There are plenty of wedding planning guides out there, but how will you know which one is right for you and for your wedding? It is all well and good to say that if you are having a large wedding, you should look for a like minded guide; if you are planning a small, more intimate ceremony, you should find the appropriate guide for that, as well. But that does not really tell you anything, does it? Besides, all good guides will contain a few things in common. With that being said, check out these five tips for finding the best guides.
Tip #1: The Threads
Planning a wedding is a step by step process. One of the most essential steps involves picking out the clothing. That includes the bride's gown, the groom's tuxedo, and all the clothing for all the attendants, from maid of honor to best man to the ushers and everyone in between. It is important to pick these as soon as possible, because as any good guide will tell you, it can ultimately help you choose your wedding colors and decorations. Even more importantly, you have to have plenty of time to make sure that every outfit is right - that it fits, that all the parts and accessories are included, and so on.
Tip #2: The Guest List
Your guest list is absolutely vital. It does not matter whether you want a small wedding, a large one, or something that falls somewhere in between. The amount of people you want to invite can play a huge part in the venues you choose - as you will see!
Tip #3: The Venue(s)
The best wedding planning guides will all emphasize the importance of choosing your venues - for the ceremony, for the reception, and for the honeymoon - as early as possible. In terms of the guests, the first two are the most important, of course. You need to decide if you are going to get married close to home, in another state, or if you want a destination wedding. Once you have made a decision, you need to make sure that your choices are available and that they can accommodate the guests on your list. Furthermore, you have to have plenty of time to inform your guests about the locations and do what you can to make sure that they can get there and find accommodations.
Tip #4: The Invitations
The invitations are as important as the guest list and the venue. You see, it is another way that you can let your guests know way ahead of time where the wedding and reception will be held. Some wedding guides say that you should actually send out your invitations, complete with RSVP, before you book your venues. That way, you will know for sure how many people are coming. This is important because some venues will only let you hold the wedding there if you have a minimum number of guests.
Tip #5: The Budget
Last but definitely not least, the most trustworthy wedding planning guides will emphasize the importance of not only making a budget, but also of not going over it. When that happens, you may find that you are left with a lot of unpaid bills and extra expenses for which you have not planned.