Top 33 Wedding Planning Tips and Tricks You Must Know AboutWedding Planning Neha Garg Ahuja
A wedding is without a doubt one of the most important days in the lives of any couple and the planning that precedes it is equally important just like the actual day. From planning for the engagement photos to choosing vendors to organize the wedding party, meticulous planning is always necessary to ensure that come the ultimate day; everything will go smoothly.
Weddings aren’t just about fun, dance, and excitement, especially for the bride and groom’s family. To make these weddings fun as they seem there is always a lot of responsibility/planning that goes behind it. The series of events can be overwhelming and stressful at times. But the right wedding planning tips and tricks can help you in your arrangements for the big day.
1. Start Planning Early
You may have probably heard this a zillion times already. But starting early helps alleviate wedding stress. With time to breathe, you’ll get more done and notice things that you forgot on the way or got slipped through the cracks.
2. Buy a Wedding Planner / Journal
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Wedding planners and journals are easily available in the market to cover all aspects of a wedding. It will help you jot down all the points category-wise and help you tick off. From the guest list to the food menu, your finances to all pre-wedding functions, list down everything in it so that you don’t miss out on anything important. Some apps provide a wedding planning checklist too to make things easier for you.
3. Finalize your Budget
Your wedding budget will be the driving factor for many of your wedding-related decisions, so this should be one of the first things you tackle. Be prepared for a reality check when it comes to actually budgeting for your wedding day as many couples don’t realize the full scope of costs involved. Once you’ve got that magic number, stick to it!
Prepare a budget and then make a priority list. You need to prioritize where you need to spend more, what needs to be controlled, etc. Do you want to spend more on the wedding ceremony or have a hefty honeymoon?
4. What Kind of Wedding do you Want?
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Sit down with your partner and determine what are the most important aspects of your wedding will be. Is it the venue, theme, day wedding-evening wedding, live band or a DJ, indoor venue, outdoor venue, multiple events with small budgets, or a single grand event? Prioritize those details and be willing to compromise on some if needed. This will help you stay within your budget and help you focus your efforts on what really counts.
5. Book your Venue in Advance
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Don’t do the mistake of making last-minute reservations. We recommended you book the venue as soon as the date is fixed. Not only will last moment bookings be heavy on your pocket but you might also miss your chance to get married at your dream venue.
6. Save Money on Photographer
To save your money, don’t go for someone who has huge Insta followership, or has covered celebrity weddings, they are bound to charge heftily. Do a bit more research and give a chance to new, emerging talent who might not have a huge Insta followership, but they are great at their work and the vibe matches with what you are looking for.
7. Opt for Weekdays, Rather than Weekends
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Try keeping the function on a weekday as weekends see a lot of demand and hence the prices push up.
8. Opt for a Day Wedding
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It will not only save the cost of electricity but the daytime decor with ribbons, curtains, flowers of your choice will bring out the best photos.
You can also take inspiration from Instagram, Pinterest, Youtube, and DIY decor for home events like Haldi, Mehndi, Choora ceremony, etc.
9. Go Environment Friendly
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Try going for e-cards or cards made of organic paper. You can also give your guests something that would make our mother nature happy like Plant saplings, Jute bags, Hand-painted earthen lamps, or organic fruit baskets made of cane/ bamboo. These environment-friendly return gift ideas are a beautiful way of showing how thoughtful you are.
10. Divide your Events Into Outdoor and Indoor
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After you have decided on what all pre and post ceremonies you are going to host, try to divide them into indoor and outdoor categories. If possible, make arrangements for some of your ceremonies outdoors while for others indoors. It will bring versatility and break the monotony in your arrangements.
11. Make Sure you are Following the Covid-19 Guidelines
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Make sure you are taking all the precautions and safety measures for your wedding.
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From keeping sanitizer stations to mask baskets and hiring vaccinated vendors, everything needs to be taken care of. If possible, try and convince your relatives to be fully vaccinated if they are not yet, just for the safety of all of you.
12. Hire a Wedding Planner
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Gone are the days when you had to plan everything on your own. From figuring out the wedding theme to welcoming the guests and taking care of the smallest things. Now wedding planners have taken the game and they make sure that you only enjoy your wedding celebrations and don't stress about anything else. Just sit back, take a drink, dance, and relax! They will do everything the way you want and that too, in your budget.
13. Go for Collective Wedding Functions
If your families are comfortable, try going for common functions. Sharing the cost of functions can help arrange a grand ceremony with the same amount of money.
14. Don’t Plan More Than Two Functions a Day
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Two events per day are more than enough. If you have rituals that might wind up in a very short time and are not too tiring, you can go for three, but don’t over-exhaust yourself and your guests with a never-ending list of events.
15. Keep Adequate Time Intervals Between Ceremonies
No matter how much we plan, events usually take longer to finish than we anticipate. In a large informal gathering of people, sticking to a schedule sometimes becomes tricky. We recommend you to keep proper time gaps between the events and not keep one after the other.
16. Let Others Help
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Planning and managing a wedding is a huge responsibility. If you are doing it without a planner, you need to divide and delegate different tasks amongst your family and friends. Handling the event single-handedly or with just 2 people is quite a task and it may even burden you with a lot of work and no fun at your own wedding.
17. Take Rest Whenever Possible
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With continuous ceremonies and lots of work, it's normal to get tired, which is why we recommend you to take a rest in between the events or whenever possible. It's needed for you to look fresh and full of energy on your big day!
18. Opt for a Comfortable Outfit
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A dream wedding is incomplete without a dream outfit. We all want to wear the most perfect, most trendy, and the most talked-about outfit on our wedding day, but compromising on comfort is not a wise idea. Try to choose an outfit that is both classy and comfortable as you will be spending at least 10 hours in that outfit and smiling throughout the ceremony because you don't want your photos to go bad, right?
19. Make Sure your Outfit is Ready on Time
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Get your wedding dress made at least three weeks before the wedding so that you have enough time for final alterations or modifications if needed. Not only that, make sure your accessories, shoes, everything matching to the dress is ready before time.
20. Rent Out or Resell your Wedding Outfit
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If you feel spending lakhs on a dress that you would wear only once in a lifetime is not worth it, get a dress on rent.
Renting has never been easier than now because of many online websites like Lukh Studio and many others helping you rent your wedding outfit or even resell the one you bought for your wedding and need no longer.
21. Choose your Outfit Before Jewelry
We know, this has been said a million times before and will be said a milling times after - never pick your jewelry before your outfit!
No matter how pretty or awestruck you get after seeing that necklace or earrings in the store, if they don’t match your outfit it will be of no use and you would not want to spoil your bridal look, right?
22. Zero Cost Pre Wedding Shoot
Pre Wedding Shoots have now become an inevitable part of your wedding. If you want to have a shoot but don’t want to spend any extra penny, here’s a quick hack. Ask one of your friends or cousin to be your cameraman for a day. Borrow a DSLR or high-quality camera phone, choose a nice place such as a park, heritage forts, or a lake nearby. It will help you save a lot of money that you can later use for your shopping, honeymoon, or use after the wedding.
23. Power Back-Up Arrangement
While making Venue bookings, always enquire about power backup arrangements. You wouldn’t want to have a blackout on your brightest day.
24. Organize Day Games
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If you are planning to have a destination wedding with event planners looking at your arrangements, you might have some extra time for fun. Of course, a destination wedding won’t end in a day and you are likely to stay at the resort for a couple of days. During your free time, engage your guests with some interesting games such as volleyball, cricket, etc to have a mini family picnic experience on the lawns.
25. Team Bride v/s Team Groom Dance Face-off
Having common functions will cut your costs by half and multiply your fun. It will help in more interaction between families. You can also have Team Bride v/s Team Groom face-offs for added fun.
26. Arrangement for Kids
Don’t forget about your little friends and guests. Make a small arrangement to keep them busy and happy with some kid’s activity, swings, or game. Keep a place for them so that both children and their parents can enjoy themselves.
27. Diverse Food Menu
Try to keep a food menu that has a little diversity. Unless it’s your staple food and all your relatives belong to the same area, don’t keep a single cuisine. Also don’t choose the entire menu based on a single person’s choice, after all, it’s a feast for all and not one.
28. Eco-friendly Cutlery
What’s better than having a wedding that isn’t just pocket-friendly but also environment-friendly. Switch from your traditional or plastic plates to eco-friendly cutlery for your wedding ceremonies.
29. Minimize Food Wastage and Use it for a Good Cause
Weddings account for a lot of food wastage. If possible, contact an NGO to collect the leftovers after the event or talk to the hotel management to pack the leftovers and distribute them amongst the needy instead of dumping them.
30. Treat for Pets as Well
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If you have a pet or your relatives are planning to bring one. Ask them about it so that you have a small food arrangement for them as well. Arranging it at the last moment can be a bit difficult.
31. Don’t Go Empty Stomach
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The wedding ceremony will take longer than you imagined. So just before you begin the ceremony, get something to eat and drink. Maybe a nutritious snack or a small meal.
32. Go for a Spa
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A wedding is not only full of surprises, laughter, fun, dancing but also full of nervousness and jitters. We recommend you to take some time off the planning and go for a spa before the big day to relax. You can choose to go alone, with your partner or with your friends. It will help you ease out and will also make your skin glow.
33. Make Timely Bookings for your Honeymoon
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If you plan to go on your honeymoon right after the wedding, make sure you book your flights and stay in advance. Doing it last minute won't only increase your budget but will also disturb your time off as you won't have much time to plan your itinerary.
We hope you find these tips helpful. We would love to see you have the best wedding with lots of fun, laughter, and memories that you can treasure for a lifetime.
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Written By: Neha Garg Ahuja