Getting married is a joyous event, and the stress of figuring out every detail should never detract from the specialness of the big day. Here are our top 5 wedding planning tips to help you make your special day as stress-free as possible.
1. Begin early
If possible, it’s helpful to start planning at least one year ahead of time in order to avoid any unnecessary roadblocks. Early planning also goes a long way in saving your sanity because will have the time and space to make well thought out decisions. A smart tactic for engaged couples is to set aside a day or two each week when you can sit down, have a glass of wine and devote time specifically to planning the wedding. This way you know you’re both on the same page, you’re both involved in the process from start to finish—and there is no sense of urgency. Remember: planning your big day can (and should) be fun, so minimize your stress by giving yourself time!
2. Set a budget—and stick to it
Making a budget for your wedding is critical—it is, after all, the foundation of your entire planning and decision-making process. Weddings are not cheap. According to theknot.com, the average wedding today costs $27,0001. While this amount of money is by no means necessary to have a great wedding, it is necessary to know exactly how much you can spend in order to narrow down potential locations and wedding vendors. Sit down with your fiancée and both sets of parents and figure out how much each party has to contribute. Doing so will make it much easier to plan within your means. Staying on track and not going over budget will save you from any surprises— and it’ll leave you with more money to spend on an extraordinary honeymoon or on important things like a down payment on a house.
3. Figure out the guest list
Knowing the number of guests you’ll be inviting is necessary for other big decisions, such as choosing the ceremony location and staying within your budget. Once you have a ballpark idea of the wedding size, you’ll know what size venue to look for, be able to explore catering options and, if it’s a destination wedding, you’ll be able to figure out guest accommodation options. Picking a Maine wedding resort like Sebasco is a great option for both intimate and big weddings because there are a wide variety of guest accommodations to suit all needs and budgets. Instead of having your guests stay at various hotels, everyone can be at the same spot, eliminating the necessity for providing transportation, and simplifying all aspects of travel for everyone involved.
4. Choose a location
Where you choose to exchange vows is oftentimes the most difficult part of planning a wedding. Nowadays, there are far more options than churches, and it’s easy to let your imagination run wild when dreaming of your fairytale wedding. Over the past decade there has been a notable shift in couples’ desire to host their big event at unique sites over more traditional locales—and it’s easy to understand why. There are so many beautiful destinations, and adding to the appeal, many actually specialize in helping plan wedding details. Resorts are ideal for weddings, as they have everything you could possibly need in one location. With countless resources and vendors at their fingertips, the weight of detail planning is taken off your shoulders. If you’re planning a Maine wedding, take a day trip (or even a weekend) to Sebasco Harbor Resort on your venue hunt. This internationally-acclaimed historic destination resort is located in scenic midcoast Maine, and couples have flocked here for decades to say their I do’s. When picking your wedding location, a breathtaking backdrop will provide enchanting memories and photographs to last a lifetime.
5. Let wedding planning professionals handle the details!
If you take on all the responsibility of planning a wedding by yourself, it’s a surefire recipe for burnout. You don’t need to try to be a superhero in order to have a beautiful wedding, so it’s smart to allow others to take on some of the weight. In fact, one of the best reasons to have a resort wedding is because trained professionals are on hand to cater to your needs and do much of the dirty work for you. Because resorts often have their own restaurants on site, they are excellent for catering your reception, and they have a wealth of props and décor for every preference. All you have to do is work with them to explain your vision and delegate tasks. Once you’ve done that, you have much more headspace and free time to focus on everything else.
With the right location, Maine weddings are easily some of the most beautiful in the country, and when it comes to great Maine resort locations, Sebasco Harbor Resort has everything to give you and your spouse-to-be the wedding of your dreams. It’s hard to find a more perfect spot to spend one of the most meaningful days of your lives, and seeing the resort grounds for yourself will be enough to convince you of this. No matter how big or small your wedding, we have the space and resources you need to make your day run as smoothly as possible. Our highly trained staff is more than happy to work with you and translate all your ideas into reality, so you can rest assured you’re in excellent hands. We understand how stressful planning a wedding can be, and we also know how important it is for you to be able to maintain a sense of inner peace in the midst of such a big event. Weddings in Maine are wonderful, but weddings at Sebasco are exceptional. Call us today to schedule a visit.
- Deutsch, Gail. “20 From ‘20/20′: 20 Ways to Cut Wedding Costs.” ABCnews.com. ABC News Network, 16 Jan. 2013.