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Wedding planning is a huge task especially if you don’t have a wedding planner. It is fun but at the same time can get time consuming and stressful.
Once the wedding date is fixed, the first step would be to book your venue. While booking the venue, make sure you are aware of all the rules and restrictions and there are no hidden costs involved. Some things you need to check on while booking the venue would be the condition of the washrooms, if there is enough lighting and a full length mirror in the dressing room; also check for valet and parking space.
Create a time line and a detailed budget sheet. Both these things are extremely important if you don’t have a wedding planner. You may lose track of either or if they are not watched closely. Don’t forget to account for your trousseau in your budget. Also account for pre-wedding functions and home décor. It‘s always recommended to keep a good buffer in your budget so that in case any unaccounted expenses come up you are prepared.
Space your vendor payments well and make sure you don’t pay the whole sum as advance. Also understand each vendor’s terms and conditions before booking. Maintain a sheet of advances paid and balance amounts so that you know exactly how much you need to pay on the wedding day. On the wedding day you can carry sealed envelopes with the amounts to be paid with the vendor names. This will make it easier to settle all final amounts. Also keep a directory with contact details of all vendors.
The handiest thing to maintain would be a wedding file. You can start this as early as one and half year in advance. Collect as many reference pictures as you can. You can browse through lots of magazines on bridal trends, fashion, lifestyle, décor, gardening, and food for ideas.
Draft and finalize your guest list as early as possible. This will help in booking venues especially if you have a destination wedding it will help in coordinating all arrangements. Planning a destination wedding would involve a lot more preparation. Once you book your venue for a destination wedding, we suggest you visit the destination at least 8-10 months in advance to scout and source as many local vendors as possible, make accommodation and travel arrangements. Try and source vendors locally to reduce cost.
Make a schedule for your beauty regime as you would like to look your best for the big day. Even better would be to book couple spa pre-wedding treatment for you and your fiancée.
Remember good wedding photographers, make-up artists, caterers and decorators are usually booked way in advance during peak season. Make sure you book all these vendors as soon as the wedding date is fixed.
The most important thing would be to make follow up calls with vendors one day prior to the functions and above all be calm and remain stress free before your big day!