A future bride who is planning her wedding by herself, can be a very stressful occasion. There are so many little things that must be planned out that it can be tough to remember that this is supposed to be the most important day in your life. However, just as with most things in life, a little planning can go a long way in making the preparation and time before the wedding as relatively stress-free as possible. Here’s a small guide to help you get started and, no, watching Father of the Bride is not on the list. That is not a movie that should be watched until after the wedding is over, and you can have a good laugh.
- Consider your budget: This is probably the first thing you should do after you say yes. Having an idea of how much you’re willing to spend will dictate most of your future decisions. Are you paying for the wedding yourselves? Even though it’s traditionally the duty of the bride’s family to pay, this is becoming a thing of the past as more couples are sharing in the costs to reduce financial pressure.
- Reserve the date and venue: At least a year before you’re thinking of getting married, it’s a good idea to pick your venue. As this blogger can tell you, places fill up very quickly. In fact, we had to get our spot two years in advance. Another idea you might want to consider if you’re looking for a different wedding or you want to see some place new is a destination wedding. Destination weddings are often more intimate and allow you to spend time with friends and family longer. Please note that if you do go this route you should let your wedding party and guests know very far in advance for logistical reasons.
- Hire the officiant and other key people: Around ten months before the event, you’ll need to start booking integral people for your wedding. This will include the officiant, photographer, videographer if you want one, and the DJ or band.
- Create your guest list: Although you don’t need a finalized list right away, you should have a rough idea of whom you want to invite – at least so you can determine how much food and appetizers will cost. It’s recommended that you have a wedding party set up as soon as possible, but you can wait until about six months before the wedding to have a finalized list. In regard to wedding invitations and Save the Dates, the Save the Date should be sent out six months before and the invitations themselves about three months before to ensure proper time for your guests to plan.
- Set up your registry: Once you send out your invitations, set up your gift registry, so your invitees know what is on your wish list.
- Purchase your dress: The dress is the thing you’ve dreamt of since you were a little girl. Around six months before the big day, shop around. That way, when you find that dress, there will be enough time to make alterations and adjustments.
Breathe: Throughout this time, please breathe. Although it may seem overwhelming, it will truly be a day you’ll remember for the rest of your life.
Brielle has been to and has helped plan many weddings. She always looks for helpful little tips and tricks to share with others to make their planning less stressful.