5 Tips for Planning Your Own Wedding


Hiring a wedding planner isn’t for everyone – if you want complete control over your big day and feel up to the task, here are five tips to make your life easier.


  1. Choose your date and book your venue right away.

The two things everyone will want to know about your wedding are when and where it’s happening, so it’s good to know as soon as possible. Nailing down the date and location will also make booking everything else much easier, take some of the stress off the planning process, and increase the odds of you getting exactly what you want instead of having to settle for your third or fourth choice.

  1. Break down your to-do list into manageable pieces.

A long list of everything you have to take care of before the wedding can be daunting. To make the road ahead less overwhelming, break up tasks by month and day – there are plenty of timeline examples on Pinterest to help sort out what should be done by when.

  1. Have questions ready for your vendors.

Before you meet with a potential caterer, photographer or any other vendor, prepare a list of questions you have about their services, pricing, or anything else you’re not clear on. Go in knowing how much you’re willing to spend and what you want – decide what’s negotiable and what’s non-negotiable.

  1. Don’t fall behind on DIY projects.

Handmade wedding details can be sweet and personal, but don’t let it bog you down. If you’re doing any DIY projects, get help and start as early as possible – you don’t want to be folding a thousand paper cranes the night before your wedding.

  1. Make sure everyone knows the schedule.

Having a timeline for wedding day events can clear up any confusion about when and where people are supposed to be. Make sure that the vendors and bridal party are aware of their expected arrival times to the venues, but build in a little extra time in case of emergency.

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