A wedding is the beginning of a brand new chapter in your life. Naturally, you’ll have mixed feelings… sometimes, you’ll feel excited about a dreamy honeymoon… then again, you’ll be anxious and nervous about the life that comes after.
Don’t let your emotional and mental hazards mess up the big day and its arrangements. Do see StrictlyWeddings mentioned pre requisites before you start preparations. You’re probably muttering, “it’s easier said than done!”
But, this guide will actually help you enjoy the important day of your life without the FOMO.
- Figure out your budget
Your budget is the most crucial part of the wedding checklist. Before you calculate anything, decide who will pay for what. Then, allocate a budget for your expenses. Most probably, the numbers will change as soon as you begin buying products and services.
So, create a Google Sheet, and share it with those who’ll contribute to your wedding but ensure only you punch in numbers to avoid confusion. Note down everything to keep track of your spending and the remaining budget.
- Share all details of the venue and ceremonies.
If you have sent wedding cards or emails to your friends and family, they might lose them in piles of papers or stacks of emails. Instead, create a WhatsApp group one week before the wedding and add your close circle.
Share a file compiling all the important information like time, wedding venue, ceremony location, and the wedding party destination and pin it in the chat box. So everyone can check it quickly and plan their schedule accordingly.
- Pick the caterer
Some venues provide complementary catering services. If your venue does not offer such services, find the best and trusted caterers and pick one.
To find out about accommodation near your location, simply Google it. Then, get in touch with the top 10 caterers from the suggested list and taste their food. Finally, appoint the caterer according to your judgment.
Or, seek your friends and family for more reliable resources.
Plan whether you want multiple cuisines or the traditional ones served beforehand to save time.
- To-do list for brides and bridesmaids
The most essential part of a wedding is the union of two souls, and the second-most is dressing up the bride and bridesmaids. So, let’s make sure everything is flawless here
● Schedule hair and make-up professionals for your D day at least 4-5 hours before the wedding. That way, if anything goes wrong, you will have enough time to fix it.
● Discuss with your bridesmaids if they want to wear identical dresses or style up in their own way and decide accordingly. Communicate openly and honestly for zero misunderstandings.
● If your bridal or bridesmaids’ dresses have low cut or high splits, you need special underwear. So trial your outfits before buying them and purchase all the undergarments that day to avoid last-minute problems.
● If you invest in your bridesmaids’ earrings, ensure they all have pierced ears. Otherwise, the money will get wasted.
● This is only for brides. Buy a bridal robe for the special “preparing”/” getting ready”/”behind the scenes” photo shoot. You can even personalize it with your name, your husband’s surname, or the embroidered wedding hashtag.
- Appoint a wedding planner (If necessary)
Most of us secretly wish to plan our wedding personally. But in reality, it’s too hectic, and you might get dark circles. From maintaining a budget to booking venues and hiring caterers, everything is just too much for you, especially if you have a job or run a business.
In this scenario, you must appoint a wedding planner, tell them about your wedding checklist, and organize and arrange everything. If you don’t have a specified plan or theme in your mind, share your budget and preferences.
Don’t forget to hire them in advance for a hassle-free experience. Otherwise, they might get booked if you’re too late.
Over to you…
This goes without mentioning: Don’t experiment with your haircut, hair color, or skin care treatments until you get married. Because if any of this goes wrong, you will regret it for the rest of your life. Don’t make unnecessary last-minute changes about flowers or themes either.
You have every right to be excited, but don’t go overboard. Instead, create a plan, stick to it, and trust the process… you’ll have a dreamy wedding just how you imagined it to be.