Every year, there are over 2 million weddings in the United States. In the next year or so, your own wedding may contribute to these statistics. Although it’s not for quite some time, you may already be doing some planning, and the panic is setting in a little.
We know a lot goes into your special day, but you shouldn’t worry too much about it. To help you out, here are 9 wedding planning hacks that will save you both time and money.
Facebook is a great social tool to use for this; you should be able to easily find a few local groups where people are eager to help you plan the perfect wedding. Make sure you join groups that are local to where the wedding is, not where you live (if they’re not the same). That way, you get relevant information.
By joining these wedding planning groups, not only will you get some good ideas and suggestions, but you’ll also learn which places and vendors to avoid since you’ll have firsthand accounts.
You may be tempted to DIY everything to save some money, but this can end up backfiring in the long run, especially if you’re not used to doing arts and crafts. While it may be a good idea to DIY some aspects (like cards or succulent centerpieces), it’s perfectly fine to go with vendors for other things (like flower arrangements and makeup).
Be realistic about your DIY abilities (and amount of free time you have to handle these projects) and know when to let certain things go to the pros. It’ll save you a lot of stress and heartache.
If you’re like most people, your email account is a mess. You can probably remember certain emails, but you’re not exactly sure where they are.
Avoid this complication by setting up a separate email address that you and your fiance use solely for wedding communications. Not only will the inbox be less cluttered, but everything you need for the wedding will be right there. Plus, both you and your fiance can access the account, so you won’t need to forward confusing email chains to one another.
Hiring a DJ can be an expensive affair, and most guests don’t really care what music’s on, so long as there are some tunes to dance to. If you already have an extensive music collection on your iPod, you can just plug it in at the venue and put it on shuffle.
Not only does this save you money, but it also saves you time since you don’t have to research and audition DJs. All you need to do is put together a playlist, charge your iPod, bring it to the venue, and press play!
Traditional is so overdone, so why not put a personal spin on your wedding? For instance, instead of wearing a white bridal dress, go with a bright yellow sundress for your beach wedding.
Not only does this make your special day even more unique, but it also saves you money. Many wedding items are priced higher just because of the label, so if you think outside the box, you can still get nice things, but for much less money.
The most important part is where you and your fiance cut the cake and feed each other slices (or smash them into each other’s faces!). A wedding cake can be pretty pricey, so just get a small one made for the slicing ceremony.
You can then eat the rest of the cake with your fiance or leave it for display. Get a huge sheet cake to serve your guests so they still get to have some cake, but for a lower price tag.
Many beautiful and popular wedding venues will be booked for months, sometimes even years. If the venue is extremely important to you, then you’ll want to start calling around as soon as you get engaged.
Getting a feel for your wedding venue early on can also help with planning everything else. Once you know where your special day’s going to be at, then you’ll have the proper dimensions and lighting in mind for things like decorations and rentals.
All your friends will take tons of pictures, so get them in one organized spot on social media by having everyone use 1 hashtag for your wedding. That way, anyone who wants to see the photos can just search the hashtag and see everything everyone’s uploaded.
You can use this hashtag to gather up all the photos to print or put together for a slideshow.
You may get so caught up in the wedding planning that you’re thinking about what’d please your guests, not you and your fiance. This can lead to you overcomplicating things and spending much more time and money on this wedding than you initially planned.
If you find yourself getting overwhelmed, take a step back and look at each element you’re planning. Is it really for you, or is it to make your guests happy? If it’s the latter, consider cutting some of those things to ease your anxiety and spending.
To ensure your special day goes smoothly, make sure to use the above wedding planning hacks. Not only will they cut down on time and money spent, but they’ll also help you keep calm about everything that needs to be done.
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