Planning your own wedding is supposed to be a joyous time. But before you walk down the aisle as a beautiful bride, you’ll likely go through the bridezilla phase.
There’s a lot of emotion involved in the process, so it’s easy to get overwhelmed and fearful as the date nears. The key is to start your wedding planning as soon as possible. This way, you have a better chance of getting the perfect wedding you’ve always dreamed of.
If you’re currently planning your big day, then this guide is for you.
Let’s review the top 10 tips you should use to make your wedding day a memorable one.
1. Calculate the Number of Guests You’ll Have
Now, this is important intel to have because it will help determine the venue for your wedding.
If you’re thinking of having an intimate wedding, then you may like some of the venues on the Las Vegas Strip.
For example, you can have your ceremony in front of gorgeous Iconic Strip locations. Or you can have it in front of the Welcome to Las Vegas sign.
Whatever location you select, pay attention to your guest count. Some are only suitable for small groups of 10 to 15. And others can accommodate larger crowds.
Make sure to let your guests know, so they’re aware of whether they can exercise the +1 guest rule.
2. Determine the Type of Wedding That You Desire
Are you looking to have a traditional Christian wedding with a pastor and church? Or are you thinking outside of the box a little?
There are all sorts of themes you can choose for the perfect wedding. In fact, a lot of couples decide to have an eccentric wedding in some form or fashion.
For instance, you can opt out of the “I pronounce you husband and wife” tradition at the end of your ceremony and have the officiant say something else.
If you decide to go with a mobile destination wedding provider, make sure they’re flexible. Also, they shouldn’t charge you for an explicitly Christian wedding (or not).
You should also have the choice to say your own vows.
3. Figure out the Dining Plans
If you choose to have a smaller wedding, then you’re opting out of the traditional reception after the ceremony. However, this doesn’t mean you can’t treat your guests to a lovely meal.
Consider meeting up at a restaurant afterward. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy or expensive, either. Find a comfortable spot that’s not too hard on your budget.
4. Find Ways to Save On Your Wedding
You want the perfect wedding, but you shouldn’t have to go bankrupt to get it. In the past, there weren’t many options. You either went all out with a lavish wedding.
Or you went down to City Hall for a shotgun wedding. What about something that’s in between?
Today, you can find wedding packages that offer the best of both worlds. You can choose packages that include just about everything you need, such as:
- The venue
- Wedding photography
- The wedding officiant
- Hair & makeup
It takes the headache out of wedding planning and at the end, you have a beautiful ceremony that’s within your budget.
Sure beats overspending on your wedding like many couples (and their parents) do!
5. Figure Out Your Means of Transportation
You’ve decided on a beautiful venue — now it’s time to figure out how you’ll get there. Traditionally, the bride and groom arrive in limos, then ride off into the sunset in their own vehicle (with cans tied to the back).
There’s no reason to change things now, especially with all the luxury features limousines come with today. Or, for a budget option you can opt for a shuttle bus or van to transport your entire party.
However, if you want something less modern and a little more romantic, you can opt for a carriage and horse.
6. Decide If It’s an Adults-Only Wedding
There are many reasons why some couples choose to exclude children from their wedding. It can save the headache of dealing with tantrums and other interruptions children may cause.
However, you don’t want to single out friends and family with little ones they’re not comfortable leaving behind.
It’s also not a good idea to single out folks with “bad” children and allow others to bring theirs. This will only create bad blood. To accommodate guests with children, you can hire a child care service to watch the children.
7. Plan Your Perfect Wedding in an Organized Manner
It’s very easy for things to spiral when you’re planning your wedding. Try to organize what needs to be done, so everything doesn’t snowball out of control.
It’s best to take everything one step at a time. For example, work out the date before you begin contacting venues. Envision the flower design and what kind of surroundings you would like for your wedding photography.
Decide if you would like hair and makeup or if you will do your own. Most wedding providers can either book these services for you or recommend a reputable vendor.
8. Find out about Marriage Licenses
Everything you need to know about marriage license requirements in your state should be online. Visit your county clerk’s office website to research this.
In some states, you have to have the marriage license for 24-48 hours before you can get married. But in Nevada, you can get married the same day you obtain the license.
Some clerk’s offices only issue marriage licenses during specific days and hours. Las Vegas is the most streamlined, as the Marriage Bureau is open 8AM until 12 Midnight 365 days a year.
Once you obtain one, make sure to bring it to the ceremony with you so your marriage can be legally finalized.
9. Consider Hiring a Writer for Your Vows
You and your partner agreed to make your own vows. Yet, you’re stumped on what you should say. Writer’s block happens to even the best of them. But don’t let this get you down.
There are writers out there who specialize in writing wedding vows. Look them up online to see if you can find any that match the style you desire.
10. Find Stores for Your Wedding Gift Registry
Now comes the exciting part — doing your wedding registry. There’s nothing worse than getting tacky gifts or the same gift twice (or even thrice).
This is eliminated when you register with the retailers of your choice. You can select the items you want as gifts and your guests can choose out of that list. Many couples today will elope to a destination wedding, and then have a party with family and friends after the honeymoon. There is no reason for you to skip a registry because you eloped, as your loved ones will still want to celebrate with you.
Make sure to offer plenty of options, so there’s some element of surprise when you open your gifts.
Get the Perfect Wedding Package
As you can see, there’s a lot that goes into planning the perfect wedding. If you’re looking to tie the knot soon, but want something small and simple, then you can try another route.
At Las Vegas Luv Bug Weddings, we help couples by offering wedding packages. Have your pick of locations like the Las Vegas Strip, Valley of Fire and Neon Museum.
The packages we offer include the fee for the ceremony and minister, a witness, marriage document, photos and space for a limited amount of guests.
Have your pick of various wedding specials we have available. Stop by today to make planning your perfect wedding a breeze!