Ah. Spring is near, Valentine’s day just passed, and maybe someone you know got engaged. It’s time to start wedding planning! Here are the major things to think about:
Budget: Not only for your money, but for your time as well. Figure out what areas you’re willing to splurge on, and where you’d rather save. For instance, maybe you’d rather spend extra money on a professional photographer and be more frugal with the attire (like a wedding dress that will be worn once). How much time can you give per week to plan wedding details?
Theme: Is it beachy? Or vintage? Or outdoorsy? What colors will be used? Both the bride and the groom should be reflected in the theme and colors.
Wedding Party: Who will be bridesmaids and groomsmen? Who will be flower girls and ring bearers? Who will be the officiate? Invite these people to be in the wedding party well in advance so they can make time in their schedules and be a part of all the festivities.
Registry: Where will the bride and groom be registered? The couple should go together to the store and add things to their registry together. Will the couple simply want cash or gift cards, or nothing at all?
Photographer: Will you hire a professional or will it be a family friend? Pick a photographer that the couple feels comfortable with. The best pictures come from being candid and at ease.
Invitations: How will the theme and colors be incorporated into the invitations and save-the-dates? Will they be formal or informal? How many people should be invited? Will the couple include an engagement picture? Send out invitations in advance so that guests can be available to attend. Have guests RSVP.
Food: Will there be a formal dinner or heavy hors d’oeuvres or a dessert bar? Who will make the food, a caterer or a family member? What will the wedding cake look and taste like? The couple should go taste testing and decide on a menu and cake flavor together. Remember to ask for or bring to-go boxes for the left overs.
Flowers: How will the theme and colors be incorporated into the bouquets, corsages, and boutineers? How will the flowers be preserved after the wedding, if at all? Meet with a florist early on to discuss what kinds of flowers are available and how long it will take to make each arrangement.
Attire: What will the bride wear? What will the groom wear? How will the theme and colors be incorporated in bridesmaid dresses and groomsmen suits? Who will do the bride’s hair and makeup? Do the bride and groom each have a ring? Pick outfits a few months away from the big day so that alterations can be made.
Decorations: What do you plan to decorate (i.e. guest tables, sign in table, cake table, etc.)? Will decorations be bought ready-made? Will they be rented? Will they be made from scratch a la Pinterest? Realistically, how much time are you able to devote to wedding decoration crafting?
Music: Will there be a band or a DJ, or will you create your own playlist? Pick specific songs for the first dance, mother/groom, father/bride, bouquet and garter toss, etc. Practice these highlights so that everything goes smoothly when the real moment comes.
Delegation: Who is in charge of decorating? Who should the caterer/photographer/baker/florist ask questions of on the wedding day? Who will bring the gifts home? Who will clean up after the event? The wedding party is there to help, so let them. Make sure they know what they are in charge of at least a week in advance.
Thank Yous: Remember to write out sincere thank you letters for each gift you receive, to each person that was in your wedding party, and to all the businesses you hired.