A Guide to Effective Wedding Planning

The moment’s come, you’ve said yes and now there’s a ring on your finger. Now what happens? Planning.

Wedding planning can be one of the most stressful of all planning activities, given the uniqueness of the day and the importance and tradition of the ceremony. A wedding brings a whole host of people together, family, friends and beyond, for a brief period of time to help celebrate a momentous occasion. Smooth organization can make the difference between a memorable day and a disastrous one. Here’s how to hit the ground running.

Announcement

One of the primary things to consider is how to reveal the news once the proposal and acceptance has been made. Some couples might not be comfortable if people know the news before their own parents so some tact is often involved. Decide on how to make the announcement, tell the people close to you in person, or, at the very least, over the phone – the last thing they’ll want to do is hear it through others via Facebook!

Dreamscaping

After the news is out and the excitement is building, you’ll want to start discussing with your partner how you hope the big day pans out. Talk about the vision you have and listen to the vision they have and see what comes together. Perhaps the idea of having the wedding in an unusual place might emerge, from a beach to a mountain. No need to delve into the expenses and questions of funding just yet. Spend this time getting a feel for how you both would like it to be.

Time framing 

After getting a sense of how you’d like your wedding to be, move on to establishing a timeframe by settling on a month or season to marry in. This will give you an idea of the amount of time you’ll have to plan and can kick things off in terms of organization. This is the stage where you might be able to flesh out other details too, like the guest list or locale.

Budgeting 

After deciding on the foundations of the plan you can then begin thinking about money and how much you can set aside for the event itself. The big things are likely to be more obvious but also consider budgeting for the smaller details too, like decorations and send off items like those offered at sparklersonline.com.

Organizing

A notebook or digital document can help put details and finer plans together. Write down the amount you can dedicate to each thing and also record what you’ve been spending along the way. This will help further with budgeting and not causing any extra stress in the run up to the big day.

Ceremony

Finally you’re going to have to start thinking about the ceremony itself, where you’d like it take place and who you’d like to lead it. The destination itself bears a lot of consideration, ask yourself how easy it will be for people to get to. Is it fair to expect people to spend extra costs travelling?