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Wedding Planning for Newbies: 5 Things You Need to Know

Create a Budget

Even with all the excitement and activities that come with wedding planning, everything remains an idea without a spending budget. What do you need to plan a successful wedding? How much will it cost? Yes, you want a great wedding, but you also need a plan you can afford to pull off without wrecking your bank account.

Consider the total amount you will be able to spend on your wedding event. Before you come up with a figure, you will have to consider the venue of the wedding. Would you want it indoor, in some hall or outdoor? Essential items like vendors, cake, décor, dress, makeup, and other elements need your due diligence to avoid planning without knowing their price range.

Creating a budget is a critical part of your planning, which you must sit over with your partner. For a better picture and knowledge of the wedding needs, get your parents, friends, and potential sponsors together. Allow everyone to brainstorm, and then create a total budget after the session. Break the budget into items by each vendor, their services, and the expected cost.   

Source for Inspiration

This step is probably one of the fascinating parts of wedding plans. Here, you get to explore and think wide (or wild) for wedding ideas and inspirations.

How would you want your wedding? What experience do you want for yourself and your guests? Here, color, concept, décor, and dressing ideas set in. From formal to classic to relaxed, there are several themes and concepts you can integrate into your wedding to give it your desired feel. What do you want? This section is where you can express your freedom of choice.

Visit Pinterest for different wedding color themes. Instagram also features multiple wedding hashtags. You can check out dress and photography ideas to recreate with your photographer on that day. There are also many great wedding planning apps and websites offering wedding card templates, planning tips, color schemes, and décor ideas, which will serve you well in the long run.

It is advisable to source inspirations early. Take your time, but don't be indecisive. Choose a theme once you've secured a venue and fixed a date.

Create a Guest List & Select Wedding Type

You may think it's slightly too early to have a guest list. Well, maybe. But for a good wedding plan, early is good, and you can always take things step by step. That said, you don't have to create a final guest list until much later; however, having a guest estimate early enough keeps you prepared.

There's no way you wouldn't know your circle of influence and what number of guests to expect on the day you choose to say "I do." The venue selection for a 60-guest wedding would be different from a 200-guest wedding. Take your plan step-by-step. Your guest list should be ready before checking out venues. How many guests are you looking to host?

Now, you won't be standing alone when you're saying the vows. You need your bridesmaids and groomsmen by your side on this special day. Please don't take them unaware by announcing late. Let your bridesmaids and groomsmen know the role they'd be playing on your wedding day on time. 

Choose Potential Dates

Of course, you need just one wedding date to host your guests and experience the beauty of love and matrimony. However, it's not ideal to set a time to wed when you've not secured your wedding venue. If you desire a great outcome, you will need to fix possible wedding dates to get a sense of urgency and direction.

Consider the time and season you want your wedding day to happen. Do you want your wedding on a Saturday night? When booking venues, Saturdays, most times, come highly pre-booked. They can also be expensive and too competitive because Saturdays work with the schedules of most guests. In this case, you may want to consider other less-competitive days.

But whatever choice you make, look at your calendar. Together with your partner, consider work schedules, consult your families and friends, then choose some potential dates. With a few possible dates, you will be able to make smart decisions on venue booking.  

Select Your Venue

We've successfully checked four items on this list: the budget, source of inspirations, the expected guest list, and a few possible dates for your big day. Remember the choices and decisions you made on these four items as they'd help you book the right venue for your wedding. The venue is another essential aspect of your plan; don't take it for granted. A great venue will crown your efforts. Devote time with your partner to visit, take a tour, and check out online reviews of wedding venues and great locations near you. Pick an official date for your wedding and send out the invitations.

Now that you've explored these tips, let the planning begin. That said, you don't have to feel overwhelmed or stressed. Kickstart your wedding plan by picking from our Best 10 Wedding Apps.

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