Being the bride and groom takes a lot of work — with so much to manage it’s easy to get a little bit overwhelmed.
- How do you choose the right venue?
- How much does it cost?
- What season should we get married in?
- How do you decide on a wedding theme?
- Should we get a wedding photographer? Indoor or Outdoor Specialist?
- Seasonal Flowers? Organic maybe?
Gosh, the list goes on ..
Lucky for you, we’ve created this definitive guide to help prepare you for all the nuances of planning a wedding.
From knowing the right aspects to consider when choosing the perfect venue, to deciding on your wedding décor using Pinterest, to choosing your wedding flowers (that are in season) — these 12 Steps To Becoming A Successful Bride And Groom will walk you up the aisle and through all the milestones to ensure that your perfect day goes off without a hitch.
Set up a wedding planning committee and brainstorm your ideas.
Instead of heading to the bookstore to buy that how-to Wedding guide, let’s start off with organising your wedding planning committee.
A wedding planning committee is your support network for organising your perfect day.
For example, if you want a more casual wedding, you might ask your friends to be in charge of the booze and light hors d’oeuvres.
But if you’re going for a more formal affair, they might be in charge of the table settings and music.
Each committee member of the wedding party should receive a list of tasks and responsibilities that they all need to be aware of, and it’s the best time to get their ideas.
Know the right aspects to consider when choosing the perfect venue.
Choosing the perfect wedding venue for you and your partner is one of the most important decisions to make.
Your wedding venue is not just a place to hold your wedding ceremony and reception but also reflects your personality and the mood you want your guests to have.
First, consider if you want a traditional or unconventional wedding and then think about where you’d like to host your event: indoors or outdoors, and what type of surroundings you want.
If you want your guests to enjoy themselves, an indoor venue will be great. On the other hand, you may prefer an outdoor venue, maybe one with a beautiful scenic view.
Next, consider how much space is available and what the rates are.
Ask questions from the staff at the reception desk; do they have any testimonials, what are the hourly rates for catering, what hotels are available for traveling guests and do they have an area for the kids.
Decide on the wedding décor using Pinterest
Deciding on the wedding decor can include anything from flowers to candles to the bride’s outfit, but you also need to consider what you’ll need for a particular ceremony (table arrangements, chair backs, linens, etc.), your personal style, and your budget.
If you’re in desperate need of some inspiration, a popular place to find some great wedding décor ideas is Pinterest!
Just run a few searches for;
- Wedding tables decorating ideas
- Wedding centerpiece Ideas
- Wedding dress decorations Ideas
- Wedding table decorations Ideas
- Wedding flower decorations Ideas
You’ll find lots of inspiration for decorating, choosing a dress that matches your wedding theme, centerpieces and even choosing the right type of tablecloths.
These can all be pinned to your boards so that you can find them easily later.
Choose your perfect wedding theme based on your personality, interests and style.
Wedding themes can range from vintage to rustic and from modern to lavish.
You can choose a traditional or classic wedding theme, or you can go in the opposite direction and create a theme that is more modern and contemporary.
If you are having trouble choosing a theme for your wedding, here are some ideas to help you get started.
- How would you describe your personality, interests or personal style?
- How would you describe your partner’s personality, interests or personal style?
- What are the seasons you can get married in?
- What is the relationship between the two of you?
- Could the location of where you met be a factor?
- What colours do you like?
(And the colours of your perfect wedding theme will be the anchor!)
You’ll use your colors in your wedding flowers, your wedding reception decorations, and even the cake so consider your favorite colors, the season for your wedding and the mood you’re trying to create to match them wisely.
Map out your seating chart and take photos of the tables before the guests arrive.
One of the most important things to do before the day is to make sure your seating chart is mapped out.
Making sure everyone can find their seats at the reception will help to keep the event running smoothly.
Having a seating chart also makes it easier for people to find each other after the ceremony.
If you’ve asked someone in your wedding planning committee to keep order of the seating arrangements, ask them to take photos of the tables before the guests arrive.
That way, you can quickly figure out who is seated where and inform your photographer or videographer so they know who to snap and visualise where.
Choose a day for your wedding rehearsal that has a private area available
The wedding rehearsal is a chance for the couple and their wedding party to practice their roles for the ceremony before the big day.
A rehearsal will help you practice the layout of your ceremony, where everyone is to stand, how they are to walk, and any special instructions for the photographer.
The rehearsal dinner is an optional event that takes place after the rehearsal itself but it’s a chance for everyone to have fun together, and take a break from wedding stress!
If you’re having a rehearsal dinner, we recommend choosing a venue that has a private area available for this occasion.
Check with your guests about their allergies well in advance
People will have many different preferences when it comes to food, so before you plan your menu, check with your guests about their allergies or dietary restrictions.
For example, if some guests are vegan, it is helpful to know what kind of dishes will be served so you can choose ones that can fit into the menu.
Send out ‘save the date cards’ with food preferences for guests
Most often, it is best to send out save the date cards at least 3-6 months before the actual wedding day.
It can be as simple as posting a postcard with the date, location, and the person’s name on it so that the guest has plenty of time to plan to attend.
This gives your guests plenty of time to plan on attending your wedding.
When you send out your save the date cards remember to include an option for them to reply with any food preferences or allergies! Because let’s face it, the last thing you want is Uncle Buck passing out during the best man speech.
Discuss the menu and cover any specific dietary requirements with the wedding caterer.
After you’ve checked your guests’ food preferences, discuss your menu with the caterer.
It’s key to be sure they can accommodate any specific dietary requirements, (including if they can actually handle any food allergies.)
Choose your wedding flowers in season and find florists who can deliver early.
Selecting the right flowers for your wedding takes time and effort.
Many factors go into the decision; the time of year, the shape of the flower (or bloom) that fits your wedding style or it may all come down to your budget — but before we get into the specifics, the first thing to nail down is ..
What season you’re aiming at?
Wedding flowers bloom at different times during the year so it’s best to consider a unique floral look for that season.
For example, if you’re planning an autumn or winter wedding, consider using poinsettias, holly, berries, grapevines, pine cones, and other holiday decorating elements to create a beautiful flower bouquet that fits your wedding style.
Or if you’re planning a spring or summer wedding, you’ll need to find florists who can deliver your flowers early in the morning to ensure they arrive fresh and ready to use on the day.
Seasonal flowers may also require special care during the delivery process.
Once you’ve considered all these factors, you can start narrowing down the choices and pick the best floral color scheme you have in mind.
If you’re in need of some inspiration, head over to Pinterest.
Just run a few searches for;
- wedding flowers spring
- wedding flowers summer
- wedding flower arrangements
- wedding flower arrangements spring
- wedding flower arrangements summer
Decide on your wedding music and entertainment that brings either laughter, joy, or just pure love.
The wedding music and entertainment will be the one thing that will stay with your guests long after your wedding day.
If you want to make sure that your guests are having a good time, you’ll need to plan for some blockbuster entertainment.
You’ll want to remember it for a lifetime (they will too), so here’s a few ideas on how to make it more memorable.
- Solo and duo performers
- Classic strings
- Jazz, big band, swing and blues bands
- Vocal, choir and beatbox groups
- Pop and rocks bands
- Soul, funk, disco and motown bands
- Acoustic bands
- Vintage style bands
Remember Weddings are not just about partying, they’re countless moments of laughter, joy, and love, so choose those moments wisely!
Consider a wedding photographer who specialises in either indoor or outdoor weddings.
The best photographers in the world will tell you that their skill is not what makes their images so outstanding, but rather what they capture through their cameras.
While your photographer may be responsible for creating amazing photos, it is your job to ensure that they’re capturing all of the right moments.
Here are some important factors to consider when hiring a wedding photographer:
Location of the Wedding:
If you’re getting married in a beautiful outdoor location, your photographer should have no problem capturing stunning images.
However, if you’re having your ceremony or reception indoors or in an area with little natural light, it might be wise to hire a professional photographer who specialises in indoor weddings.
The quality of natural light is often overlooked by amateur photographers, but it can make or break an image.
Most professional photographers understand the importance of natural light and will take any necessary steps to ensure that your photographs are not only well-composed, but also accurately represent the gorgeous lighting present on your wedding day.
Don’t take pre-wedding planning lightly.
The planning process not only takes place before the big day, but will also be in the forefront of your mind throughout the special day.
But before there is a plan, there is a dream.
So dream big, don’t rush it, and keep your master plan on track …
“Without leaps of imagination or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning.” – Gloria Steinem
- Create a wedding committee or choose a wedding planner
- Choose a date to have the wedding ceremony/reception
- Choose a day for the wedding rehearsal, if applicable
- Decide on the type of ceremony (i.e. civil, religious)
- Determine the type of reception (i.e. cocktail or sit-down)
- Decide on the type of entertainment
- Choose a venue
- Order appropriate decorations
- Discuss the menu and cover any specific dietary requirements with the wedding caterer
- Assign cake tasting (optional)
- Finalise menu, drinks, and supplies list
- Check with your guests about their food preferences or allergies well in advance
- Prep for the wedding, including creating your seating chart.
- Review the guest list, RSVPs, etc,
- Choose a wedding theme
- Consider seasonal flowers
- Organise an indoor or outdoor photographer
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