Your wedding day is probably something you have dreamed of since you were a little girl. Daydreams over the past decades have been full of thoughts of a fairy-tale wedding. But, it can be tricky to turn those dreams into a reality when you meet the right person and start planning your dream wedding.
How to plan your dream wedding
The most important thing to remember is not to panic. Don’t put too much pressure on yourself trying to achieve perfection; otherwise, you will end up feeling overwhelmed. Focus your attention on the reason you are getting married, rather than getting caught up in all the details. Keeping your sense of perspective is crucial; everyone has a mild-mannered friend who turned into a total Bridezilla when planning her wedding. Your wedding should be an exciting time. So, don’t let yourself get so caught up in the pressure of planning your big day that you lose the excitement.
Make a plan
Making a plan when organizing your dream wedding may sound obvious. However, with so many different elements to plan, you can easily forget something!
The first step when planning your dream wedding is setting your budget. I know. No one wants to plan their wedding entirely around money. However, unless you are able to foot the bill for a no expense spared celebration, or you want to go into debt, you’ve got to set some boundaries. Otherwise, you might still be paying for your wedding when you’re welcoming your first baby!
It is useful to make a list of all the things that you need to buy and book for your wedding. Having a list will enable you to keep track of what has been done and what hasn’t. Furthermore, it’s so satisfying when you get to check off the items as you complete them!
Depending on where you live, you will need to go through the formal details like applying for a marriage license.
Get some inspiration for planning your wedding
Just as you may have done your research on engagement rings with G color and VS clarity diamonds, when you and your partner decided to get engaged, doing some research on the overall look you want for your wedding is helpful. Thinking about what you did and didn’t like about past weddings that you have been to will help when planning your dream wedding. You can steer towards the look you want. Look online and through bridal magazines for some extra inspiration to help you decide.
Start looking and get booking
If you have always pictured yourself getting married at your local church or having your wedding reception at a swanky hotel you once visited, then you will need to get them booked in pretty quickly. Popular wedding venues can sometimes be booked up many years in advance, so you will probably need to make contact early to find out which dates they have available.
If you plan to have your wedding ceremony and reception in two different venues, you will need to find a time that they are both available, which may end up determining your wedding date for you. When choosing your venue, it is handy to look around at a few different places, so that you can keep your options open if one of your choices is already booked up.
Save the date
One part of planning your dream wedding is deciding on the guest list. It can take a lot of time! This is a task that has massive potential for arguments, so be sure to tread carefully. Your guest list will depend on the capacity the venue can cater for, and if you are paying per head for food, etc., your budget will determine your guest list too. Agreeing on how many people you will invite to the wedding and even some kind of criteria, i.e. only close friends or immediate family, for example, should help to keep the arguments at bay.
Once your dream wedding venue has been found and booked, it’s time to send out the save the date cards. Not everyone sends save the date cards, but they are a useful way to ensure the guests that you want to join you on your special day can be there.
Dress to impress
At this stage of planning your dream wedding, you will need to start thinking about your wedding gown. This is especially true if you are planning on having something designed for your big day. It is useful to bring along the shoes that you plan to wear with your dress. This way you can see how they look, and whether the length of your gown will need to be altered. You may even find you want to change shoes if they don’t go with “the perfect dress.”
It’s all in the details
Once the venue is booked, you can start to focus on the other details. These include things like finding the perfect bakery for your wedding cake, booking a limo or other vehicle, choosing your flowers, and booking hair and makeup trials. These details are often the most fun part of planning your dream wedding. Once the pressure of arranging the bigger parts of the wedding are out the way, you will probably feel more relaxed about the arrangements.
If you are planning to have go on honeymoon, now is the time to start researching and booking your post-wedding getaway. After all the frantic planning involved in organizing your dream wedding, you will undoubtedly need a well-earned vacation.
To make sure that you haven’t forgotten anything important from your wedding planning, it can be helpful to visualize your big day step by step and run through it in your head. This may sound a little over-the-top, but it should help you to notice anything you may have missed.
Don’t forget that your wedding is a celebration of your love for each other. It’s about making a commitment to spending the rest of your lives together, so don’t put too much pressure on yourself on creating a flawless wedding. Instead, focus on making the best memories that will last you both a lifetime.