The Perfect Wedding Planning Guide

A trouble free wedding day is a couples dream regardless of how much money they’re rolling out for the big “to-do”. In order to have a dream filled day which is problem free as well as entertaining and enchanting, you have to follow a wedding planning guide. No matter how large or small your event is, problems can arise if you’re not careful in putting it all together.

In order for everything to come together into one cohesive party, you have to determine a budget for the event. First you need to come up with the amount you’re willing to spend out of pocket, then determine if anyone is going to contribute funds to the overall expense. It helps if you know exactly how much others are willing to give, but not always tactful to ask. If you’re not sure, present them with costs for things such as the gown, food, entertainment or decor.

It’s important to keep in mind where the bulk of your budget is going to go. The food and the venue are the major players competing for all your cash. To get the most bang for your buck, check out different venue’s, ask for specials and do your homework about what is included in the price. One place may include set up and take down for the same price as another location that requires you to do everything yourself.

Catering options can present the same situations if one caterer includes linens, tables and serving ware but another does not. Don’t forget to ask for specials and better rates or meals which fit into a particular budget. Also keep in mind that seated dinners are much more costly than buffet style meals and may blow your budget out of the water.

Before you get too carried away with plans, there are two things you must pick out after you determine your budget: gown and venue. Many venues get booked more than a year in advance so it’s important to check into the ones you like quickly. A gown is important because the theme of the wedding often times revolves around the look of the dress. Not only is the gown important for theme, but most gowns take three to six months to be completed and you don’t want to miss out on the gown of your dreams because you waited too long.

You can relax a little now knowing the location, gown and caterer are taken care of. With the major players booked, it’s time to find a photographer, and entertainment. A photographer can make or break the memories of your special day so find one who has recommendations and a good portfolio.

Decor is an important part of any event and showcases personality as well as style. Save money on flowers by utilizing the ceremony decorations for the reception and stick with flowers that are in season. Up lighting is also a great way to add a little pizazz without breaking the bank.

A wedding planning guide is the best way to save yourself valuable time and loads of stress. Just by following these few guidelines, you can save yourself time an money in the long run. Most importantly, enjoy this time and savor every moment you can.

To help plan your wedding consider the use of a wedding planner checklist. Using a guide will help you keep track of all the important information needed for the big day.

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