Don’t invite everyone before you know enough. Step one is to talk to each other and your parents. See what the budget is and potentially how many guests you might have. Call some preferred venues to find out what the per-person charges would be, the rental of the venue, and the availability.
Don’t book anything or buy anything without a budget. Your budget will control all your decisions, so you want to make sure that is in place first. Events by Design planners can help you make a budget, and then do everything in our power to help you stick to your budget.
Don’t sign a contract for a venue until you are quite sure it will fill your needs. If you have 275 guests that you expect to attend and the ballroom only holds 200, that is not a match. Be sure your venue can hold the number of guests you want and that you can afford the rental charge as well as the food and beverage, tax and service charges. It all adds up. Be sure to read the contract entirely and know what it includes and does not include.
Don’t send save the dates until you have a firm guest list. Be sure you make your list first and then pare it down to suit your aesthetic, your budget, and your space. You need to know what each guest costs in relation to your budget. Then send save the date notices to the people you most want to be invited. Work friends do not have to be invited, nor is a wedding payback to good clients. It is a personal time for good friends and close family.
Don’t do too much DIY. I know it is a trend just now, but you want to make sure that you have a competent wedding planner, a great floral designer, and a saavy stationery expert. You don’t want to spend the week before your wedding printing, folding and putting ribbons on 150 ceremony programs, or printing 300 place cards. Worse, you don’t want to be arranging and delivering your wedding flowers on your wedding day. Enjoy your day and leave the rest to the experts. You will be so glad you did.
Don’t plan your wedding to be a marathon day. Your guests will be quite happy if the reception is five hours or slightly longer. If some guests feel they want to continue to party, they will most likely be able to find a hotel bar to continue the evening. There is also no need to wear out your wedding party with golf, games, luncheons or more on the wedding day. Relax, get your primping done, and enjoy a reasonable amount of time with all your guests and of course, with each other.