From Dress to Band, How to Plan Your Wedding

After The Diamond Ring… The Real Fun Begins

You will, undoubtedly, never forget the moment you (or your love) said yes. Whether it was casual and spontaneous or an impressive display of never-ending love. But, in truth, that is just one of many special, life-long memories you will create together and, most likely, the next in line is your wedding.

Planning your wedding can be stressful because there seems to be so much to do. Not sure if you want to go with live music or a DJ? Worried you won’t be able to afford your dream wedding dress? While there are a lot of things that you need to look at, you can easily make the planning process much smoother. There are a number of ways that you can reduce the stress of planning and the best is to know what steps you should take when planning.

In This Article
After The Diamond Ring… The Real Fun Begins
Set Up A Wedding Planning Timetable
Set Your Wedding Budget
Choosing The Venue
Choose Your Wedding Party
Determine Your Priority Vendors And Hire Them
Shop For The Wedding Dress
Send Out The Invitations

Set Up A Wedding Planning Timetable

wedding planning scheduleThe first step in planning your wedding will actually be to plan the planning. This might seem a bit strange, but it will help you stay focused and ensure that you cover everything. When you create your planning timetable, you need to think about the potential date for the wedding. This is something that you will not be able to finalize until after you have made other decisions such as booking the wedding venue.

When choosing the potential date, you should think about any holidays or events that you want to avoid conflicting with. A Valentine’s Day wedding might seem like a romantic idea, but the practicality is much different. Once you have the potential date, you need to set deadlines for every aspect of planning from when you are going to get your dress to when you are going to book the band and venue.

Set Your Wedding Budget

You need to have a budget for your wedding and you need to ensure that you stick to this. When you create the budget, you should talk to everyone that is involved in contributing to it. If you and your partner are paying for the wedding, you do not have to include anyone else. However, if you have family members helping you with this, you should include them in the budget talks.

Choosing The Venue

Once you have your timetable and budget, you need to start looking at venues. To narrow down your venue options, you will need to look at the big picture of your wedding. You have to consider the style, theme, and atmosphere that you want the wedding to have. The venue that you choose needs to help you achieve this big picture.

unique wedding ideas on a budgetSome of the key factors you should consider when looking at the venue are how many guests you will invite and whether it will be indoors or outside. You also need to consider if you want a rustic wedding, a vintage wedding or a classic wedding. If you want a religious wedding, you need to consider venues that offer you the ceremony that you want.

It is not only the venue for the wedding ceremony that you have to look for at this point. You also need to consider the reception venue which will become the backdrop for most of your wedding pictures. There are a lot of people who have the ceremony and reception in the same venue, but this might not always be possible. If you are having a church wedding, this will not be possible and you need to find a different venue for the reception.

Once you have an idea about the venues you want, you need to visit them. This gives you the chance to see them in person and determine if they actually suit your needs. You will also be able to find out if they are available for the potential dates that you have planned. When you find a venue that you like, you need to book it as soon as possible.

Choose Your Wedding Party

Securing the venue is a major part of the wedding and once this is done you can look at your wedding party. You should try to figure out the wedding party as early as possible as you will be able to enlist their help with getting everything ready for the big day. Your wedding party will be the bridesmaids and the groomsmen.

There are no rules as to who should be part of the wedding party. You should look at choosing people who are close to you whether this is family or friends. You should not let yourself be talked into naming someone in the wedding party that you are not comfortable with.

Determine Your Priority Vendors And Hire Them

Once you have secured your venue, you can start looking at the vendors. It is important that you start by determining which vendors are high-priority and which are not. This will ensure that you do not spend a lot of time looking for the right flower vendor and have to choose the only available caterer.

Your wedding will have different priorities to another wedding and you need to consider this. If you cannot imagine getting married without a certain local band playing, this will be your priority vendor. However, if you need to have the flowers that only one vendor can provide, this will be your priority. It is important that you determine this as soon as possible because in-demand wedding vendors can be hired more than a year in advance. 

Shop For The Wedding Dress

wedding gowns and their pricesA lot of women think that the wedding dress is one of the items that you have to start with when you plan a wedding. This is not actually the case and you can wait a bit when it comes to choosing one. To start your wedding dress shopping, you should look for some ideas online. This can help you determine the type of wedding dress that you want.

It is recommended that you try to avoid any trends with wedding dresses. After all, you do not want to look back at your pictures and cringe at the sight of your dress. Incorporating classical features into modern styles is the best solution as you do not look outdated, but are also able to match your overall style.

Send Out The Invitations

The last step in planning your wedding will be to send out the ‘remember the date’ cards and the invitations. This can be done either in the post or electronically depending on your preference. You should send this to everyone that you want to invite and give them enough time to plan their trip to your wedding.