Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life, but that doesn’t mean planning for it has to be the most stressful too. We’re here to help you make sure your big day goes as smoothly as possible. Not sure where to start? Follow our simple wedding planning guide below to kick off your planning process as you count down the days to marrying the love of your life.
Work Your Way Backwards
Whether you want to feel like a princess or keep things low key, wedding receptions are often the most challenging part of a wedding to plan. Most of the expenses are for the reception, it usually requires more decision making than the ceremony, and many vendors, venues, and service providers must be booked fairly far in advance. Once you have a date set in stone, decide what is most important to you for your reception, so you can make sure your priorities for the big party are met first.
Depending on your budget or the kind of scale you want for your wedding, you’ll need to consider reception venues that will match your desired atmosphere. For a low budget wedding, a venue that doesn’t allow you to cut your cake and charges for each slice they cut is probably not a good fit. On the other hand, if you would rather pay one vendor for as many details as possible, look for a venue that provides catering options, a DJ, and a day of wedding coordinator.
Doing Double Duty
One of the best ways to make your wedding more cost-effective, or just easier on you and your guests, is to have your ceremony and reception at the same venue. If you want two different looks or settings for the ceremony and reception, do an online search for indoor/outdoor wedding venues near me. An indoor and outdoor venue provides two distinct settings with one cost and a much simpler planning process for you. These types of venues often provide a variety of photographic opportunities that give you the chance to boost your wedding photo album with more backgrounds and poses without having to travel anywhere else or pay for extra hours with your photographer.
You can take this multitasking one step further by choosing a venue with a bridal or honeymoon suite. If you choose a hotel, resort, inn, or bed & breakfast for your venue, you and your new spouse can enjoy a blissful wedding night without worrying about who will pack the car, who should stay sober enough to drive, or renting a getaway car in the first place. These types of venues often offer a room for the happy couple as part of a wedding day package.
Organize Your Budget by Priority
The budget is often what couples are worried about when it comes to wedding planning. If you have a very specific amount of money to work with, you must keep that number in mind throughout the entire planning process. That’s why it’s wise to determine what you’re most willing to splurge on and what expenses must stay within a specific range. Every couple’s priority list will look different.
For a more intimate wedding with only your closest family and friends, you may have more leeway to hire the photographer you adore. If it’s more important to include a lot of people, make sure your budget plans account for a larger dinner expense. If you know from the start what is most important to you, using your budget well will be far easier.
Whether you want your wedding to be big or small, indoor or outdoor, swanky, or simple, there are plenty of options for ceremonies & receptions at General Morgan Inn. Contact us today for more information on how we can make your wedding day absolutely perfect.