How To Plan A Perfect Wedding
The Perfect Wedding
Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life. Planning a wedding can be a difficult, expensive, and frustrating experience. Everything needs to be planned out step by step to ensure nothing is forgotten. Everything from the flowers down to where the reception is going to take place. I have included everything needed to have your perfect wedding!
Step 1: Choosing a Wedding Location. This is the most important step as everything will revolve around this location. Sometimes it is easier to get married outside of a church if you and your significant other are from different religious backgrounds. Parks, Wedding Halls, Back Yards, or even Las Vegas are great alternatives to getting married in a church.
Step 2: Estimate The Amount of Guests. This step is what frustrates nearly every couple looking to get married. You need to take into consideration the size of the church, backyard, or wedding hall you are planning on getting married in. Then, you need to figure out exactly how many people you are going to invite. Always estimate more than you think will attend the wedding. For example, if you invite 400 guests, you can expect that not all of them will RSVP or attend. However, plan for this amount of people just to be safe. This way, you will not have to worry about not having enough chairs or room.
Step 3: Plan Around Weather. If you are planning on getting married outside it is always a great idea to have a backup plan. It's impossible to plan a wedding 2-3 months in advance and know if the weather will cooperate or not. Many "dream" weddings are destroyed by rain. Just keep this in mind as you are planning your wedding.
Step 4: Choose a Reception Location. I'm sure many of you will be getting married and having the reception at the same location. In my experience, this is the best way to have a wedding. However, if you are getting married in a church and have to commute to the reception location every guest must be properly informed of this.
Step 5: Save The Dates and Formal Invitations. As soon as you find out the confirmed date of the wedding it is vital that you send out save the dates to all of your guests. This will allow them to take off work for the day of your wedding. Follow up with a formal RSVP invitation about 2 months before the wedding. You will find that several people will not respond to your RSVP and you will have to call them a few weeks before the wedding. Make a checklist of every person that you have received the RSVP back from. Use a spreadsheet with their phone numbers to make this easy on yourself.
Step 6: Choose The Food. Depending on what kind of budget you are working with, this can also be a very frustrating experience. You need to decide if you want to have buffet or plate style dining at your reception. Buffet is much faster, cheaper, and less of a headache. However, if you are not worried about the cost and want to have food served by the plate you will need to select 3-4 meals for people to choose from. You will then have to send this out with the RSVP to let the reception hall know how much of each plate they need to prepare.
Step 7: Setting Up Gift Registry. Unless you just want money for your wedding presents, it is important that you set up gift registries. For those of you who do not know, you can go into stores and tell them what you would like your family and friends to purchase for your wedding presents. Pick 3-4 stores for your guests to choose from. What's great about gift registry is that the list goes online so all of your items can be ordered easily. Include the gift registry stores with the formal RSVP.
Step 7: Estimating Total Cost. It's important that you know approximately how much the wedding is going to cost and how much other people are going to contribute. You will base your entire wedding around this number.
Step 8: Considering All Options. There are a ton of other things you can have at your dream wedding. You need to consider the following: videographer, photographer, flowers, bachelor party, bridal shower, bachelorette party, DJ, wedding dress, tuxedos/suits, vows, pastor/priest/minister/the person who is going to marry you, cake decorator, wedding slideshow, engagement pictures, transportation, rehearsal dinner, and the list goes on and on. It's important that you figure out the first 7 steps. After this, everything flows much easier.