“This is the day I have been dreaming of all my life” – is what many brides tell me, yet whether you already have a binder full of detailed planning of each event from your engagement party all through to your honeymoon, or you are starting from scratch, you will only have around thirteen months to plan your wedding and your reception. So where do you begin?
1. The Date Must be Set
Being as it can help steer you in a certain direction, this is a great way to start your planning. For example, will it be indoors or outdoors, etc. On top of that, venues and vendors that are popular can book up well in advance, so can DJs, bands and photographers. Working from a date backwards to prioritise things that have to immediately be taken care of will help keep things on track and avoid any panicking.
2. Pick Your Wedding Colours
This decision is another one which can set important planning wheels in motion, for example flowers, invites and bridal-party gowns. For spring and summer, the wedding colour palettes I am seeing are lovely muted pastels – picture pale pistachio or Caribbean Sea. For a wedding in the fall or winter, picture deep green or the combo that is my favourite: dahlia red paired with slate grey. All the beige colours such as cream, mushroom and taupe are options I love. A simple way to help you envision your colours is to pick up some paint swatches from the local hardware store.
Professional Tip: Two off the best ways to get your wedding planning up and running are deciding on your wedding date as well as your colour palette.
3. Decide What Your Overall Vision Is
Traditional? Modern? Vintage? Romantic? Once you have a clear vision, much like setting the colours, it will help you to choose décor, design your invitation cards and select personal touches.
4. Your Wedding Environment
Pick a venue that really reflects you and your fiancé. Whether it is an elegant ballroom or surrounded by nature, beach-side or in a vineyard, look for an environment that truly reflects your unique style.
5. Your Wedding Gown
Once you have set a date, shopping can commence. It takes time to find “the one” as well as to go to all the follow-up fittings; this is why it is crucial to cross this important element off your to-do-list early on. One of my favourite trends is a gown with a dramatically low back – if you adorn it with long, back hanging necklaces, it is even more gorgeous.
6. Create a Wedding Beauty Plan
You have found your gown; now start thinking about what hair and makeup will best complete your look. Get recommendations for hair and makeup artists from friends and let the exploring begin: up do or down? With many brides, tooth-whitening is popular for the picture-perfect simile. Now many of my brides take it to the next level with treatment which discreetly straightens your teeth without most people ever noticing. This allows for you to freely smile the way up to your big date and beyond. Take on a few new fitness classes. If you are trying to drop a few pounds, starting a new workout regime can help keep you motivated.
7. Snail Mail Wedding Invitations
This is the traditional option, it is a classy classic. Regardless of how environmentally conscious or tech savvy you may be, do your best to send a physical invitation to all your guests. Make sure to give your guests plenty of time to book holidays off for your wedding and to order gifts. As you receive your wedding gifts, make sure that they are followed with well written thank-you notes.
Tip: having a wedding registry will make it a lot easier for your guests to choose gifts and also will mean you, as a newlywed, will get all the necessary items on your wishlist rather than something you store away for years to come. Make sure to include your big-ticket Silver and Pewter items in the registry, your guests just might group together to get it it for the newlyweds.
8. A Photo Makes a Memories Last Forever
This is why it is important to find someone who is comfortable shooting in your preferred photographic style. Right now, a major trend in wedding photography is one which is less formal and more journalistic, where not only the bridal party is captured, but also details that are unique such as rings, buttons, shoes or the lace on your gown. Another popular option is up-close shots that feature natural expressions. Also make sure that you and your lovely smile are ready for the camera, as a definite part of your wedding will be “selfies” and instant sharing on social media.
9. Wedding Entertainment
This is an area you do not want to skimp on. A great band, DJ and other fun activities will be appreciated by your guests. Entertainment is one thing which brings everyone together and creates experiences that will be remembered by all, even after the celebration has ended.
10. Hire Help and Assistance
Even if every detail has been planned (whew!), handing the day-of logistics off to a coordinator on the day itself will guarantee that your vision is properly carried out and at the same time allow you to take in your day and enjoy your guests. Cheers!