Planning a wedding is hard enough, now if you add in the holiday season, planning can become more difficult. Now don't get me wrong, a holiday wedding can be beautiful and fun, but it will come with it's challenges. But if you are really wanting to shoot for a wedding around the holidays, here are 4 tips to help with that process.
1. Consider Having a Smaller Guest List
You may be planing your wedding over a long period of time, but if you choose a date during the holidays, there is a large possibility that guest won't come. People have their own families and their own celebrations to do around the holidays, and some people travel during that time as well. So consider having a more intimate wedding setting, maybe focus more of inviting family, or even try planning a reception for later.
2. Family is Number One
If you are going to invite people outside your family and friends, think about making your wedding a family-friendly event and allow guest to bring their children. By allowing kids, it will help increase your guest count and more likely to have people RSVP with a yes. And if needed, look into maybe hiring some baby sitters for the smaller ones when the dancing starts, so the kids will have someone to watch them and the parents can relax a bit and enjoy themselves.
3. Prepare for Higher Expenses.
There may be fewer weddings around the holidays, but the thing to remember is a wedding is still a party, and parties don't stop around the holidays. Holidays are the times people take vacations, or hold office parties, or even hold big holiday events. Vendors are still just as busy, so prices may be higher around that time because those people also want to go home and spend time with their families. This applies to venues, photographers, hotels, and even caterers. Hotels book up months in advance for the holidays, caterers serve food for several different events, even bands and DJs are booked up because of having to entertain at several events. Think about your budget and what you can do about the high price rates.
1. Book Your Vendors Early.
I cannot stress this enough. Usually when you book things, you are competing with other brides and grooms. Sometimes for the holiday season this is not the case. It's not just brides and grooms, you are also competing with business, corporations, even large personal holiday parties. You want to book what you can as early as you can, and always have a back up options if your plan A doesn't work out.
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