There are many tricks of the trade, but any good wedding planner will tell you the same thing. The secret to easy wedding planning is simple. It’s organization. If you are organized and complete tasks in a timely fashion you won’t stumble upon any snafu that you can’t handle. While nothing could really ruin the day on which you marry the love of your life, it never hurts to heed some professional advice.
Follow these wedding planning secrets for worry-free planning:
- Have your save the dates, wedding invitations and thank you cards all purchased ahead of time. Purchasing them at once will also ensure that they match your preferred theme. Having these logistics done and on hand will give you one less thing to fret about as the days tick away. It is also a good idea to make multiple address labels as you are assembling the guest list. This will save time so you won’t have to go back to the printer when it comes time to mail each item.
- Remember what is most important. During the chaos of wedding planning, the disagreements regarding who to invite or what types of dishes to serve, remember why you are planning this celebration. You are sharing the union of your love with your friends and family, so don’t let the stress get to you.
- Stay on budget. It is easy to make an exception and go over budget in a few areas, but those costs will quickly add up, and they can set you much further over than you had expected. You certainly don’t want to start the next chapter of your life buried in new credit card debt. Create a budget early on and find one area where you want to splurge – be it flowers, alcohol or the dress – and be modest everywhere else.
- Prepare for all possibilities. If you have an outdoor venue, have a backup location. Have a fashion emergency kit nearby, and if you do not have assigned seating, then be sure to have seating for more people than the number of guests (there are sure to be some empty spots).
- Create some buffer time. Tell the wedding party to be ready for photos, hair appointments, or the ceremony 15 to 20 minutes before they really need to be. Just don’t let it slip that it isn’t the real time.
With a few easy wedding planning secrets, you will breeze through the planning process like a pro.
Throwing a shower may fill you with warm anticipation for the arrival of a precious baby boy or girl, but the anticipation for the shower itself may not be as sweet. Planning a baby shower can be stressful and very time-consuming. But the arrival of a child is one of life’s most monumental events, so throwing a party that reflects that excitement is important to many people. The secret to having a baby shower go off without a hitch is in the planning. If you plan well, you will be able to enjoy the festivities without a worry in the world.
Start by creating a theme that fits the mother-to-be and her baby-to-be. With a theme set, you will be able to narrow your field of vision and focus on the details. From there you will be able to better choose other elements, such as:
- Cute invitations – The baby shower invitations set the tone for the event before guests ever step foot through the door. The perfect invitation reflects the theme and tells guests what to expect from the day. To make it easy on the mom-to-be, you may want to order matching thank you cards for the gifts.
- Simple decorations – Don’t go too over the top for a baby shower. Decorations are typically clean and simple. Remember the theme when choosing elements so that they will work together, and then integrate them into party like with the cake or flowers.
- Alternative seating – If you will be hosting the party at your home, be sure that you have extra room for guests. Chances are you won’t have 12 extra chairs just sitting around your home, so make do with cushions, ottomans and stools for guests to sit on if need be.
- Tasty food – Take note of any dietary restrictions that guests may have, such as food allergies or other preferences. Be sure to offer a wide selection of dishes and drinks along with something that the mom-to-be has been craving throughout her pregnancy (for a more personal touch). Showers typically feature light appetizers and finger foods.
- Activities and games – Showers should be light-hearted and fun. Choose games that are simple and good for a laugh. Have each guest bring in one of their own baby photos for display, and then invite the guests to try to match the photo with the person.
If you plan ahead in regards to the major parts of the shower, the day of will go smoothly and the mother-to-be will be grateful that you were the one to organize her special celebration.
After you have walked down the aisle and the celebration is over, there is one last element that you have to plan for: the thank you cards. You have to let your guests know that you are grateful they were able to share the momentous occasion with you, and a personal touch on a thank you card makes it mean so much more. With all of the photos you will take on your wedding day, you are sure to find one that will fit perfectly on a thank you card. If you are a planner, you may even decide to shoot a special photo that will grace the front of your thank you cards.
If you are planning the photo ahead of time, you may want to incorporate props or signs to hold up that say “thank you.” Chalk boards with elegant script, a garland of letters or a picture frame with poster board all are great props for the newlyweds to showcase in their photos. While you can always add text to your photos during the card customization process, using props or signs gives your cards a unique element that stands out and shows guests you were thinking about each and every one of them on your special day.
Speak with your photographer before the big day even if you don’t plan on using props. Let him or her know that you want to use photos for your thank you card and, even if you don’t have a master plan, the photographer will be able to keep an eye out for special moments that would be perfect for the cards. If you can’t decide on just one photo, create a photo series that shows the joy and excitement of the day. Use your favorite shots from the ceremony, reception or the getaway car to tell the story of your big day.
You don’t have to recreate the day, however. Have an artsy shot from the wedding that you both absolutely fell in love with? Share it with everyone by using it on the thank you cards. Cards don’t have to be adorned by shots of the newlyweds kissing or smiling. Use an artistic shot for a classic thank you that is intriguing and unique. Whatever images resonate with you should be the ones you choose to share with your friends and family. Finding a style and design that pairs well with your photo will be a breeze with the numerous options from Pear Tree.