7 Tips for Planning a Stress-Free Wedding

 Photo courtesy of Clane Gessel Photography

Photo courtesy of Clane Gessel Photography

Planning a wedding can be stressful – but it doesn't have to be! It’s all about making good decisions, giving yourself enough time to do everything, and sticking to a budget. Jewel Hospitality makes it easy for brides to have a stress-free wedding. All you have to do is pick a florist, photographer, and DJ – and you’re all set!

Here are some tips for planning a stress-free wedding:

Set a Realistic Budget

It’s not uncommon for couples to set a budget, but end up going a bit overboard with the spending. It’s definitely not ideal to start your marriage off in a lot of debt. Create a realistic budge by doing some research on how much everything costs, figuring out what you can afford, and going from there. Once you see how much money can be spent, the planning and booking can begin. This wedding budget calculator gives a general idea of what you are going to have to spend (remember it’s just an estimate!) 

Pick the Dress That YOU Want

 Photo courtesy of C2 Photography

Photo courtesy of C2 Photography

Picking out a wedding dress is one of the most exciting part of the wedding planning process! Remember to pick what you love and feel comfortable in. Take family and friends input into account, but remember that they are not the ones wearing the dress. If you envisioned a mermaid dress but it turns out a ball gown looks better – go with that! If you wanted to go with the traditional white but find that ivory looks better on your skin, stick with ivory.

Create the Guest List First Thing

Finalizing the guest list is one of the first things that should be done before you start planning. Many venues have a max guest count that is non-negotiable due to fire codes, and sometimes a venue that fits 200 doesn't do so very comfortably. At Jewel Hospitality, we give you a realistic max guest count so your guests will be comfortable. Once you have the exact guest count (or a close number), a venue can be booked. Have a Rain Plan for Outside Weddings

While Seattle is beautiful during the summer – it does rain sometimes! Don’t risk it. It is always a good idea to have a backup plan, whether it be an indoor location for the wedding or a rented tent on hold.

Don’t Stress About Having Identical Wedding Party Sizes

 Photo courtesy of Meredith McKee Photography

Photo courtesy of Meredith McKee Photography

Just because your fiancé has 7 best friends for his groomsmen, doesn't mean you have to find 7 people. Don’t feel that you need to pick someone just to have the same number, or because you feel obligated to. The cost of bouquets, boutonnieres, thank you gifts, and anything else provided (hair, makeup, etc.) can really add up! Pick the friends and family that you trust and you want to be up there with you on the big day. If there are more groomsmen then bridesmaids, two groomsmen can walk with a bridesmaid down the aisle, and vice versa. 

Remember you Don’t Need to Control Every Little Detail

It’s your big day and you want it to be perfect, but don’t sweat the little things! The professionals you hired know what they are doing and want to help you as much as they can. Let them know what you want and expect – they will let you know if there is an issue they need your input on.

Create a Wedding Day Timeline

Not only is your wedding one of the most important days of your life, but it’s also one of the busiest! Make sure you have enough time to comfortably get ready, eat, take photos, and still have the wedding and reception on time. Jewel Hospitality’s talented team make will help you from start to finish and make sure the wedding goes as seamlessly as possible.

If you are interested to learn more about planning your wedding with Jewel Hospitality, visit our contact page.