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How To Plan A Wedding - 8 Tips That Will Help You

Don't be a bridezilla, plan ahead

BY Mercy Kipchilat

Jan 12, 2023, 09:57 AM

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Your better half just popped the question, you said yes and now you can’t wait to get married and start your life together. 

You have already started having vivid dreams about your big day and although you are excited about getting married, you are already feeling overwhelmed and anxious, because let’s face it, planning a wedding is not a bed of roses.

If you are looking for ideas on how to plan a wedding, then look no further. Here are a few important tips that will come in handy in making your big day a success.

1. Plan Your Wedding Budget And Stick To It

Finances are always the centre of everything in every event, and more so in a wedding as it influences everything from the size of the wedding, the venue, the themes, and everything else.

As you come up with the budget for your wedding, decide on the amount of money you have and are willing to spend first. After that, write down the estimated costs for every single item and service that will be needed for the wedding.

Don’t forget to religiously stick to your budget as you go on with the other plans for your wedding as the budget is an important tool only when used right.

2. Decide On Your Wedding Style And Theme

Another important factor to consider when planning a wedding is to decide on your wedding style. 

Will it be a beach wedding, a destination wedding, or a garden wedding? What wedding themes and colour schemes would you love for your big day? Make these choices early in the planning stage as they will guide your other wedding decisions. 

3. Choose The Wedding Date

Once you’ve decided on your wedding style and you’ve picked your wedding theme, now it’s time to decide on your wedding date.

Come up with a few dates that might work for you and narrow them down to the best date while having a couple of backup dates in mind just in case other key factors don’t fall into place on the date of your choice.

4. Choose A Venue

Once you have narrowed down on the kind of wedding you want, be it a beach, destination, garden, or church wedding, and you've settled on your wedding date, you are now left with picking out your venue. 

Check out and book your desired venue early enough. You don't want to find your desired venue already taken. Remember to have alternative venues in mind just in case something happens to your first choice.

5. Consider Hiring A Wedding Planner

Planning for a wedding is not as simple as ABC. It is gruesome with a thousand tiny details to take off, and it will in the end take out the fun in your wedding. The better deal? Why not outsource the planning to a professional who will take care of all the mundane wedding tasks while leaving you to enjoy your day? 

As a bonus, they are experienced in wedding planning and they may even have a checklist or a planning workbook, so the chances of misfires are minimal. 

To add the cherry on top, you get to blame someone else for anything that goes wrong. So what the heck, leave out the stress and go for a wedding planner. But just a tiny reminder, they may not come cheap, so be ready to open your purse.

6. Form Your Wedding Party

One of the most fun steps when planning a wedding is when you get to ask your friends and family to be part of your special day.

Decide on the number of people you want for your bridal party and narrow down your list of friends to the people who will be available for the wedding.

7. Look For Vendors For Your Wedding

Vendors or service providers can either make or break your wedding. Research them early enough, and decide if they suit your needs. 

Compare prices, and check out their reviews on the internet. Be thorough in your research, ask questions and meet them as many times as you can. You don’t want to be disappointed with your day. 

8. Don’t Wait Until The Last Minute To Get Things Done

There is always a temptation to wait until the last minute to do things and while it might work in other scenarios, don’t be tempted to fall for this urge when planning your wedding.

Not only is the last-minute rush stressful, but it is also tedious, and expensive and it denies you the chance to make changes in the wedding decisions that you might not have liked.