Money and other factors make weddings hectic and stressful for a lot of people. Below are the guidelines on how you can effectively plan for your wedding.
There are apps you can use or even spreadsheets which can help you in the planning process. If you choose to use a spreadsheet, you should have a guest list and another spreadsheet to do the planning. On the guest list, have the details of the expected attendees and indicate whether they are allowed to come with extra visitors. There should be columns left where costs and other comments will be placed. You should have items such as dress, cake, venue, and entertainment placed in their own rows. This is the only way that you can be able to calculate the totals and eliminate other items so that you remain within your budget.
Another important thing you need to do, is to look for a venue for the wedding event. Before you can choose a date for the wedding, it is important for you to identify the best venue. The venue is likely to cost a lot of money, probably the most expensive thing in your budget. Also, it is important for you to inquire whether there are beverages and refreshments offered to your guest at the event. It is important for you to ask the different venue managements to provide you with quotations for you to compare the prices and pick the most appropriate one. Since event venues rarely get booked for weekdays, booking for those days will earn you discounted prices. After finding a venue and choosing a date, you can then order for a wedding dress. Since wedding dresses tend to be highly costly, you should choose your preferred quality depending on your budget. In order to get time to fit and modify the dress, it should be ordered early.
The wedding cake and food for the event should as well be planned for. It will be better if you find a venue that allows outside catering. You can have buffets which are most preferred due to wide food options and selections of food, as well as lack of limitations by the caterers. There is no need to order for a big cake because not everyone will eat it. You can get a small cake which can be eaten by a few guests whom you consider close to you, especially your loved ones and closest friends. It is also important for you to get entertainers who will entertain your visitors. It is a big challenge trying to get dancers or DJs to entertain your guests. The level of entertainment to the audience and the kind of reception given to your visitors will determine the success rate of your wedding.