06 March 2016
The Ten Most Important Tips to Simplify Your Wedding
1. Cut the guest list to include only the people who matter most in your lives. If you can pull this one step off, the ease of planning and cost for just about every other aspect of your wedding will go down, and everything will be fairly simple in comparison.
2. Have the ceremony and reception in one place. And go for a venue that needs little adornment! Both these elements will be huge in terms of time, money and stress down the line.
3. Get help, and delegate. There are a lot of little details that need to be taken care of, and if you try to do everything yourself, you’ll be overcome with stress and not be able to enjoy the buildup. Allow others to help out and delegate certain tasks - your mom, sisters, friends, cousins, nieces - they'll be happy to get in on the DIY action and will feel good that they’re contributing. Plus you’ll have less to do!
4. Have your bridesmaids and groomsmen wear something they already own. Pick a colour scheme if you like, but mixed and matched bridal party attire will not only save a tonne of time and money, it will also help create a relaxed and fun vibe on the day.
5. Ditch the extras. Prioritize the things that are really going to matter on the day. Do you really need a dessert table, when there is plenty of wedding cake to go around? Do you really need a signature drink, when there is wine and beer? Plus, choose flowers that are locally grown and in season — you’ll save a lot of money if they don’t have to be flown in from an exotic location.
6. Forget fancy invitations. Traditional wedding invitations have a couple different envelopes, tissue paper, some other paper, and that’s all before you even get to the invitation itself. Many couples these days are in fact choosing to forego paper invites all together and using platforms like Paperlesspost.com to go digital!
7. Hire a coordinator. A close friend or family member will do the trick. Just someone who you trust, is highly organized and will make sure all the details on the day are taken care of, so you don't have to! Make sure you can relax and enjoy the festivities on your big day.
8. Have it catered and keep the menu simple. Don't even dream of trying to do food yourself, but also avoid extravagant catered meals. Family style dining can be a great option - relaxed, cheaper and just as tasty!
9. Set your budget with money that you already have in a bank account. Under no circumstances should you go into debt for a wedding, no matter what your budget is. If you have $10,000 to spend, plan a $10,000 wedding. If your parents are paying for the wedding, plan to that amount. Starting life as a married couple in debt for one day will not be worth it in the long run!
10. Let go of the idea of perfection. Try your best to roll with the punches. Let your wedding unfold as it's meant to - and remember it's the people there to celebrate that really count. It will be simply lovely – even if everything doesn’t go as planned.
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