As we slowly begin to emerge from the pandemic, sales in engagement rings are spiking and many hopeful couples are looking forward to walking down the aisle after their previous efforts were thwarted by Covid. If you’re among those couples looking to tie the knot in 2022, you’re likely to be brimming with excitement at the prospect of finally saying “I do”.
However, as thrilling as getting married may be, planning a wedding can be exhausting, stressful, and extremely intense. From identifying your “must-haves” and your “nice-to-haves” to keeping an eye on your finances, there’s plenty to do from the minute you start organising the event.
Here, we outline some tips to help you prepare for your wedding with minimal stress and fuss so you can enjoy every second of your special day.
Identify your needs
You may have been dreaming of your wedding day for some time and have built up an image of everything you want to include. However, you’re likely to find you can’t afford to have everything you want.
Make a list of everything you want to have, wear, eat or do on the day, then go through it together with your partner and determine which things are “must-haves” and which are “nice-to-haves”. This will help you prioritise what you really need, so you can choose a few of your “nice-to-haves” to include too.
Create a budget
Weddings can be extremely expensive and it’s easy to get carried away and spend more than you can afford when planning the big day. A budget will help keep your purchases in check and make it easier to determine whether you can afford the live band and the decadent four-tier naked cake you’ve had your eye on. Remember, no matter how much you choose to spend, ensure you can cope financially to avoid stress that could spoil your nuptials.
Create a theme
If you want your wedding to stand out from the crowd of countless others that your guests are bound to attend, a theme is a great way to make a lasting impact. Choose something fun that means something to you and your partner.
Kick things off by sending out themed invitations and ensure they state the dress code or the need for a costume if you want your guests to dress up. To keep costs down, design your own electronic invitations using a tool like Canva.