3 Struggles when Planning a Wedding
Planning a Wedding
Planning a wedding is no easy task. From choosing a date, finding the right vendors, deciding on a cake, determining if the wedding will be grand or intimate, and so much more on top of maintaining day-to-day life!
I recently asked a few of my own brides what their own struggles were while planning a wedding, and the following are the top three responses I received from them.
"Separating My Fantasy Wedding with Reality"
Weddings are so easy to fantasize about. After all, most people (including guys) wonder and dream what our own weddings will be like. Weddings are a key moment everyones lives and we want our wedding to be perfect!
What happens too often, however, is that the wedding day becomes nothing like it was dreamed to be.
Perhaps it was due to budgets or because the desired photographer was already booked on the date of the wedding. There are so many factors that can come into how planning a wedding pans out.
The best way to resolve these issues is by simply starting early.
The average time for a couple to be engaged is 9-12 months, which is more than enough time to book your vendors. Many even set up payment plans so that the money doesn't have to be paid up front.
For my own brides, I often set up payment plans in 3-4 installments after the 30% retainer. The last payment, of course, is due 30 days before the event date!
What often happens is that many brides will put booking vendors and venues off too long that when it comes to booking, the vendors are already booked.
Waiting too long can even allow for a rush to happen to plan a wedding, and details will be missed.
Tackling Every Detail
The Devil is in the details, and that is especially true for weddings.
What are the details to think about when planning a wedding together? Here are some, just to name a few:
- Guest Care
- Alcohol or No Alcohol
That's just spitballing a few, but there are so many other details to think about. For those who aren't detail oriented, or are worried that they may forget something, here are a few suggestions.
Hiring a Wedding Planner may be one of the best things someone who is unorganized could do. After all, planning a wedding is in the job title Wedding Planner.
These professionals, like Adriel Nutter Events, can keep everything on time, make a dream wedding happen, and solve problems without the couple ever knowing there was a problem to begin with.
Of course, for budget brides, hiring a Wedding Planner may be out of budget. In this case, asking a detail oriented friend to help with planning the wedding and keeping everyone on schedule may be the best option.
(Please don't ask your mom or grandmother to act as a wedding planner on the day of! They need to enjoy your wedding and celebrate with you!)
"Getting Everyone Where They Needed To Be"
Weddings involve a score of people. Not just the vendors or families, but guests as well. Making sure guests arrive at the ceremony location on time is so important, otherwise they will either be disruptive while finding a seat (which is incredibly embarrassing for them) or may miss the wedding all together!
Making sure to be clear on when and where the wedding begins can reduce guests arriving late significantly. Using Facebook to set an Event with the time and address of the wedding may be helpful for those who left (or lost) their invitations at home. For the family who is always late, no matter how clearly everything is made, consider stating the ceremony begins 15 minutes before it actually does.
This will help them be on time before they even know it!
To make sure vendors will arrive, it's often helpful to give a follow up call a week before the wedding date if they haven't been in contact for some time.
One thing I make sure to give my brides peace of mind is to send them something special a few weeks in advance of their wedding so they know I'm thinking of them, but also to let them know I know their wedding is coming up!
There are so many struggles that come up when planning a wedding, but honestly, at the end of the day, it's not about how the wedding day goes. It's about the marriage.
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