Have you started planning your wedding? Do you know what it will cost? Have you made a list of possible wedding vendors? Knowing how excited you are about the big day, you have probably already started a master list to keep up with the planning details and costs. Although you might feel like you have everything covered, there is a chance that you might have missed a few details. For example, have you given any thought to planning the rehearsal dinner, booking overnight accommodations for out-of-town guests, or feeding your bridal party while they get ready for your wedding? What about ‘bigger picture’ details such as setting your overall budget, choosing a venue, or hiring a wedding planner? Planning a wedding can be somewhat daunting at first, but with the following planning tips, you should be on your way to becoming a very happy and well-prepared bride.
- Wedding Budget: The first priority.
Before you start planning anything else, you need to take time to discuss what type of wedding you can afford (preferably with your soon-to-be-husband). Setting a price range makes wedding planning easier since you know what extras to rule out from the very beginning. If your budget is about $5,000, you should not spend time looking for a luxurious 20-bedroom mansion to rent for your wedding party and important guests. A budget will not only provide you with a narrowed focus and simpler planning, but it will also help you refrain from unnecessary spending.
2. Vendors: Know that you have options
When it comes time to choosing photographers, deejays, cake bakers, florists, and ceremony officiants, you have a wide range of vendor possibilities. Venue facilities usually provide the bride and groom with a recommended vendor list.
These suggested vendors have typically worked with the venue before and can be trusted to show up on time and provide quality service. Although the recommended vendor list is a great start, you should not feel pressured to hire any or all of the suggested service providers. As the bride, groom, or wedding planner, you have the power to compare and ultimately choose the vendors that are the best fit for your wedding day. Lastly, ensure that your vendors are professional, timely, and trustworthy from the beginning to avoid future disappointments or frustration.
- Venue: Remember to ask questions.
When you are on the hunt for a wedding venue, it is easy to get caught up in the moment and begin fantasizing about the wedding colors, table arrangements, or even the pretty sparkling chandeliers that decorate the ceiling. However, it is very important to remember to ask the following questions:
- How many guests can the space accommodate?
- Is the venue handicap accessible?
- How many restrooms are available?
For additional information about wedding venues, you can read “Your Wedding Location: Important Questions To Ask When Evaluating Venues”.
4. Details: Do not forget them!
Preparing a budget, booking a venue, and choosing the vendors are important decisions in the wedding planning process. However, planning your dream wedding also involves many smaller decisions and details that can be easily overlooked. Don’t be caught by surprise! Here is a list of details to keep in mind when planning your wedding day.
- Create a day-of-wedding itinerary
- Make a guest list
- Order invitations
- Collect R.S.V.P’s
- Order lunch for yourself and the bridal party
- Plan accordingly for out-of-town guests
- Make a list of all vendors’ contact information (phone number, address, etc.)
- Read your contracts
- Prepare for rain and seasonal weather
- Have extra cash, just in case
- Prepare an emergency bridal kit in advance (hair pins, needle and thread, tape, etc.)
- Create a song playlist for the deejay
- Talk to your photographer before the wedding day and let him know what important people, things, or moments to photograph
Your wedding day is one of the most meaningful and memorable days of your life. Remember to plan carefully, start with plenty of time, have fun, be resourceful, creative, and imaginative along the way!
About Roof Garden
The Roof Garden is a charming, vintage wedding venue and sophisticated corporate/private event facility located in the heart of The Strand overlooking Galveston’s Historic National Landmark District. Our elegant, signature Galveston architecture creates a warm, inviting atmosphere your guests are sure to enjoy. Learn more about our venue and view facility photos to understand the true essence of the Roof Garden.