9 Essential Tips to plan your Wedding like a Professional
Planning a wedding is a fun yet mammoth task. Hiring a wedding planner could make it a lot easier but it isn’t too hard to plan the wedding like a professional yourself. In this article, we will look at 9 tips that will help you plan your big day like a professional wedding planner. At any point, if you feel like you are running low on your wedding budget, you can apply for a marriage loan.
1. Know Your Wedding Venue
When you are looking for a wedding venue on a budget, check the exact area of the venue so that you can ensure a comfortable space for your guests. Check if there is enough space for the ceremony as well as the reception. Count in the area for a dancing floor and a bar.
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2. Determine the Guest Count
‘Count down’ when you are giving the guest count to your caterer as there will be at least 4-5 people who will cancel at the last minute or RSVP in negative. For example, if you sent out 200 invites, order for 195 guests.
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3. Have a Strict Budget and Timeline
Marriage expenses can shoot up if you don’t have a budget. You may overspend and add more items than what you need. If you overspend on one thing, cut back from some other aspect. Prioritise the essential items.
Set yourself a realistic and strict timeline. Start planning at least six months to a year in advance to plan properly without stressing.
4. Find Online Event Tools
Use online tools and event planning apps to make wedding planning more efficient. Look for apps that will help you track budgets, keep reminders and maintain checklists.
5. Negotiate Smartly
If you want to afford your dream wedding on a budget, don’t settle for the price that vendors quote you, especially if it is out of your price range. Negotiate smartly and see if you can use any discounts offered or cut down the scope of their services.
6. Read the Contract
Once the vendor deal is finalised, read every word of the contract carefully before signing it. Check if there are any hidden fees or clauses you weren’t aware of.
7. Be Graceful While Coordinating
Be friendly and professional with the people and services you hire, such as caterers, florists, band, fashion designers, make-up artists, photographers and stylists. If you give them a hard time, they won’t give their best to you.
8. Prioritise Quality Over Quantity
Focus on getting fewer things of good quality rather than getting more of mediocre quality. Be resourceful and figure how you can get what you want without compromising on the quality.
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9. Anticipate Contingencies
Be prepared for contingencies and challenges that you might not have planned for. Understand there are certain things that you can’t plan for, rather expect them and handle them in the best way possible without getting too stressed about it. Lastly, take a step back when you are planning to enjoy the journey to the wedding day and feel the excitement.
Don’t worry if you are going a little overboard with the wedding expenses as you can take a personal loan for wedding. After all, if you have to spend a little more to make your day more special, then why not!
Shiv Nanda is a financial analyst who currently lives in Bangalore and works with MoneyTap, India's first app-based credit-line. Shiv is a true finance geek, and his friends love that. They always rely on him for advice on their investment choices, budgeting skills, personal financial matters and when they want to get a loan. He has made it his life's mission to help and educate people on various financial topics. Visit here to know more about MoneyTap’s marriage loan.