Wedding planning requires a lot of attention to detail and long to-do lists. While some tasks like choosing flowers or music for the reception may be more fun, other tasks may like creating a budget may seem more daunting. In this blog, we’re looking at important wedding tasks you should take care of right away and are easier to complete than you think!
Creating Your Budget
No matter what type of wedding you’re planning the first thing you need to do is create a budget. Every decision you make from this point forward will be determined by your budget, so it’s important that you take the time right away to complete this task. Be sure to do this before you find a venue, choose your bridal attire, or start booking vendors. It’s important you have a clear idea of how much money you can spend, finalize a budget you and your fiance are comfortable with.
Unless you’ve seen a particular vendor in action already – and know they’re with your budget, it’s a good idea to research vendors before booking them. Look at their work, read online reviews, talk to others who have used them, and if possible meet with them. Ask plenty of questions and treat your vendor search similar to an interview process. It’ll be worth the effort when you find the best vendors for your wedding day.
Once you’ve decided on a vendor it’s important to review and sign the contract. A contract sets expectations for your wedding day, and secures your vendor’s commitment. Until you sign it, there’s no guarantee that they’ll hold your wedding date. It’s also important to be thorough when reviewing vendor contracts so you don’t miss any important information.
Create a Wedding Website
You might be wondering if it’s worth taking the time to create a wedding website, and the answer is yes! In most cases creating a wedding website is offered for free on wedding planning and registry websites. It’s also the best way to share important wedding information with guests conveniently. Use your wedding website to share details such as the registry details, time, location, and dress code, as well as directions and local accommodations. You can even add fun things like how you met, wedding party details, and photos of you and your fiance.
Register for Gifts
Registering for gifts may seem daunting, but it can be one of the most fun tasks to complete! Before creating your registry consider your must-haves and wants. If you already live together you should look to see if there are items you still want or need. If you aren’t living together, take the time to take an inventory of your belongings and see what might be missing or need to be replaced. If you don’t feel like you need many household items you can also consider doing a honeymoon registry or even asking guests to donate to a charity of your choosing.
Narrow Down Your Guest List
Creating your guest list might feel like a daunting task at first, but it’s not as difficult as it seems. If you’ve already set your budget, then you’ll already have an idea of how many guests you can invite. to your wedding. Now you just need to narrow down the invited guests. Begin with your immediate family and bridal party, then move on to your extended family, and friends. If you still have room in the guest list after that consider inviting coworkers and friends of your parents.
Figuring Out Your Seating Chart
Once the RSVPs start rolling in, it’s time to begin thinking about your seating chart. While this can be a tricky and time-consuming task, it’s a necessary one. The best way to tackle a big to-do like a seating chart is to break it up and do it a little bit at a time so it doesn’t become overwhelming. It’s important that you and your fiancé tackle this task together, that way one person isn’t stuck trying to make tough decisions.