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Your wedding will probably be the biggest and most involved party you’ll ever put together, but don’t be scared. Of course, planning a wedding can feel pretty overwhelming at times, but doing it step by step makes the work much easier. This is your day, and everything should look perfect. Whether you have over a year or just a few months to plan your dream wedding, focus on one task at a time so you don’t get overwhelmed. Plus, you can delegate some of these responsibilities to family members and friends, they’ll be glad to help. Now, let’s get into planning mode. Here’s is how to plan a wedding step by step.

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Your wedding will probably be the biggest and most involved party you’ll ever put together, but don’t be scared. Of course, planning a wedding can feel pretty overwhelming at times, but doing it step by step makes the work much easier. This is your day, and everything should look perfect. Whether you have over a year or just a few months to plan your dream wedding, focus on one task at a time so you don’t get overwhelmed. Plus, you can delegate some of these responsibilities to family members and friends, they’ll be glad to help. Now, let’s get into planning mode. Here’s is how to plan a wedding step by step.

Set Your Budget and Your Theme

Sit down with your partner and talk through your ideas, make these decisions together! Men these days want to be involved; after all, it’s their wedding too. Let everyone suggest the kind of wedding they prefer; you may both have completely different ideas. Once you’ve both agreed on the colors, the size of the wedding and the kind of ceremony you want, then look at the budget. The budget setting may not be the most romantic aspect of planning a wedding but it pays to be realistic about your expectations, plus, it eases the entire planning process. The last thing you want is to fall in love with a venue, vendor and dress among others, and realize it’s completely out of range.

Collect Design Inspiration and Do Research

A step by step wedding planning allows you to gather some ideas from multiple sources. Think of how you want your wedding to look and feel. Do you want something big and fancy? Or perhaps an event that’s more relaxed and rustic? The choice is yours, but it’s a good idea to start perusing Instagram, Pinterest and wedding websites just to get different ideas. You’re advised to start this process earlier on but decide on everything else once you’ve set the budget. Also, after you’ve narrowed down your options, don’t take the first option given to you, or make hasty decisions. If it’s suppliers, do deep research on them, what was good for one person may not be good for you! Taking time to look at all of your options not only saves your money but also creates a more personal wedding with your style.

Set A Date and Your Guest List

Obviously, the wedding date is set after you’ve secured your venue. But you should decide on which month of the year you both want to get married and check with important family members before booking. Also, take into consideration work schedules, holidays and other events that might be happening that year. Having some potential wedding dates in mind will be very helpful during the venue selection process. Now that you have an idea of when your wedding will take place, start working on the guest list. Draw up a rough guest count to get an estimate of how many people you’ll host. Moreover, this would be the perfect time to choose the people who will stand beside you on your big day which include the bridesmaids and groomsmen. Remember, the more guests you have the more expensive the wedding will be, so choose wisely.

Keep a Checklist

By now, you have an idea of what needs to be done and when, however, don’t overwork yourself by trying to do everything at once. List every job to be done and then break down how many months you have to do it all before the wedding, then allocate each month a list of jobs. Keep the list in your wedding folder and tick off each work when you finish doing it.

Choose Your Venue

Venue selection is the hardest part of the planning process since it will be the place that sets the tone for your day. You must visit the place in person to make sure it’s exactly the way you want it. Lots of popular places get booked up quickly, especially if you are looking for a Saturday venue. However, there are so many places that hold wedding licenses these days, you aren’t limited to old stately home or church. Once you’ve thoroughly read the venue’s contract and signed it, you’ve officially set a date for your wedding-the real fun begins!

Book Vendor and Photographer

It’s important to hire the right people to ensure that your big day runs smoothly. The average couple hires 13 vendors, which may seem a lot but it’s recommended to always keep the number high. Also, you can read their reviews online to make sure you choose the best of the best. Additionally, if you’re looking to hire a good photographer, you should do so a year in advance. The best photographers get booked very early and you don’t want to be disappointed because you haven’t got your booking in quick enough. Photography is a very personal thing and you have a lot of options to choose from. Go through numerous wedding blogs as this is often the best way to find the style of photographer you may be looking for. Then meet them face to face because this is the person you will spend the whole day with so it’s important you get on.

Choose Your Attire

This is probably the best bit of the whole wedding preparation. For most brides, it is much fun but others find it stressful and put so much pressure on finding ‘the dress’. Give yourself plenty of time to find the perfect outfit which can take a few months. Plus, after purchasing it you might need more time for the dress to be properly tailored to suit your expectations. Importantly, go to these stores with an open mind and be ready to try on as many styles as possible. Whatever you thought you might choose may not be what you finally decide on.

Buy Wedding Bands

Wedding bands are a symbol of marriage, be sure to browse and buy them a few months before your nuptials. Choose something comfortable (you’ll be wearing it pretty much all the time!) and that suits your style.

Get Married!

Your big day is finally here! You’ve worked so hard to make this day as perfect as possible, therefore you should enjoy every minute of your special day!

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