It sounds easy to do but planning any wedding needs a good…well?! – PLAN. These 7 steps to planning your wedding on a budget are simple steps in helping you save money, time and most of all, aggravation. BUT, they are by no means ‘easy steps’.
It may be simple to say that you need to order your wedding dress and other wear for the bridal party well in advance of the big day. But it’s not so easy to decide on color schemes, fabrics and designs. It’s all a matter of personal tastes and creativity on one side, while being practical and cost conscious on the other.
With that said, you should give yourself plenty of time to start initiating your plan of attack. The further out you begin planning for your wedding the happier you will be; trust me. And…you won’t be voted ‘BrideZilla of the Year’.
The ideal time frame to start your wedding plan is at least one year before the wedding. The shorter amount of time you have to get your wedding off the ground, the more creative and LUCKY you need to be. Not giving yourself plenty of time may also cost you more money.
So with that, here are 7 short steps in planning your wedding while saving as much money as possible.
Step 1 : One Year Before Your Wedding
At least one year before you decide to get married, sit down and determine the exact date of the wedding. That final date is your main goal. Decide what type of wedding you want and decide who you want to invite and book a site for the wedding.
This first step is the most crucial step. Everything you do reflects around how you handle this. The first thing you need to do is to book the location where your wedding is to be held. This may take quite some time to do depending on your budget and any vacancies available for your preferred date. Once you know where and when your wedding will be held you will know how many people you can invite.
At this point you should start working on your invitation list. You need to give them plenty of time so as no to interfere with any plans they may have.
Step 2 : 9 Months Before the Big Wedding
9 Months Before ( …or even 12 months before…) – If you are the bride, decide and order your wedding dress. Guys don’t really care at this stage, but get all the girls together and hash out all your senses for a fabulous fashionable wedding.Who will wear what and how will it look?????
- – a) Book the hotel room for yourselves and reserve accommodations for out of town guests. If the date of your wedding coincides with another major even, such as The Super Bowl, booking accommodation can be difficult, so plan accordingly.
- – b) Book the reception site – You may want to include this as part of Step 1 because ideally, the date of your marriage will coincide with the celebration. If you are getting married in a church, the reception may possibly be held in the basement afterwards.
- – c) Book the photographer – There are many types of photographers out there with many different price points. The best photographers, of course, are ones that specialize in weddings. Speak with several to determine who will provide you with the biggest bang for your buck.
- – d) Start planning the guest list – By this stage, you will know you want to celebrate your wedding with you. You just need to start compiling everything together and prepare for mailing.
- – e) Assemble your planning team – everyone is good at something, aren’t they? Help your wedding get off to a good start by making sure that everyone knows what they should be doing. If you’re going to hire a wedding planner, get them on board now so they can get your wedding plan in place.
Step 3 : 6 Months Left To Go
Six months before your big wedding day, start planning the wedding party. Decide on who you want for the toastmaster and to organize the wedding theme. Order bridesmaid dresses, the bridal bouquet and the floral decoration, printed matters as invitation and thank-you card. Start planning the honeymoon.
Step 4 : 4 Months Before the Wedding
Trust me, those four months will go faster than you think. Meet the wedding official for the wedding ceremony. Select and order music for the marriage and wedding party. Decide on the menu and order food and drink. Contact rental companies if you need to rent items such as chairs, tables, music equipment, porcelain etc and book all transportation during the wedding day.
Step 5 : Only 3 More Months to Go… Yikes!
3 Months Before – Start planning the wedding day in detail. Find and order wedding rings. Apply for marriage license.
To The bride: buy accessories, shoes, and underwear. Book your stylist and makeup artist.
Step 6 : Two Months Before Your Wedding…crunch time…
2 Months Before – Send invitation cards and order the wedding cake. Write a purchase list, wedding gift list, and marriage settlement if necessary.
Step 7 : That’s It. Only One Month Left and you’re finally married
You must be super nervous by now. Scarry exciting stuff isn’t it? Most of the wedding planning you need to do should all be in the works and the hardest thing you need to do is wait. But WAIT!. There’s still two more (at least) things you still need to do.
If you’re THE BRIDE, you need to work on the final fittings for your wedding gown as well as that for the bridesmaids. Why not have a “Final Fitting Party” and have some fun while you’re at it.
If you’re THE GROOM – No, you can’t wear blue jeans. You, the Best Man, Ring Boy, Ushers and whoever else also need to know what you’re wearing and get fitted too.
Alright. The worst part of planning any wedding is the waiting. Waiting for the big day can be stressful. When I get stressed, I tend to eat more than I really should and before I realized what happened, I end up gaining another 5 whole pounds. If that’s you, than you need to control your weight so your wedding outfits still fit the way they were supposed to…but I digress. That’s a different subject.