Wedding guides and tips are a dime a dozen, but nothing beats good old experience in making sure that nothing goes wrong on the biggest of big days. Wedding planners have probably seen it all, and we’ve gathered some clever and probably never heard of before tips and tricks from some experts.
Keep tabs on the budget with a ‘Wants’ and a ‘Needs’ list
The first of 8 wedding tips we have concerns finances. Budgeting isn’t romantic, we get it. At the same time, starting off your marriage buried in debt isn’t particularly romantic either. Creating a realistic budget is massively important. Knowing your non-negotiables as a couple will help you manage your budget better. The ‘needs’ list consists of the items you need to have to make the event work, such as the venue, catering and photographer. The ‘wants’ are the items you get after the needs are taken care of, like ornate centrepieces or customised favours.
Investigate wedding blackout dates
In the midst of budgeting, you’d have to think of possible venue dates and locations for the big day. Always important to know ahead of time if your proposed wedding date falls on the same day as say, a big trade conference or even the Singapore Formula 1 Grand Prix. Everyone knows that this could greatly affect location availability and traffic. Oh yes and not the forget the total cost too. We just talked about budgeting remember.
Ask and you shall receive
This is in relation to your interaction with wedding planners or vendors. They should be your go-to, most trusted experts during the process of planning for the wedding. There’s no need to be scared to ask, it is your big day after all! Hence, when working with them, you should feel free to be completely honest as you explore what it is that you want or envision for your wedding day!
Let’s talk about that guest list
This can get rather tricky, depending on the scale you originally intended your wedding to be. Maybe you’ve always wanted a big celebration with every single half-cousin or secondary school classmate invited. Or maybe you prefer a low key kind of wedding with only close friends and family in attendance. Whichever is your preferred cup of tea, it is essential to prepare the guest list in accordance to their priority. Yikes, might sound rather cold but that’s how it is. Going overboard is rather easy but do keep in mind the number of guests invited is directly proportional to your budget!
Figuring out your bridal style can be a little bit of a hard task. Maybe you can start scrolling through Pinterest to help with that! Once you’ve got your style nailed on, it’s time to shortlist bridal boutiques. Find one you have confidence in, when it comes to pulling off your desired style. If you’re planning on a bespoke wedding gown, start early. This is to avoid the situation where there isn’t enough time for your gown to be made. Same goes for the grooms too!
Have an emergency kit ready
By emergency kit, we don’t mean the usual first-aid supplies! To be fair, those count too. Always good to err on the side of caution, am i right? The emergency kit we are referring to would have items and knick knacks specific to your wedding needs. some items you’ll want to have ready would be fashion tape, needle and thread, safety pins, bobby pins, flip flops, deodorant, mints, an umbrella, a power bank and extra cash just in case! Trust us, you’ll thank your lucky stars if they happen to come in useful on your wedding day.
Serve a late-night buffet
Most of the older guests will tend to leave right after your reception program, but your crowd and the younger ones will tend to stay longer for the after party and drinks. Why not serve them some comfort food? A new trend, and an amazing one at that, is the option of serving late-night buffet. Try tacos, sliders, onion rings, french fries. You can let your mind go wild on this one. Guests will love you for saving them from going on a post-wedding supper trip!
Don’t rush through it
At the end of the day, planning for a wedding is a long, long process – for everyone involved. Let’s face it, none of us have ever taken a crash course in planning the biggest day of our lives, right? So, it’s completely normal to feel happy, free, confused and lonely at the same time (Taylor Swift reference, anyone?) The key here is not to do too many things at once and have it snowball around you. If you’ve not confirmed your wedding date, don’t go hiring vendors just yet. Taking it one step at a time is sure to save you from experiencing a total burnout. Happy planning!