Planning a wedding is like walking on a tightrope. You want your wedding to be uniquely memorable and pleasant for all the guests, but you don’t want to fall into the trap of spending more than it is needed.
There are some baseline tips you should consider if you want to achieve the optimal balance between cost and a smooth, visually elegant and memorable wedding experience.
Select a location and select it early
As the saying goes – location, location, location.
View it as a container of what is possible – how many guests you can fill in, how flexible is it in implementing various themes, how accessible is it for the guests, and how weather-dependent you want it to be.
Obviously, this is the most important part of your wedding planning. Everything else will come easy. Whatever you decide, make sure that it can be reserved at your preferred wedding date. You would be surprised at how many months in advance the locations get booked.
Also, try to choose one that is not entirely indoors or outdoors, as you will never know what the weather will be like at the time of the wedding.
Set a budget limit
Selecting the proper location is important enough to have as it is the biggest chunk of your wedding budget, so keep that in mind for the overall budget. The trick for getting an accurate overview of a potential budget is to account for all the details, so be sure to write down/type a long list. There are many wedding apps to choose from which can help you nail it down, so you don’t get any financial surprises down the line.
Go overboard with winnowing the guest list
Research shows that a person can remember up to 150 people in their lifetime without detailed prompting. Consequently, the most generous number of guests to be considered is 300 if you consider both sides of the family.
Reduce that number drastically, as the number of guests will determine the suitability of location, the food cost, the available parking space, the wedding ornamentations and accessories, and most importantly – how pleasant will the wedding be for all parties involved.
Preferably, select only those guests you want to be present. It sounds simple, but it’s harder to accomplish if you are easily swayed by social pressure. Be conscious of this fact and always remember that a wedding is about you and your partner, not other people. They should be there to make your day, not the other way around. Once you come to terms with this reality, you will be surprised at the small number of guests you will arrive to. Then, you will be relieved at how everything else will be so much more manageable and affordable.
Small touches have a huge impact
Inexpensive but elegant ornamentation for the furniture will set the tone for your wedding. For example, wedding chair covers, sashes and bands, along with flower arrangements, will not take a significant bite out of your wedding budget, but it will be the foundation for the visual appeal of the whole experience. Visit Chair Cover Depot for more available options that suit your price range.