Websites For Inspiration When I Am Planning A Wedding

It often happens for a creative individual, including me that the flow of ideas just seems to face a halt and block your imagination. This is a low time for me as I feel devoid of any inspiration for new ideas or concepts in order to plan a perfectly unique wedding. Read How I Use Decoration To Bring Out The Wedding Mood.

To combat this situation of creative block, I like to surf various websites to gain inspiration and ideas for my next project.

Rings on Wedding Cupcake

 

Some Websites To Know

Following is a list of websites that have helped me get through this block.

  • Bridal Bliss

    Featured in the Oregon Bride Magazine as the best wedding planning organization for the last 10 years, the Bridal Bliss wedding planning website displays a gallery comprising of a variety of exquisitely designed themes specifically aimed at planning a memorable and stylish event.

  • No Worries

    Specializing in wedding planning and corporate event planning, the No Worries organization is based out of Los Angeles. With a gallery full of the company’s recent ventures, you can get ideas for developing an original unique concept for planning your own event. There is a section of aspiring wedding planners on the website which I personally love to read as it gives me an insight into the thinking of one of the best planners in the business.

  • Sara Renee Events

    Having received the Couples’ Choice Award of the Wedding Wire magazine for 5 consecutive years, the event planning firm is committed to enhancing the wedding experience by incorporating unique and innovative ideas in their planning process. If you want to bring in an innovative touch to your next project, I highly recommend checking out this website for unconventionally unique concepts.

  • The Event Production

    The award-winning Event Production team, specializing in managing corporate, wedding, and social events, believe in transcending the traditional aesthetics and going on about their business keeping in mind the phrase “no event is created equal”. The gallery capturing the firm’s ventures, available on the website, will provide you with a detailed insight into the aspects that constitute the perfectly planned events.

  • Chappelow Events

    Another website that I like to visit from time to time is the Chappelow Events website. Being an exquisite award-winning event management firm, it believes in blending the traditional concept with newer unique and innovative concepts. The blog which is available on the web page displays the firm’s recent ventures and provides you with information about the minutest of details involved in planning the event.

  • RVL Event Design AndPlanning

    The RVL Event Design and Planning website is one of my favorite websites to visit for inspiration. According to me, the events planned by the firm are a work of art and truly defy the conventional methods of event planning. I highly recommend checking out their exquisite work that is available on their webpage.

Final Word

Wedding Bouquet

Wedding Bouquet

Creativity is born from inspiration, and without the right direction, finding inspiration can seem like an impossible task. All these websites have one or the other factor about them that just triggers the creative nerve in your mind to formulate new and innovative concepts for your project.

Lovely Plate

Wedding Planning Tips: Likely Problems And How I Deal With Them

Wedding planning is considered to be one of the fastest growing businesses with an exquisitely stable nature in the modern economy. This is strictly because the wedding planning demands an indefinite number of man hours to formulate logical, practical, and efficient strategies to deal with the chaotic and muddled aspects of a perfect wedding. I’ve laid down a list of the various problems common to all the soon to be wedded couples, and the methods I’d like them to adopt in order to deal with these issues effectively.

Backup Plan

Backup Plan

Likely Problems And How To Deal With Them

  • Sticking To The Limited Budget

    One of the primary issues concerned with managing any type of event is the budget. The pressure of providing the guests with what they like and deserve will always persist in your mind.

    I have found that collaborating with the right wedding planner in the market to fulfill these purposes will always turn out to be fruitful for both the parties as you get discounted services and offers in the future. During our weddings, we need to make a checklist and do all the planning. Whilst the planning will drain out all the time, we’d have no time left for the perfect execution. What’s more upsetting is we would have to meet the moment when we realize we have missed out something really, really important. At least, this is exactly what happened in my friend’s wedding.

    I had learnt my lesson then. As for my wedding, I was wise enough to hire a planner and simply discuss what’s possible within my budget and some negotiations, of course. Read My Secret To Organizing A Budget Wedding.

  • Dealing With Unrealistic Expectations

    Happy Wedding

    Happy Wedding

    Another major problem that comes up when planning a wedding nowadays is the unrealistic expectations bred by the TV entertainment and reality shows. These scripted programs have glorified the non-existent perception of a perfect wedding which includes walking into a venue and on-the-spot cake tasting without an appointment.

    I won’t blame myself for having an expectation. But it is important to know if it will even fit in within your budget. You can’t simply push the pressure of setting up an unrealistic wedding plan within an inconceivable budget and expect the wedding to be a flawless success. Research some reality and dream about your fairytale wedding, if you don’t want any mess around.

  • Vendor Preference

    Now you have this best friend of yours who can make awesome food and have always wanted to be your wedding chef. If I were you, I wouldn’t say a “just for the friendship sake” yes for the request. If in reality, this friend has a restaurant running (that can possibly feed the ample guests of the wedding), then you can suggest this person to the planner and consult with them regarding your preference. No planner would deny if your preferences are realistic.

    Similarly, I had discussed with my planner regarding some vendor preferences. In fact, I accepted when the planners came up with valid reasons to reject two or three vendor suggestions.

  • Dealing With The Partner’s Plan

    Couple

    Couple

    I had a theme in my head that I thought would make my wedding simply perfect. Did I think about my partner’s preference? No! Will I blame myself if my partner has a change of preferences? Absolutely, No!

    After all, there starts our happy ending. In fact, it is the start of a new life. Coming to a conclusion regarding all the wedding needs without consulting my partner is a big NO for me. I’d suggest you try the discussion part and accept if there is change of preferences. You guys can talk about it, come to a conclusion that won’t upset either of you and fulfill the needs of the guests. This wedding planning with your planner might bring you, even more closerto your partner, more as companions. Now, that’s where you learn to deal with the common issues in your life – stand together and face it!

Final Word

I hope the aforementioned tips will enable you to deal with the highly dramatic, chaotic, and emotion-driven set of events that constitute a wedding day.

My Secret To Organizing A Budget Wedding

All of us want our weddings to be a fabulous and memorable one. Even so, planning a wedding is a huge and stressful responsibility. With huge expectations and dreams, we want to go all out on our wedding plans. But is it possible to have an amazing wedding without the expenses going out of hand or before you go broke? The answer is yes!

Following some simple tricks and tips will go a long way to help you plan your wedding within an affordable budget. Here are some of the tricks I suggest for a successful wedding:

Decide Your Maximum Budget

Planning

Planning

As obvious as it seems, it is important for you to begin from the very start and decide the capping amount you are willing to spend. Decide what will be the maximum amount you will be able to spend on your wedding, taking into consideration all of the formalities also.

Get A Wedding Planner

The sooner you get a wedding planner, the better it is. A wedding planner will help you recognize the options you have available for yourself within the budget you have decided. From there on, you can choose the options more effectively.

Prioritize/Organize Your Expenses

Sweet Couple

Sweet Couple

The second big step to a successful wedding on a budget is to organize your expenses effectively. Create a checklist of all the things that will be necessary for the wedding. For example:

 

  • Wedding Dress
  • Venue
  • Photographer
  • Reception Food
  • Decorations
  • Music, etc.

Decide On The Necessary Expenses, Don’t Go Cheap

After you have decided on the items of your checklist, organize them according to your priorities and cut off all the expenses that do not seem necessary. The high priority items should not be compromised on. The expenses you know are necessary such as wedding dress, photographer, food, etc. should not be low quality or cheap. Read My Idea Of Choosing The Perfect Wedding Gown.

Don’t Forget The Areas On Which You Can Cut The Expenses

Party Drinks

Party Drinks

There are some areas which we emphasize more on, even when not needed. Some of the items that can be excluded or went low on, in my opinion, are:

 

  • Pre-Wedding Festivities – Cut down on the pre-wedding festivities or just hold small events inviting a small group of people to celebrate them. This will save you a lot of expenditure.
  • Wedding Dress (Renting) – Instead of buying an expensive wedding dress that you will probably not be wearing anywhere else, you can just go for the renting option. This will not only save you money but also offer you the dresses in trend for cheap.
  • Decorations (multi-purpose) – You can use the decorations that are multi-purpose, this will help you save on future expenditures.
  • Photography – You can use a reference or friend for the photography, this will help you get discounts and save money.
  • Catering Services – Instead of going for a high end catering or restaurant services, you can look for affordable and small chain caterers which offer delicious food.

Extra Tips To Save More

If the above points still do not help you, you can also go for saving on the jewellery by either renting it, buying it on discount or EMIs. Instead of using wedding cards for the invitation, you can go for a wedding website invitation that is much more affordable. For DJs, you can go for the low-end ones who still offer good music. Do not miss out these wedding card alternatives.

Conclusion

No matter what happens, never forget that you matter the most. You should focus your money on the things that you will remember the most from the very beginning. Create a budget and stick to it till the last moment, no matter how much society pressures you.

Wedding Party

Wedding Planning Tips: How I Deal With A Large Crowd

Planning a wedding is one hell of a task for anyone, so was my experience dealing with the management and planning a big fat wedding. Meanwhile, trying to do all the things that popped in my head and trying to get a smile on each guest’s face, I learned how to deal with the large crowd at the wedding. Though at first, it seems a horrendous task to start with but trust me it is one’s experience that will always be worth remembering and even more cherishing than the struggle, in future.

If you have a large family and you are marrying in your hometown then it is definitely going to be a big event to host for you. The main task of dealing with the large crowd starts with this basic idea of getting an understanding and consent that, what you have to deal with is on your plate now and start planning for the same right away.

Let me help you with some of the bullets that really helped me not only in dealing with a large crowd but also to put a smile on their faces!

 

Plan It After Researching

Plan Your Wedding

Plan Your Wedding

Planning and researching properly are the basic steps for any successful event ever hosted by anyone. Since I had to select many vendors and service providers for several works and functions, I had to first get an understanding of what and how the market for such services works. Therefore, I researched a lot, read nearly all the relevant articles, blogs, surfed many websites, et cetera. I nearly asked for brochures and quotations from nearly 10-15 firms and then tallied them to find out the best suitable for my kind of expectation.

For research purposes, there are various websites to visit such as Pinterest, and many others.

Set A Wedding Place According To The Number Of Guests

Guest Seats

Guest Seats

The wedding is a one-time event, and it will obviously affect savings of years. But compromising with any factor for a wedding can affect the whole event in a negative manner. Therefore, after discussing the total number of expected guests in the wedding, a proper and relevant wedding place must be chosen. Moreover, the facilities of the wedding place selected must be properly checked and evaluated for the condition of the services provided such as air conditioning and the heating situation at the place.

The theme says it all. No matter how small/big the space is, you can always come up with the best theme to show the wedding in your dreams to the guest. Accordingly, you can choose your wedding gown too. Read My Idea Of Choosing The Perfect Wedding Gown.

 

Planning The Meal

This is one of the unforeseen expense that I thought was not given that much from my side. Planning the meal chart and discussing it with the vendors is of utmost importance. Asking the wedding caterers, a certain important question is necessary for proper understanding. Choosing the best package for a meal is necessary which includes all kind food items within to satisfy all the guests. Counting the number of guests in therefore one of the most important tasks since a number of plated for the vendors has to be a number near around the number of guests.

Time To Display Some Organizational Skills

Managing such a large crowd at a wedding is one of those moments where one can demonstrate his/her organizational skills. I took up the challenge of managing the event in a very organized manner with making notes, listing out the to-do list, taking pictures and screenshots to show to the vendors for what I desire from them, checking emails regularly for any new updates and saving the mobile numbers of important persons and vendors on my cell phone.

Baby Steps

Wedding Decor

Wedding Decor

For organizing such a wedding of large guests to deal with, I took one step at a time. Doing it haphazardly will at the end complicate the situation on the table. Putting together the wedding planning schedule and prioritizing the things in logical order one by one would help in finishing the tasks too much fast.

I took the event too much seriously and didn’t enjoy it to the fullest, I hope you would understand and manage the events in such a way that you enjoy to the fullest. Though one of the most important things I would suggest you not to do are to not hiring any vendors before confirming the wedding date and don’t settle for the price that vendors say, negotiate a bit according to your budget. Keeping up with an emergency contact sheet or phone numbers of the vendors is of utmost importance to deal with any emergency situation.

For the D-day, all the wedding guests are coming to watch and celebrate with you, so be happy and welcome them with a big smile on your face!