Plan your budget
While planning your wedding, you must have a clear cut idea about how much you can afford to spend. Based on the budget you should finalize the venue and caterers. Some couples fund their own wedding while in some cases parents will share the budget. There are also some parents who fund the entire event. But whatever the case you must fix a budget before finalizing other things.
Find your perfect wedding venue
The second important thing is to plan and finalize your wedding venue. People book venues almost one year in advance. The wedding date depends a lot on the availability of the venue. So you must finalize the venue without any delay. After booking the reception venue, you must decide where you will be spending your first night as a couple. If your wedding reception is not happening in a place with hotel facilities you will have to book a hotel room in advance.
Buy wedding insurance
Wedding is an expensive affair. There are a lot of expenses, from wedding rings, wedding dress, to catering and other wedding essentials; they will cost you a lot. It is better to prepare yourself for the additional costs as well. Purchasing wedding insurance will help you to relax and enjoy your wedding as well as honeymoon without fussing over the expenses.
Select your wedding rings
After fixing the date, venue and purchasing a wedding insurance, you can start the best part of the wedding – shopping for accessories. Wedding ring is not just an expensive piece of jewellery, it is a symbol of bond or love you both share for each other. So choose your wedding ring carefully.
Plan your wedding guest list
This is going to be a tough task. You must have calculated the numbers many times. Make it a point to write down the guest list and go through it several times. You don’t want to miss anyone. The number of guests depends on your budget and also whether you want an intimate/small wedding or a grand wedding with more than 500 guests. Write down the names. Start with your near and dear ones like your close friends and relatives. Then move on to your colleagues, neighbours and acquaintances. After including everyone, you can start removing people off the list. You can even divide the guest list into daytime and evening guests.
Choosing the dress
Buying a wedding dress is the most exciting part of the wedding. There are innumerable choices when it comes to bridal gowns. You will have to choose accessories as well. After choosing your wedding gown you will have to focus your attention on grooms wear, and dresses for bridesmaids and flower girls, to coordinate the wedding party.
Book a wedding photographer
A wedding presents a lot of wonderful moments and to preserve those memories forever you need a good photographer. So book a wedding photographer/videographer. You will also have to book caterers and stage decorators at this stage.
Sending out invites
Start sending wedding invites at least one month in advance so that people can make time to attend your wedding. If you have guests from overseas you will have to send them invites earlier and wait for their replies.