You don’t need to be certified or even crash a short course in order for you plan your wedding. Unless you have a competent and reliable wedding planner to do that, you only need some project management skills to plot what needs to be done and when it should be accomplished. Today’s article will give you some valuable tips on how your wedding planning checklist should look like. Trust us, you don’t need a Gantt Chart (although it might be useful) to do this.
12 months before the d-day: You should start envisioning and imagining how you want your wedding to be. Surf the Internet for pegs and wedding inspirations. But better yet, visit Merry To Marry for stories and suppliers that might pique your interest. Start plotting everything today!
10 months before the d-day: Get your phone and start calling your preferred suppliers and venues. Start canvassing and asking for their rates and schedules. Once you get all information, weigh everything (budget, quality etc) in and decide. If you don’t book your chosen suppliers at this stage, then someone else will!
8 months before the d-day: Start calling your ninongs and ninangs to let them know of your wedding! They are busy people as well so better lock the date in for them! Also, message your friends and your entourage as early as possible to let them know of your fast approaching event!
6 months before the d-day: Meet your suppliers. Visit your church, the venue, and you might want to do the initial food tasting hereon. At the same time, shop materials for the dresses, accessories, and miscellaneous items you think you should get.
4 months before the d-day: Finalise everything with your suppliers. Better check with them how it is going—flowers, cakes etc. Hair and makeup trial should be also be done at this stage. And better work your poses for your engagement shoot, honey!
3 months before the d-day: Send the formal invitations to your guests and get their confirmation immediately!
2 months before the d-day: Attend any marriage counselling or whatsoever. You should also start writing your heartfelt vows so that you won’t rattle on the wedding day.
1 month before the d-day: Call your wedding suppliers for final adjustments, and meet your entourage for any last-minute gown fitting. 1 week before the d-day: We know you might be stressed out by now but this is the perfect time to pamper yourself. Get yourself a massage or derma.
A day before the d-day: Here you go! Take one final call with your suppliers and guests. Take a deep breath and enjoy the start of a new journey for you!
There are hundreds of articles about wedding tips and tricks that have already been written and posted online. So you should know by now some of these, if not everything. In the grand scheme of things however, there are a few things that are, more often than not, overlooked. These are some ‘common-sense’ tips but are often absentmindedly disregarded. These tips, when followed carefully, can keep you from the so-called wedding disaster. Today we list down 7 unpopular wedding tricks you should know:
1. Check all blackout dates: In choosing the wedding date, you should also consider the dates for all local events that may limit accessibility. Not only holidays, but you might also want to take note of the dates for fiestas, charity events, and the likes that may affect road traffic or hotel rooms availability.
2. Collect your credit card points: Unless you are paying in cash, get a credit card that will give you certain points. Whether it is in the form of shopping deals or miles points, it is a great way to take advantage of the high cost for wedding supplies.
3. Don’t afraid to ask for favors: Since we Filipinos love asking for ‘extras’, talk to your wedding suppliers and ask for favors. Ask for an extra hour or two for free from the photo booth service or extra plates from your caterer. Even though they might say no in the end, at least you tried. We don’t know they might say yes.
4. Keep a paper trail: Verbal agreement may not have the same power as before, so always keep a paper trail. In relation to number 3, let’s say the photo booth owner agrees to an extra hour, then it is better for you to send an email or an addendum to your agreement stating this. This is to protect you from any disappointment and miscommunication.
5. Emergency phone book: Gather all the contact details of your wedding suppliers and create one special file for it. It is organised and easier to pull out information when you have everything in one place, right?
6. Last-minute planning might work: Cramming might work on some circumstances and in your favor as last-minute booking increases bargaining power. Hotels, catering companies, and wedding suppliers have all targets to reach, hence squeezing in a last-minute booking can give you specially lower prices.
7. Child care for hire: If you decide on an adult-only event but your guests cannot simply leave their children at home, then why not organise and hire a child care service to take care of these young broods? By doing this, everyone will feel at ease