1.Right at the start of your planning, it is important to sit down as a couple to work out the priorities you both have in respect of your Big Day.You need to decide what elements you really can't do without, and what you are willing to comprimise on.It is highly unlikely that you will agree on everything, but it is important that both of you as a couple work together as this will be the most important day of your lives so far
2. Set your budget and set a date.With respect to your budget consider any savings you have and how much comfortably you will both be able to put towards the marriage pot per month.Also consider any outside help ie. family input.Remember that this is your day though, and family money does not automatically mean they get to make all the decisions.With respect to loans and credit cards, this is bet avoided if possible as better not to go into marriage in debt, you don't want to be paying it off 5 years down the line.With respect to a date, this may be a day that is particularly special to you like an anniversary or to commemorate a loved one.Be aware however that a winter/off season wedding, a Sunday wedding or a Midweek wedding will usually bring you substantial financial savings in comparison to a high Summer Saturday wedding.
3. It is important that you have people helping you that your trust implicitally, and who you know won't let you down, whether it is family or friends [consider this when choosing your Bridesmaids and Best Man].Remember too that it is lovely to involve family or friends in your day if they have a special talent as this can make your day more personal and save you money.
4. Remember always throughout the planning stages that all Brides and Grooms get frustrated.Your planning will have its ups and downs and because it is such an important event, every issue can seem like a giant obstacle to overcome.Remember when everything seems like it is spiralling out of control, that not getting the exact colour of napkins you want is not a National disaster,and what is really important is love, health and happiness.In view of this, its important to take a step back to recharge your batteries.As a couple its important to have regular date nights so that you remember the real reason you are getting married in the first place.And it is also important as the Bride or Groom to take care of yourself. So try to take time out one night a week to pamper yourself or have a good night out with your friends where wedding chat is banned.
5.You, of course may love planning, but for some, all the organisation that goes into such a special event may be a nightmare and they may have no idea where to start. This is where a planner can be vital. They can assist you in all the nitty gritty and logistics of creating a day the way you envision.Weddings are a major stress inducer, even when things are going well, we always have that fear in the back of our minds that something will go wrong or we will have forgotton important details.If you imagine your wedding as a project, and each part of the planning as working towards project completion and your wedding planner as a project manager , they will do what a manager does best ie. management.
Your planner will deal with suppliers, doing all the leg work and research for you, negotiating discounts for you and finding you the very best for the best prices and to your direct specifications.This leaves you the time to relax in the run up to your special day knowing that someone is making your day top priority.