Wedding planning is a very stressful and time consuming activity that puts some strain on any relationship. There are a ton of things to consider when planning a wedding, and here are what I consider to be the most helpful hints when going through the early stages of planning your wedding.
The first thing I recommend doing when planning your wedding is writing out a list of all of the people you want to invite. This is definitely the first thing that any couple should be doing because this will then determine how big of a venue you will need, how much food needs to be prepared, and how big of a wait staff you will need. I wouldn’t worry about contacting every single guest at this stage, but you should have a rough idea of how many people are going to come.
The next most important thing in wedding planning is finding that special date. Now this sounds easy, but it might not be as easy as you think. You need to consider every special occasion and popular events that are going on at your special date. You need to consider charity events, conferences, concerts, maybe even movie premieres. Even though you might think people would cancel their plans to come to your special day, you would be surprised by people’s obligations.
In addition to having to consider possible interruptions, the season is also important. You might find that during the summer there are a lot more bugs such as flies and mosquitos, whereas there are less of these bugs during the winter. The obvious trade off here is that your wedding will be during the colder weather, but it is definitely something to consider during the process of wedding planning.
Now, funding a wedding is definitely a stressful situation. If you already have the funds set aside, you can still lighten up the load by considering applying for special credit cards. There are great credit cards out there that will give you rewards for shopping at certain stores, or by purchasing airline tickets. You can easily get a percentage of the money you are investing into the wedding back, just by having one of these cards. With a Chase card alone, you can get free airline miles, and even cash back on any airline ticket purchase.
Now this isn’t something you might consider, but you can find the best deals through networking. Talk to your local flower shops or wedding photographers and see who they would recommend. Often times, it is the information from one vendor that will lead to you finding the best deals and top quality service. On top of that, you can check out any wedding trade shows in your area to see what the latest trends are, and perhaps find lower cost services. These trade shows do exist, and they are super helpful and can provide you with a lot of great information on finding the best possible deals for your special day.