The Wedding Planning Process – What to Expect

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Introduction

If you have recently got engaged and are finally creating the wedding planning process, then fret not; we have got you covered. Every couple has different demands and begins preparing at different times leading up to the wedding day. Thus the timeline may fluctuate from one wedding to the next. First, however, you will need to start making decisions to have a wedding that reflects you as a pair. Here are the most crucial stages in arranging a wedding that is as individual as you are. 

What to expect during a wedding planning process?

  1. Everyone will be asking about your wedding date as soon as you are engaged. However, you won’t be able to set an actual wedding date until you’ve made other key decisions, such as selecting (and reserving) your location. So, first and foremost, figure out a time frame that works for you. The typical engagement lasts 15 months, but consider what season you prefer, any significant holidays or family events you’d like to avoid clashing with, and how much time you expect to need to arrange ahead of time.
  1. The first step is to figure out what you want from your special day when it comes to wedding planning. What are the elements that are essential to you? Maybe you’re looking for an excuse to eat and drink well? Want to organise a large party with amazing music late into the night? Maybe huge parties aren’t your thing, and you’d rather something more intimate and private? The rest of the procedure will be guided by your priorities, making it easy to determine where you’ll compromise.
  1. Look at the broad picture and visualise the design and mood of your dream wedding before you try on a single wedding dress, hire a reception band, or taste a slice of wedding cake. Is it a romantic evening in a mansion or a barefoot ceremony on a tropical beach that you’re looking for? Here are some essential questions to consider while you plan your dream wedding: Is it better to have a large group (everyone you know) or a small group (only close friends and family)? Is it better to be outside or inside? Is it better to get married at home (in one of your hometowns or your present city) or abroad (at a destination wedding)? Modern, traditional, romantic, antique, rustic, or opulent? Are you looking for something formal, informal, or something in between? Don’t forget to go through publications, social media, and actual wedding photos—and don’t just look in the obvious places. A wallpaper design, a scene from a beloved movie, or a family treasure may all inspire you to be more creative.
  1. Gather your family and determine how much money each of you will contribute to your wedding. This amount will influence every decision you make about organising your wedding and what you buy, so figure out your budget before you start preparing. It’s an awkward topic to have, but it’s best to get it out of the way immediately so you can get a true image of how much money you have.
  1. When it comes to wedding planning, one thing stands out above all else: organisation. Spreadsheets that can be shared are your greatest friend in this situation. You, your spouse, and any family members may share access and update your important papers in the cloud, ensuring that everyone is on the same page. You’ll also want a strategy for storing actual receipts, brochures, and other vendor materials. It’s also a good idea to create a master checklist.
  1. You’ll need to think about a few things when you start to compile your guest list. If you have a certain ceremony or reception location in mind, for example, you’ll be limited by the number of guests it can hold. Would you want to spend quality time with each of your guests one-on-one or create a once-in-a-lifetime celebration for all of your friends and family? If your parents are adamant about inviting a slew of relatives and acquaintances, you’ll have to listen to them—primarily if they’re covering a significant portion of the price. Finally, keepmber that adding additional guests to your wedding plans may result in greater expenditures, as catering charges are usually determined per person. So, in addition to the venue, the number of your guest list will be influenced by your budget.
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The Wedding Planning Process – What to Expect
  1. Worried that registering too early would make you appear gift-grabby? Don’t. With all the engagement parties, showers, and well-wishers in your future, your thoughtfulness will be much appreciated. After all, one of the most important aspects of wedding preparation is gifting. Although engagement parties don’t need presents, some of your guests may want to give you something to remember the event, so register for at least a few items ahead of time so they don’t have to ask (or guess) what you’d like.
  1. Now it’s your chance to ask your bridesmaids and groomsmen to marry you. Remember, the sooner you ask, the sooner you’ll be able to enlist their assistance. Also, remember that your wedding party has agreed to spend money and volunteer their time, so be kind and respectful by notifying everyone about your intentions.
  1. Hire a full-time wedding planner if you’re a super-busy pair with demanding jobs or huge ideas for your wedding weekend. A professional can assist you in determining how to organise a wedding in certain conditions and prepare the entire event, from the engagement party to the honeymoon. You may also engage a part-time consultant or planner to help you create a wedding blueprint, including a budget, timeline, and a list of suitable vendor and venue options before you go it alone with the planning. Another alternative is to hire a day-of wedding coordinator, who will ensure that your wedding day runs well.
  1. Almost all of your wedding photographs will be taken at your reception site. It may have an impact on anything from the big picture, such as your budget and guest list, to the finer points, such as your cuisine (if you choose a venue with in-house catering). By browsing local listings, shopping about, arranging visits, and reserving early, you can ensure that you receive the style, pricing, and extras you like.
  1. Act quickly if you can’t picture your wedding without a favourite local band performing at the reception or a photographer whose work you admire. Unfortunately, many of the most sought-after wedding photographers and other in-demand wedding providers are booked more than a year in advance, and once they’re gone, they’re gone.
  1. Dress shopping is one of the most enjoyable aspects of wedding planning. Begin your search by looking at bridal gown images on the internet (and bookmarking your favourites—you’ll want to bring them to your appointments). Then, before going into a clothing shop, understand the jargon. Learn about flattering silhouettes, necklines, trains, and colours. Your decision will be influenced by the season. Getting married in the middle of the summer heat? Lightweight materials like chiffon, linen, or organza are ideal. Are you planning a winter wedding? Warmth is provided with brocade, fake fur, and velvet. Year-round, satin, shantung, silk, and tulle are ideal.
  1. Wedding planning is a huge endeavour, and it might be the first major test of your marriage. Compromise, sacrifice and stress management are all part of the long (but rewarding) journey. So take some time alone before your wedding to do anything other than wedding planning. It will remind you of why you’re doing this in the first place.

Conclusion

Now you know pretty well how to plan a wedding. This guide will ease the process of wedding planning and help you enjoy your day without any stress. 

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