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Wedding Planner in Viet Nam : The Complete Guide to Planning a Wedding (Part 2)

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The Complete Guide to Planning a Wedding

Take Some Time Off—Together

For the sake of your own sanity, make sure you schedule some time for you and your partner to just be together and do anything but plan a wedding. Trust us, you’ll need the break. If you can, take the week before your wedding off from work to ensure that all last-minute details are completed, and to help make the days leading up to the big day that much less stressful.

 

Pick Invitations and Save the Dates

Start planning your wedding stationery as soon as you know your wedding style and have confirmed the venue. Save-the-date cards typically go out nine months before the wedding date for a destination wedding and four to six months prior for local nuptials. Invitation suites then follow six to eight weeks before the big day. As far as RSVPs, you should request those no later than one month before the celebration so there are no last-minute hiccups.

 

The Complete Guide to Planning a Wedding

Hire an Officiant

Finding the right officiant to preside over your nuptials can be a deeply personal journey for couples. Whomever you choose will not only dictate the event but will also usher you into your union, setting the tone for the rest of your lives together. If booking a clergy member or justice of the peace (rather than having a friend or family member officiate), it's important to thoroughly do your research, obtain reviews or recommendations, and ask the right questions like if personalizations are allowed, how disruptions would be handled, and if they are involved in obtaining a marriage license.

Add Some Personal Touches

Whether it's familial or cultural wedding customs that have a special meaning, or if there's a tradition that the two of you want to start for future generations, don't be afraid to incorporate some heartfelt, personal touches into your wedding day festivities. Remember, this is your day!

 

The Complete Guide to Planning a Wedding

Organize Transportation

There are three categories of wedding transportation to take into consideration. Depending on the venue, you may require transportation for yourselves and the wedding party to the ceremony. You will then need a getaway car to take yourself and your new spouse to the reception, while the wedding party takes the aforementioned transportation. If your venue is a remote location or you have guests attending from out of town, it is thoughtful to also book group transportation to take them between the ceremony, reception, and their hotels (this is where those hotel blocks come in handy). For a personalized touch, get creative with types of transportation that really speak to the surroundings.

Purchase Wedding Bands

Take a moment to just enjoy what's left of your engagement and fiancé(e) status and go shopping for your wedding bands. If you haven't already, this would also be the time to insure your engagement ring and add the wedding bands to the policy.

 

The Complete Guide to Planning a Wedding

Account for Pre-Wedding Events

Between engagement celebrations, showers, brunches, and bachelor/bachelorette parties, there is no shortage of pre-wedding events that take place in the months leading up to your big day. And while most of these festivities are traditionally hosted by a close friend or family member, you will need to participate in a small portion of the planning. At the very least, the guest lists for these events will need to be created by you and passed on to the generous hosts.

Understand What You Don't Want

Your wedding should be all about the two of you as a couple, so if certain traditional aspects make you uncomfortable, feel outdated, or simply aren’t your style, then don't include them on your wedding day. Traditions are lovely but only when they're meaningful to you.

 

The Complete Guide to Planning a Wedding

Don't Forget the Rehearsal Dinner Details

Much like other pre-wedding festivities, the rehearsal dinner may or may not be hosted by someone other than you. Regardless of this fact, you will need to partake in the planning process. Much like for the wedding, the rehearsal dinner will need a venue, guest list, catering selection, and invitations. If you are having a destination wedding or wedding weekend, this can either be tied into the welcome party or remain completely separate, to boot.

Consider a Day-Of Coordinator

Even when a full-service wedding planner isn’t in the cards, hiring a professional to oversee the day-of details can be a game-changer. They'll keep track of vendors for you, keep an eye on the schedule, and help with any last-minute details and on-site tasks. Just don't leave the booking until the last minute, because even though this is a day-of coordinator, they are typically hired six to eight months in advance.

 

The Complete Guide to Planning a Wedding

Create a Social Media Strategy

Whether you want your guests to share moments of your wedding day with the world or prefer to have an unplugged wedding, strategy is key. Hashtags, signage, and photo booths are a great way to get guests to post on social media. On the other hand, if you don't want your guests snapping shots or taking videos during the ceremony, have the officiant make a quick announcement before proceedings begin.

Make It Legal

In the midst of all the crazy planning and endless small details, don’t forget to actually plan the time to get your marriage license. Start researching and gathering the necessary documents early on, but keep in mind that marriage licenses are typically only valid for a couple of months—and destination weddings often have their own stipulations—so plan accordingly.

How to Get a Marriage License and Certificate

 

The Complete Guide to Planning a Wedding

Postpone Honeymoon Planning

Simultaneously planning a wedding and a dream honeymoon is not only expensive but also very time-consuming, especially if the two of you are doing everything yourselves. Therefore, it may be a good idea to postpone honeymoon planning just a bit. Many couples recommend spacing out the wedding and honeymoon to really appreciate everything, rather than being too drained from the wedding planning to fully enjoy the post-nuptial getaway.

Allocate Toasts and Readings

Wedding toasts are typically reserved for select VIPs and are traditionally distributed between the rehearsal dinner and reception, though some couples choose to have everything take place at one event. You are responsible for notifying toast-makers of their responsibilities, accepting requests to speak, and organizing the speaking order. Opting for readings in the ceremony, whether traditional, cultural, or literary, is another great way to honor important people in your life who aren't part of the wedding party. As with toasts, you assume responsibility for choosing the speakers and defining the speaking order.

 

The Complete Guide to Planning a Wedding

Finalize Setup Details

As your wedding date approaches, check in with your venue to find out when your vendors can arrive for setup. The earlier the better, but in some cases, venues may have other events going on the same day. Be sure to pass along the information to your vendors so everyone is on the same page.

Build a Playlist

Regardless of whether you are having a live band, DJ, or manning the turntables yourself, you will need to outline all of the key songs that absolutely must be played during the nuptial festivities. Just as important: Don't forget to also create a list of the songs you definitely do not want to hear.

The Complete Guide to Planning a Wedding

Write Vows

Take off your wedding planner hat for just a moment and don your to-be-wed headdress. Indulge yourself in a few moments of solitude to gather your thoughts and put pen to paper as you conceive the declarations of love and nuptial pledges you will make once at the altar. Make sure to include some actual promises in your notes rather than just creating a love letter to your beloved. They are called vows for a reason, after all.

Produce a Schedule of Events

Creating a comprehensive wedding day schedule ensures everyone is on the same page about timing and location(s) and helps to make sure the day's events run smoothly. Include things like hair and makeup appointments, when vendors will arrive, timing for transportation to/arrival at the ceremony location, timing for the couple's arrival to the reception, speeches, the first dance, and when the cake will be cut, etc. Print out (or email) copies to your MC, photographer, maid of honor, key family members, all vendors, and anyone else who should be in the know.

 

The Complete Guide to Planning a Wedding

Consider Hosting an After Party

If you and your partner want to keep the celebration going after you've said "I do," consider hosting an after-party for close family and friends. You can keep things small and have everyone meet you at a hotel bar, or plan a second event where you and your squad can party until the sun comes up. Do what works best for you and only plan what you have the capacity to endure.

Say Thanks

Gratitude goes a long way, so be sure to arrange for small gifts for your wedding party and anyone else who played a big role in your wedding planning journey—including friends who pitched in to help with all of your wedding DIY projects and, of course, parents or other family members who have been there for you and supported you along the way. Don't hesitate to give them a special little shoutout during the wedding toast, too.

 

The Complete Guide to Planning a Wedding

Don't Forget to Tip Your Vendors

It may be easy to forget about your budget once every detail has been locked in and secured, but if you haven't allotted cash for tips, your budgeting journey isn't quite over yet. While some tips aren't required, couples should make a conscious effort to tip everyone, especially since your vendors go above and beyond to ensure your big day is perfect for you and your spouse. Check out our comprehensive list of vendors to tip for an in-depth guide on what to do and how much to give.

 

Focus on the Big Picture

Be present in the moment and feel the love—you’re getting married! What's more, don't worry about the minutiae and if some things aren't perfect. What will guests most definitely notice? A stressed-out couple who's overwhelmed with last-minute details. By the time your wedding day rolls around, try to relax, enjoy all of the special moments with your loved ones, and remember to eat. Ask any married couple—it will zoom by.

 

Let Tho's accompany you on your happy day!

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