Planning a dream wedding takes more than just filling a binder with photos. You need to be prepared to put in the work and plan out even the most minute details to make your wedding into an affair on which you will look back fondly. For many brides, the trouble is knowing where to start and how to stay focused throughout the wedding-planning process. Having help from friends and family or a wedding planner can be extremely helpful, but you want to make sure to be involved to make sure the details fit with your vision for your wedding day. By working on big details and then moving on to smaller elements, you can ensure that your wedding day is one of the most special moments of your life.
Once you have set the date, you need to decide on the theme and color scheme of your wedding. Making choices on major details such as whether to go with a vintage or contemporary wedding and a pastel or darker color scheme can allow you to make plans for your flowers, decorations and venue. Your choice should reflect your own and your partner’s personal styles. The season that you have your wedding can influence your color scheme and theme, as lighter colors tend to work better for spring and summer weddings and darker for fall and winter affairs.
Early in the process, you also need to make decisions on timely details such as your venue, photographer, deejay and band. If you wait too long to book a deejay, a reception venue or a church, you could be scrambling at the last minute to find somewhere to hold your ceremony or someone to perform at your wedding. You want your music and venue to fit with the overall tone and theme of your wedding, so starting to look into venues and entertainment early can be essential. You also don’t want to wait too long to start looking for a wedding dress. By starting months or a year ahead of time, you will give yourself time to try on and decide between mermaid, ball, tea-length and empire waist dresses and go in for additional fittings.
When making wedding plans, it is important to consider your budget. While you want to have a wedding to remember, you don’t want to go too overboard. You can cut costs by shrinking down your guest list, finding a more inexpensive reception or wedding venue such as a garden or your alma mater chapel, getting members of your family to chip in on certain expenses and focusing your money on those things you want the most.
Once you have sorted out the more timely aspects of your wedding, you want to consider small details such as your accessories, flowers, song selection, centerpieces, wedding hashtags or apps, programs, cocktails, activities and appetizers. These small yet important wedding details can often make or break your wedding. People who attend your wedding will likely remember if you have a themed photo booth, a wedding Jenga game, specialty cocktails or creative centerpieces. Small details should also fit with the overall theme and your own personal style. Details such as accessories can be important to think about because of pictures. You don’t want to ruin a wedding photo with a veil or necklace that doesn’t go with your overall look.