Planning a wedding, whatever your age is, can be stressful. It’s not just about picking out the perfect dress or deciding what to serve at your wedding reception. Sure, those things are important but they aren’t the only things that need to be planned out before you say “I do.” Planning your wedding isn’t easy — there’s so much involved!
However, it doesn’t have to be overwhelming if you take some of the steps listed below when planning your big day. Here are all of our favorite tips for planning a successful wedding:
Set a Wedding Budget
The first step in planning a wedding is to set a budget. This can be difficult, especially if you’re planning on having a perfect marriage. If you’re not sure how much it will cost or how much money you have available for the event, don’t worry! There are plenty of resources online that can help guide you through this process and give advice on how best to spend your hard-earned cash.
Here are some things to consider:
- What kind of venue do I want? Do I want outdoor ceremonies at an outdoor space such as a park or beach? Or would indoor ceremonies inside an elegant ballroom better suit my needs?
- How many people will attend (including guests who aren’t attending)? How many attendants do we need and any additional staff members, like bartenders, photographers/videographers, etc.?
Start Your Guest List
The guest list is one of the most important parts of planning a wedding. You don’t want to miss someone that is supposed to be invited to your wedding, right?
But how do you come up with a good guest list? A traditional wedding involves having everyone with whom you’ve shared an intimate moment at some point over the years attend your big day; this can include family members and close friends who may not be in touch often but still hold special meaning for both parties involved. On the other hand, if things have gotten too complicated for them (or if they don’t live near each other anymore), adding some new faces could be just what’s needed! Maybe your coworkers or your high school friends.
Pick Your Wedding Dress
When it comes to choosing a wedding dress, many things can go into consideration. First, you have to think about your body type. If you have an hourglass shape or larger hips and thighs, then a fitted wedding dress may not work well for you. If this is the case, consider dresses with voluminous skirts instead of those with high necklines or sleeves (these styles tend to highlight the problem areas).
Next up: budget! Wedding dresses range from $200-$5000 so don’t let price dictate what kind of look you want on your special day—you can get something gorgeous without breaking the bank! And not a big deal but you can choose your dress code for the guests-think about how much fun this will be! If there is a color you don’t want to show up at your wedding or it just makes the wedding dress less gorgeous. You sure have to be the main focus on that day.
Choose Your Wedding Colors and Style
Choosing your wedding colors is one of the most fun parts of planning a wedding. You get to choose from a palette of colors, which will impact your theme and style. The color scheme you choose should fit your personality and reflect who you are as a couple.
For example: if one partner has blue eyes, while the other has brown eyes, they might want to use different shades of blue throughout their wedding decor (like aqua or teal).
There’s no wrong way or right way when it comes to choosing what color scheme works best for both parties involved! Just make sure that whatever decision(s) were made about these things during this phase will stay consistent throughout every step until after both parties agree on all details regarding arrangements/decorations/etc…
Book Your Venue
Now that you’ve decided on the date, it’s time to book your venue. A lot of people choose a venue based on the location and price point. If this is your first wedding, then I would recommend going with something simple and inexpensive to start with.
You can also consider looking at some of the more popular venues in town—if they are available on the date you want, they’re probably good places to go!
Find a Caterer
Now that you have decided on the venue and time frame for your wedding, it’s time to start thinking about what kind of food will be served. A good caterer should have experience with the type of wedding you are planning and be able to provide you with menus that match your budget. Also, look into their reputation online so that they can meet your expectations.
If possible, visit other weddings hosted by this particular caterer before committing yourself fully; this will allow them to see if they are able to accommodate all aspects of your special day while still being able to maintain a high standard of quality service.
Choose Your Wedding Cake
When it comes to choosing your wedding cake, there are many factors to consider. First and foremost, you want a cake that is both delicious and beautiful. You also want it to fit within your budget. And finally, you want it to match the theme of your wedding—or at least coordinate with it in some way!
The most important thing when choosing a wedding cake is making sure that it fits with the season and venue (i.e., if you are having an outdoor ceremony outdoors). If this isn’t possible due to weather conditions or lack thereof, then maybe consider sticking with a white or cream-colored dessert instead.
Research Wedding Bands and DJs
Your wedding is a big event, so it’s important to make sure you have the right people there. You want to be able to dance all night long, not just during the first song of your first dance. To get started on this part of planning, think about what kind of music and band or DJ you would like for your wedding reception.
- Research what you want to hear: If there are any bands or DJs that interest you specifically, ask them some questions about their experience and skill level before making an appointment with them so that they can give personalized recommendations based on their experience with similar events (e.g., if one person asked me how good an experienced wedding coordinator was at his own wedding before meeting him).
- Ask friends and family: Talk with friends who’ve had weddings recently—they’ll probably have some helpful tips! Also, check out online reviews from previous customers; these are great resources because they’re unbiased by personal bias toward either side.
- Check out social media platforms: Use sites such as Facebook groups where members post pictures/videos/links related specifically to weddings since these types of posts tend not only to show what’s happening inside but also outside too – which means you get more information than usual!
Pick Your Florist and Photographer
- Choose a florist and photographer that you like. The person who will be doing the flowers, cake, and photography should be someone you trust to do it well. You can find out if they’re reliable by asking for references from people who have used them before or checking their credentials (such as degrees or certifications) online.
- Ask for references from previous clients who used the same florist as yours. This is important because it gives you an idea of how good of a job they did for them on their wedding day—and if there were any problems with their service during preparation time (like too much water in your bouquet).
Send Out Save-the-Date Cards
When you send out your save-the-date cards, you are officially announcing that there will be a wedding coming up. It’s important to consider who this announcement is going to impact before sending them out. Will your family and friends be okay with the date and time? They will not pleased about being left out of something so important in their lives—they should receive an email blast letting them know what’s happening so they can plan accordingly themselves!
You should also consider how long before the wedding is when deciding whether or not it makes sense for everyone else (friends/family) who doesn’t know yet either way whether or not they’ll attend – if one person says yes but then they say no then don’t stress over trying hard enough; just be empathy because the one does important is you.
Planning a wedding can be fun and exciting, but it can also be stressful if you don’t know how to go about it. If you are worried about making sure that all of your plans are in order, then here are some tips on how to plan a wedding step by step:
- Make sure that everything is organized before the big day so that nothing goes out of hand.
- Don’t forget to budget for the extras (like flowers or music).
- Don’t be afraid to ask for help from family members who have experience with weddings before!
As you can see, there are many steps involved in planning a wedding. It’s important to remember that it takes time and effort to get everything just right, but with these tips in mind, you should be well on your way to realizing your dream of walking down the aisle with your loved one by your side!