As you near the big day of your life, you can feel butterflies in your stomach with frequently surfacing doubts about the adequacy of wedding planning. You have to plan a whole lot of things starting from the wedding date to the wedding guests list, and the task is a quite heavy one.
Here we address some of the common questions people have about wedding planning.
How To Choose The Ideal Wedding Date?
Fixing the wedding date is the first thing in your wedding planning checkbox list and you have to be careful about this. If you have a particular date in mind, check whether it falls on the same day as a local event, charity walk or trade conference because all these could lead to heavy traffic and limit availability of hotel rooms.
When it comes to a wedding event, last minute planning has several success records and this can help you save your money. Most people book their wedding venues at least 6 months before the wedding which gives you more bargaining power as the wedding date gets closer. If you call for open dates two months prior to the event, you can save up to 25 percent and take a note of the fact that Sunday and Friday weddings cost about 30 percent less than Saturday weddings.
What Factors Should One Consider While Selecting A Wedding Location?
A lot of thought goes in before deciding the location of wedding event because the destination and date equally decides the number of guests that will attend the event. Destination weddings will usually have lower attendance because not everyone will be able to make it to weddings set in a far-off location outside the homeland.
The weather at the wedding location can be a potential annoyance at times, and make sure your wedding location will have a pleasant weather during your wedding day. If the wedding is in summer, make sure the wedding venue is properly cooled and if the wedding is in winter, ensure the temperature is set at the comfortable range.
During some particular seasons, some places are often troubled by swarm of flies and you might have to consider renting pest control tanks or using bug repellants.
How To Decide The Number Of Guests?
The number of guests that will probably attend the wedding plays a major part in the selection of wedding venue. If you expect many guests for your wedding, you must probably select a bigger wedding venue that can accommodate a large group. As a general rule, allow 25 to 30 square feet per guest, calculate the total area that would be required and choose an appropriate venue.
When it comes to including children in your guest list, you can either ask every guest to bring their children too for the wedding, invite adults alone or provide day care service at the reception. The choice is all yours. In order to prevent hurting anyone’s feelings, it is better not to allow some families alone to bring children while excluding others.
After you invite all important people for your wedding, you have to remind yourself that you cannot expect all of them to be present at the wedding. About 10 to 20 percent of the people you invite for your wedding are not going to attend it due to several legible reasons. The decision depends on the wedding location, the timing of the wedding event and number of guests who are out-of-town.
What Are The Legal Formalities That You Should Know About?
Marriage license requirements vary according to the state you are in and you have to check the requirements online. Do not forget to confirm it by making a call to the office of the county clerk to know the office time. Some offices may not issue marriage license every day of the week and may choose slower times like 2 to 3 PM on Thursdays.
There is a possibility that the wedding venue you choose has some restrictions like prohibition of photography, and know these restrictions prior to the wedding to plan things accordingly. If you plan to exchange vows outdoors, check if the place has restrictions on planting tent stakes in the lawn.
How To Plan The Wedding Budget?
Follow this formula while planning your wedding budget.
- 2-3%-Wedding Party Gifts
Also make sure that you allocate an extra percentage of your money for additional expenses.
What Are The Things You Should Keep In Mind While Going For Dress Shopping?
After all, it is your wedding day and you have to look your best, which is why we recommend you not to go dress shopping alone. After some time, all the dress styles you just saw would look the same and it will be difficult for you to recall the style you find attractive.
When it comes to wedding dress shopping, you have quite a big list starting from the dress you wear while exchanging vows to your wedding after party dress. Ask someone who is honest and has an appreciable fashion sense to help you with wedding dress shopping.
Planning on every minute detail beforehand will make your wedding an unforgettable event of your life.