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How to Plan a Wedding

Friday, 01 Oct 2010 12:23 PM

You have met your dream partner, and have decided to get engaged. You have set  a wedding date and it’s all roses and fun — until now. As your wedding date draws closer, the jitters start. Planning the event becomes a mammoth task for both of you. However, it is not as crazy as it seems in the beginning. An organized approach with a detailed action-plan, along with a clearly defined budget, goes a long way in preparing for your wedding day.
The critical thing to begin with is to draw up a budget you wish to spend on the wedding. Depending upon the budget, decide the nature of your wedding. Is it a themed wedding, a destination wedding, or a traditional wedding? The costs associated with each will vary. Looking at the details with a wedding planner will help you come up with the right budget. Make a worksheet and include everything that requires money. Begin with a particular item, say, the number of guests, and go on adding the details one by one: venue, decoration, menu, dresses, invitations, gifts, catering services, and so on.
Once you have a head count, you will need to spend a little time figuring out how much your theme or style costs for each person. Contacting vendors for their prices will help you decide on who to hire.
Draw up a guest list. Spend some time on this, because it matters a lot. Important names might be forgotten or glossed over. Make this an on-going process until the time you have to start sending out invitations.
The time up until the wedding is generally a frenzy of activity; organizing venues, catering, dresses, the cake, decoration, the list is endless.

As the wedding draws closer, almost all these things are decided and just need to be executed. Separating duties and enlisting the help of close friends or relatives may help. For example, the gifts, dresses, and decorations could be coordinated by the bride. The venue, catering, travel arrangements, invitations, and so on could be taken care of by the groom.
Preparing schedules and worksheets together will help ease constant debates and discussions. Knowing what the other person is getting done helps you concentrate on your tasks without fretting over those that still need to be done. It is also helpful to organize tasks together, like buying your wedding rings — it is probably one of the most romantic things that both of you can do together.

Do not let the hassle of planning a wedding take away the very joy it is supposed to celebrate!

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