How To Plan A Wedding: A Step By Step Guide

When it comes to beginning the preparations for your special day, it can feel understandably daunting! Therefore, breaking it up into small parts and working out what is most important for both you and your partner is vital to ensuring a successful and enjoyable day. This guide will run you through how to plan a wedding step by step. 

Choosing the date and venue

Deciding where you want to get married is one of the biggest decisions when you’re planning your wedding, and it impacts all the other elements, so this is what people tend to plan first. 

Whether you’re going for a traditional venue, a beach or a woodland, it’s important to get this booked in early as some places fill up quickly, depending on the season! You don’t want to fall in love with a place to later find out that it’s completely booked up around the time that you want to get married. 

It’s a good idea to start researching the type of place that you’d like to get married and book in some viewings relatively early in the wedding planning process so that you can get a feel for the different environments and whether they’d feel right for your big day! Often, venues require some sort of deposit to hold your date and so, this is something to be mindful of when planning. 

Finding the perfect dress

You may want the beautifully embellished dress that you’ve been dreaming of since you were a child, or you may want something more simple. Whatever it is, it will be perfect for you. This could be the first one you see or it could take ten fittings to find ‘the one’. 

You need to give yourself plenty of time to find the perfect dress and allow for fittings and alterations, which is why this step comes so close to the beginning in a typical step-by-step wedding plan.

Deciding on a guest list

The most important thing to remember when it comes to your wedding day is that it is yours and your partner’s day and nobody else’s. So, if you’re not too keen on inviting your Great Auntie Belinda who always causes arguments at family parties, guess what? You don’t have to. It’s entirely up to you. However, it’s best to decide on who you want to invite early so you can send out “Save The Date” cards to your friends and loved ones.

Picking a theme and decorations

Deciding on a theme for your wedding is the time to let your creative side come out! Whether you’re trying out some DIY wedding decor that you’ve had pinned on Pinterest for months or you’ve hired a party planner to decorate for you, this is where you get to add all of the fun little touches that will make it a memorable day – as well as you getting married, of course!

Nailing down food options

Whether you’ve decided on a sit-down meal or a buffet, it’s important that you’ve finalised these details and you’re aware of exactly what will be served on the day – especially if you’re catering for lots of different dietary requirements. Similarly, if you’re having children at your wedding and you are planning on having a separate children’s menu, it is a good idea to finalise this with the caterers. 

Enjoying the day

Yes, the planning process is important. Yes, planning a wedding can be stressful. However, the most important thing is that you make sure you enjoy your special day. Take a moment to enjoy some time with your new wife or husband, take some time to yourself, and remember that it’s your day!

Preserving the dress after the wedding

Last but not least, it’s important to remember to get your wedding dress professionally cleaned and preserved so that you can keep it forever. You’ll have plenty to do post-wedding but the sooner you can get your dress cleaned, the better. For more information on how to ensure your wedding dress is appropriately cleaned and preserved after your wedding, be sure to contact us.