They say planning a wedding is one of the most stressful things you can do. They may be right! Many brides have experienced disappointment when they haven’t been able to book the things they wanted for their wedding day. You can learn from their experiences, by making sure you stay a step ahead for your big event. There are five things that lots of us either forget or leave to the last minute. And these are the things you should be booking much earlier if you want to avoid disappointment.
The Wedding Car
Not all brides have a vision in mind of how they want to arrive at their wedding. Other brides have been dreaming of something particular for years! It doesn’t matter what you want to book, you must do it as early as you can. Leaving your limo to the last minute is tempting fate to leave you without a ride on your big day. There aren’t hundreds of companies that supply this service, after all.
If you look at websites like www.AmericanLimos.org, you’ll see there is a wide range of cars that may take your fancy. Even if you have a car in mind, it’s worth browsing your company’s catalogue to see if there is something else you like even more. You also need to consider the driver. He or she will be the one getting out of the car to open the door to you. He may even end up in the photo of you getting out of the car. Uniform can be quite important to some brides. Consider the car as well as the company you want to hire.
If you have your heart set on a particular venue, you may need to book it long before your guy proposes! Some venues are so popular they are booked up years in advance. Of course the vast majority take bookings up to a year ahead. If you have your heart set on a particular wedding date, you will have to confirm the booking with the venue manager much sooner than you think. And if you want to marry on a special day like Valentines, you need to get in quick!
You may have two venues in mind. A chapel for the ceremony and a beautiful big ballroom for the reception is a popular combination. Bear in mind, religious ceremonies are not performed every day of the week. And they too can book up really quickly. If you are after a second venue for your wedding, be prepared to sacrifice one for the other if you leave it too late.
Most brides don’t buy a dress made to measure. They buy off the peg, have it fitted, adjusted and then fitted again. The seamstress or dressmaker needs several weeks, and sometimes months to make these alterations. And if you are ordering a dress designed just for you, expect it to take even longer. Rushed wedding preparations will cost you the dress of your dreams. So start shopping early, so that the changes can be made in time for you to be the most gorgeous bride ever seen.
If you are booking a destination wedding, it is a good idea to have an extra week for the dress. This gives the postal service or courier ample time to get the dress safely to the destination. Let’s face it, most wedding dresses are just too big for carry on! And if your weight changes in those weeks, you may need extra time for some extra adjustments.
The Wedding Planner
Any good wedding planner will be a busy wedding planner. And none of them are willing to stretch themselves to the point of distraction. If you want a good wedding planner, you need to engage their services sooner rather than later. Anyone who is responsible for all the bookings and arrangements of a wedding will be snowed under just having one or two weddings on their hands. If you want the care your special day deserves, you may have to wait a few weeks for your wedding planner’s undivided attention.
The alternative is to get on with the job yourself. But don’t expect a wedding planner to step in later on. Many work with preferred suppliers and venues as they can gain preferential rates. If you are going to take on all the wedding planning yourself, start as soon as you can. Check out https://drive.google.com/templates for a template to help. There is a lot to do, and a lot to coordinate.
Too many brides leave the photographer as an afterthought. But in reality, they are one of the most important people at the wedding. Memories fade and become fuzzy over time. But the photographs of your wedding will last forever. You will see yourself as the beautiful bride you were for all time. And those moments in that dress need to be captured perfectly. You want to be seen in the very best light with the most beautiful backdrops.
Wedding photographers only work a couple of days of the week. The rest of the time is spent editing, printing and presenting your beautiful photographs. And if your chosen photographer is any good, chances are they are in high demand. This means you may be restricted to their dates of availability rather than your preferred wedding date if you book too late. You can choose another, lesser photographer, but then you’re sacrificing those incredible pictures.
It is amazing how many things we forget before the big day. The key to good planning is good organization. Use a wedding planner’s checklist, or make one of your own in a spreadsheet. It will help you keep track of what still needs to be done. It can also be used to help make sure you stay within the wedding budget too.
If you share your spreadsheet with your husband-to-be and bridesmaids, chances are you can all get it done much quicker. A wedding is supposed to be the most beautiful and memorable day of your life.
The last thing you want is for it to be the most stressful. Have an incredible day.