Once the excitement of an engagement settles down, it is time to start planning that special day. The wedding planning process usually starts 9-16 months before the big day. Wedding planning can be just as stressful as the actual wedding days. There are many decisions to be made on the day, location, guest list, and much more. There are many websites and magazines that can help the new couple create wedding planning checklists to sharing wedding planning tips for both big and small weddings.
According to www.costofwedding.com, most weddings in the United States have an average cost ranging from $18,900 to $31,500, with the majority of weddings costing less than $10,000. Having a checklist will keep the future bride and groom organized for all of the information and advice that is being given to them and keep them within a set budget!
Getting married is one of many life’s many pivotal events. Couples are combining their lives and their households. If the couple is older, then both bride and groom have household items or furniture that will need to be combined. This means that there could be many duplicates in furniture, kitchen appliances and linens. Instead of getting rid of these items, renting a self storage unit is a great solution for storing these extra items until you decide to keep, sell, donate, throw away or continue to store these items. You can also store wedding presents that you do not yet have room for in your home in a storage unit until you can find room in your new combined household. A self storage unit is also a source of storage during the planning of your wedding. If you need to rent certain items such as table displays and favors for your wedding that you do not have room for at your home, then store it inside a storage unit until he wedding day.
Wedding Planning Tips
In order to be organized for your wedding day, there are some wedding planning tips that you will need to consider.
- Start a wedding binder or folder for all of your wedding planning tips, notes and ideas. Go through bridal, lifestyle, food, and fashion magazine for ideas for your wedding. This is a great time to consult Pinterest and get wedding ideas. Add pins to your Pinterest page of wishes and ideas for the wedding day.
- Create wedding planning checklists for every portion of your wedding from dress and tux shopping to the wedding shower wishes (The bridesmaid usually take care of the shower with the bride’s wishes), rehearsal, rehearsal dinner, wedding day and reception. Having a wedding planning checklist that you can check off will help you track what you have done for your planning and what you still need to do.
- Attend the wedding shows in your city. Most bridal shows are held after the holidays because the majority of couples get engaged then. Fort Stewart is having a wedding show on Sunday, April 26th at Camp Stewart for future brides. Wedding shows are great places to get ideas for your wedding by gathering pamphlets and information from wedding industry vendors.
- Determine the budget for the wedding. In that budget, include the money that you and your family will contribute to the big day. Try to stick to the budget as much as possible during your planning process, but leave a bit of room for the “just in case” events.
- Decide who will be on the guest list for the wedding. The list will then determine the size of the venue that you need. The larger the guest list, the larger the cost. If you are looking to cut costs for your wedding, then a smaller guest list would be the best option.
- Reserve a date and the venue for the big day. The most popular time of year for weddings is May and June, with September and October following closely behind. If you want an outdoor wedding, then it is best to have it during the summer.
- This is also the time to start asking and answering the many questions about the actual wedding day. For example, do you want to have a destination wedding? This would require even more planning and coordinating between the wedding party and the guests. Another consideration for the wedding day is if you want to get married in a church or another location? Will you need to book a minister? Will the ceremony be held separately than the reception? Is a daytime or a nighttime wedding? Once you have the day and the venue then you can really start the planning the events of the wedding day.
- Choose who you would like to have in your wedding party. These family and friends will also be great sources for information on planning your wedding.
- Research photographers, caterers, florists, bands and disc jockeys. The wedding shows are a great resources for seeing local wedding vendors. Ask friends who recently got married for recommendations for the vendors that they used. Decide if you want to have a band or a DJ for your wedding. A DJ usually costs less than a band and they can also be a master of ceremonies for a wedding.
- Once you have a venue and date set, create a save the date postcard, flyer or an email for wedding guests. The save the date could be a part of the invitation package that you purchase.
Good Luck and Congratulation with planning for your big day!