For some of our biggest events Deity and our guests from all over the world hosting corporate events in Brooklyn use Eventbrite to keep organized for their event and invite all of the necessary audience members. We had no idea they had so many great Wedding Planning Resources as well. This post guest written by some fantastic event experts at Eventbrite.
Since a wedding is such a monumental event in a person’s life it’s important to make sure that it goes smoothly. That means having all the finest details of your wedding ironed out like the ceremony seating, the decor at the reception, and even down to what silverware people are going to have with their meal. Whether you’re hiring a professional event planner to help you or you’re doing it yourself, you’ll want to have all of these things figured out well in advance of the big day. To help your wedding day go off without a hitch, here are our top tips for planning your wedding!
1. Start with a Budget and a Guest List
Like many other things in life, the hardest part of planning your wedding is often knowing where to start. There are so many things to do and options to consider that it’s easy to get overwhelmed thinking about all of it and end up not doing anything at all. For this reason, you might want to just start by nailing down your budget and guest list. After you have an idea of how many people are going to be there and how much money you have to spend, you can start to parse down the options you have in terms of a wedding venue, catering, drinks, flowers, and everything else that goes into planning a wedding in NYC.
2. Get Organized
After you’ve established a guest list and budget, it’s time to start figuring out all the details! But before you start calling wedding venues, catering companies, or wedding planners, you’ll want to get organized by writing down all the things you need to do leading up to your wedding day. As I mentioned before, planning a wedding can become overwhelming fast; but you can ease those feelings of distress by getting all of the things you need to do out of your head and onto a piece of paper. After you’ve laid out all the things you need to do, you can start to allocate those tasks to different months in which you’d like to do them. At this point, you’ve basically got yourself a wedding planning gameplan – now you’ve just got to execute on it!
Don’t hesitate to leverage technology to make your planning easier also! Maybe you want to set up an excel spreadsheet timeline with all of your tasks mapped out for you instead of writing it on paper? You can also track your invites and RSVPs by using an online event management platform to keep your guest list organized. You can even use something like Pocket Planner to help you get an idea of how much of things you’re going to need from food and drinks to room on the dance floor based on how many people you have. There are plenty of tools out there to assist you with your planning and organization.
3. Consolidate Vendors
Once you have all your tasks down on paper with a timeline to help guide you through the process, you might want to consider consolidating some of the vendors you’re using. For example, when people book a wedding with a reputable wedding venue like ours they’re able to book their food and drink package with us as well. This helps ease your wedding planning headaches because it’s one less vendor you need to pay and one less person you need to coordinate with. If the venue you booked offers a drink package also – perfect! Planning a wedding can be stressful enough – don’t make it harder on yourself by having all separate vendors.
4. Don’t Sacrifice Quality
Your wedding is an important event in your life that you’re going to spend a large chunk of change on; so if you’re going to do it, you ought to make sure it’s done the way you want! Be sure to look at reviews online, ask for recommendations from friends, and check out our list of recommended vendors to make sure you’re getting quality service. Don’t be afraid to ask prospective photographer to see examples of their work or cake and desert vendors for samples.
With so many moving parts involved in planning a wedding, it’s inevitable that something might be worried everything will come together. So keep in mind that it’s never going to be perfect – all you can do is plan it out the best you can! So when the big day comes, try not to stress yourself out too much with whether the florist put all the bouquets in the right spots or not – focus on having a good time and enjoying your wedding!