Every bride wants their wedding to be absolutely incredible – that’s perfectly normal. You’ll only have one wedding day, so making it the most wonderful experience is important. Not just for yourself and your groom to be, but also for your guests. You want everyone in attendance to have an amazing time, right?
While most brides know that they want their wedding day to be spectacular, knowing how to go about it can be stressful. I can remember wondering how I would be able to plan every last detail of my wedding – I didn’t think it would be possible. However, by taking the right steps, I was able to plan the most amazing wedding, and you can too.
Here is my guide to five steps to the most wonderful wedding:
Step 1: Choose your venue
Before setting a date or sending out invitations, the first thing that you need to do is choose your venue. If you set a date before picking the venue, you may not be able to get married in the place that you want. That’s why, it’s important that the first step you take is looking at and choosing venues.
Step 2: Set a date
Once you have found the perfect place to say your vows and hold your reception, set a date. It’s important that you set your date at least six months in advance, so that your guests have lots of notice.
As well as being important for your guests, setting the date sooner rather than later is also crucial for your vendors. If you want to ensure that you get the vendors that you want, you need to book them in advance. Obviously, without having a date for your celebrations, this would be impossible.
Step 3: Choose your wedding party
Before sending out the guest invitations for your big day, you need to select the wedding party. This means that you need to pick your bridesmaids and maid of honour, and your husband-to-be needs to pick his best man and groomsmen.
Choosing these can be difficult, especially if you have a large group of close friends and family. Pick who you want to help you plan your wedding – choose people who you think would be useful when it comes to planning your big day.
Step 4: Send out save the dates, followed by invitations
Once you have set a date and chosen your wedding party, the first thing that you need to do is send out save the dates. These simply tell your guests the date of your wedding, so that they can put it in their diaries. Ideally, these should coordinate in terms of design, with your invitations. So make sure to think the design and style of your save the dates through.
Around a month after sending out your save the dates, you then need to send out your wedding invitations. These should include all of the information about your wedding, including the date, time, location, and dress code. There are various designs of wedding invitations to choose from, what style you opt for is up to you. To get some inspiration, take a look at these classic wedding invitations by Paper Themes and have a browse.
Step 5: Get planning the details
Once you have done all of the above, all that’s left to plan is the ‘small details’ of your big day. This includes picking your colour scheme, wedding dress, flowers, and also, your wedding photography.
Leave yourself at least four months to get all these seemingly small details sorted out. As often, these things can take a while to get sorted. Write a list of everything that you need to do, from choosing a wedding dress to hiring the wedding cars, and tick each thing off as you do it. That way, you can ensure that you won’t forget to do anything.
Wedding planning can be incredibly stressful. However, if you are organised about it, you can make planning a fantastic wedding, much easier for yourself.
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