The big day is fast approaching and you still don’t know where to start? In this guide, we will take you through the wedding preparations step by step. This way you will be able to focus on the important things with peace of mind.
Getting engaged and what happens next
After a planned or surprise engagement, once the excitement has subsided, you start planning your future path together. The first step should be choosing a wedding date. Will it be a distant one, and will you spread out the preparations over time? Do you want to maximally accelerate the next stage of your life together? The choice, above all, should be up to you. Don’t be annoyed by the golden advice of all-knowing aunties – they really mean well! Calmly talk about your plans and set boundaries – it’s not worth arguing.
Choose a date that means a lot to you or one that suits you both. Sometimes choosing together requires compromises. Do you want to get married on a holiday or, on the contrary, in the cold winter? Do you prefer the weekend or is the day arbitrary? In times of pandemonium, a Friday wedding has become a popular option, allowing for a longer rest after the ceremony or a three-day party. Or do you want the letter ’R’ in the name of the month to bring you luck? Consider all the options and mark your chosen date on the calendar!
A good venue
If you are planning a party, the next step is to choose a venue. Dinner for your closest family members doesn’t have to require an extra venue. You can organize it at home, prepare the food in advance or order a catering service. You can complement the meeting with your loved ones in your own four corners of the house by, for example, watching pictures on a projector. If you want to avoid preparations or the guest list is a bit longer, a dinner in a restaurant will be a good choice. Choose a restaurant according to your and your guests’ preferences. Consider whether your beloved grandmother would feel comfortable in a bar with jazz music. Do you prefer an expensive and elegant establishment or a local pub with Polish cuisine? Check the opening hours and ask about the possibility of booking a separate room to ensure your privacy.
For larger weddings with dancing and entertainment, you will need a specially booked wedding hall. When choosing a hall, consider the price first. This usually includes the rental cost and a „plate”, i. e. a predetermined price for each guest. Size does matter here – a larger party will cost significantly more. Ask if the decoration of the hall is included in the costs or if you have to pay extra or hire your decorator. Check online reviews of the venue, bearing in mind that customers rarely rate the venue when they are happy, and almost always when something has gone wrong. Make sure that the menu offered takes into account people with food allergies and those who exclude certain foods. These days, it’s a good idea to plan your wedding menu for vegetarians or people with celiac disease.
Souvenirs will stay forever
The fun lasts a while and the mementos of the day will accompany you for a lifetime, so it is worth taking care of their quality. If you want to capture the big day, determine whether you prefer to opt for a video or just wedding photos. Often the photographer and videographer work together, so ask about a package deal. This experience allows them to work better together and capture all the important moments.
In the photographer’s offer, you can often find a photo booth or a photo booth with gadgets, where guests can take funny pictures. If your photographer doesn’t offer one, you can look for a separate offer to hire a photobooth. A cheaper option is to prepare the frame and buy the gadgets – funny glasses and inscriptions on sticks, colorful wigs, or hats. All you need to prepare the frame is thick cardboard and strong glue. You can design the elements yourself in a graphics program and have fun doing it.
A good party can’t go without music and dancing. This is the decision that most often causes misunderstandings. Take into account the music preferences of all your guests and their willingness to party. The choice is huge and you are only limited by your budget and imagination. You can choose lively, highlander hits, romantic ballads, or club music.
The music can be provided by a band or a DJ. Live music performed by a band allows involving the guests more in the fun under the stage and to order additional dedications. The cost of hiring a band varies depending on the region of Poland and the experience of the artists. Usually, a cheaper option is to hire a DJ. A good DJ will encourage the guests to go out on the dance floor and participate in additional games. The wedding best man can also invite the guests to the games. This is an additional person paid by the bride and groom, who watches over the wedding plan and the good mood of the guests.
And I vow to you…
At this stage, you have already chosen your venue and service. This is important as this is often where the most distant dates are. If you have confirmed that your date is free in the hall of your dreams and at the photographer of your choice, it is time to order the venue.
The choice is not limited to a church or registry office. Outdoor weddings are growing in popularity, so if you dream of getting married on the beach or in a beautiful garden – ask the officiant about the possibility. Getting married in front of an officiant involves less paperwork – ID cards and shortened birth certificates are enough, and the vows are confirmed by the signatures of two witnesses. You can already ask your chosen people at this stage if they will agree to this honor. In the case of a church wedding, the clergyman of the church in question will survey with you and let you know what documents and courses will be required – this can vary from denomination to denomination and diocese to diocese.
All in the Family
It’s said that family is best in photographs, but most family members would probably love to celebrate this important day with you. Analyze how many guests you can afford and who is most important to you. If your parents are helping with the wedding costs, you’ll probably have to take their suggestions into account, but that doesn’t mean you have to go along with them altogether – after all, if there are family members who wish you bad or are acting like a bull’s eye to you, it’s not your responsibility to give them another chance to play unfair games.
Maneuver the tables in such a way that you have important people close by who can help you in unexpected situations during the game. You don’t have to sign every seat – this is a very time-consuming activity. Additionally, you may not be fully aware of hidden antipathies or friendships. It is more convenient for you and your guests to make a general list of who is sitting at each table. This will give you control over the room plan, and allow your guests to choose a chair next to the people they want to have a great time with.
Lift to heaven
Walking to church in a long column of guests, with the bride and groom at the head, has long gone out of fashion. Guests don’t feel like marching, especially in shoes designed for dancing. Carriages are also less and less frequently chosen, due to increasing urbanization and unpleasant smell. The most common and very convenient idea is to rent a car. AutoVetus rental in Krakow deals with the renovation and rental of vintage cars. The offer includes a beautifully restored Austin Healey 3000 BJ8 convertible, a red, fast Maserati, or an elegant Hudson Hornet known from NASCAR racing.
At AutoVetus, you can easily enquire about a free date through the form on the website. The offer includes the rental of the car, its decoration, a chauffeur, an occasional number plate for the wedding, and access to the venue.
Attention to detail
If you’ve made it through our list, the only thing left to do is to choose the details. This is a time-consuming task and the choice of various accessories is endless. You have to choose your wedding dress and suit, accessories, stationery, and other elements that will complete the fun. You can always choose the help of a wedding planner, but preparing the ceremony yourself will keep you on your toes and provide you with many memories.