Because the society that once believed in polygamy has changed it’s perspective on marriage, it can be said that planning a wedding includes loads of ‘firsts’ which invariably stems out a lot of confusing regarding how to plan the event. Ask those who have undergone the stress of planning a wedding; and they will swear how painstaking and exhausting it has been for them to deal with the entire affair; starting from what ensemble to buy, selecting a venue, selecting the food and looking after the guests – it is a huge huge responsibility and requires a finesse to plan a perfect wedding. To start with, here are some guidelines that can help you avoid top 10 common mistakes when planning a wedding.
Don’t go berserk with the wedding budget – the approach to plan a perfect wedding event is to organize things, of course the budget first. Make an excel charting out the finance and expenditure under specific categories. Though you cannot have an accurate number, the process will however help you figure a tentative budget which will help you get clarity on things.
Have you booked the venue yet? – This is one of the firsts that you should take care of, immediately as soon as the date has been fixed. Sometimes you need to book a place over a year before. So find out what is the ideal time to book your preferred venue. Delaying may land you in trouble.
How about the registrar? – You need to submit documents at the marriage registrar office 3 months prior to the wedding. Do not forget to inform the office right in time even if you are busy with other wedding preparations at hand.
Booking a Caterer – if you are one of those who solely put faith in big names then take a little caution, brands have now started outsourcing their work in order to handle orders; so yes be a little careful. There is no dearth of mishaps which indicate that no matter if you are booking a who’s who caterer; it is always preferable that as a client you stay in loop of what’s happening. Also remember that you talk about refunds/ discounts before finalizing the deal.
Booking a photo cum videographer – do a thorough research on companies who offer package deals on three days wedding. If you think that a photographer or video maker is not that important; remind yourself that it is only through the photographs and the video that you can relive the precious memory. So as important as it is to book the right caterer, it is also very important to recruit a creative photographer with great aesthetics.
Planning Transportation – look into the transportation aspect. If you need cars to pick up guests, to run errands, for bridal pickup etc book them as soon as possible. If you do not book the cars in time, you might have to end up paying more money than needed.
Arranging guest accommodation – Calculate the number of out station guests and get a confirmation – if they are going to make it to your wedding; then book hotel rooms. Before you book, however it is necessary to brief the hotel manager about your payment plans; charges to be covered or billed against your name, also the cancellation policies and charges.
Thoughts on wedding apparels & accessories – it is a general tendency for bride and groom to go extravagant when it comes down to choosing an appropriate wedding attire. If you want it expensive it is fine, but the pragmatic way to deal with the urge is to plan an outfit which you can wear at other occasions. Spending lakhs of money on something which you will never wear again does not seem much of a sane idea. Exercise the same outlook when choosing jewelry or any other accessories.
Grooming yourself – you know you are in a soup the day you decide to plan out your wedding singlehandedly. To get some relieve from the unwanted stress and tan you need to pamper yourself with beauty care services. Before you dress up on the D day it is a better idea to have a rehearsal make-up to see how you would exactly look on the most important day of your life.
Managing the event – are you prepared to be the manager at your own wedding to look after the guests, see that everybody is attended to, taste the food, guide the chef, call the florist, supervise valet parking? Well wedding being such an extensive affair entails a lot of minute details which in the entire hustle bustle you are bound to forget. So why take stress?
The best way to avoid all mistakes and relax is to appoint a wedding planner, one who has the expertise and knowledge about managing big events. With a wedding planner the best part is that you can still be in charge, at the helm of things without having to do any running around. This means you can plan whatever you want and tell it to the expert, it is them who will make you dream come true.