A wedding demands its own format and atmosphere. With guest lists being downsized post pandemic, we’ll see more guest-centered elements.
Most couples and their families want the wedding to be an experience rather than just an event. As a result, the popularity of “small weddings” is expected to soar. Instead of a formal reception, the speeches will be more casual, reflecting the easy and relaxed atmosphere of a modest, simple dinner or “dinner with best friends.”
Here are some pointers when planning a wedding.
1. Determine the Wedding Budget
Yes, we know! Talking about money can always be a complex subject, but trust us, it’s an absolute necessity to get it out of the way at the beginning of your wedding planning stages. Every decision you make will impact your budget, so you need to know what it is upfront.
Chances are, you will fall in love with a wedding venue that costs more than your budget! So sit down and talk to all the people contributing to the budget so you can have a plan. There will be hundreds, maybe even thousands, of decisions to make while planning your wedding and related activities, and most of them will impact the budget.
2. Decide the Wedding & Colour Theme
Couples must create beautiful wedding themes and colour palettes for their decor and fashion. We are seeing a switch from the traditional to the decor, and theme parties create the colour palette. Now the guests are also getting involved.
In today’s times, the wedding guests’ attire is becoming part of the décor, delving further into the notion of hosting a one-of-a-kind wedding. In addition, couples are connecting with guests to coordinate colour palettes and style on the wedding day, making the entire event a ‘photoshoot.’ Modern weddings are making a statement with style, and we love it.
3. Create the Guest List
Whether you choose to have a large wedding or a small one, creating your guest list is a crucial task. And while it may be challenging to decide who gets an invite and who doesn’t, around here, we like to say…‘make your guest list, the A-list.’ A smaller guest list is better for your budget and sometimes your sanity. Even if it’s impossible to reduce your list to 20 guests, reducing it from 200 to 100 will help you go from overwhelmed to manageable. More often than not, a simple wedding ceremony requires less effort—and it comes with a priceless bonus: more face time with a cozier group of wedding guests you invited!
4. Select a Venue That Fits Your Theme and Budget
Unsurprisingly, the most significant portion of your wedding money will be spent on the most expensive item, usually the venue and the food. As per available research, families typically spend roughly 60% of their overall spending on their wedding location and menu. So, you must find a wedding venue that not only fits your theme, style, and personality but also doesn’t blow out your budget.
5. Create A Wedding Website
One of the best creations in the modern wedding process is having a wedding website. What a beautiful way to share your love story with your closest friends and family, all the details of the wedding and any pre or post-wedding events, specific requirements for dress code, your wedding hashtag, and more.
6. Love Story
Sure! Your family, friends, and associates may know you’re in love, but they probably don’t know all the intimate details. So use your wedding website to share how you met, some of the quirky things that may have happened, your favorite things, the proposal, and more. Trust us: they’ll love it!
7. Wedding Details
One of the most significant ways a wedding website can make planning your simple wedding ceremony a breeze is by having all of the details of your event in one place. These include the date, time, location, dress attire, and more.
8. Track RSVP
Having a wedding website allows you to easily track and receive your RSVPs and receive information regarding special culinary restrictions that your guests may have.
9. Wedding Hashtag
Most weddings today aren’t complete without a wedding hashtag. And once you create it, you’ll want to share it with the world. Front and center on your wedding website homepage is the best place to share your wedding hashtag!
10. Save The Date Creatives
The next step for planning a wedding is to create save-the-date cards that match your theme and colour palette. Many websites allow you to shop from the comfort of your own home, or you can ask your wedding planner to create custom save-the-dates for you. Just remember to mail them out four to six months before the wedding day. This gives guests plenty of time to make arrangements to attend your wedding.
11. Plan the wedding dress
Shopping for your wedding attires is the most exciting part of planning a wedding. But, with thousands of designs to choose from, it might take some time. As a general rule of thumb, you should begin to shop for your wedding dress approximately one year to six months before the wedding, unless you are Ona crash per wedding weight loss spree. This is because most wedding dresses have to be ordered, which can take up to six months at times. Then, once your dress arrives, you’ll need several weeks to get it altered to fit you perfectly.
Enjoy the experience, it’s a lot of fun, and you’ll create beautiful memories with your closest family and friends.
12. Get Married!
Now that you’ve done all the previous steps, you’re ready to get married. So, now the important things are to remember to not stress about the small stuff, make a checklist of everything you need to take with you to the wedding, create an emergency kit (things like bandaids, safety pins, antigens, muscle sprays etc.), relax and enjoy the greatest time of your life that you are going to spend with your loved ones and closest friends.
Your wedding experience will fly by in a blink of an eye. So make sure that you remember to slow down and absorb every emotion, all the laughs, and memories.
13. Get the Marriage registered!
This is an absolute necessity. You cannot have a legally binding marriage without a marriage certificate.You’ll receive a marriage certificate once you’ve completed the marriage ceremony, the couple and the witnesses having signed in the presence of the registrar and your witnesses. You may ask your Wedding Planner for more details as the process may vary from place to place.