So you’re finally ready to take the plunge into matrimonial bliss? The heady feeling of excitement and anticipation gives goose pumps, doesn’t it?
Let the euphoria settle down! Now you got to plan how to tie the knot! Do you want a luxury wedding ceremony or a simple one? Weddings are a lot of hard work, but if you want, the hard work can equate to a lot of fun! To ensure that, it’s best to hire the services of an expert, the best wedding planner, who walks alongside you all through the grueling months leading up to the D-Day and offers end-to-end assistance, so you can be hassle-free and be a part of the wedding revelry whole-heartedly.
Make sure that you’ve got the following aspects covered:
Choose a venue that ‘vibes’ with you
Do you want to say ‘I do’ in the famous wedding resort or the elite seven-star hotel in town? Or is that passé for you and you would rather fancy the back-drop of sun-kissed beaches? How about booking a cruise for your prestigious guests? A reliable destination-wedding planner should be able to help you pick your ‘fantasyland’ and make sure that it is available at the required dates. If possible, visit the venue once beforehand along with your destination wedding planner, to get first hand feel and understand the details.
Don’t get nightmares trying to remember whether you have included that son of your aunt’s sister-in-law! Be practical, chart down (write down) your guest list well in advance. Include close family, distant relatives, close friends, and acquaintances, marked clearly and categorized well. Once your budgets start to take shape, be ready to prune off the list, if necessary.
Have a vision
Do you want an intimate wedding with just close family members present or go the whole hog and invite every single person you know to be a part of the celebrations? Once you’ve answered this one, you can work out the finer details to build up the kind of ambience you want at your wedding ceremony.
A string of celebrations
You may want to sacrifice that ‘one’ big budget drainer aka formal function, with a series of fun and more cherished get-togethers, with people who matter the most. It also stretches out the actual celebration period and gives everyone more occasions to flaunt their new clothes (especially designed for the wedding!!), drink and dance, as they eagerly await your luxury wedding ceremony!
Ping your guests
Send ‘save-the-date’ cards to guests well in advance. Repeat after a few days with a ‘reminder’ invite, text or email. The cycle should be repeated 2 or 3 times, so you can get a good idea as to who all are going to make it and plan accordingly! The reminders need not be boring… Innovate! Send pictures of you and your fiancé along with a short poem on how you are feeling as the D-Day approaches.
Break down your estimated expenses into modules that can be monitored independently. A wedding means big bucks, so make sure that you do a reality check on the budget every now and then. This will help to minimize unexpected surprises. When you are done, leave some room for the rainy day!
Your wedding is all about you. Stay open and communicate well with your wedding planner. Discuss, question and be involved with each detail. Only the best wedding planner will listen to you patiently and leave no stone unturned till you are satisfied with the plans.
So go on, find a wedding planning boutique that understands you best. Give them the reins, and save yourself the stress. Relax and bask in the memorable moments, just like your guests!