When it’s time for your child to get married, you may be full of different emotions, both good and overwhelming. All the same, one of the roles of parenting is to give your child a helping hand whenever they need it, and their wedding is the perfect opportunity. Here’s how you can help plan your child’s wedding and make it enjoyable and successful.
Help Set the Budget
Depending on how involved your child wants you to be, you can help them set a budget for their wedding. This will be something very important for them as they’ve probably not been on the backend of a wedding before, while you likely have some experience. For this reason, you can help them keep the budget reasonable by letting them know what items on their list are mandatory and which ones they would be better off without. With the average cost of a wedding reception at $13,106 in 2012, you will need to show them which items they should prioritize and allow the bigger amount for.
Research on the Dates
To make sure that there are no conferences or similar events set for the same time as your child’s wedding, do some digging to find out what the calendar for the area has in store. This will help everyone avoid the headache of hiked accommodation fees and the inability to find accommodation in the first place. The less busy the date is, the better it will be for everyone at the wedding because it will allow for more flexibility in terms of the amenities and facilities you have at your disposal.
Since the newly-weds-to-be may be busy with other parts of the wedding plans, they may not remember legalities. Many caterers and wedding planners require contracts for their services, and you want your child to be singing something that benefits them. Have an attorney look over any contracts before signing. With most attorneys requiring to be paid a flat fee upfront so they’ll be able to cover out-of-pocket expenses, suggest to your child that they should keep about 10% to 20% of the fee in case the lawyer doesn’t deliver what they need to. This will make it possible to proceed without a hitch and with no pending legal fees or tasks.
Leave Room For Last-Minute Adjustments
While no one likes the last-minute scrambles for changes and such, it’s important to keep in mind that things can change at the final moment and throw everything into turmoil. Things like the weather may take a turn for the worse and leave your plans for an outdoor wedding in disarray, or the caterers may fail to deliver on their word and leave you without cake. Things like this may not happen often, but it’s good to have a backup plan for them all the same so that in case they do happen, they don’t bring everything to a standstill.
Make Sure Purchases Are Done In Time
Finally, there will be many vendors for different items like the dress and decor, so it’s important to make sure that the more important things, like the wedding dress, are paid for in time. This and some other crucial things will need to at least have a down payment made to be considered and given a priority, and you can make it your duty to make sure that they’re all done. With the trading volume across the seas decreasing by 9.5% in the first half of 2020 and total trade dropping by 16% when compared to the same time the previous year, it’s easy to see that unprecedented circumstances can make things harder to purchase.
Leave nothing to chance and get important planning done well in advance for your child’s wedding. With these tips, you can help your child plan a successful wedding and improve the bond you have with them and their partner as well as their family!