wedding insurance, and check what circumstances are covered under your policy.
6. Pick your best girls
Your bridesmaids should be your biggest support throughout the planning process(other than your Mother), so choose wisely. Friends you’ve recently made or cousins you rarely see are not the best choice. Instead choose your sisters, long–term best friends, or close relatives. The last thing you’ll want is to look at your wedding album a few years later and be no longer in touch with one of your bridesmaids or have tainted memories from friends who weren’t really your friends.
7. Book the best possible photographer
Your wedding album is how you’ll relive the cherished memories of your day, so don’t underestimate the importance of a good photographer. Research carefully and find someone who understands exactly what you want while still staying within your desired budget. Don’t settle for someone whose work you don’t like or for a price too high. Engagement shoots are a great idea because you’ll get to know your photographer better as well as practice your poses!
8. Consider your perfect menu
One of the biggest talking points at any wedding is the food. From hog roasts and buffets to bake-offs and mini fish ‘n’ chips, the quirkier the better! Avoid skimping in this area – hungry guests are never a good thing!
9. Don’t fall for common beauty mishaps
The main culprits here are too much fake tan, too darkly colored in eyebrows, and too much foundation. Yes, you may want to wear slightly heavier makeup than usual for your gorgeous features to stand out in photos, but don’t go crazy!
10. Give the Groom responsibilities
Your fiancé may not have been planning his wedding since he was five, but he will definitely have his own ideas and opinions and will want a say in the planning. Listen to what he says and remember it’s his day, too. Most guys like to get involved with the menu, music, and budget spreadsheets.
11. Little details can be personal
Your wedding is all about the two of you, so try to incorporate as much of your personality into the day as you can. From the stationery to the outfits and first dance, guests should say ‘that’s so them!’
12. Lists, lists, and more lists!
With a million and one suppliers to deal with, each with different payment deadlines, it’s impossible to keep track of everything by yourself. One of our top wedding planning tips is to sit down with your fiance, make a budget spreadsheet of forecast costs and actual costs, and when payments are due and list what things are left to do.
13. Remember what’s important
Wedding planning can be stressful but if you find yourself getting too caught up in it all, take a step back and remind yourself what your wedding is really about – you marrying the love of your life! Once the big day arrives you’ll see the fruits of your labor and be able to cherish every second!