Weddings are a monumental experience in any couple’s life. It’s important to take the time to thoroughly plan your wedding before you start making decisions and spending money. Many couples don’t know where to start, which questions to ask, or things to look out for that will help ensure their wedding goes smoothly. It is easy to get swept up in the excitement, but moving too quickly can actually cause setbacks later on.
When diving in to plan your wedding, ask yourself the following questions to get started.
1. What does our wedding budget look like?
Before the exciting parts of wedding planning can happen, you will want to start with a baseline on how much money you have to spend on your wedding. Budgets are never anyone’s favorite part of wedding planning, but creating a budget early on will help guide your decision making process.
Think about how much money you currently have set aside for your wedding, whether your family is planning to contribute, and whether or not you’re willing to put some of your wedding costs on a credit card. Be as realistic as possible about how much you can comfortably spend on your wedding day and reception.
Whether you are planning to spend a fortune on your perfect wedding day or want a simple affair with no bells and whistles, a budget is still an important guiding force in what you choose to say “yes” to and what you decide against.
2. Who are the most important people to have at our wedding?
Your wedding guests are essential to your celebratory activities. Some people envision a small wedding on a beach with 3-5 of their closest friends and family. Others dream of a fairy-tale wedding where every person they’ve known is invited. Whether you prefer small weddings or you dream of having a large wedding, create a list of the people you would miss if they weren’t at your wedding. It may surprise you what you discover.
Whether you end up choosing to invite all your friends and family or just a few, knowing who you are inviting will help you in the planning process. Will you provide meals for everyone? Are you covering airfare & hotel costs for a tropical elopement with your closest friends? Are you planning to provide custom wedding gifts for your guests?Your wedding details are exciting, but having a budget and a guest list will help you determine how to move forward in the planning process.
3. What are the most important elements of a wedding to us?
Weddings can be intricate and complicated depending on the overall vision you have for your big day. Not every wedding is the same because not every couple has the same interests, priorities, and values.
Look at other weddings, talk to friends who have participated in weddings, do some research online and figure out what is most meaningful for you. It’s a great opportunity to talk with your partner and find some interesting ideas that reflect both of your personalities.
You may find that you’re okay with spending more of your budget on some parts and vastly less on other “popular” parts of a wedding or reception. Continue to ask yourself, “Is this truly meaningful for us on our wedding day?” throughout the entire wedding planning process.
4. What feeling do we want to cultivate during our wedding and reception?
Decide on the overall atmosphere and vibe you want to cultivate for your wedding day and celebratory reception. Pictures on Pinterest and other wedding blogs can be a great source of inspiration, but constantly come back to what you want your wedding day to feel like. Some people may want it to feel like a party and a celebration. Others may want a quieter day where they can spend time relaxing and talking with their closest friends. Take some time to analyze how you want to feel on your wedding day and what you want your guests to walk away feeling. Keep this in mind as you make decisions about what to include or exclude from your wedding day.
Need help with your wedding?
A lot of effort goes into planning a wedding. Contact us at The Custom Touch if you have questions about planning your wedding, finding the best wedding decor, or learning about wedding decor personalization. Planning a wedding may take a lot of work, but it doesn’t need to be stressful. We’re here to help!