Thanks to the wealth of apps and resources available to you today, you have everything you need to plan a wedding yourself, without the need for a wedding planner. It can be daunting to plan everything from scratch, and the truth is that it’s a lot of work—a LOT of work! However, you can pull it off like a pro by following these tips:
- Have a thorough plan. And by thorough, we really mean “everything planned and organized, down to the tiniest detail”. The only way to ensure nothing falls through the cracks is to have a comprehensive master list of everything you need to plan. Check out this post to help you start out.
- Start with the basics. There are two things you need to have when planning a wedding: a budget and a guest list. Your guest list will determine what sort of venue you can choose, and the budget will decide the rest of the wedding details. Sit down and hammer out that guest list until both of you are happy with it, then look at your finances to see how much you’re willing to invest in your wedding.
- Make the big decisions first. Venue is the decision you need to tackle right away, at least 9 to 15 months before the day of the wedding. Once you have a date, look for the venue and make sure you’ve put down the deposit to reserve it for the day of your wedding. Only then should you start looking into florists, caterers, entertainment, and all the other details.
- Do your research into vendors. Before you hire any DJ, MC, band, caterer, florist, or any other sort of vendor, make sure to do a lot of research. Read reviews online, and consider reaching out to the people who posted 3-star reviews or lower to find out exactly what went wrong with the vendor and service. Do your research to make sure you know exactly what to expect before you hire any vendors.
- Plan for hiccups. There will always be last-minute challenges and obstacles that crop up. Maybe one of your relatives arrives late at the airport, or your partner forgot to pick up some crucial element for the wedding. Always have a back-up plan for literally everything that could go wrong. It will save you a lot of time and stress on the day of the wedding.
- Get help. Be wary of getting family and friends to help you plan the wedding. Emotions can run hot when you’re frustrated, stressed, or tired, and working with family or friends only makes things harder. Consider hiring a wedding planner on a part-time basis, to serve as your back-up to make sure everything is falling into place. Or, think about a day-of wedding coordinator to keep the whole event running smoothly while you focus on enjoying your wedding.
These six tips will help you be ready to plan an entire wedding all on your own. You’ll find it’s a lot of work, but it can be so rewarding to see everything work out beautifully for your special day.