How To Plan Your Wedding With Ease And Style

How To Plan Your Wedding With Ease And Style

When it comes to planning a wedding, there are two ways to go: hire a wedding planner, or do it yourself. Both of these have their pros and cons and which one works best for you will depend on three main factors – the amount of time you have on your hands, your budget and whether or not you like to organize events.

If Hiring A Wedding Planner … Understand that planners are professionals who sell their services. Expect to pay fees that match the planners’ skills, experience and duties for the wedding. Ask friends, coworkers, family, and pastors or religious leaders for suggestions of professional wedding planners. Check out the websites of recommended planners and choose two or three prospects that seem promising, especially those that offer free consultations. Then set up appointments to discuss needs, services and fees. It is a good idea for both of you to be present at the meeting so you cover all bases. Mariage Evy & Alex

When meeting a planner, take note of how well prepared he or she is, such as whether they bring a portfolio or brochure describing services and fees. Many planners will meet couples at their home, since wedding planning lends itself to being a good home-based business. Alternatively you could meet with the planners at your home or office.

Watch for clues that the planner respects the couple and handles details well. The best wedding planners use forms during a consultation that list standard services and fees along with space to write the prospective clients’ name, address, phone number and discussion notes. Each party should get a copy of this interview form. Ask lots of questions, including about references.

Reputable planners are glad to provide references; if the planner seems reluctant to do so, cross him or her off the prospect list.

If Going It On Your Own … Wise couples understand they can’t do everything themselves. Ask for help from family and close friends, especially those invited to be part of the wedding party. Ask friends and family to be wedding attendants. Their primary job is to help get ready for the big day, and there are plenty of jobs to go around. You’ll be glad to have someone to help. Research free wedding planning forms available online and choose one that works best. A checklist helps keep track of tasks. Decide together what style of wedding you want. Use websites and bridal magazines to aid the discussion. Choosing the wedding style will determine both, the budget as well as details such as decorations and bridal outfits. Set a budget. Wedding websites often feature budget worksheets created by bridal planners, which keep a couple form missing important details. Couples can use the proposed budget to decide how much to save for the wedding or as a plan for asking both sets of parents for financial assistance. In general, it’s smart to avoid going into debt for a wedding, because heavy debt can stress a newlywed couple to a breaking point.