So you’ve decided to plan your wedding yourself. The DIY approach to wedding planning is fun, but there’s a lot of work involved. You might not know where to begin, so this article will help you break down the five most important tasks you should take care of first.
Prioritizing these wedding tasks will help you free up your schedule and cut back stress so you can enjoy the wedding planning process as much as possible. This is an exciting period of your life, and planning shouldn’t feel like a chore. Check out these tasks and start working on them ASAP to enjoy your engagement as much as possible.
Choose a Venue
Planning becomes so much easier once you decide on a wedding location. Instead of having to guess where everything will go, a definitive venue allows you to visualize your entire ceremony and reception. Decorating and seating, for example, become much simpler to plan when you have a physical space to work with. Furthermore, many popular locations book weddings years in advance. Searching for and booking your location as soon as possible will help you get a good idea of what your planning timeline, theme, and colors should be.
Make a Timeline
Project management isn’t just for business; making a timeline that breaks down your wedding planning into easily definable goals will help reduce stress and ensure nothing gets overlooked.
Understand what you can and can’t do on your own, such as making a cake or designing floral arrangements. It’s best to come up with this list as early as possible so you can assign tasks to your family and friends.
Some people struggle to integrate planning into their daily lives, so a timetable can help each volunteer identify their specific tasks and tend to their duties without feeling overwhelmed.
Decide on the Decorations
Pick a theme and stick with it. Coming up with a wedding color scheme early in the planning process will allow you to locate decorations and materials much more easily. You can even specify which types of fabrics and upholstery you want to use such as silk or lace.
Check out Pinterest for plenty of wedding DIY tutorials that are both affordable and fun. You can integrate these activities into your wedding parties and weekend planning get-togethers. However, be realistic. If you dedicate the greater portion of your time to work, volunteering, or something else, a lot of DIY décor might not be in your best interest.
Find a Dress
Many brides spend months searching for the perfect dress. While going through fittings makes you feel like a fairy tale princess at first, it quickly becomes frustrating when none of the gowns feel like “The One.”
Start looking as early as possible, but do some preparation before you head to any dress boutiques. Look up wedding dress styles online and make a list of what you like and dislike. Print out some photos and bring them with you when you go shopping. This will make the process much easier and help the store associate match you with dresses that suit your taste. Additionally, keep your venue, theme, and color scheme in mind. If you care about having a cohesive look, you should keep the feel through out every detail—even the dress.
Pick Wedding Favors
Your DIY wedding favors might tie into your theme, or they could just be something unique and original that you happened to love. Give yourself time to research different wedding favors online. Consider your guests and what they’d enjoy. While it is your wedding, favors are meant as a token of appreciation and extended celebration of your love. A good DIY wedding favor will save you money, be fun and simple to make, and provide some sort of value to your guests.
Set aside a few hours each week for planning. Don’t let it consume your life or distract from the bigger picture. Your engagement should be fun; spend time together without talking about wedding details. Bask in each other’s company, and if you can, book a pre-wedding weekend getaway.
It’s important to remember that your wedding represents your relationship, so it shouldn’t distract from the love you share. Take this time as an opportunity to remind yourself why you’ve chosen to commit your life to your partner, and make sure gratitude and love underscore every task.
About the author:
Dixie Somers is a freelance writer and blogger for business, home, and family niches. Dixie lives in Phoenix, Arizona, and is the proud mother of three beautiful girls and wife to a wonderful husband.