“Falling in love was the easy part; planning a wedding -- yikes!” Actress Niecy Nash once said.
If you’ve just gotten engaged, you know it’s true: everyone wants the unforgettable, beautiful, viral photo-worthy wedding. But unforgettable, weddings aren’t just something you can add to your one-click online shopping cart -- weddings take a LOT of planning.
If you just said “yes” and you’re moving on to the nitty-gritty wedding planning stage that precedes “I do,” Congratulations! Here’s a five-step guide to help you navigate the world of bridal prep.
Step 1: Set a Date. Now
This is the shortest and sweetest tip, but it’s an important one. Every price estimate you get will be date-dependent, and you may want to give those closest to you an additional heads up so they know to clear their calendars.
Not surprisingly, summer is the most popular season to get married, but there’s something to be said for a beautiful autumn wedding that takes advantage of gorgeous fall colors. To figure which season to have your big day, read this: Which Wedding Season is Right for You.
Step 2: Stop Believing Every “Price Saving” Tip You Read
Everyone – or at least most people – wants to keep the budget reasonable for their wedding. That said, there are a lot of erroneous tips out there that could end up saving you a grand total of $40 off a $10,000 event, while giving you a world of headaches.
For example, buffet style food is often held up as a way to save money without compromising quality, but instead of just accepting this as fact, figure out what the actual cost would be caterer-by-caterer.
While there are certainly ways to cut back on cost while still having your fabulous dream wedding, n o guide out there knows your exact budget, number of guests, location, venue restrictions, etc., all of which can dramatically alter the price of your wedding.
Step 3: Chart a Wedding Timeline
When it comes to planning a wedding, getting all the details right often comes down to simply giving yourself enough time. Most experts recommend booking a wedding venue at least nine months in advance, and a full year is ideal. This is especially important if you’re aiming to get married in a popular season (like summertime). Even the less traditional spots, like the rustic wedding barn, are going to be in demand months ahead of time.
Services like catering, photographers and music should similarly be figured out long before the seven-month mark. Therefore, having a wedding timeline with deadlines on when you should have certain elements already figured out is integral in avoiding stress during the wedding planning process.
Step 4: It’s a Once in a Lifetime Event So Rent What You Can
Let’s face it: styles change, and storage often comes at a premium. Your wedding is a special day, but it’s just one day, so don’t feel bad about renting anything, from the dress, to the tent, to the table linens. Chances are, you’re never going to use these items again and if you don’t have a strong emotional attachment, why not save a little money and be more eco-friendly at the same time?
Renting can also give you an opportunity to upscale your choices at little cost. If you’re only renting a designer diamond necklace, it’s going to be a lot more affordable than outright purchasing it.
Step 5: Wedding Planners are Not Overrated
Lastly, in today’s DIY world, it can be tempting to grab the reins and take charge of your wedding detail by detail. But is that really how you want to spend your big day: micromanaging everyone from the caterer to the reception staff?
A wedding planner can provide incredibly valuable advice and assistance from Day 1. They’ve had years of experience in the business and know which florists are rip-offs, and which local bands are an affordable hit for receptions.
Are you ready to plan your wedding?
Wedding planning can be incredibly overwhelming, and if you just got engaged, you’re probably trying to figure out what to do next. However, planning your wedding doesn’t have to be stressful.
At il Tulipano, New Jersey’s premier wedding venue, our bridal assistants work closely with you and your fiancée to plan and execute your wedding day exactly to your specifications. From the food and cake to ceremony decoration and preparation, we take care of all your wedding planning details so you can have a stress-free engagement and ultimately enjoy your wedding day. Request a tour of il Tulipano and see our beautiful property for yourself!