Your wedding ceremony is the most auspicious occasions and everyone wishes to make them as memorable as possible. However, it is extremely stressful to plan a wedding especially if you wish to eliminate a professional event planner and execute the event on your own. Here are some tips that will help you pull off a wedding on your own without breaking your bank account.
Pulling off a wedding ceremony seems to be a simple task, however, once you get into the preparation part, you will realize how complicated and hectic can it get. Moreover, the bridezilla mode further messes up the situation. The best advice that you can have on wedding planning is to start planning as early as possible. There are hundreds of little tasks that you will have to manage and dozens of vendors that you will have to deal with. You cannot afford to leave everything at the last moment. Planning your event will not only help you save time and focus more on every department but will also allow you to save costs by getting early discounts and promotional deals
Define Your Budget
It is very important to define your budget when planning your wedding. A wedding ceremony can get extremely expensive if you fail to plan it out carefully and budget everything that you plan to do. From your wedding gown to the venue and catering to photography and styling, everything has a cost and you need to keep all those costs under your budget. Chalk out a budget document and decide how much you wish to spend on your wedding. Then allocate the budget amount to different expense heads such as venue, catering, wedding favors, wedding gown, styling, etc. Advanced market research will help you to estimate price ranges more realistically to avoid a price shock at the last moment.
Bridesmaid and Flower Girl
If you subtract the bride and the groom, who is the limelight of the event, the second most important people who catch the attention are your flower girls and the bridesmaids. Since they are the people who usher you and walk you to the altar, while your bridesmaids have the added responsibility of pampering you, they are dressed accordingly. In many cases, the bride decides the dresses for the bridesmaids and the flower girls. You must pick your flower girls and bridesmaids well in advance and inform them about your decision so that they can confirm the availability. It is not ethical to expect someone to take the charge at the last moment.
Venue and Menu
Decide where you would like to have your wedding arranged and what kind of catering services would you like to have. Your venue and menu decisions exhaust a good chunk of your entire budget, therefore make your choices wisely. If you are planning on a destination wedding, look for options that fit your budget. If you wish to have a church wedding, look for available options on your dates. Your menu can be very basic and also very extravagant depending on how much will you be spending at the end of the day, it all depends on your personal preferences and affordability.
There are various other services such as hair and makeup stylists and videography and video production services that you will need to hire. Make sure you have researched them in advance and have made your decision. Do not fall for someone who is way too cheap than the prevailing market rates or you may end up ruining your big day.