Wedding planning made easy: Here's what to look out for!
Tips and ideas for an unforgettable day
So, you have completed the first steps of your wedding planning: Your shared ideas are decided upon, you have decided on a style, and even a date. Now it’s time to start planning the rest of your wedding. What do you have to pay attention to and which points are really important in the planning and preparation of the wedding? We give you valuable tips on location, guest list, stationery and decoration.
Comprehensive checklist for wedding planning:
The guest list: Invitations made easy
It’s the guests that breathe life into a wedding day. The guest list is an important task in the planning of your wedding. The number of guests often directly correlates with your budget. There are two ways to approach this: Either you set your budget first and then decide how many guests you ‘can’ invite, or you set the budget based on the final guest list.
To start planning your guest list, it is a good idea to sit down together and write a list of who you want to invite. Take your time so that you don't forget anyone. Then divide your list into three categories: Category one includes all the guests you can't do without, for example, parents, grandparents, siblings, your best friends and best man. The second category includes all your close friends and other relatives that should also be present, but if one of them is not available on your date, you would not postpone the wedding. All the remaining people on your list belong to the third category. This category is the ‘undecided’ list. The criteria for deciding whether or not to invite them would be, for example, the space available at the venue or the budget.
Once you have made your decision, create a final guest list including all you wish to invite. Also assign a guest manager. In addition to details like the addresses of the guests, you can add short notes, such as whether each guest has been sent an invitation or has accepted. You can also note down any special dietary requirements of your guests or other points that may be important.
Finding the right location
Another important point when planning your wedding is choosing the right location - both for the ceremony and the reception. After you have thought about the style of the wedding, you can start looking for a location that matches the style. If you are planning a bohemian
wedding, for example, you should not look for castles. On the other hand, if you have a glamorous wedding in mind, don't choose a party barn. Don't forget that the location should suit you, your budget, and fit the number of wedding guests. There are also a number of other questions that you should ask for yourself before you start:
- Do you need to be close to the registry office or the church?
- Is the location for the whole wedding or just the celebration?
- Should you celebrate inside or outside?
- What do you expect in terms of catering and service?
- Does the location need to have wheelchair access etc?
Once these questions have been answered, you can start searching for a suitable location. Ask around your colleagues and friends as they may have some good tips. You can also get inspiration from social networks, in magazines and at trade fairs. Bear in mind that a high-demand location is usually booked up 1 to 2 years in advance. Start your search as early as possible and be flexible with the desired date for your dream location.
Always think of a bad weather alternative. A nice alternative in case of rain or storm will give you more peace of mind.
Once you have found a location that meets your requirements, it's time to discuss the details. From the costs to the decoration options to the question of cancellation fees. We have summarised the most important points that should be clarified before signing the contract:
- What are the seating options?
- Is there a dance floor?
- How will the drinks be paid for?
- Is there a closing time?
- Are there any contracts with service providers?
- Can I bring my own wedding cake?
- What accommodation options are there?
- Are decorations included?
- When can decorations be put up?
- By when does the packing up have to be done by?
- What about the final cleaning?
- Can candles or sparklers be lit?
- Are there enough parking spaces available?
- What are the cancellation or rebooking fees?
Matching wedding stationery
Having matching stationary like, invitation cards, pendants, church booklets, menu cards or table numbers will add a certain something to your wedding. To make your wedding stationery a hit, the traditional red ribbon is an important part of your wedding design.
You have already laid the foundation for the design when deciding out your style during the planning stage. Now it’s time to develop a colour scheme for the stationery. Take a look at platforms like Pinterest to get some inspiration for modern colour schemes etc. You can also use ornaments, floral patterns, bouquets of flowers, or graphics. Another option is to create a wedding logo or symbol that can be placed on all your printed materials.
In addition to a design theme and a consistent colour scheme, choosing a font style also plays an important role in your wedding design. Decide on two fonts for your printed materials. For example, use a beautiful curved font for titles and a clear font for the body text. Then simply roll out the same design for all your printed material.
Use our ifolor Designer to design your printed materials. In addition to various design templates there are decorations, coloured backgrounds, different fonts, and clipart- all for free. What's more, you can simply save your design and continue where you left off later.
Once you've created the design, it's time to choose the stationary for your wedding. Based on your theme ideas, think about exactly which printed materials you need. If you are planning on having a church wedding, church booklets are a nice addition. You can also nicely finish off guest gifts with lovingly designed tags. Or use our photo stickers by simply adding your wedding design to them.
Our repertoire of beautiful wedding stationery is extensive:
Get creative and add some attention to detail to your designs. Add a personal touch by using colour matched ribbons or flowers. Other suitable decorations are feathers, small wooden discs, or homemade pendants.