Wedding season is in full swing from early spring to late fall. About 73% of all weddings occur between May and October according to this study by The Knott. This means that the next few months are the peak season for planning. Whether you’re a professional wedding planner or have decided to plan out your own wedding there are a million things to keep in mind.
Cover all your wedding must-have basics with these tips that no wedding planner should be without.
Space is Critical
Not only will the bride and groom need space to separately prepare for their big day, but the guests will also need more space than you might expect. Between table sizes and serving staff, there will be many things taking up the space you choose, so choose carefully. Also, be prepared to speak with your chosen venue about rules. You don’t want to find out the day of that your wedding tents are not allowed on the lawn.
Use Your Connections
Finding the perfect florist, photographer, or other important stuff for your wedding can be time-consuming. Save yourself some time and hassle by turning to the staff you already have. Maybe your photographer knows an amazing florist that they’ve worked with before. Your baker might know the perfect bridal store. It’s amazing the connections some people will offer if you simply ask.
Enforce Rules and Policies
It’s your wedding, so it’s your rule when it comes to guests. Make sure to set priority guests such as your parents and close friends so you can give them the best seats. Really consider the rules of a plus one invite, depending on the number of singles you might be driving up costs by allowing too many low priority guests. This can be fixed with a simple no-ring, no-show policy. Married couples or long-term relationships only. The same goes for kids, a simple no kids rule can save you a lot of hassle.
Keep a Paper Trail
Lastly, you want to hold onto every last agreement, nothing should be left in spoken word. Any and all changes, prices, and agreements should be written down or documented. This can prevent headaches in the future. Keep receipts in case you need a refund, send out lots of confirmation emails to ensure you have the agreement on paper, and communicate frequently with your staff. You don’t want someone important ghosting you before your big day.
All in all, when it comes to wedding planning, make sure you’re exploring all the possibilities while keeping track of the basics and be sure to stand your ground.