Although Wedding Season is not yet upon us, Engagement Season absolutely is! Along with the excitement of a new life change, comes the anxiety of planning your event. But don't fret! There are several crucial steps you can take to avoid stressing out over planning your "Big Day."
1. Set a Budget and Stick to it
This is a very important element to wedding planning because it makes your decisions easier. Just think, when you need to decide between several venues for your reception, which one will keep you on track with what you hoped to spend? Remember - the easiest thing to be stressed out about is money, so try and alleviate some of that pressure by planning well.
There are also online planners that help you estimate how much of your budget to allocate for each item. A good example of a wedding budget calculator can be found on, The Knot. See for yourself, here.
2. Prioritize the Big Five
The Big Five are your most important (and costly) decisions you'll have to make when planning your wedding. These include: The guest list, The venue, The caterer, The photographer, and The wedding music.
The Guest List. This is important because you need to plan everything around how many people will be attending your event. There's nothing worse than having a small venue, and some late arrivals are made to stand for the entire ceremony...awkward. Start by making a list of everyone you and your partner can think to invite, and then make cuts to fit your needs. This is also a good time to decide on your wedding party.
The Venue. Based on the guest list, you can now decide on a venue to suit your event's needs. Do you want to go traditional and rent a church space, or be inventive with an outdoor location? There are many options, but make sure the space is right for you. Here are some great options in Southeastern Wisconsin.
The Caterer. Once again, based on the guest list, you will want a caterer to suit the both the number of guests present, and the venue's limitations. There are tons of options here, so get creative, but remember your budget. A simple Google Search can turn up lots of possibilities.
The Photographer. The photographer is important because he/she create the images that last a lifetime. Many couples choose to use a friend or family member to save money, which is great! However, going the professional route will likely result in better photos and can include extras such as engagement packages and videography.
The Wedding Music. Whoever you book to play for your wedding will be the soundtrack of your special lifetime event! This can really add to the elegance of your wedding or distract from it, as well. If there's one thing you want to be sure of, it's that your wedding musicians are experienced, flexible, and willing to customize their playing to your event.
At Candid Brilliance, we do just that! With affordable hourly rates, we customize our playing by lengthening/shortening songs to fit your timeframe, as well as work with you to find the perfect songs for your ceremony. All of our musicians are classically trained professionals, so you know you're getting quality music for what you pay. Click here to learn more about our business or book us today!
3. Don't Procrastinate!
Nothing adds stress to an already stressful time like waiting until the last minute to figure things out. Make sure you allow yourself at least five to six months to start getting arrangements set for your big day. When you plan ahead, all you have to do is check back with your arrangements, and make sure everything is scheduled correctly. This sure beats the mad scramble of booking whoever is available at the eleventh hour.
So there you have it! Plan your wedding, and avoid the stress that can dampen this exciting time in your life! We hope you have an amazing experience, and we also hope to work with you soon! Congratulations on your engagement!