How to Plan a Real Wedding

By Olaoluwa Olowu
So, you’ve always envisioned a flawless and picture perfect wedding – from your wedding attire, to your guest lists, to your venue and other important things that goes down in a wedding.

Whether you're a bride-to-be planning your own wedding, or you are helping a friend put together the details of her celebration, you may want to know that the success of a wedding isn’t defined by the flower arrangements, the officiant, the cake, or the prayers.

Besides, planning a wedding involves endless details, deadlines, family drama, and far too often enough stress

You may want to settle on these tips to help you in every step of planning your wedding.

So, start your wedding planning here! It is advisable you start like 6 months earlier if not a year earlier.

Rough out the timing

If you haven’t set a date for your big day yet, it’s advisable you have an idea of what month or season your wedding to take place. Then you’ll know how long you have to get things organized.

Have that talk
Sit with your partner and talk about the ideas and style you’d like for your big day – whether it’s an outdoor ceremony or an event hall down to your guest lists.

Work out your budget
Budgets are generally the parts you have to figure out first in planning a wedding. Firstly, determine how much you have and work within the limitations of the budget you have set for the wedding.

Get inspiration
Leaf through bridal, fashion, design, and food magazines for inspiration.

The reception venue

Think about those wedding dreams and see if it blends with reality – and whether to have separate locations for the ceremony and the reception.

Perhaps you imagine an outdoor garden but what if the weather is an issue? Maybe a beautiful hotel with a pretty courtyard that would suit.

Also, you could use local resources to narrow down options or checkout wedding websites and bridal magazines.

Start the guest list.
Make a head count and write down the list of guests you want to invite to your wedding throughout your planning process.

Throw a shower, if you wish.
Your bridal shower generally is the duty of your maid of honour. Feel free to ask for schedule but remember that your invitees should be on your wedding guest list as well.

Research and Hire photographers and the videographer.

Get recommendations from friends, then research what kinds of shots you’d like to see — formal portraits and dancing shots.

Meet with them and ask to see other wedding jobs the professional has done.

Discuss specific shots and supply him/her with a list of moments you want captured. Just be sure the photographer and videographer you hire are open to your ideas.

Be sure you book many months in advance, so get on this one early!

Meet with caterers.
Find out if the venue of your wedding venue offers its own catering service. If not, look for one and hire the service.

Shop for your dresses.
Purchase your wedding shoes and dress. Also, don’t forget to take the shoes along to your last fitting a few days to your big day, so the tailor can choose the appropriate length for your gown.

Meet with the officiant.
Finding an officiant shouldn’t be a big deal if you wish to marry in your house of worship. Remember to confirm all the official documents necessary for the wedding ceremony as soon as you meet with the officiant.

Select and order the cake.

Get recommendations before committing to any baker. Hash out the details of your design from frosting color to flavor and fillings. Once got the picture of what it should look like, figure out how and where you want to it displayed in the reception room.

Schedule hair and makeup artists.
Make a few appointments with local hair experts to try them out and go for the best.

Choose your music.
You probably won’t be able to dictate every single song but you review the playlist of the songs to be played on that day.

Purchase the rings.

This will give you enough time for resizing and engraving.

Go for your last dress fitting.
Schedule a final fitting in the week of your wedding. You sure want to make sure your dress fits perfectly.

Delegate small wedding-day tasks.
Remember you can’t do everything all by yourself, so delegate responsibilities and choose someone to carry your things, someone to be in charge of gifts, someone to hand out tips, and someone to attend to each vendor.

Book a spa treatment.
Finally, book an appointment for a manicure and a pedicure the day before the wedding. You might also want to get a stress-relieving massage too!

Remember preparing for a wedding is no easy task and can sometimes be overwhelming. Pre-planning or knowing how to plan a wedding could help you avoid flop on your big day.

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