The low stress guide to planning your wedding.

Congratulations! You’re engaged! Now the real drama of planning the wedding begins.

Or not. It’s really up to you. If you want the ultimate low-stress guide on how to start wedding planning, then read on!

 

 

Planning a Wedding Without the Stress

 

Weddings can get as big, bad and stressful as you’ll let them get. So take control early by defining your limits, booking the right venue early, and getting the expert advice you need. You’ll only do this once in your life, so the smartest thing you can do is rely on the advice of professionals who plan and host weddings every other weekend!

Some people thrive on stress and get off on the nervous energy of planning a wedding in the most convoluted way possible. If you’re like the rest of us, you’d rather a relaxed stress free planning affair. If you’re up for some tips on keeping your wedding stunning, but stress-free, we’ve got you covered.

MAKE A PLANNING TIMETABLE

Plan to plan? Yes. There are so many details to plan, that a wedding can get totally overwhelming.

So what you want to do, is break it down into manageable parts. Excel is your friend here. Work out at what point you need to plan each aspect of the wedding, and schedule it in the calendar.

That way, you plan each detail at the adequate moment, and can avoid developing a nervous tic for the next few months! Wherever possible, outsource to friends and professionals to help the planning go more smoothly. This is one of those moments in life where you need to accept you cannot do it all.

ASK FRIENDS AND FAMILY TO CONTRIBUTE

A wedding is a family celebration. It’s a rite of passage, and a way to firm up the support network that holds this couple up. A beautiful way to reflect that in the wedding is to involve friends and family in the design.

If your cousin is a great photographer, and your soon-to-be sister-in-law has a stunning voice, bring their skillsets to the wedding! Ask great-aunt Martha to help with the tables, and your best friend to lead the dancing. This isn’t so much about saving money – though it’ll help, as it is about making the event a real inclusive affair.

It probably goes without saying, but it’s worth being clear on this detail. Only ask reliable, stress-free family and friends to fill these important roles. If Uncle Frank sometimes shows up and often doesn’t, don’t give him a job.

ELECT A ‘FIXER’ FOR WEDDING WEEK

There is a classic dilemma the week leading up the wedding. Friends and family from all around land at the venue location. The one thing they all have in common is you.

So if they want advice on where to eat, where to fix their broken high-heel or where to get a last minute haircut, they call you. This final week also happens to be the most stressful of the whole planning process. So, early on, elect a practical, problem-solver friend or relative to be the ‘fixer’, and redirect any issues people have to them instead.

OUTSOURCE! FIND A GREAT WEDDING PLANNER

A good wedding planner is worth their weight in gold. You can send them your Pinterest boards or scrapbook for the sorts of wedding theme you want, and they’ll jump in with suggestions and advice. If they’ve been in the game for a while, they’ll score you discounts and hook you up with the real professionals.

A wedding planner will know who does the most stylish makeup, hair and the best wedding banquet in town. Wedding planners will often offer several different packages with ranges of support and responsibility for the event. If you know people who’ve recently married in the area you might hit them up for some wedding planner recommendations.

LOCK IN A GREAT VENUE EARLY

To stay stress-free, get the basics organized early. It’s hard to invite guests when you haven’t locked in the venue yet. For the reception, look for a wedding banquet with a lot of experience and lots of different options so you can make your wedding truly unique and memorable.

At Avanté Banquets, we offer exquisitely landscaped grounds and a distinctive style that your guests will just love. We like to say that it’s your day, so we do it your way. Which brings us to the next point.

REMEMBER WHAT IT’S ALL ABOUT

With budgets, timelines, RSVPs and your gown and styling, it’s easy to get caught up in the stress of wedding planning. Friends or relatives might try to persuade you to do things the way they want them. You love them, you want to please them, and sometimes it feels like the easiest thing to do is to cave in.

Don’t give in, because you’ll regret it. This is your special day, and it’s about celebrating that the two of you found each other. Celebrating that you’re about to embark on a long and happy marriage.

If you’ve locked in a great venue early and involved a professional wedding planner, you can scale down the stress a bit. Some brides even tell us having a calming mantra can help! Find a phrase that reminds you this will be a special day, that things will work out just fine.

When you’re feeling overwhelmed take a moment to repeat it silently in your head. And breathe!

 

 

Now You Know How to Start Wedding Planning

 

There you have it: how to start wedding planning without the stress. Ask for help, outsource, and plan the planning early. If you’ve got helpful, responsible loved ones, give them planning jobs, and make use of their skillset!

The best bit about stress-free wedding planning is it keeps you focused on what’s important. The marriage you’re about to begin. With the love of your life.

Stay focused on the romance and the joy, and do your best to leave the stress behind you. One of our stress-free planning tips is to get the venue sorted early on. If you’re ready to book the perfect wedding reception venue, get in touch with us at Avanté Banquets today!

 

How to choose the perfect wedding venue for your big day.

Did you know records of wedding ceremonies date back as far as the 13th century?

Back then, instead of weddings, they would refer to the ceremony as a “bridelope”. The old English word, “bridelope”, describes the moment after the reception, when the bride embarks on the journey to her new home.

Are you ready to run off into the sunset with your partner? Your wedding ceremony and reception set the tone for how you’ll step into your new life. Will you be running off happy and elated, or exhausted and stressed?

To start your marriage off right, and have the celebration of a lifetime, you need to choose the right location. Are you trying to find the right wedding venue for your big day? Read on to find out what to look for during your search.
 

Create a Wedding Venue Checklist

The first step you need to take is to make a wedding venue checklist. Choosing the right venue can be an emotional experience, and you’ll want to avoid getting caught up in the moment. Having a list of your venue requirements will serve as a helpful guide while you search for the perfect location.

There are 2 main things your preliminary checklist should include.

  1. Budget

  2. Availability

Write your list in a way that you can quickly filter out locations that won’t meet your needs. 

 

Make an Honest Budget

The very first thing you’ll need to find out is your budget. Sit down and talk with your partner about how much you can afford to spend on the wedding. What type of theme or setting will fit into your budget?

Knowing what both you and your loved one want, will make it easier to narrow down your options. You’ll also be able to cut out expenses that don’t matter to either one of you.

With your budget in hand, you’re ready to start checking prices. When you’re looking at a potential venue, look to see if they have any wedding packages.

If they do include packages, ask for a detailed list of everything the package includes. Will there be any hidden fees or extra costs?

Oftentimes, locations will have preset fees if you go over your allocated time. You’ll want to know every single possible expense to avoid any costly surprises.

Don’t worry about coming across as rude, or interrogative, as you ask your list of questions. The company should be happy to help because it’s your right to be thorough when picking a location.

After creating a theme and budget for your ceremony and reception, you’re ready to pick a date.

 

Checking for Availability

Do you want a vibrant spring wedding or a rustic fall themed day? Summertime weddings are excellent if you’re having an outdoor wedding.

Yet, keep in mind that the peak season for weddings falls right between the end of spring and the beginning of fall. So if you’re planning on having a wedding in the summer, you might have to reserve the location years in advance.

When you find a venue within your budget, the next step is to check for availability. If possible, it’s best to pick a date range, rather than one specific day. Having a range of dates that will work gives you a lot more flexibility and options.

The time of year you have your wedding will play a big part in supporting your theme and flower options. If you are dreaming of a tropical paradise themed wedding, the busy summer months will obviously be your first choice.

However, if you’re working with a very tight budget, you might want to consider having your wedding during the offseason (winter). Rental fees are usually lower during the off months and you might be able to negotiate lower vendor prices.

 

Explore Catering Options

Now you need to find out if you can have the wedding and reception in the same place. Some venues accommodate for both the ceremony and the reception, while others don’t. 

Having the ceremony and reception in one location can make the entire day more enjoyable. Once you determine if the venue will work for both events, you can start thinking about food. 

Venues that provide catering options are a major convenience. Having a wedding caterer means you and your partner will be free to enjoy each other, and your guests.

After finding out the catering rates, ask for a list of the food items they’re capable of preparing. If you have vegetarian guests, you’ll need to check if they have any non-meat options. 

Certain venues will have connections with vendors, and as a result, they can get you discounted rates. However, you’ll need to do some homework to find out if the vendors they support produce quality work.

Sometimes companies will selfishly promote vendors to receive personal kickbacks. Luckily for you though, a quick internet search of the potential vendor’s name, is an easy and fast way to look for customer reviews.

If you do find customer reviews, make sure you read several of them. One bad review or one great one isn’t enough to base your decision off of. Instead read at least 10 different reviews before making your choice.

 

Family Owned Venues

When you’re reputation is on the line, you’ll have more motivation to produce quality work. That’s why family-owned venues are capable of producing some of the best services.

Avante Banquets would love to help you enjoy the ultimate wedding experience. We are passionate about exceptional service for any sized wedding. We can serve all of your needs, whether you’re hosting an intimate group of less than a hundred people or a large 500 person event.

We offer wedding packages with exquisite four-course meals and open bar options. To book our wedding venue or inquire about pricing, please reach out to us, using our contact us page.