While your wedding itself will hopefully be one of the greatest events of your life, planning a wedding is often incredibly stressful. There are so many decisions that need to be made and so many things that need to be kept in order. On top of all of that, the financial burden of throwing a wedding can be quite significant. Here are some things to keep in mind to make sure you are getting the wedding you want with the least amount of stress.
Big or Small
One of the most important decisions that you need to make is how big your wedding is going to be. There is often pressure to have a big wedding. You don’t want to make people feel left out. Your parents have a whole list of people that you barely know whom you have to invite. There is nothing wrong with having a big wedding, as long as it is what YOU want.
It’s important to remember that ultimately, your wedding day is about you and the person you are going to marry. Normally, being selfish is a poor choice. Your wedding is the exception that proves the rule. You want your guests to have a good time at your wedding, but it is your special day, and most of the decisions should revolve around your desires.
Only invite the people that you feel you need at your wedding. A smaller guest list can save you a ton of money and make organizing everything much easier.
Location, Location, Location
After you have decided how many people to invite, you need to choose a location. There are many things to take into consideration when deciding on a venue. You have to think about the season in which you are planning to marry and whether you want to have an indoor space, an outdoor space, or both.
When checking with venues, it is important to inquire about what they offer. Are chairs and tables provided, or will you need to rent them separately? A cheap location can become far more expensive than you thought if it does not have the essential items. Can you get food and drink service as part of a package, or will you need to take care of that through another source?
What’s For Dinner?
The menu is another area that needs serious thought. The traditional by-the-plate catering option is being used less and less these days. Wedding buffets are much more in fashion these days. The buffet option may be a little too casual for some people. However, it can still be classy while making it so that you don’t need to worry so much about the individual food requirements of your guests.
As long as you have a couple of vegetarian dishes and a vegan dish, most of your guests will be able to find something they can eat.
If you really want to save money, you can have a potluck meal. By providing a couple of main dishes in large quantities and relying on your guests to bring the rest of the meal, you can save a ton of cash on food and have more money for alcohol.
You will find that many of your guests will gladly bring a dish if it means it will put you in a position to provide an open bar.
Band, DJ, or Neither
Another important decision is the music. For a while, the question was band or DJ? Unfortunately, both have drawbacks, and neither is likely to lead to you getting exactly what you want. By renting a couple of speakers and creating your own playlist on your computer, you can ensure that every song is precisely what you want to hear.
Assigning someone to be in charge of pausing the music at key moments is all you have to do, and you can save a ton of money.
Hope for the Best
Prepare for the worst. Hopefully, everything at your wedding will go off without a hitch. Unfortunately, that is not always the case, though. By purchasing wedding liability insurance, you can have the peace of mind that even if an accident does occur, you won’t face any additional costs for which you hadn’t planned.
Remember, while your wedding itself will end that night or the following day, you still have your honeymoon. Keep the costs of your trip in mind when planning your wedding so that you don’t limit your options too much. Beyond the honeymoon, you also have to keep in mind that you will have a life after everything as well. You don’t want to be completely penniless when beginning your life with your new spouse.