Wedding decorations are some of the most fun aspects of hosting weddings. They set the scene of the event and demonstrate the mood of the day. Many brides and grooms choose to make and arrange their own decorations.
While this can have its good points, it can also be a stressful part of the big day if significant preparation is not taken well in advance. The following is a general timeline to consider when decorating for a wedding:
One Year Ahead
The couple should sit down and discuss the budget. Typically, event-planning experts recommend allotting no more than 15 percent of the entire budget to decorating. If that seems too high, it may be necessary to scale back on the more expensive components, such as flowers, and think of some alternative yet beautiful materials.
Nine Months Ahead
Once the budget has been set, it is time to think about the fun aspects. By now, couples have already secured the venue and know what they have to work with. The color scheme should be finalized at this time. Look through some bridal magazines to get some ideas for the best colors based on the season of the event. This is also a time to visit a florist to discuss what the options are within the budget and seasonal availability.
Six Months Ahead
This is the time to begin shopping for materials. Scour home decor shops and online vendors to compare prices and to see what is available. For those who are making all of their own components, such as centerpieces, begin working on those six months ahead of time. For many weddings, brides will collaborate with bridesmaids and work together to get this work done more quickly. It can be a fun pre-wedding event!
Two Months Ahead
During this period, it is time to make a final evaluation of what has been completed and what is left to do. Inventory everything, from centerpieces to backdrops to boutonnieres and make sure everything is ready to go. Make sure that these decorations are stored in a safe, dry place to prevent any damage.
Two Weeks Ahead
Crunch time is here, and it is time to get ready to decorate. Check with the venue to double-check any policies regarding fastening items to the walls and other areas. For instance, some places will not allow any holes in the walls, so thumb tacks or push pins cannot be used. Others may not allow anything sticky or tacky to be used, so make sure to be fully aware of the rules.
Once everyone knows what is and is not allowed, take a trip to the craft store to make sure all of the items needed to decorate are ready to go. Think about getting things like floral wire, string, staplers and so on to affix everything.
Also, get a finalized list of volunteers who will be assisting on decoration day. The bride should not plan to take on such an endeavor alone. Weddings are a group effort, so be sure to have plenty of people to help.
The Day Before
Be sure to carefully pack up the decorations and gather the volunteers. Provide everyone with a plan to make sure everything goes where it should. Plan to have some fun while working on the venue. Have some snacks on hand so guests can take a break and visit during the evening.
The Wedding Day
This is a day in which the bride should not be worried about any decorations. Instead, enlist the volunteers to make any final adjustments to the room, if necessary. The bride should instead be enjoying her day with her new husband and taking in the atmosphere of the event.
Weddings can be stressful, but with a solidly mapped out plan, they don’t have to be. Just be sure to enjoy this time and not become overwhelmed.
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