Getting the engagement rings to pop the magic question is just the start. When you think of wedding, your mind fills up with all the things that you want to do and all that you’ll have to do. Then, you also think about all that can go wrong and the consequences you’ll have to face. Next, the stress of doing it all right because it’s the special day of your life comes in with a vengeance. Needless to say, calling it one of the most stressful situations in life won’t be an overstatement.
We all are bound to go through this at some point in our lives. Some of us have our parents or friends to help us with everything. Even so, there’s some part of you that knows that something will go wrong. Perhaps your father won’t get the colour right for the decorations, your friend might forget the wedding cake, etc. However, even this is something that you have to worry about at a very later date. As soon as you get the YES from your soon-to-be-spouse, you’re on the clock.
So, let’s take a look at the basics of how to plan a wedding:
Give Yourself Some Time
The first thing people want to know as soon as you announce your engagement is the date you make it official. However, since this is something you can’t decide without factoring in everything else, don’t jump the gun. You need to give yourselves some time to figure things out. Even if you go for a year during your engagement, there’s nothing wrong with it. In fact, it will ensure that you have plenty of time to get everything right.
Setting the Priorities Straight
It’s easy to get lost in all the work that needs to be done to set the occasion right. You’ll find yourself wandering off in thoughts about the wedding dresses, the cake, the type of food you want, the décor and lights, the photography, etc. That’s why you need to make sure that you’re not going on a frenzy. One way to help you start getting everything organized is to write everything down and consult your partner for any ideas that you might have skipped. It’s crucial to note that you might not be able to get everything down the first time around. So, allow yourself a couple of days or even weeks to come to grips with all that needs to be done.
Next, with a detailed to-do list, you’ll be able to prioritize your tasks. Set everything in accordance with the venue and date that you’ve selected for your event. You’ll also be able to talk through everything that you and your partner mutually want and discuss the possibilities of going for individual preferences.
Pick a Venue
You won’t be able to get a start on wedding planning without picking a date and you can’t pick a date without a venue. So, start by thinking about where and how you want your wedding to go. Whether you want it to be outside on the coastline, the beach, a lush green landscape, a church, the townhouse, etc. The day you get the venue is the date you can start to work with. This will also help you decide the kind of decorations you can have, the theme you can go for, the number of guests you’ll have, etc.
Have the Budget Planned Out
The last thing you want to do is go broke after the wedding or have planned something that you can’t afford in the first place. This means that you’ll have to have a conversation with your families to get an exact figure of what they’re all contributing. The figure you get will determine everything that you can and cannot do. It’s not impossible to plan a low-budget wedding and it’s not a bad idea to save up either. You’ll find that having the conversation beforehand is a lot better than having long quarrels and fights later. In the end, you don’t want to jeopardize your wedding, so it’s best to have everything planned right from the start.
Having said that, don’t be afraid to round the amount off to the least but guaranteed figure that you’re sure you’ll get. Working with the lowest expectation will save you from future disappointments along the way. Moreover, having extra money to cover the miscellaneous expenses like paying for guests staying at a hotel, the cab rides, etc. is essential. You can also spend the extra cash to get the bridal dress you want or better jewellery from jewellers in Dubai.
From here on, you can go on to decide every little thing from guest lists to colours of the bride’s maids’ dresses, the cuisine, etc. Just make sure that you get the above-mentioned things right.