MICHIGAN WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER
Royal Oak | Detroit | Michigan
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Congratulations on your engagement! He proposed and you
said "Yes"! An exciting time is ahead of you!
When it comes down to wedding planning- it is all about to
getting it done right. A lot of couples struggle because most of
us have never planned a wedding before. Yes, you need to
create a budget and yes, you need to know how much every
segment is going to cost you. Also do not forget all the small
details which might add up during your planning.
The 12 tips below may seem basic but they will cover almost
every aspect of the wedding planning process which will help
you plan and calculate wedding costs more efficiently.
The article also provides tools and websites to help keep you
on track during the process. It gives examples on how to use
those tools and offers advice during the planning period.
In the end it is your day and you should enjoy it as much as
Tip 1 - Create a Budget
Wedding planning does not happen every day in our lives. It
might only happen once in lifetime. A realistic budget is key for
a successful and smooth wedding day. It is recommended to
start early in planning the wedding budget. The most costly
part will be the venue. You also do not want to forget the small
details like invitations, favors and so on which may add up
during the planning process.
To have at a better idea on how much a wedding will
approximately cost in your area, there is a great wedding tool
you can use to calculate costs. Just follow the link to find out
more about wedding costs. Cost Of Wedding breaks down the
price into different categories and you can customize them
according to your needs.
First- enter your information on where the wedding is going to
take place, how many guests you are going to invite and how
far away the wedding is going to be. Select your wedding style
and check if you are planning to hire a professional for your
wedding like a photographer/videographer.
Second- customize the different items you have to purchase
for the wedding day. Items you do not want or that you have
already purchased should be de-selected from the list.
Cost of Wedding will give you a ball park number of the
wedding cost depending on your criteria and what items you
have selected. The idea behind this tool is to help you have a
better idea of the wedding costs in total. From here on you can
tweak the numbers by including or excluding items and start
planning. You can also export the data sheet to Microsoft Excel
for further use or print the estimate. While creating the
budget for the wedding it is important to be reasonable in
order to avoid overstretching your budget during the planning
Since the venue will be the most expensive part of your
wedding Shane M. from Cost of Wedding suggests:
"You want to keep costs lower, keep the guest list"You want to keep costs lower, keep the guest list
Once you have an idea how much you can spend on a wedding
it is very vital to keep track of the costs.
Botanicalpaperworks provides a very useful tracking sheet
allowing you to plan and track your spending.
You can download a free personal copy here.
Tip 2 - Create a
Keep track of the wedding planning progress, set milestones
and check them off when they are done. This way you will not
lose track of every planning aspect.
Here Comes The Guide offers a free printable checklist with
additional lines for personal preferences. It breaks down the
wedding in different planning stages and guides you through
the wedding process. You can download the full list here.
Jolene H. from Here Comes The Guide says:
"My #1 Tip: Get it In Writing! Read all contracts"My #1 Tip: Get it In Writing! Read all contracts
between you and the vendors and your venuebetween you and the vendors and your venue
carefully, including all fine print and contingencies. Ifcarefully, including all fine print and contingencies. If
you don’t understand something, ask. In fact, it’s ayou don’t understand something, ask. In fact, it’s a
good idea to ask a trusted friend or relative to reviewgood idea to ask a trusted friend or relative to review
all contracts with you. They’re not as caught up in theall contracts with you. They’re not as caught up in the
emotion of the planning process, and might be able toemotion of the planning process, and might be able to
think a bit more pragmatically than you at thisthink a bit more pragmatically than you at this
stressed-out time. And if there’s something specificstressed-out time. And if there’s something specific
about the place or service that is a “must have,” don’tabout the place or service that is a “must have,” don’t
be afraid to ask the vendor to specify it in yourbe afraid to ask the vendor to specify it in your
contract. Otherwise, you might be surprised to findcontract. Otherwise, you might be surprised to find
your reception was moved to the smaller ballroom oryour reception was moved to the smaller ballroom or
that your wedding bouquet has dahlias instead ofthat your wedding bouquet has dahlias instead of
Tip 3 - Do not Skimp
Your wedding photos will be the most valuable items you will
keep after the wedding day. The chocolate fountain might
impress for a moment, the music will fade but the pictures will
last a lifetime. After 30 or 40 years, they will still be as valuable
as the first day or even more.
Use as much for photography as the budget will allow you. If
you have a friend with a camera do not let him/her take your
wedding pictures, unless he or she is a professional wedding
Tip 4 - Do not plan
You whole life once engaged should not be around the
wedding planning. Just do normal things you would do when
you were not engaged. If you need to set up a reminder
besides the wedding checklist, Google Calendar offers a good
set of tools. Just sign up with Google+. It will grant you access
to different apps. One of them is Google Calendar. Just select a
due date or an appointment and create an event. If you edit it,
you can set up reminders and also set up a time and date when
it will pop-up. Very handy when it gets closer to the wedding
day or a bakery appointment.
Set up an appointment date, enter the location, enter the
description and add an optional notification.
Tip 5 - Give Edible
Food wedding favors can be a creative way to say thank you to
your wedding guests and it can save you money if you plan to
bake some cookies or other treats yourself. A lot of bakeries
offer customized cookies, cake pops and different sweets as
wedding favors. Print a personal tag (Staples or Michaels
provides ready to print tag templates) and you will make a
personal favor which also tastes good rather than a glass with
a laser imprint.
Instructables and Pinterest offer a variety of ideas for wedding
Tip 6 - Do Things You
Want to Do
Do not do things you do not want to do and do not get pushed
to do them. It is your wedding day, no one elses, and your ideas
and only your ideas count. If you want a specific wedding color
then you pick it. If you want specific flowers in your bouquet,
have them. It is your big day. If someone else is paying for the
wedding, ask for their input but let them not influence you and
drive your decisions. You should consider their input but the
last decision should be yours.
Tip 7 - Book Fast
Once you start planning, set up a wedding date and create a
budget. After that you should start looking for venues in your
area. Once you found the one you like, call them up and ask if
they are available. Since it is early in the planning phase, dates
can be shifted. That is why it is important to book