Welcome to the 4th and final part of our wedding planning tips. Hopefully by now we have set you in the right timeframe to plan your event.
Keep in mind that the venue has to be set-up before the event. The flowers, decorations, food music equipment all need their set-up times. So make sure that the venue is at least available from the morning before the wedding. Never agree on set-up times of one hour before the wedding.
The Legal Stuff
Every country has its own legal requirements to get married. So make sure to check beforehand what you need to make your wedding official. In addition, for the documents needed check with your local authorities how long it takes to issue the certificates. Never rely on online information. Keep in mind that the information might be not up-to-date.
Make sure you get what is important for you
When it comes to budgeting for your wedding, make sure you do not lose your focus and get what really matters to you. So make a list of all the items that you wish for your wedding. Categorize each item on the list with a ranking of 1 to 3. Invest most of your budget on your number ones and cut corners form your number threes. So for example if getting a diamond wedding ring is a must for you, be prepared to cut corners on your wedding invitation budget.
The Wedding Directory
Make a list of contact names and telephone numbers of all the supplies. Make two copies of it. A list should be kept by a trusted member of the bridal’s party (preferably a bridesmaid) and the other should be kept by the groom. I
The Final Count Down
Finally as the wedding day approaches do not get lost on the details. Now it is the time to focus on the most important aspects of your wedding namely:
- Confirm all the suppliers. We generally recommend you to do it twice: 1 month before the wedding and around 3 days before the wedding.
- Confirm the bridal and groom’s party – This should be done at least one month before the event.
- Final dress fitting – make sure you do this around a month before the wedding so if there is something that needs further alteration there is time for it.
- Invites – Send the wedding invites 4-5 weeks before the wedding so as gusts can make their plans to attend the event.
Welcome back to the 3rd part of our guidelines for planning your perfect wedding day. In this article, we will discuss six more important points to consider:
Kids are They Welcome or are They Not
You have to make a uniform kids policy for your wedding day to avoid hurt feelings. You have four options to choose from:
- You can welcome all guests kids to the reception
- You can have an adults only wedding
- You can include immediate family only kids
- You can hire a childcare service or make arrangements with a play school to keep the kids during the reception.
Guest List Tiers
Prioritize your guests into at least 3 tiers. Immediate family and best friends are the top tier. The second tier includes the rest of the family uncles, cousins, aunts and close friends. Finally, in the third tier include work friends, your parents’ friends, neighbors and other friends.
Plan carefully and slowly
Do not rush to book suppliers. Take it a step at a time and prepare a wedding schedule of things to do. Do everything in a logical order. For example do not hire any supplier before you booked the venue. Do not book music until you verified that music can be played at your venue and you have an allotted space. Do not book a cake until you decided on a wedding theme. Do not print the invites until you have decided on your guest list.
Once you have booked the venue start looking at accommodation in the area. Search for hotels in different price ranges that can accommodate different bracket of guests. Make arrangements with hotel management to reserve rooms and try to obtain a special rate for the occasion. However if the hotel imposes a cancellation policy (which includes fees) just look elsewhere. You do not want to be responsible for rooms you do not fill.
Getting There and About
Do not rely on online maps for directions. The routes might be wrong or their might be some unexpected delays like road works or some festival. Best is to ask the venue for the best route. Always test the route yourself before giving it to your guests.
Get it in Writing
Never take anyone’s word. Contacts might change or forget until your wedding day. So if you agree anything over the phone or in person with any of the suppliers, just send a confirmation e-mail when you reach home to your supplier.