In this article, we will share with you some checklists to help couples to-be keep a tab on their wedding planning. It is advisable to plan your wedding at least 12month ahead of time to allow room for research and investigations for a memorable day.
Remember it’s your big day and therefore, about the two of you. Both must work together, anything you are uncomfortable with, don’t add it. It’s about joining the two of you in holy matrimony and not a show of extravagance, but if you can afford some extras, why not?
BUDGET: Let’s talk about the wedding budget. Planning your wedding isn’t supposed to be a competition or do or die affair, but as we mentioned earlier if you can afford then why not?
How much should the wedding cost? How much are we willing to spend on our dream wedding? Consider your earnings and who is helping with what, with these in mind, set a budget.
Remember, the budget you set will drive all your wedding-related decision, so take into consideration your vision for the wedding and also your guest list.
THEME: Picking up a wedding theme can be one of the hardest things to do especially for women. Whether it’s a specific colors you want or style inspiration, romantic setup or traditional, once you have a concept in mind, it makes it a lot easier to make a design decision.
Here are a few trending color theme in Ghana now:
- Purple, gold and white
- Royal blue, peach and gold
- White and red
- Peach, red and white
- Green, peach and white
- Gold, peach and white
We will talk extensively about wedding themes in our subsequent article.
WEDDING PARTY: Choose your wedding party carefully. Note that the party you choose, be it friends or family must be there for you tactically and emotionally. Decides on the number of wedding party the works for you ( 0-10 persons) whiles bearing in mind the expenses and responsibility that comes with it.
Think twice before asking someone to be your bridesmaid or groomsman, once you do, you can’t go back. Choose responsible wedding party and be clear and honest about your expectation from them.
Do not make the mistake of picking a person because they asked you.
WARDROBE: It’s advisable to start shopping for the bridal wardrobe six-eight months earlier. From the bride-to-be’s hair, make-up, shoes, engagement attire to wedding gowns and groom’s tuxedo, traditional wear, etc. not to mention the bridal party wardrobe.
Don’t get too caught up in the current fashion trend and stay within your budget. You are the bride and you set the rules, be sure to adhere to them.
Your body shape is the most important factor in choosing the right dress. When choosing a gown, keep in mind that you will walk, sit and dance, though your appearance is important, your comfort is crucial!
Therefore, when trying on the gown and shoe, practice sitting and moving.
In our subsequent article we will talk extensively about how to choose a gown based on you body shape.
VENUE: Research and investigate venue options. Don’t be in a hurry to sign a deal, check for prices, packages available, restrictions etc. Thoroughly investigate and compare prices before you say YES to a venue.
When choosing a venue, make sure it’s suitable for your guest list. Make sure the venue is easily accessible to your guest and with sufficient packing space.
Also investigate if the venue will provide chairs, canopies, tables etc and whether it comes at a different cost. Thoroughly inquire what their offer includes.
Do remember to have a backup plan if you are choosing outdoor venue in case of unexpected weather incident.
VENDORS: When choosing a vendor, photographer, videographer, make-up artist, caterer etc. make sure you pick someone you are comfortable with, someone who understands your vision and can work within your budget. Remember to check other works they’ve done.
Ask for client referrals, meet the vendors together face to face and don’t be scared to negotiate.
PART 2 coming soon