Clarify Your Wedding Goals and Dreams
Many brides and even grooms have some clear ideas of what they want their wedding experience to be like. The best planner will ask you questions about everything from the number of guests you want to the ideal venue, the colors you prefer and even where the honeymoon will take place. This gives you a space to brainstorm and to visually plan out the desired event that you both agree on before you move forward with making actual plans and reservations.
Establish and Monitor Your Budget
Before you start contacting vendors and even before you finalize your vision of the perfect wedding, you must create a functional, realistic budget. In addition, you must ensure that the budget is in line with your wedding goals, and you may find that you need to tweak your budget or goals so that they align. You can also use your wedding planner to continually update or revisit your budget. This helps to ensure that you are on track with your budget and do not overspend.
Track Vendors and Services
Planning and organizing a wedding requires you to work with many vendors. This includes the venue site, the officiant, the florist, the caterer, the baker, the seamstress for alterations, the DJ or band and many others. You first must decide which company or individual you plan to use for each of these and other needs, and you will then need to keep track of the services and products that you have ordered or requested from each of them. You may have many contracts and other documents that you need to keep track of, and your planner may include spaces for you to write down details and notes as well as spaces to store these contracts.
Prepare For the Big Day
As you prepare for the big day, factors related to timing come into play. You may need to make sure that people are available at the church or reception site to receive the flowers, cake and more while you and your bridesmaids are at the salon getting ready. You may also need to plan the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner, make arrangements for the honeymoon, arrange transportation and more. The best planner is one that has a space for you to write down all of these details. You may even share your written plans with others by photocopying your planner so that your bridesmaids and others are all on the same page.
Organization can help you to more successfully pull off the event of your dreams while staying on budget and while managing your stress level. With this in mind, carefully review the planner options so that you select the right tool to keep you organized in each of these important areas.