Your wedding is one of the most important days of your life, and every little decision plays a role. At first, you’re overwhelmed with excitement as a newly-engaged individual, but then you can quickly become overwhelmed with planning. A year may seem like a long time, but in the world of wedding planning, it can feel like just a few minutes. However, with the right planning and careful thinking, you can make your year as effective as possible. Use the following four tips as a simple starting point to getting you where you need to be on your big day.
Plan Your Registry
Your wedding registry can make your life much easier after the wedding. Rather than simply add a ton of awesome items to your list, think carefully about what you’ll need by thinking ahead. With each item you add, ask yourself if you really love it or need it. If that particular item doesn’t have a place in your home or lifestyle, then refrain from adding it. By curating carefully, you’ll be much happier in the long-run. With this in mind, you should avoid disposable items or “impulse” buys. Instead, focus on products that will stand the test of time.
Lastly, consider opting for a “hold” registry. With this setup, although items are purchased, they aren’t always sent directly to your home. Instead, you can decide when the items will ship. This allows you to group multiple packages together and manage their flow. Otherwise, having consistent packages could disrupt your day to day life and wedding planning. Here are a couple of fun places to set up your wedding registry.
Get Photo Ready
Prepare for photos by getting your body in shape and your teeth in order. First, focus on your teeth. After all, during your wedding you’ll be a smiling a lot—in front of and behind the camera. “If you prepare early, you’ll be able to save up efficiently for any cosmetic dentistry work you need done, whether it’s a standard teeth whitening or dental veneers,” says Bright Smile Dental from Tacoma, Washington.
Of course, you also want to look great in your dress and feel equally as good about your health. Fortunately, there are plenty of pre-wedding diets and workout routines to try out. Take advantage of health apps to keep you on the right track and motivate yourself to push forward. With a year to plan, you’ve got ample time to get into tip-top shape.
Maintaining a regular workout schedule can be very difficult, but if you make a habit of it, it becomes easier with time. According to many studies, the average time it takes to form a habit is 21 days—get yourself past this threshold, and you’re in much better shape.
Create a Set Budget
No matter what your budget is, early planning can help you stick to it and prevent yourself from making mistakes. As you might already know, I was able to have my own wedding for under $5,000. To come up with your own budget, there are several aspects you should consider, such as how much each side of the family, as well as the bride and groom, can contribute. Then, you’ll need to consider the costs for different areas of the wedding.
According to The Knot, the average cost of a wedding is $33,391. The reception takes up the bulk of the costs, with 48 to 50%. Flowers tend to occupy 8% to 10% of the budget. Think about the money that everyone could realistically set aside, and use budget apps to help track your financial progress.
Use The Right Resources
There are hundreds of wedding resources at your disposal to help you keep track of your wedding plans over the course of one year. If you’re on a strict budget, you can download a 12-month wedding calendar that helps steer you in the right direction over the course of a few months.
Buy a cheap binder to keep all your wedding inspiration and print-outs organized in one place. If you have a little more money to spend, go ahead and invest in a fancy wedding planning book. Use these as a guide, and don’t forget to check out different wedding blogs to gather inspiration and advice from others who have been in the same position—especially if you’re looking for tips on how to have a wedding with a low budget.
YOUR TURN: If you are married, how long did it take you to plan your wedding?
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