Well, here it is, as requested. The first of many (hopefully) blog posts about event planning!
I know how overwhelming it can be to plan a wedding that fits your dreams and your budget. Here are a few steps to follow so it can be less daunting to plan your wedding:
Step One – Your Theme & Date
Plan your theme – that is, the general colours you would like to choose and the style you would like to use for the details of your big day. This is an excellent time to start going through your Pinterest boards for ideas. In the end, go with what you and your partner feel fits you.
You also need to start thinking about when. When do you plan to get married? Summer, winter, spring, fall? Do you have a favourite time of year? Is there a time that works best for you both and your families? It’s one of the things that you should consider when thinking of your date.
Step Two – Budget
I hate to get realistic with you and potentially crush your Pinterest wedding/event dreams, but one of the first things you need to figure out with your partner is how much you can spend. There is definitely always ways to get what you want for much less (such as renting items or even going full DIY), so don’t let that bum you out so early in the planning process.
Figuring out budget also means you get to figure out how big or how small you want or can afford to have. A big budget doesn’t mean a 500 person wedding, and nor does it mean and extravagant 50 person wedding. Hey! It’s your wedding — it can be whatever you want it to be.
Step Three – Guest List
There, I said it. Guest list! It was possibly the worst thing about planning a wedding for me because I knew that so many people were going to get mad at me and my fiance for not inviting them, but oh well. Get together with your partner and families and have a frank conversation about who you’d like to invite and how big you want the guest list to be.
Making the guest list also helps you understand the kind of event you will have. Indoor or outdoor? Destination or in your current city? For example, for my wedding, I had to consider where I wanted to have my wedding because I was originally from Ottawa and my now-husband is from Mississauga, and of course not everyone is going to travel to either city to attend the wedding (and of course, why should they?). In the end, I decided I would have my small “real” wedding in Ottawa with my friends who were important to me, and then a second lower-budget wedding in Mississauga for my in-laws’ and my husband’s friends.
Stay tuned for part 2 of this post.
Are there any tips you wish you had while planning your big event? Are there any challenges you are currently facing while planning? Let me know, I would love to know. I will try to address all in my next posts.
Photo by Nour’s Photography