Free Wedding Planning

If you are getting married in the near future you may be well aware that you are in for the best of times and the worst of times. A wedding can and should be the happiest day of your life but the stresses and strains of organizing and planning this celebration can be unbearable. In this article we will aim to give you some basic advice and suggestions in our free wedding planning guide.

The first piece of advice in our free wedding planning guide is the venue for the reception. You need a place with enough space available for guests, food and dancing if you so choose one piece of advice is to hire a hotel or a banquet hall. Many choose this option despite the expense. Hotels and banquet halls are used to catering for large numbers of people and have their own facilities on hand to suit your needs. Many will help with the organization and take the stress off of you.

Our second piece of advice in our free wedding planning guide is to help with the rings. You and your spouse to be should choose the rings together. This way you’re both assured of getting something you like and feel you have contributed. Try to avoid fashion statements when choosing wedding rings. These are mint to lat a lifetime and you don’t want something that will be out of style in a few years time.

Our third piece of advice in our free wedding planning guide has to do with flowers. You may have to call around to several different florists if your wedding is during the high wedding season, or near a major holiday. Florists get extremely busy at these times so as soon as you know your wedding date get on the phone.

Hopefully the advice in this free wedding planning guide is helpful. Being organized and working months ahead can save you a lot of stress and heartache when it comes to planning your big day. When it is affordable and practical, let the places do all of the planning for you. Hotels and halls quite often have this available. Choose important items with your spouse to be and don’t wait until the last minute to get those oh so important wedding accessories. Following the simplest of advice can ensure your wedding goes off as planned and add years to your life.

Social Media and Wedding Planning Ideas

The web is creating smaller and smaller worlds via social media and event planning companies. I met Noa Gafni of Webutantes by an article someone mentioned on either Twitter or Linkedin. I can’t remember it’s getting so confusing. Anyway, the article was about wedding planning ideas.

In particular, this article was a mini- wedding planning guide and provided wedding planning ideas and resources. What caught my eye though was the resource discussion because they were listed for people who are on a budget and cannot afford wedding coordinators.

I then used my acquired internet skills and tracked Noa down for the pitch. She loved the idea of budgets but instead of adding to the already mentioned wedding planning ideas she posted, she requested an article on how to throw a cocktail party on a budget. That topic was right up my alley and I sent her information that included advice and links for invitations, music and food. I even included a menu that was easy-to-make. Many of the helpful tips I used in the article are based upon my experience working for other event planning companies as well as my own.

A funny note here, I thought my internet skills were pretty up-to-date but paled in comparison to Noa’s. She edited my article and listed links to music and invitation websites that were more current. Then again, I am still learning this medium; she is well-versed and experienced in social media.

The menu I provided got me to venture out beyond my known sources since the recipes were from various sites. These recipes are great easy-to-make appetizers such as red-salmon dip, mushroom rolls, sun dried tomato and olive tapenade bruschetta. I also provided some new recipes too. The honey lemon chicken skewers with vegetables and the mini-peppermint cheesecakes with chocolate chips were two new recipes I researched for the article. What I liked about these two hors d’oeuvres were that they fit right into my mantra – make it simple, fast and delicious.

Again, it all comes down to the internet and event planning companies and how we are all connected via the web. Until next time, remember to make it simple fun and delicious and be a guest at your own event!

7 Highly Effective Habits For the Wedding Planning Process

Without proper planning and communication, you could easily find yourself stuck spending more than you wanted to, not to mention frazzled. Make these 7 Effective Habits part of your Wedding Planning Process and the outcome is sure to be exactly what you wanted your wedding day to be!

1. Don’t Procrastinate

We certainly can’t stress this morsel of wisdom enough. You’ll enjoy your wedding far more if you’re not cramming everything into the last two months. It’s a tad bit difficult to write romantic wedding vows when you’ve waited until the night before the wedding to put pen to paper.

2. Find the right Wedding Planning Guide Book

Being organized is key, not only to getting things done but to saving money, and there is just too many parts to the planning of a wedding that it wouldn’t be smart or cost effective to try to think of all the the various details you need to handle by yourself. I highly recommend finding a Wedding Planning Guide Book to walk you through this. These guides cover everything that needs to be planned and organized including timelines and budgets and they help you with ways to find the best deals! There are many good guides out there, just do your research to find the one that best fits your particular needs.

3. Schedule Planning Time

Be sure to schedule meeting times with each other to discuss the details of the wedding: the schedule, the budget, the vendors, etc. Be diligent about keeping these appointments with each other. This is the beginning of another important marriage building skill-shared decision-making.

4. Communicate & Compromise

You’ll definitely have the opportunity to familiarize yourselves with the delicate arts of communication and compromise. You’re designing a wedding that suits the two of you, while taking into account the needs of your families and guests. Through this process of planning and compromise you will learn new ways of communicating with each other, as well as discover areas where it is difficult for you to express yourselves.

Establish a daily ritual to discuss your feelings and share your thoughts. Even if you only have time for a five-minute chat. It is the consistency, not the quantity of conversation that counts.

5. Share the Tasks & Delegate

Long gone are the days when the groom took a back seat and let his rosy-cheeked bride make all the decisions. Welcome to the 21st century. Couples are now splitting the list in half. Brides rejoice! Two people dividing the lengthy task list will not only reduce stress for you, it allows the groom, traditionally the most ignored person in the entire affair, to participate in his own wedding. A novel concept, we know.

Above and beyond the professional help you hire, create a wedding support network for yourself. Make a list with your fiancé of the various friends and family who might want to be involved with your wedding. Give each of them a task, stated as clearly and specifically as possible. Call them regularly to give them your appreciation and to check on how their project is coming along.

6. Be Assertive

Communicate your wishes clearly and tactfully to wedding professionals, friends and family members. Practice saying “no” and using phrases like, “we have discussed this and we feel that” It’s your wedding and don’t you forget it.

7. Take Care of Yourself

Pay attention to the essentials of good health. Avoid caffeine, sugar, alcohol and nicotine, which put unnecessary strain on both body and mind. Eat more vegetables, fruits, whole grains and fish. Get a full night’s sleep to revitalize. Dreaming releases the accumulated stress of the day and stabilizes the brain waves. Exercise is the best source of stress reduction known to man. The endorphins released in even a moderate amount of aerobic exercise can fight depression and elevate the mood.

Work at making these 7 Effective Habits part of your Wedding Planning Process and you will be pleasantly surprised how much it helps the whole progression!