7 Tips to Planning the Perfect Wedding

7 Tips to Planning the Perfect Wedding

Having a wedding is a dream come true. From the dress to the flowers to the venue, most women have been dreaming about their big day since long before they met Mr. Right.

However, when it comes to making that dream a reality, it can be a little more difficult than the bride had anticipated. There are so many choices to be made and every little detail goes into making that perfect night, well, perfect.

When it comes right down to it, wedding planning can be a monumental undertaking, but a very rewarding one.

Here are seven tips that will help you plan the perfect wedding.

First stop, Gmail!

Or any other email provider of your choosing.

Creating a specific email account for all things that have to do with the wedding can save you a lot of stress down the road. No longer will you have to worry about what email address you had that order confirmation sent to six months ago.

This is an especially good idea if you have family and friends helping with the planning. An email account like Gmail allows for multiple people to log into the account, so you'll be able to keep everything in one place.

Gmail, in particular, seems to be a popular option with brides because of how easy it is to create a file and organization system and link to your calendar and other apps. 

And if you're thinking about going without, keep in mind that those emails don't stop coming when you say "I do." Brides have been known to receive promotional emails from their caterer, venue, and other services years after the wedding has taken place. 

Invest in a return address stamp

Think about it for a second. Just how many different things are you going to be mailing out? Engagement announcements? Engagement party invitation? Bridal shower invitations? Wedding invitations? Thank you notes? 

That can add up to a whole lot of writing.

Aside from saving you (or the maid of honor) from carpal tunnel, these stamps can be customized to fit any theme and add an elegant touch.

Avoid dinner dilemmas 

Typically one of two approaches is taken for dinner at a wedding. Either everyone chooses between two mass prepared dinner options or guests shuffle through a buffet line of lukewarm food.

So get creative when it comes to catering.

Hire a few local food trucks to come for an hour or two for a flat rate. Give them an estimate of how many meals they can be expected to prepare and then find a price you are both comfortable with.

This way your guests can choose what they want to eat and still don't have to pay for their own meals.

This can also add a lot of personality to a wedding. If the bride and groom have a favorite food truck, be sure they're on the list!

And there are such variety in food trucks, so why limit yourself to dinner? See if you can get an ice cream truck or a dessert food truck to stop by for a bit after dinner.

Let them eat cake

But maybe not the whole cake. A wedding cake can cost upwards of $500, more in places like New York or California. 

Bakers tend to overestimate how large of pieces you'll be serving the day of, so a cake meant for 200 might really serve closer to 225.

Plus, some of your guests will be lost on the dance floor or will have already taken the tiny tots home for the night.

A safe estimate is to order a cake for 15% fewer guests than you anticipate.

Beef up the kids' table

Speaking of the tiny tots... 

Everyone wants to have a good time at your wedding, including parents and their little kiddos. Give the kids something to keep them occupied and free up mom and dad to hit the dance floor.

A craft table is a great solution and can be prepped almost entirely ahead of time so that the kids need minimal supervision.

Opt for crafts that don't require glue or scissors and let the kids have at it.

A few mess free ideas include coloring pages with colored pencils and crayons, instead of potentially stain creating markers or origami paper and instructions for making origami hearts.

You can also set out puzzles of different levels and let the kids have at it. 

Reduce, reuse, recycle 

Do you know anyone else who is getting married around the same time as you? See if there are any pieces of decor that can be used in both your weddings and split the cost.

You can also have some of your decorations double as your wedding favors. Again, you save a little bit of money and you don't have 200 votive candles that you have to figure out what you're going to do with.

Avoid a wardrobe malfunction 

Everyone know how important the dress is on the wedding day and it's every bride's nightmare that something might go wrong. You can avoid a lot of wardrobe mishaps just by planning ahead.

Break in your shoes before the big day. This rule isn't just for the bride. This goes for the bridesmaids, groomsmen, flower girl, and anyone else who is going to be wearing a new pair of shoes.

It is best to wear new shoes around the house for a few hours a day in the weeks leading up to the wedding so any blisters have time to heal and the shoes have time to conform to their foot. You can also try some of these ideas to break in new shoes.

While you're breaking in your shoes, be sure to pay attention to whether or not they slip when walking. Formal shoes often do not have great grip.

Try using sandpaper to rough up the bottom of the shoes to give them better grip.

And as long as we're still on the subject of shoes, make sure the bridesmaids have Solemates to keep their heels from sinking in the grass during an outdoor wedding.

 

Keep an eye on the weather forecast too if the wedding or reception are outdoors. If it might be windy, invest in some veil weights so the bride isn't fighting to keep her veil where it should be.

Planning a wedding can be stressful, but if you follow these seven tips, you will be well on your way to the day of your dreams.