For some people, wedding planning seems like a nigh-insurmountable task they dread to take on while others leave everything for the very last moment and then rush to create a patchwork wedding that is often forgettable (and can even be embarrassing!). However, those people who wish to create a truly unforgettable wedding should plan ahead and preparer themselves properly without fear and inhibition. Below are five GOLDEN tips to help you perfect your wedding planning to create the special day of your dreams:
1. Leave NOTHING to chance
If you leave something to chance it will go wrong. Start with that credo in mind and leave no parameter of your wedding to chance if you truly want to be certain of its success. Wedding planning is just that; planning your wedding and for that reason ALL parameters should be controlled. This includes large, obvious things such as the cake, the receptions, the gown and the wedding car, as well as less obvious and subtle things (that are nonetheless important) such as the order of arrival, ensuring the date is convenient for all important guests, sending out the invitations in time and many others that can really break a wedding if they are left to chance.
2. Plan everything well in advance
Good planning will get you nowhere if you do it in the last few weeks before your big day! Efficient wedding planning is done months in advance to ensure that everything is arranged to perfection and that you have time for those lengthy procedures that are usually required for a successful wedding. Things like the rehearsal, the gown fitting appointments and the wedding invitations must all be arranged weeks (or even months) before the actual wedding takes place to ensure nothing goes wrong.
3. Call in favours
Your wedding day will probably be the single most important day of your life so calling in favours from friends and family to help you make the wedding of your dreams is perhaps the best type of favour you can hope for. Enlisting the help of trusted friends and family members can literally untie your hands in a wide range of wedding planning tasks. For example, one friend can accompany the bride to the fitting appointments while the groom and an experienced family member book a white Rolls Royce Phantom from a professional chauffeur hire company. Other wedding favours include help with the décor, help with handing out the invitations and even help with the actual planning itself (especially useful from people with lots of experience in successful weddings.)
4. Enlist professional help
Friends are invaluable to help you plan the wedding of your dreams but you will need the help of professionals if you really want an unforgettable and hassle-free experience. When it comes to luxury wedding transportation, flower decoration, the wedding cake and other highly technical aspects, only professionals can really deliver the highest level of service and even the most good-willed friend will eventually disappoint. This “technical barrier” means that in order to perfectly plan your wedding, you most certainly need the help of one or more professionals who specialise in weddings.
5. Don’t be penny wise and pound foolish
This final tip cannot be stressed enough. Many people try to be thrifty when planning their weddings, only to end up with a lacklustre and disappointingly forgettable experience. Sometimes it is possible to reverse the damage a tight purse can do to a wedding planning, but this often requires FAR more money than it would have initially coasted to go with the regular-priced (as opposed to budget-priced) option instead! Being penny wise when planning your wedding is amazing if you can do it, but NEVER do it while being pound foolish; always keep an eye on the big picture and consider whether the seemingly more expensive option would actually end up being more economical in the long run.