Wedding planning may sound and seem to be a pretty straightforward task to achieve, however, if you have ever been a part of a wedding planning committee, then you know how difficult it is to organize and manage a wedding in a productive manner. A lot of considerations have to be made, right from the preferences of the couple, to managing the entire family facade.
The concept of wedding planning becomes even more complicated in a country like India where everyone has an opinion on how to execute a specific wedding – too many cooks. On top of that, you have to satisfy the endless crowd of relatives that come from all around the country to attend the particular event. Wedding planning can be a stressful affair, to say the least.
Hence, maintaining a checklist that acts as a guide throughout the entire procedure of wedding planning can prove to be a very dynamic tool in the long run. Following are specific tips that will eliminate all the stress out of the wedding planning procedure and help in effective execution of the planned events.
1. Do your Homework and Start Early:
It is imperative to start the planning procedure early. Getting things organized at least three months before the D-Day will give you sufficient time to plan the wedding more efficiently. The more time you have, the better it is, as it gives you space to move around and compose a flexible plan that can adapt to changes as per the requirement of a specific situation. Create a timeline and follow it strictly. Do not lag behind. In fact, try to stay a step ahead of the created schedule and manage your time accordingly.
2. Take Digital Help:
The world is operating on a digital scale, so use the help of technology to manage and plan a wedding. Forget the old-school techniques of maintaining a register where all the accounts are recorded. Create a separate email id and add all the participants that are involved in planning the wedding. Upload all the information and data on Google sheets and make it accessible to all the members present. Record all the essential contact detail up on a cloud so that everyone from anywhere can use it.
3. Allocate Responsibilities:
It is critical to understand that planning a significant event such as a wedding cannot be done by one single individual. It requires a collaborative team effort where people must take up different responsibilities and ensure that the particular task is done on time. Therefore, assign each member of your team a task as per their preference so that the process of execution speeds up. Dividing the work reduces pressure and also simplifies the entire procedure considerably.
4. Prioritize a Budget:
Perhaps the most critical aspect of wedding planning is finalizing a budget which helps to finance the specific event. Consult the families that are involved in the wedding and formulate a budget which suits both the parties. But just the finalization of a budget is not enough; how the finance should be managed is also an essential element of wedding planning. Allocate your resources by spending money on the resources that are absolutely vital for the wedding to take place. After incurring the cost on such essentials, the remaining requirements can be addressed. This is how the available finance must be managed.
5. Selection of the Venue, Guest List and Date:
Selection of the wedding date must be made as early as possible, so that the initial planning procedures can be initiated. Early selection of date also allows early intimidation to the family members to proceed with travel arrangements and sometimes, also helps in getting a good deal on the venue due with the early bird offer. This is then to be followed up by the composition of the guest list. The involvement of the families responsible is vital in this step. Chalking out a rough number of guests as early as possible helps in factoring in on the venue options, eliminating the ones that have less or more seating capacity.
6. Plan the wedding theme and dress code:
Finalizing the wedding theme is critical as based on this theme, the invites, the stationary, the wedding décor, etc. are to be selected. The theme of the wedding then should be matched with the chosen dress code for the event. All the variables must go hand in hand so that the overall experience of the event is elevated.
Following these tips will hopefully help you plan your dream wedding in the most productive manner possible. Most of all, be open to suggestions, rely on your decision-making skills and don't forget to have fun. After all, it's just a wedding.