three wedding planning questions
Planning a wedding can be pretty hectic at times. There are so many things to make and do that the checklist can get incredibly long. Between the madness of narrowing your guest list, managing your budget, addressing invitations, etc. it is likely that there are a few things that may have slipped your mind when putting the finishing touches on everything. Here are three wedding planning questions you should definitely be asking yourself, no matter where you are in the planning process.
NUMBER 1: “Where Do We Park Downtown?”
Finding a parking space in downtown Athens can be difficult for just one person, so when it comes to finding parking for an entire wedding party, it can quickly become a nightmare. With downtown parking at rates of $0.75 an hour, it can become rather expensive for even half day access. If your venue cannot provide enough parking to accommodate all of your guests, make sure plan for their parking. There are a few options when it comes to finding extra space. Start by contacting local businesses with lots near your venue to see if they would be willing to let guests use their space. This may come at a price though, so make sure you plan for that in your budget. Another option is to rent spaces through a downtown parking group. See if your community allows parking rentals in decks or lots. If not, see if the venue has a shuttle for further parking or if renting one is an option. No matter what, make sure you provide maps to your guests with venues, parking, etc. so they do not get lost and miss being a part of your special day.
NUMBER 2: “Do You Have a Wedding Website?”
The answer to this question should be YES! Having a website for guests to access makes the whole event more accessible to people instantly. Your website will be extremely important for communicating with guests, especially if they are far away. It will allow you to update any new plans and reach all of your guests in one posting. RSVPs can be handled through the site as well, which makes the process of determining the numbers a lot easier than having a paper mess in your living room. Making a registry part of your online platform will make it simple for guests to purchase all of the items that you need for your new life as a couple. Also, it helps prevent receiving duplicate gifts (so no more getting two different sets of non-matching plates). A maps and venue directions should be posted on your website as well.
NUMBER 3: “What Happens If It Rains?”
Having a rain plan is extremely important for any wedding. You do not want to have your guests sitting in the rain, or damage your/wedding party/guests dress, shoes, etc. because of a poor rain plan. It goes without saying that outdoor weddings MUST HAVE an alternative plan. Do not wait until the last minute to try and find tents because that can become a disaster in itself. Make sure you contact local rental companies and find out when the last day to rent a tent would be based on your wedding date. Make sure that a plan is in place so that nothing can ruin your special day, especially not the rain.
It is important to have all of these questions answered before your big day arrives. Well informed guests are happy guests and that will contribute to a great wedding. If you have any questions, please leave them in the comments below and I will be glad to answer them!
Happy Planning Everyone!