After you get engaged, it’s time to plan the wedding. But where do you start? We’ve curated these wedding planning tips to help you with your journey.
Understanding where to start can feel like complete chaos. Between wanting your dream venue, building a guest list and choosing a dress, the list of decisions to make can feel never-ending.
Fortunately, we’ve put together eight 8 tips to plan your wedding to help you and your partner enjoy the process and cherish your special day.
Before you start to make decisions about your wedding, you need to determine your budget and your ideal guest count. Having a budget will help when choosing and booking a venue. Plus, the guest count keeps you from falling in love with wedding venues and details that fall outside of your budget.
It’s easy to fall down a wedding planning rabbit hole or scour vogue weddings for ideas, but your wedding should reflect you and your partner’s story. So instead of using recycled ideas, try drawing inspiration from stories about how you met, places you’ve travelled and things you love doing together. The details you find in these moments are fun elements to add to your wedding day.
It’s easy to get swept away by the stress of wedding planning. There will be countless decisions and tough calls to make for your wedding vision to come to life, making you forget why you’re there in the first place. So, instead of looking at this time as stressful, consider it an adventure and remember to have fun.
The guests at your wedding will also have to do quite a bit of planning to make sure they can be there for your special day. Therefore, it’s important to focus on the details that allow your guests to be present. For example, if you’re having a winter wedding, you can provide blankets during the ceremony and a hot drink to keep everyone warm.
When planning your wedding, one of the first things you think about is what you’ll wear. But our advice is to wait to buy your wedding dress until you’ve decided on a location or date. These two details will influence the type of dress you choose, so it suits the venue, theme and time of year. Of course, if time is of the essence, then ordering a wedding dress should be at the top of the list, especially with the long wait list most designers are experiencing.
After the wedding is over, you’ll have your wedding photos to cherish forever, so make sure photos are a priority. To start, think about all the moments that are important to you and that you want captured forever. For instance, is capturing the morning ritual of getting ready important? Or perhaps the sparkler exit at the end of the night. Knowing which key moments are important will determine how much coverage you need. Make sure you give your photographer a list of all the important people/family members in your life as well. With so much going on during the day, it’s easy to forget to take photos with certain people.
It might feel like you need to make every decision right away, but there’s time. Other than booking vendors in advance, there’s time to think about smaller details like your colour palette, florals, bridesmaid outfits, etc. If you make these decisions too soon, you might wonder if you made the right choice as you get further along in the planning process.
Planning a wedding can sometimes take a year or longer. And although the planning can start to feel like it’s all you think about, make sure to schedule date nights where wedding planning talk is off-limits. You and your partner will appreciate having the time to talk about anything other than your wedding day. Hopefully, these wedding planning tips help your journey to be as stress free as possible.
Hopefully, these wedding planning tips remind you of the most important part of your wedding day: you and your partner. Try to trust your gut when it comes time to make decisions, and try not to sweat the small stuff.
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