Your wedding day promises to be one of the best of your life. The planning stages can also be some of the most stressful. There’s so much to consider that your head will be spinning. Some small additions to your early planning can make your life much easier as the big day arrives. Breaking the mammoth task of planning into stages is sure to take a little of the stress away. Here are a few things you should start considering as soon as possible.
DRAW UP A BUDGET
It may sound simple, but planning your budget early on will be a lifesaver. Weddings can be a real money pit once you get into them and having a set amount in mind will help you know when to draw the line. That line will be a constant point to come back to when you’re at risk of getting lost in wedding mayhem. When you find yourself veering off track (which is likely to happen at some point, let’s be honest), your already planned budget with help put you back on level footing.
PICK A TIME AND DATE
You can’t get much done until you know a time and date. Get this out of the way as early as possible. A set date will give you a clear deadline to work towards, as well as allowing you to move forward with your other plans. With most venues getting booked years in advance, this is a case of ‘you snooze, you lose.’ Get booked up as soon as possible to avoid missing out on your dream venue or season.
WRITE A GUEST LIST
Guest lists are one of the most stressful aspects to consider in those early stages. Getting yours done as soon as possible will be a big relief. With your venue sorted, you should have some idea of numbers by now. Deciding whether to invite an uncle you barely know may seem like a stressful undertaking, but it’s necessary. Whether you’re having a big white wedding or a small affair, guests are going to play a big part in your day. Make sure you know who will be sharing the experience with you.
SAVE THE DATE CARDS
With your guest list already done, you can get started on your save the date cards. A new phenomenon, save the date cards can be a fantastic way to ensure all your guests have plenty of notice. They will also help make your wedding invitations easier when you get to them. Like venues, people need as much notice as possible. After all, you don’t want to risk your loved ones not being able to attend. These cards may seem like a huge task but think of it as a warm up for that looming time when your invitations need to go out. You can even match the style on your save the date cards and your invitations. With that in mind, this will definitely be saving you a job in the long run.