Getting ready for a wedding can be a hectic time for any bride-to-be and practically everyone around her. Trying to make decisions on color themes, venues, and just about everything else can be stressful as well as time-consuming. To make your life easier, however, there are key things that you can do to prepare for the long road ahead. This would typically entail getting the major things out of the way before straightening out the minor but important details. Preparing for a wedding requires you to be extremely organized and also have a team of people to help as it isn’t a one-man-job. This article is going to give you a few tips on pre-wedding preparation that will hopefully help if you’re on the verge of planning a wedding.
Look for a Venue
One of the first things to cross off of your list when preparing for a wedding is the venue. This is where your ceremony is going to hold, so determining where you want to do it should help set the pace for the rest of your preparations such as invitations, decorating, and in some cases, food as well. Depending on where you want to do your wedding and the period you choose, venues can be booked months in advance. It’s therefore in your best interest to book one as quickly as possible. You should determine whether you want an outdoor wedding venue or one that’s indoors. If you want a small and intimate reception, going somewhere outside of the popular or busy areas could mean you pay less for a venue. Also, consider checking both online and offline for venues, so you have a range of options to pick from in terms of the visual outlook and cost.
Give Out Invites Ahead of Time
When organizing a wedding, inviting people ahead of time is key. You want to give guests enough time to clear their schedules and prepare for your big day. Once you’ve chosen a venue, you can then go ahead and come up with a layout design yourself or hire a professional. Seeing as this is the digital age, you may decide to disseminate your invites via instant messaging, email, and social media. Regardless of the style of your invites, sorting this sooner rather than later is essential. You may also decide you want to do a pre-wedding shoot leading up to the big day to accompany invites. If so, you should try and find a photographer ahead of time as well as arrange what outfits you’ll be wearing. There are numerous looks you could explore such as a casual look with a plus size maxi dress or something fancier like a ball gown look which might mean you wear a dazzling evening dress. Whatever the case, try and get all of the pre-wedding invites and buzz out of the way early enough so you can focus on other aspects.
Find the Right Caterer
Food and drinks are an important part of a wedding so finding the right caterer is key. Although everyone’s palettes are different when it comes to food, there is usually a general consensus and foods most people happen to enjoy. For this reason, you should try and choose a caterer that has enough experience doing weddings and whose food is good by popular opinion. Some tips to take on board when choosing a caterer are knowing how many guests you’re catering for, deciding on what kind of food you want, ensuring you pay attention to both taste and presentation, as well as asking to attend any event they’re catering for to see them live in action before giving them the job.
There is so much more that planning a wedding entails, however, these are some basics to think about. In order to ensure wedding planning doesn’t overwhelm you, being one step ahead of everything where possible is essential. Also, remember to be patient and take your time so that you can have the wedding of your dreams at the end of it all.