If you have just started to plan your wedding; just take a moment and breathe. It will all be okay…
Knowing where to start with your planning is very important.
Between all the excitement and pinning all your ideas on Pinterest, you have to set up a budget and be realistic.
In the past few years of being a wedding photographer, I have come across a few “do’s” and “don’ts” when it comes to planning your dream wedding day.
Below I listed a few vitally important tips just for you…
1. Choose a theme
Knowing what type of style/theme wedding day you would like is very important. There are so many themes to choose from nowadays; boho, beach, rustic, farm, elegant… just to name a few.
Be very careful when combining two styles, as you might end up with a decor disaster.
2. Choose a colour palette
Yes, you have to choose a colour palette you would like to use throughout your wedding (from the invites to the flowers). I know, you and your fiancé both have a favourite colour, but some colours just don’t match. If you are struggling, use a colour wheel to help you.
Two of my favourites:
3. Don’t be afraid to DIY
This is one of the top ways to save you money on your wedding day. And Pinterest has loads of ideas for you.
4. The Venue
For most weddings, this takes the biggest part of the budget. There are so many venues to choose from. After you have gathered some quotes; go view the venues that fit your budget. Some venues offer loads of discount on weekdays or during the winter.
5. Service Providers
So how do you go about choosing your service providers?
Meet potential service providers before booking them, to make sure you get along. Especially your photographer and videographer, as they will be spending the whole day with you.
6. Saving tips
Here are a few ideas how you can save:
• rent a jukebox and save on DJ costs
• book your photographer for fewer hours (this way you can book the more expensive photographer, and still get all the important photos of your wedding day. And you will love them all!)
• so you haven’t seen a few family members or friends in years? Don’t invite them. This helps cut costs with the catering.
• get a small wedding cake (a cheesecake or one layer wedding cake is the way to go)
• hire your dream wedding dress instead of buying
• keep your decor simple (don’t go overboard with the flowers)
7. The bridal party
A few do’s and don’ts:
You don’t have to ask your friend just because they asked you to be a bridesmaids/groomsmen.
If you and a sibling aren’t getting along that well, rather don’t ask them.
If it suits you, rather just have one bridesmaid/groomsmen.
Remember, you do not have to pay for all the suits or dresses if you are on a tight budget.
You and your fiancé have to choose what is important for you on the wedding day. Remember the venue, food and dress only last for the day, but your photos and video will last you a lifetime. Setting up a budget and being smart on how much you spend where, will allow you to have more for the important things.
9. The dress
It is so important that you go try on different dresses to see what style suits your figure. Choose a dress in which you are comfortable (to dance and sit in). I am completely in love with dresses that have short, or long, lace arm sleeves.
10. If all else fails…
Hire a professional wedding planner; that is what they are there for, to help you.
Remember; your wedding day is about you and your fiancé, becoming one and celebrating your love. Don’t get too overwhelmed.
I will be sharing more wedding planning tips soon, so be sure to keep an eye out.