Wedding planning is a monumental task, which is why many people choose to hire a professional wedding planner.  And while a wedding planner can definitely help, they can also be a huge drain on you wedding budget.

Luckily, you don’t need a professional wedding planner in order to have a great wedding. With a positive, hard-working approach, you can accomplish everything a professional wedding planner would provide. And to help you out, the team at Olympia Banquet Hall have collected some tips and advice on how to plan a wedding without a wedding planner.

Get some wedding planning tips in the video below: 

Determine Your Budget & Guest List First

You need to have a broad idea of what you’re looking for in your wedding and how much you can afford before you dive into the planning process. That’s why you need to start by determining your budget and your guest list.

The number of guests at your wedding will have a big impact on its cost, determining what size event venue you’ll need to rent, how much catering you’ll need, and more. Once you know how many guests you’d like to have, you can budget a rough cost per guest accordingly, adding that to your other estimated wedding expenses to determine your budget.

Research Different Wedding Vendors

A professional wedding planner will have connections with wedding vendors across your area and beyond, able to find the perfect vendor to meet your needs. But if you’re planning a wedding yourself, you’ll want to do some extra research to find the right vendors.

Don’t just decide to go with the first caterer or wedding decorator you find, even if it seems like they’d do a great job. You want to have a variety of options at your disposal, and gaining a better understanding of the market will help you negotiate a great deal with whoever you choose to do business with.

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Be Careful When Hiring Friends & Family

When planning your own wedding, you might be tempted enlist the help of friends and family. Whether you need some extra help organizing your big day, or are hiring them as one of your wedding vendors, friends and family can be a big help. But be careful, because they can also be a burden.

The casual, loving relationship you have with those closest to you can actually hinder your working relationship, especially leading up to your wedding. You need people who will stay on task and tackle anything you throw their way, and your friends or family might think they can slack off because of your close relationship.

Remember To Stay Organized

One of the biggest hurdles of wedding planning is staying organized. You’ll be in contact with multiple vendors, setting up meetings constantly as your wedding approaches. And of course, there are plenty of tiny tasks you’ll need to handle and adjustments you’ll have to make.

You can keep organized with notebooks and planners if you like, but we think digital tools are best. We recommend using something like Google Docs to help you stay organized, that way you can access your wedding plans on multiple devices like your phone, computer, or tablet with ease.

Keep Things In Perspective

Wedding planning is seriously stressful, and while you’ll want everything to turn out perfectly you need to be realistic. You’re going to need to make compromises as you plan your wedding, and nothing will turn out exactly as you imagined it, but remember to keep things in perspective. You’ll be surrounded by so much happiness on your wedding day that all the frustrations and hardships of the planning process will be worth it, even if everything isn’t perfect. In the end, all that matters is the union and love between you and your spouse.

Planning your own wedding is a difficult task, but with a thoughtful, measured approach you’ll be able to organize a beautiful event. And if you’re looking for a wedding venue in Los Angeles, you should consider Olympia Banquet Hall. Our event venue offers exceptional accommodations and gorgeous decor perfect for wedding receptions, rehearsal dinners, anniversary parties, and much more. For more information on booking and availability, contact Olympia Banquet Hall today.

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