Tips to Kick Start Your Wedding Planning

If you have experience with project planning in a professional sense at your employment then you should treat the planning of your wedding no different. Wedding Planning is a must for small or big weddings – perhaps it’s more critical to plan out your wedding for the large weddings for everything to run smoothly on the day.

A Big or Small Wedding?

First of all, you should have a general number of guests you would like to invite. This will determine everything else you do in your wedding planning. Do you want a small cozy wedding or a large wedding gathering? Is it what you want or what your parents or in-laws want? Is it within your budget? Once you answer these questions your wedding planning has now been kick started.

Assign Tasks

In a project situation, it is important to delegate tasks and so in your wedding planning you need to determine who will be responsible for certain aspects of your wedding. For example you may want to designate responsibility of handling of catering for yourself while delegating the responsibility of the wedding music or entertainment to your partner.

Wedding Budget

A commercial project always has a profit and loss statement and a budget. A wedding plan profits when you succeed and you lose when everything falls apart – you don’t want the latter to happen. One of the more important aspects of wedding planning is your wedding budget. You should have a general number in your head of how much you want to spend on your wedding and from that starting number you can allocate money to the ‘sub-projects’ of your wedding such as the catering, the reception hall, etc. Watch carefully how you spend your wedding budget and always keep a look out for ways to save money on weddings.

Wedding Research

Keep note of what works and what doesn’t when you attend other weddings, talk to the caterers and the musicians or the DJ if you like their service. Talk to the wedding couple or other recently wedded couples to ask them what worked in their wedding and what didn’t and what other advice they could offer. A part of your research would take you to wedding expos and shows around the country in your city or local area. At the wedding show you can take into account the latest trends and products that are popular in the wedding industry. You will be able to talk to reception services, caterers and bakers for your wedding cake. You will able to see their showcase of wedding dresses and possibly catch a catwalk display of the dresses. Remember your purpose at these shows – that you are there as research for your wedding plan and not be tempted by the other extras that aren’t really a part of what you want for a wedding. Your purpose is to get an idea of how much everything you want at your wedding would cost as well as your options in the variety of wedding areas.

Wedding Ceremony and Reception Location

Finally, a major element to your wedding project plan is to arrange the ceremony and the locations of the ceremony and reception. If you are religious it would probably be assumed that you would be wedded in a church or other religious building. If aren’t religious and are looking for a civil celebrant you will also need to plan around that. Planning your reception location would probably take into consideration the research you have done previously. Shop around for prices; ask around for testimonials of good service to find the perfect location to suit what you want and your budget.

Good luck in your wedding planning!

12 Tips For Planning a Small Wedding on a Tight Budget

One of the best ways to save money on a wedding is to keep it small and intimate. However, just because you are having a small wedding doesn’t mean that it won’t take any work to plan it correctly. There is still some work involved in capturing the right mood for your wedding and picking the right locations to have it.

What I have for you here is a checklist of things you can do to help bring down the cost of your small wedding.

1. Order a small cake. If you need more cake you can always have a sheet cake made so that there is enough to go around for everyone.

2. Reduce flowers. A small number of flowers placed in the right locations are often just as effective as having lots of flowers.

3. Avoid large venues. You don’t need to have the wedding ceremony or reception in a large location. A smaller venue saves money and helps capture the mood of a smaller wedding better.

4. Consider a casual wedding. A casual wedding keeps guests more relaxed and they usually have a better time because of it.

5. Lots of candles. If your going for intimate and romantic then I suggest you use candles to help create that kind of atmosphere. Candles can be bought for fairly cheap at the right places.

6. Go with a suit instead of a tux. If you want to dress up this is a great way to save money. Most people won’t even know the difference.

7. Make your own invitations. Buy some cheap software at a place like Walmart and then print them out. The invitations will still look gorgeous and will save you lots of money.

8. Make part of the food yourself. You could make the desert or appetizers to save money. You may even consider having everyone bring their favorite dish.

9. Don’t have an open bar. A lot of your guests will hate this, but it is the only way some couples can afford it. Just let your guests know that they will have to bring money with them if they want to drink.

10. Have your wedding on a Friday. This will save you money and it works just as well as a Saturday when you are having a smaller number of guests.

11. Go with a low cost DJ over a band. Bands usually cost much more.

12. Go with a basic photography package. You can always have your friends and family snap some random photos over the course of your wedding.

The Pros And Cons Of Having A Small Wedding

It’s been in every girl’s dream to have a great wedding someday. And I know all of them have the perfect wedding all planned out. But putting your dreams into reality could sometimes pose some problems and you end up with the next best thing. If you won’t settle for the next best thing then you might want to choose having a small yet divine wedding.

Having a small wedding doesn’t mean that it should be simple and not be the dream wedding you want to have. Unless you really dream of having a big and very expensive wedding then this just won’t satisfy you. I think it’s more practical now to just hold a small yet chic wedding. Most famous stars choose to have a very intimate and simple wedding. Just having the close family members of both parties and a few close friends are just invited. The important thing is that you’re sharing the most important day of your life to the persons that are also dear to you. Just have the people who really matter. Small weddings could be practical because you’ll save a lot of money. I know that most people are willing to spend money just to have that perfect wedding. But having a perfect wedding doesn’t mean it would cost you. And planning out the wedding would be easier compared with having a large wedding. Besides, if you dreamt of having a wedding out of town, then keeping your guest list short would be to your advantage also. And you could also have a wide variety of after the wedding party because of your small number of guests. You can spend the money you’ll be saving from the wedding to your honeymoon and enjoy your new life together.

There are some down sides on having a small wedding also. It’s not all good like everything else. It got some catch to it. First thing is that if you belong to a large family then you have to decide who gets invited and who doesn’t. Then you’ll be in an awkward state after the wedding when a certain relative learned about it and ask why they didn’t get invited. Having a small wedding would also mean that you really have to have a hands-on to every detail of the event. Although you also will have to do these on all forms of weddings yet it could cause some problems. Having a small wedding could also mean that there will be fewer gifts which the couple would receive. But you’ll still have the last say on what or how you want your wedding to be. After all, this is your wedding, right? This would only guide you to make the right decision. Having a small wedding have its own advantages and disadvantages also so know what you really want and let the rest be taken cared of. It’s a battle of intimacy and extravagance, practicality and luxury. The most important thing is that the most important event of your life would be worth remembering.