1. Start Early
There’s nothing like starting your planning early. It saves you all the stress of last minute rush. Typically, it is advised to start planning 6 months before the big day. Contact and settle on your vendors early enough, so all the good ones aren’t taken up, especially if you are getting married during the holidays or peak periods.
2. Have your checklist
Make a list of all that you’d need to do before the wedding day, and set deadlines and reminders for each activity. Also, make a list of all the people and group(s) you’d like to be a part of your day. You can have this list even before you are engaged, and add to it as the days go by. Helps you not to forget anyone for your important day and allows you to know how many people you are planning for.
While planning for your big day, it is easy to get carried away with all the beautiful things you see, but a good budget can guide your decision-making and even make it easier. You don’t want to end up broke after the wedding day ☹. As we know, the wedding is a day; the marriage is all the days after.
4. Get Help
Don’t try to do it all by yourself, list the things that are most important to you and absolutely need your attention. Then let your family and friends help you with that and the rest. It reduces stress and improves efficiency. If you are a control freak, like me, you can get them to give you periodic updates ☺.
Yes yes, I know, it sounds counterproductive, but you do need to relax and enjoy the process, after all, if all go according to plan, you’d never have to do it for yourself again. Follow the 4 tips above and you’d see that this 5th one comes a little easier.
So, this one is too important to be hidden amongst the five. Always have a back up plan for food. There’s nothing worse than not having enough food or people not eating, and guess what, sometimes, there’s food, but there’s no plate or cutlery. Please and please, make provisions for food for more people than you expect, there would almost always be party crashers or friends of family and friends that come along too. A 10-25% markup should suffice.
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