When planning your wedding, there are things that are nice to know, and there are things you need to know – tips so essential to any bride who is lucky enough to hear it: “I’m so happy someone tells me that! If you are wondering if there is something you missed (or even if you have everything under control), check out our essential planning secrets below.
Guests Come First
Enter the approximate number of guests you invite before you settle on a site. This will ensure sufficient space for your crew. As a general rule, expect between 25 and 30 square feet per guest. This may seem like a lot, but it really is not the case if you count the space you will need for the tables, the animated waiters, the group and a dance floor.
Investigate Wedding Blackout Dates
Know in advance if your wedding date falls on the same day as a commercial conference, a charity walk, or any other local event that could affect the traffic and availability of hotel rooms. Here’s a handy list of potentially problematic wedding dates coming up in the calendar.
Listen to Mother Nature
Consider time and other potential troubles. Guests have been known to escape earlier from warmer than hot summer tent marriages and improperly heated winter loft receptions. Bed bugs (midges, deer flies, and mosquitoes) also swarm in some areas during certain seasons. Consider renting pest control tanks to alleviate the problem or insert an insect repellent into customers’ gift bags. And if you want a ceremony at sunset, make sure you know when to pronounce your wishes by checking out Ieventexpert.com. Oh, and always have a plan B for unexpected weather snafus.
Check Your Credit
Enjoy the high cost of weddings and sign up for a credit card with a rewards program. Whether it’s air miles or bargains, consolidating all the wedding-related purchases on this card will help you earn thousands of reward points (which could be used for your honeymoon).
Pay It Forward
Let one provider lead you to another. Your wedding photographer can tell you which flowers are really blooming and your receptionist needs to know which group is regularly packing the dance floor.
Lighten Your List
The best way to reduce your wedding budget? Cut your guest list. Remember, half of your wedding expenses go to wining and eating your guests. If it costs you Rs 200 per person, eliminating a table of 10 can save you RS 2000.
Ask and You Might Receive
Ask the cocktails or your group for an extra hour so that looks like you before signing on the dotted line. Most sellers would prefer to secure the booking that nickel-and-dimes you early (which could distract you from them). Later, however, they may be less likely to meet you halfway.
Make a Meal Plan
Another unexpected expense? Feed your wedding day team. Before signing contracts, make sure you do not have to serve the same meal to your suppliers that customers will receive. Otherwise, you could pay 20 extra lobster tails. Choose a cheaper meal (but just as rich). You will have to let your wedding caterer know a few days before the wedding exactly how many providers you need to feed (do not forget the photography assistants and band roadies) and what you want them to serve.
Leave Some Room in Your Wallet
Your wedding budget must follow this formula: 48 to 50% of the total budget at the reception; 8 to 10 percent for flowers; 8 to 10% for clothing; 8 to 10% for entertainment / music; 10 to 12% for photos / videos; 2-3 percent for invitations; 2 to 3 percent for gifts; and 8% for miscellaneous items, such as a wedding coordinator. It is essential to allocate 5% to 10% of your money for unforeseen expenses such as printing additional invitations due to mistakes, additional sewing needs, umbrellas for a rainy day and ribbons for wedding programs.
Learn About Marriage Licenses
You can check your state’s license terms online but confirm by calling the county clerk’s office to find out when they are open. Although they are open from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, they can issue marriage licenses only during slower periods, say Friday from 2:00 pm. at 3 pm Give a copy of your marriage license to your mom or bridesmaid (just in case you lose yours during the last days before your wedding).
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