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Essential Steps On Planning A Wedding
There are some essential steps you need to take to ensure the day is a success. There are many more steps when planning a wedding; but we have outlined the 20 MOST important steps to take to plan the day of your dreams!
Create a budget
Decide on a location and date
Select your wedding party
Decide on a wedding coordinator or planner
Choose the best bridal subscription box
Host an engagement party
Draft a guest list
Decide on a theme for your wedding
Start gathering information and inspiration
Connect with vendors
Finalize guest list
Create your wedding website
Put together your registry
Order save the dates & invitations
Plan the honeymoon, rehearsal dinner
Plan all pre-wedding events (bridal shower, bachelorette party, bridesmaid brunch)
Send out invitations
Buy wedding bands
Obtain your marriage license
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Wedding Planning Guide:
No matter what type of wedding you are planning; you need to create a plan and a checklist so you can have your wedding planning run smoothly. From planning a beachside destination wedding to a courthouse wedding; we have a breakdown of all the steps you need to take.
How to plan a small wedding
Small weddings or what are commonly referred to as micro weddings are really in fashion right now thanks to issues like a global pandemic. If you are planning a small wedding you need to make sure you have a structure for where and when your wedding will take place, who will be invited and what sort of menu and entertainment you want to have. Many couples who are planning a small wedding decide to host the event at their house or the house of someone close to them to save on venue cost. If you are thinking of going down that path you still might need to plan out a space for food, dancing, bathrooms, and parking.
All weddings regardless of size should have a well thought out plan for what the style and theme of the wedding will be. Plus planning some logistics so the day has no surprises.
How to plan a beach wedding
Beach weddings have been a staple in the wedding world for a very long time and with the natural beauty of the beach as a backdrop, it is not hard to see why.
“If you are planning a beach wedding that is a destination wedding you should consider sending out your save the date cards with travel information earlier than normal since it may take guests longer to secure travel, flight and hotel accommodations.”
Location. When selecting your beach wedding location is key! If you are hosting your beach wedding at a resort they usually have a dedicated section of the beach for events; on the other hand, if you are hosting your wedding at a public beach you might have to deal with public beachgoers close to your ceremony location.
Time of day. Location is not the only thing to consider when planning a beach wedding; you must also focus on the time of day. Afternoon weddings on the beach can bring with them brutal heat; so you might want to schedule your ceremony for later in the afternoon. Ideally, it’s after 5:00 pm when the sun starts to sink a little.
How to plan a courthouse wedding
Big weddings are not for everyone and many couples decide they want to have a simple courthouse wedding. If you are planning a courthouse wedding here are a few tips.
Make an appointment. Most courthouses require couples to make an appointment for their wedding ceremony so make sure you call ahead. You will also need to get a marriage license. So gather all of the necessary paperwork before you can actually say “I do”.
Hire a photographer. You will want to capture the big day of course; so hire a wedding photographer to join you. Take your images before, during (if allowed), and after the ceremony.
Celebrate post ceremony. Just because you don’t want a big wedding doesn’t mean you don’t want to celebrate. Host a brunch, lunch, or dinner to celebrate your courthouse wedding with friends and family.
How to plan a destination wedding
Destination weddings are a fun way to celebrate your wedding day and can take place in a variety of locations. At one time a destination wedding meant that it was a beach wedding someplace tropical; but today couples plan destination weddings all over the world in all different locations. So take a look at a few tips for planning your destination wedding:
Send out information early. When travel is required it is best to give your guests a little more time to plan and book their accommodations. So send out your save the date cards early. Also, include there all of the travel information your guests will need to start booking flights, hotels, and car rentals.
Consider working with a local wedding planner. It is not easy to plan a destination wedding from a distance. So you should consider working with a local wedding planner who can help navigate and organize things at your destination. Having a local planner will also help you be able to locate vendors and services you may need. Also if you are booking your destination at a hotel or resort oftentimes they will have an onsite wedding coordinator who can help. If they don’t you can also ask for a recommendation.
Reserve a large group hotel block. Since all of your guests will be traveling to your wedding location you should book a large hotel block as soon as possible to make sure you have rooms for the guests. Tropical and other popular destination resorts fill up quickly so the sooner you can block out rooms the better.
How to plan a backyard wedding
Backyard weddings can be extra special since often couples will exchange vows at their own home. A backyard wedding does allow you to have complete control over your decor, look and feel of your wedding; but it also comes with a few challenges. When planning a backyard wedding you do need to consider a few key planning items.
Parking. You will need to find a place for your guests to park for your wedding; also the chances are you can’t do it all in your driveway. So you might have to secure a separate parking location and shuttle guests to your backyard.
Space for vendors. Your catering team will need a space for set up, food prep, and clean up. Your kitchen might not be the best spot so work with your catering team to make sure they can prep at a different location and bring food to your reception and remove all the clean up as well.
Bathrooms. So, yes, you probably will need to rent portable toilets; but thanks to all the new solutions in this industry you can rent nice ones for your guests.
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