Congrats! You are now a fiancée. The champagne has been popped, the news spread, and now it’s time to start planning for your Las Vegas wedding. Here are 10 golden rules for wedding planning to get you started.
- Consider traffic and parking
During the venue searching stage, make sure you consider the drive of your local Vegas attendees and where they are going to park their cars. If your venue is downtown or on the Strip, is there a blocked off parking ramp? Is valet an option? You’ll also want to make sure there are no big events that coincide with your big event. You wouldn’t want half of your guests showing up late due to roads being blocked for a big marathon.
- Have a Plan B venue
This one really only applies to outdoor weddings in Las Vegas, but it’s completely necessary. Make sure your plan B location is near the outdoor area so that people won’t be too confused about where to go.
- Ask your vendor for favors before the deal is sealed
If you want a specific location like Lake Las Vegas but the vendor is tight on some rules, ask before you sign papers if they can be adjusted. For example, you want a cocktail hour to run a little longer than what they typically schedule. A lot of times, they will say yes with hopes that you’ll more likely choose them. However, if you wait to ask until after you’ve sealed the deal, they may be less inclined to flexibility.
- Be picky about who you bring gown shopping
Of course, you want your mom there, your sister, and your maid of honor. But, you also want to make sure you’re getting not only the best fashion advice but the best advice for your style. While the employees at the shop might able to help with on the fashion-side, make sure the people you bring know what is true to your taste. Also, if you don’t want your wedding dress shopping to be a party, it doesn’t have to be a party. Bring the people you’re close to, and leave it at that.
- Have an expectation talk with your MOH
It doesn’t have to be super formal, but it does need to happen early on. As soon as you’ve asked your MOH and she has accepted, discuss what it is you expect from her and what her responsibilities will be throughout the wedding. Every bride is different. Some women want their bachelorette party to be a total surprise; others want to be the ones to plan it out and simply have MOH invite people. You want to make sure you’re both on the same page and keep the communication game strong.
- Make sure you know what you’re getting with your photographer
Do they plan to shoot alone or do they have an assistant? Do they know the vibe you are hoping to get from your album? Do you want all of your photos to be entirely formal, or do you want more candid? Do you care about dancing photos? These are valid things to discuss; the pictures are one of the most important pieces.
- Don’t leave the marriage license to surprise
Check online what your state’s license requirements are in advance. Sometimes the offices have weird hours, and you don’t want to go to your wedding without the proper paperwork.
- Make a rule about children and stick to it
Are guests allowed to bring kids? If so, what is the age limit? Are family members allowed to bring their newborns? These are things that should be discussed as well and stick to your guns on what you want and what you expect for your wedding. Also, it’s not unheard of to provide a childcare service at your wedding.
- Find one place to organize
There are a million different options for staying organized while planning your big day. Three-ring binders are still a practical go-to if you need something physical to look at. Otherwise, there are quite a few iPhone apps that help you organize receipts and conversations with different vendors. One great way to organize correspondence is by creating a separate email address for wedding contacts so that you don’t have to spend as much time filtering.
- Most importantly, take your time
There are so many horror stories in planning for weddings. How ironic that the best day of your life can be so closely linked to a horrible season of planning! Don’t let this happen to you. Take your time, take a breath. If there is a conflict with different family members, find a way to settle it maturely. But remember, it is your and your fiancée’s day, nobody else’s. In the end, you have to do what’s right for the two of you. Don’t let the stress of excitement get the best of planning.
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