Wedding Planning: Expert Tips and Tricks

Planning a wedding is really an art form, yet people do it everyday. The difference is the people that are excited and stress free when the day comes or the couple that just can’t wait until it is over. Something will go wrong at your wedding, but it is how you handle those glitches that will make your day perfect. Here are some of my wedding hacks.

1. Follow your Wedding Task List
A wedding task list (or check list) is a month by month list of items you need to accomplish. This is going to be a life saver. Whether you have an online task list or have one in the wedding planner you purchased at the the bookstore. If you don’t have one, GET ONE! This will help keep you organized. My tip! Don’t skip ahead! If you finish all the tasks on your list for that month – sit back and relax for a couple of days.
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2. Guest List
Know that as a rule, about 30 percent of the people you invite won’t attend. Naturally, this depends on the location of your wedding (destination weddings are harder to attend), how many out-of-towners are on your list, and the timing of the event (some guests may have annual holiday or summer plans). On the other hand, everyone could accept — knowing your wedding will be the can’t-miss party of the year!

3. Food
If your goal is to save some money and you are looking at your food remember that buffets and plated are going to cost about the same and an hor d’oeuvres reception will actually cost more money than a plated or buffet dinner. You need at least 12 hor d’oeuvres per person to give your guests a decent meal and of course variety is the spice of life so you want to have multiple options. That can add up real quick.

4. DIY Disaster
When a bride tells me that they would like to make some items for the wedding, my first question is, “Are you a Crafty Crier?” Are you the type of person that finishes painting a little tea cup and are so relieved you are finished? Or are you the type of person that can sit down and with all the supplies and bang out 200 little tea cups. If the bride insists on making items I ask them to make one and then let me know how it goes. If it is something they are willing to do then I will sit down with them and go over a crafting timeline.

5. Lighten Your List
The easiest way to trim your wedding budget? Cut your guest list. Remember, half of your wedding expenses go to wining and dining your guests. If it’s costing you $100 per person, eliminating one table of 10 can save you $1,000. And, Friday and Sunday weddings should cost about 30 percent less than Saturday weddings.