As any bride can attest to, planning a wedding is a particularly stressful process. Between satisfying both sides of the family, staying within budget and balancing the other demands of life, it can be an emotionally draining process. In a Zola study, they found 71% of people said wedding planning is more stressful than a major life event, like buying a new house or getting a new job.
An easy way to combat this pre-wedding anxiety, is to be prepared and have plenty of time for your preparations. By mapping out all of your tasks and giving yourself ample time to cross each off of your to-do list, you set yourself up for peace of mind. If you’re getting married next summer, these are some things you should do right away for your wedding.
Work out your budget
Weddings cost money, no matter which way you slice it. But if you take the time to set a budget early on, you’ll know what to expect as well as what to plan for. Decide which aspects of your wedding are worth investing more in, and which aspects you can be frugal with, like this Bridal Guide review.
Then, talk to your future bride or groom (and anyone else funding the wedding) about what your options are and how much money you have to work with for your big day. After all, you can’t get much wedding planning done without knowing your budget first.
Set a date
If you haven’t set a date yet, you need to do that as soon as possible. By picking a day, not only can you let family and friends know so they can attend, but you’re also making it possible to hire and book anyone participating in making your wedding happen. If you need or want a specific vendor to play a role in your wedding, the sooner you book, the better. Keep in mind summer holidays and how you can use that time off to your advantage, too. The actual date might depend on the venue you choose, so be sure to be flexible (if possible) on your date so you can get the place you want most.
Secure your venue
Whether you’re just looking for a reception hall or an actual place for your ceremony, choosing your venue is critical. Of course, the style is an important factor to consider, but the capacity, driving distance and cost are all priorities. Some venues even include set up and tear down of the event, while others require you to control the logistics. Start calling early to get quotes and pricing so you can find the best fit for you and your guests.
Hire a florist, photographer and videographer
As the only real keepsake you’ll have of your special day, the photographs and video of your wedding are high priority. You’ll want to look through your prospective photographer’s portfolio, checking for style, editing and creativity, notes The Knot. Be prepared to get what you pay for — experience yields better results (and higher prices).
Before you book your florist, it’s important to know the venue well. If you’re decorating with any sort of greenery or flowers, you’ll need to know how much to order and what will be in season at the time of your wedding. Make sure you have an idea of what kind of flowers or greenery you want, so the florist can give you accurate estimates.
Map out your guest list
You don’t have to start listing every second and third cousin you’d like to invite to your wedding, but it is important to plan who will be in your wedding party. Knowing how many bridesmaids and groomsmen to plan for is crucial. You’ll need to know for floral orders, bridesmaids dress orders and more.
Your guest list will also help you plan for a big enough venue and what weekend is most convenient for the majority of your guests. While you can’t accommodate every great aunt and uncle, you can choose a weekend best for the people closest to you.
For all these decisions and more, it helps to look around at your options before anything is set in stone. This Is the Place Heritage Park offers 10 wedding venues and offers in-person tours or 3D virtual tours via its website, so you can find exactly what you’re looking for. Book now to get the best options for both indoor and outdoor summer wedding venues.