Wedding planning can be overwhelming, especially if you try and book everything at the last minute. Couples who start early often have an advantage as far as choices are concerned. There are various stages in planning a wedding, from selecting a venue to deciding on the menu. Beyond your wedding rings and outfits, you need to make sure that guests have a good time. For your help, here are some of the most important things to consider in advance.
- The guest list: This is probably what you should start with. If you know how many people are invited at the wedding, finding and shortlisting event halls and banquets will be easier. Make a comprehensive list on your phone or laptop, instead of thinking in your head.
- The location: Some couples like to host the reception close to the wedding venue, while others don’t mind organizing the party on a later date. The location is a personal call, but we recommend that you select a place that’s easily accessible.
- The venue: Wedding venues and reception banquet halls need to be large enough to accommodate your guest list and should have all the right facilities. Consider visiting the shortlisted places at least a few weeks before the big day.
- Catering needs: Many venues now have comprehensive services, so they can arrange a buffet or a customized catering menu. You can check what’s included and take a call based on what fits your budget. Keep in mind that going for a complete venue that takes care of catering and drinks always helps in saving time, effort and money.
- Entertainment: You may want to arrange for additional entertainment for your guests. Check if the venue allows you to invite artists and entertainers on your own, or sometimes, they can make the arrangements as per your request.
Getting an estimate
If you have made your choice, get estimates from the venue for catering and other services in advance. In case you need to book other vendors, just make sure that you have quotes from everyone, so that negotiations can be done right. Set a budget based on what you like, and once you know the must-haves, you can always cut costs.
It’s your big day , and you need to make it as personal and fun as possible, but don’t shy away from spending a tad more, if that means having a better venue or a bigger buffet!