7 timeless tips for planning a wedding

7 timeless tips for planning a wedding

As a wedding planner and consultant, many couples come to me with concerns about their wedding planning. One major concern they have is spending the money they have set aside wisely. Here are a few guidelines to consider when planning a wedding:

1. Plan – A wise person once said that if you fail to plan, you’re planning to fail. Take the time to plan out your wedding. Begin by talking about your vision. Share with each other your dreams and ideas for the ceremony and reception. Talk about how much money you’re willing to spend. Will you be financing the wedding yourself or will you have help? How much can you afford? What are the most important elements to you? The food? The music? The flowers? The venue?

2. Prioritize and compromise - Don’t forget to listen to what’s important to your partner. Negotiate. Set a budget and stick to it. It’s easy to get overwhelmed and make impulsive decisions. There are huge ranges of price points for every item on your wedding planning list. Be realistic about what you want and what you can afford. Say no to things you don’t feel strongly about. Do you really need menu cards? Do you need favors for the guests? Do you feel strongly that you need an open bar throughout the event?

3. Make an invitation list – Revise it and revise it again. Do you have to invite all these guests? One of the best ways to save money when planning a wedding is to reduce the number of guests you invite. You can always have a less formal party or reception later to invite friends from work, the gym or church.

4. Simplify – It can be tempting to find great DIY ideas from the myriad of websites, magazines and helpful friends or neighbors – everyone means well and it seems that everyone has a piece of advice. But just because it’s a good idea doesn’t mean it’s the best one for you. Review and rethink – when planning your own wedding, try to simplify it and save your money for the most important items on your list.

5. Ask for help – It’s always a good idea to ask for guidance when you know you’re in over your head. Yes, you’re a smart and savvy consumer, but planning a wedding may be completely new to you. Getting guidance from a professional can be one of the best ways to avoid or eliminate expensive mistakes.

6. Take your time – Make a timeline to help you figure out what needs to happen first. Work on items in order and move on to the next one. Too often when planning a wedding, it seems like if you don’t act now, you’ll miss out on the best options and that pressure can be overwhelming. Be patient, thoughtful, wise and calm, and trust that you will find exactly what you need.

7. Enjoy the process! This is the beginning of a lifetime of working together with your partner and making some tough choices. Listen to one another and be each other’s best friend. Set real expectations and workable guidelines, then work together as a team. You can do it!

About this Expert:s Contributor: Myriam Solomon, owner and lead designer of Myriam Solomon Consulting, has been working with brides and grooms for more than 28 years in Central Ohio.

As of Feb. 13, 2013, this service provider was highly rated on Angie's List. Ratings are subject to change based on consumer feedback, so check Angie's List for the most up-to-date reviews. The views expressed by this author do not necessarily reflect those of Angie's List.


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