It’s easy to get carried away or confused when planning a wedding. After all it’s not a small event, it’s something you’d want to have fond memories of fro the rest of your life. But, as with all event planning, wedding planning needs to be done in phases. The first phase would consist of the some of the important decisions that need to be made before any other action take place. These two main decisions you’ll need to make when you get started wedding planning:
- your guest list
- your budget
In our country, weddings are a family affair – parents take care of most of the finances which means that the couple doesn’t have to worry about them much. But you & your parents still need to have a budget to ensure efficient spending.
First of all, both families need to set their priorities for the wedding day. These priorities could be anything; a lavish marquee or hotel, the best caterer in the country, customized hall decor, a live band, the photographer your cousins had at their wedding, live BBQ. Jot down these lists separately and then sit together to see how you can all find a middle ground. If your original plans and your numbers don’t match after doing some quick research, take some time to re-evaluate. Can you spend more money to make your ideal wedding happen? (And more importantly, do you want to?) Can you change the type of venue or overall look and feel of your wedding to make it fit your budget? While there are always ways to save money, if your budget and your vision are in direct contradiction, you have to find ways to level out the plan.
The most important thing to remember when you’re putting together your budget is that no two weddings are alike. Your budget, and how money is allocated, is fluid and will undoubtedly change and need adjusting throughout the planning process. But as long as you have a budge you can stick to, it’ll all be fine.
You Guest List
Making a guest list can get messy, especially since both sets of parents are involved in the planning. Make sure you have a system in place with how many guests each member of the family can invite.
Crunching the numbers isn’t the most glamorous part of wedding planning, but there is a figure you really can’t avoid: your guest list count. Your budget and the venue size are the main factors that should play into this decision. Even though you’ve jotted down the name of every person you’d love to invite to the wedding, it’s time to return to reality and start trimming that dream list until you reach your real number. The easiest way to cut the list is to come up with rules and actually stick to them. We promise it’ll be easier in the long run and you’ll avoid potential drama down the line.
One big tip we have for you is to have an A-list & a B-list. These two lists will help you to invite the maximum number of people without having to shovel out money for a bigger venue. The A-list contains the names of the must-have guests at your wedding, and B-list contains names you really want to be there but might not have space for. When any of A-listers send you a “We regret to inform you” notice, you’ll have your B-list ready to send out invitations to.