So, you’ve decided to get married. That’s a big decision, but it is only the first of many important decisions you will have to make in order to make your special day a successful one.
In fact, you should start planning the details of your wedding well in advance of the wedding day- – as early as a year in advance if possible. It will take work . . . so plan your work, and then work your plan–and all will end well.
Everyone is different, and individual weddings are different . . . so not everyone will need to plan in the same way. Having said that, here are some useful tips to help you plan for your special day. Use what applies to you and enjoy it — look at your wedding planning as a life changing adventure!
General Wedding Planning Guidelines
Set a Budget –make your budget realistic and practical for yourself. Once set, stick to it as much as possible. Use your head and not your emotions. Be considerate of others that are helping you with paying for certain aspects of your ceremony as well.
Set Your Timeline for Your Plan — Plan your plan. Use a calendar and give yourself enough time to get it all done. Set this up correctly first, and you will save yourself from a lot of worry and anxiety later as you proceed along.
Choose the Size and Participants of Your Wedding — Right from the get go, you really need to know how many people will be attending and who the key people are going to be. Who is going to be the best man, the maid of honor, the bridesmaids, groomsmen, and ushers?
Choose Your Date and Venues — this will take proper coordination . . . so your people, your wedding venue, and reception venue will all be available. Remember to send out “save the date” notifications to your guests as well–giving them plenty of notice to arrange their schedules around your special day.
Choose Your Wedding Theme– It’s your dream day, so be sure to make it unique and special to you. You can go traditional “white wedding” or get creative and “out of the box” with something meaningful to both of you. . .like Star Wars, Wizard of Oz, Alice in Wonderland, etc.
Choose and Send Your Wedding Invitations — you can make these as simple or elaborate as you wish. You can do them yourself, making them very personal, or . . . hire professionals to do these for you.
Choose Your Wedding Officiant — of course, this will depend on the type of wedding you are having, and could range from a judge to a religious minister.
Pick Your Perfect Wedding Dress or Outfit — the choices, prices, and styles are as variant as the brides who will glowing in them. You know you best and what will delight you! 471
Select Your Wedding Rings — share this experience as a couple, and make your ring selections more meaningful.
Hire Your Entertainment and Photographer — Again the correct choices should be uniquely you and fit in with the wedding theme you have chosen
Pick Your Cake, Food and Refreshments — all of these should be chosen from your personal tastes, but keeping in mind your guests as well. You want your wedding to be a great experience for all involved.
Of course, there are other things to plan concerning your wedding. We have just touched on some basic ones here. You might be brave enough to venture out and get all these things done yourself . . . or, you might choose to just turn it all over to a professional wedding planner! Your wedding. . .your choices. . . Enjoy!