The perfect wedding doesn’t just happen overnight. It’s a product of months (and sometimes even almost a year) worth’s effort by the couple, their respective families, and their planner or coordinator. This is also something that’s very subjective, as only you can make your wedding perfect for you. As this is the biggest day of your life, it should also be one where the entire family and all your guests are going to have fun.
Your wedding is an amazing occasion that’ll bring you many years of happiness that you can share with your partner. This is why you should find ways to make it as smooth as possible so that everyone can enjoy your special day. Planning your wedding shouldn’t feel like a big stressor in your life, as it only happens once. Despite the busy days, you should enjoy the process, too.
Here are some tips on how to plan a wedding that you and your partner will cherish.
1. Decide On The Wedding Date
First, decide when you want to get married. This could be any random day, or even a holiday so you know that most of your family can make it. For sentimental couples, this date could be their anniversary. Whichever date represents something meaningful to you, set it right away.
Your wedding date is the very foundation of all the other decisions that come right after. It’s how you can determine which churches, reception halls, gardens, or other venues are available. It also sets a deadline for suppliers, so they can put a time-frame on when their wedding supplies, such as your flower bouquets, will have to be ready.
If you keep changing wedding dates, the entire planning process will also be just as messy.
2. Enjoy Being Engaged
Because of all the work that comes along with planning your big day, many couples forget to enjoy this phase of their life: the engagement process. It’ll actually make planning for your wedding a tad bit less stressful when you take the time to look at each other, hug, and even kiss each other! Don’t forget to show off that engagement ring before it’s overshadowed by your wedding ring.
Enjoying being each other’s fiancé can give you that much-needed stress relief and love, especially when the wedding planning days will breeze through so fast.
3. Finalize Your Location
Choose a location. This is one of the most important things you’ll need to consider if you’re going to be having a wedding in an open-air venue or a destination wedding. For example, if the weather is hot and it rains, you might end up looking a little silly with a wet wedding dress. If this is truly your dream, then you’ve got to be ready with a Plan B, C, and even a Plan Z just so everything is still perfect for your outdoor wedding.
Like your date, the location is very important to settle on early, so you can make the necessary reservations. You wouldn’t want your dream location to be booked by another bride, and then go into a whole Bride Wars hullabaloo.
4. Tell Your Parents
Even if you’re enlisting the help of a wedding planner or coordinator, don’t underestimate the amount of support and help you can have from either set of parents. When you’re also caught up with your daily work responsibilities, your parents may be more than willing to help with some aspects, just to lift some burden off your shoulders.
5. Choose Your Wedding Dress
Of course, the wedding dress is also one of the major decisions you’ll ever make for your big day. It takes time to have the perfect wedding dress, whether you’re having one made from scratch, or you’re buying one off the rack. More so, don’t expect to always have that love at first sight moment where, on the very first day of searching for a dress, you’ll immediately find one that catches your eyes.
For some brides, it may take months of thorough searching before they’ll even find the perfect one, so be patient. Remember, the best things also take time.
6. Purchase A Journal
Even now that everything seems to be digital, it still pays to have a journal with you as you walk through each day of your wedding planning process. Not only is having a checklist going to make it easier for you to visualize what you’ve planned and what you still need to do for the coming days, this journal also serves as memorabilia to remind you of this very special moment of your life. It’d be so nice to have something to look back on, years later, when you try to remember this once-in-a-lifetime event.
Planning a wedding is something that takes time. There’s a lot that you have to do in order to make everything go smoothly. If you’re planning a wedding for the first time, you may not be familiar with all the steps required. Don’t worry because there are many books and guides available that will give you plenty of advice on how to plan a wedding. The tips above are a good start for you. Now, start planning your walk down the aisle to forever!