Big life events like weddings, quinceañeras, and new babies are exciting. The energy, the love, the celebration of happy life events, there’s just nothing else like it. When it’s your own celebration? Well, as happy as that celebration is, it can become very stressful. I should know, I’m planning my daughter’s quinceañera, helping plan my sister’s wedding and my other sister’s baby shower. So, why my cup may runneth over, it’s also stressed beyond belief.
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Everyone knows weddings are challenging to plan, coordinating is one of the most critical factors in the planning stage. I’m finding that planning Bella’s quinceañera is pretty much the same. It’s helpful to be meticulous, every step of the way, from choosing the venues to deciding where to shop for the dresses for the quinceañera and damas. Your big day, whether it’s a wedding or a quinceañera, can go off without a hitch, and you can make it happen with these planning tips you never knew you needed:
- Start planning immediately. Sure, you may not have plans to get married or celebrate your daughter’s quinceañera for several years, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t get planning now. It’s never too early to go on Pinterest and start a wedding planning/quinceañera board with ideas of things you’d like. You can also start looking at venues and booking appointments. Starting early can be the one thing that gets you the date that you want for your event.
- Sort out your budget at the very beginning. No need to make big plans with no realistic budget in mind. Before you can start buying anything, you need to know what your budget is and what’s going to tip you over the edge for your big day purchases. The earlier you have a concrete budget outline, the more accurately you can plan your event.
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- Get as much of your family and friends involved as you can, from taking advice on photographers and videographers, to getting to know people who can help you with your venue on the day. You need to know which members of the family can give you a hand with organizing everything from the prevents to the main event. You’re bound to have opinions in the mix, so take them all on board but remember, the most important thing is to enjoy the day.
- Be selective with your guest list. Don’t feel obligated to invite everyone you’ve ever known. You need to know how many you’ll be catering for and then only invite those you know will show up. Of course, everyone wants their whole family there, but if you haven’t seen your cousins in thirty years, you certainly don’t need to feel obligated to invite them to your big day.
- Pick your court early, you’re going to need their help. The planning won’t be as smooth without them by your side. They’ll need dresses and shoes as well as makeup and hair done, too, so get them on your side early, and you’ll be able to get planning properly.
- Choose your venue wisely. If you want to have a destination wedding, but you want everyone you love to come, it may be worth chatting to the wider families first to know who would make it overseas. If there’s only a small contingent who can attend your event, it’s okay. It just means you need to set up a celebration at home for the family too.
- Always have a plan B. Things can and do go wrong, even if you don’t want to think about them happening that way. Your special day should go off without a problem if you plan it well, so make sure you do your research.