Now that weddings are back on again, I can’t think of a better place to start than at the All Dressed in White Bridal Show at the Sheraton Vancouver Guilford Hotel on Sunday April 10th, 2022. Love U Designs will be there help you find the perfect bridesmaid dress for your special day.
Now that the engagement is confirmed, it’s time to plan for your wedding day. This doesn’t mean the planning has to be a stressful time though!
In this blog I’m going to share with you 7 key tips on how to start planning for your 2022 wedding (or 2023, if that’s what you’re going for) so that your special day goes off without a hitch.
#1 Why now is the best time to be planning your wedding.
Weddings don’t happen overnight. There is always time spent planning and re-planning (typically months). Without the ability mingle and party during the pandemic many of us closed the planning book while we waited for restrictions to be lifted.
Well, restriction have been lifted and now is the time to get your pencils out and restart your planning. Step 1 in your plan is to attend the All Dressed in White Bridal Show on Sunday April 10th, 2022. It’s the perfect opportunity for you to fill in the holes in your planner and get the excitement going again.
#2 Be flexible with booking the venue
Some venues have different requirements when it comes to booking for a wedding. Don’t be disappointed if it turns out they’re fully booked or you can’t get the date you really wanted. Some are booked years in advance! It depends on how popular of a wedding spot the venue is.
If you really can’t wait to tie the knot, there’s nothing wrong with looking at smaller venues or locations. There are wineries, parks, beaches galore…sometimes even the backyard of a home can be spacious enough!
Regardless, and especially because we can now book weddings, my advice is to start early! Don’t forget to take your list of requirements and your wish list with you.
#3 Check social media
Pinterest is wedding central when it comes to finding decorations, food, and crafty DIY ideas. There are some amazing and creative ideas to give your wedding an extra sense of sparkle and delight. The two of you should look at this together (after all, it’s your love’s big day too!). Make a board and put the ideas you two like the most, so you can refer to them later. Be sure to share this list with anyone else who is helping you to plan, such as your maid/matron of honour, your parents and/or in-laws, etc.
#4 Start your guest list
Before you go all out with planning for things like decorations and cake, start jotting down your guest list as early as possible. Anyone you can think of who you would love to come and celebrate your big day with you, possible bridesmaids—be sure to include the photographer, venue staff etc. (hey, they need to eat too!).
You should also discuss with your betrothed whether you two want your wedding to be family-friendly (i.e. kids can attend) or if you want an adults-only wedding. This kind of decision is crucial when forming your guest list (though really, the final decision is all up to you two).
Once you have all of your ideas for guests written down, pare it down based on your budget (more on that below) and based on who you really want to see celebrate the day with you—not just fair-weather acquaintances or people you haven’t spoken to in over a year (that includes family).
#5 Don’t forget to budget
Nobody enjoys this step (and I mean nobody). However, you do have to make sure you’re not going overboard with the costs. Taking this simple step at the outset will help you to define your priorities and ultimately your budget. For example, ask yourself these questions:
- How much do to want to pay for the bridesmaid dresses (if you’re looking for your bridal party’s sake)?
- How many hours do you want to hire for a photographer?
- Are you prepared on balancing a large guest list with cost per plate?
Use this soup starter to get you in a budgeting frame of mind. The more you budget the costs, the less stressful your big day will turn out to be. Sometimes a smaller budget can end up forming a very creative wedding in the process!
#6 Instill some of your own traditions
Everyone has their own special tradition and way of saying ‘I love you’ even after the wedding bells have rung! Just because you’re getting married doesn’t mean you should forget about those fun little quirks you discovered during date one, or that favourite book or movie you two have in common. Weddings can be a fun way to take some of the traditions you two love, such as a meal or a season or quotes from a movie and instill some of that fun into your upcoming big day.
#7 Have some fun with it!
Once you’ve pegged down the bigger details and confirmed dates, it’s time to relax and enjoy the planning process. After all, the day is about tying the knot with the love of your life–a day you’ve probably been dreaming of for a very long time. You should cherish every moment of it.
You don’t have to do it alone. Now that weddings are back on, the wedding calendar will be full of trade shows and expos all devoted to making your wedding a day to remember. Join Love U Designs at any one of these trade shows to discover the perfect convertible dress with colours, style, and fit for any size, shape, or budget.
See you there.