How to Plan Your Dream Wedding Day!

Wedding season has begun and it is so important to stay on track and organized. This is easier said than done, especially if you aren’t used to planning events. I’ve put together a short list of things that I think will help keep you organized and help save you money by staying focused.

1. Get a calendar to keep all your dates, appointments and deadlines straight

2. Get a big binder with dividers and sheet protectors and pocket pouches and a business card holder, then divide it into main categories, like wedding party, ceremony, reception, flowers, caterer, honeymoon, music, cakes, ideas, to do list.  As you gather information, keep adding it to the binder. Don’t overthink everything, when you see things you like, cut them out, or print them off the internet and add them to your binder in the appropriate category.  Even add things you dislike and make notes on the pictures what you like about them like color, or style, or shape, or the design, etc. It helps define your sense of style, and it’s helpful when you meet with your professional people; you can just open up the binder and show them your dream cake, or perfect centerpiece or dress. It helps put everyone on the same page.

3. Keep copies of all your contracts,receipts, and business cards. Start a vendor list once you have made your selections, and give one to each vendor with all the contact names and phone numbers. This really helps avoid miscommunication, and allows vendors to ask questions of each other if they need to.

4. Don’t procrastinate and wait until the last minute to make all of your decisions. This can happen if you overthink everything. Make a decision and move forward, it will make you feel less stressed.

5. Pick your location first, once that is out of the way, everything else will fall easily into place.

6. Have a budget in mind, and give each category a budget range, so that you have a general idea of what you have to spend. It is much easier to stick to a budget, it you’ve set it out there as a goal. Be realistic about what you have to spend.  For example if you only have $1000 for food, you have automatically eliminated some of your options. Then you won’t waste your time or the professionals time looking at options that are not in the budget.  If you are not sure what is a realistic price for things, call a few vendors in each category and ask them for a range.   I can do a $50.00 wedding bouquet, and it can be really cute, but let’s face it, it isn’t going to look like a $300 bouquet.  That isn’t to say that is is not going to be nice, becasue it is, it’s just going to be smaller or maybe just as large with less expensive flowers, etc.. It’s easy to work with any budget.

7. Prioritize what is the most important to you and what is least important to you, this helps set limits as well.

8. Don’t forget to delegate duties, and assign tasks because you have a lot of friends and family who want to help, so take them up on it.

9. Don’t worry, be happy and relax!  Your big day will be here before you know it.