How to Plan the Perfect Wedding

If you are lucky enough to have found the love of your life, the thought of your dream day most likely fills your heart with utter glee. However, the thought of planning your wedding day is bound to cause a little bit of stress. Well, to help make the whole process run as smooth as silk, we’re offering some helpful tips to help you create the ideal backdrop.

The Budget

How much money you have to spend will determine your wedding experience – so it’s essential you don’t forget one important aspect from your big day. So, think about what you want to incorporate and how much money you’ll need.

Do your homework to identify how much items or services will cost – and even boost the price a little to give yourself some financial wiggle room. If you’re budget is stretched far too much, look for ways to cut back on expenditure so you can experience the day of your dreams.

The Rings

The first thing you need to do is decide on your rings. Agree on whether you both want engagement rings, and then head to a site like to research your options. Then come the actual wedding rings, and you need to decide whether you want gold or silver, matching or individual, engraved or diamond-encrusted… There are a lot of things to decide on, and you’re only just getting started!

The Ceremony

Whether you dream of saying “I do” in a church, castle or hotel, it’s important to plan ahead to ensure you can marry on your desired date. If the date isn’t too much of an issue, you won’t have to marry to plan too far in advance. When trying to cut back on costs, opt to marry on a weekday instead of a Friday, as you might receive a more affordable rate.

It doesn’t matter if you have fallen in love with Liverpool weddings or tropical wedded bliss, you must book early so you have time to plan your perfect day, and so you don’t lose out to another bride and groom.

The Venue

Once you have booked a date for the ceremony, it’s time to find the ideal reception venue to celebrate your nuptials. You could opt to host the reception in the same location as your venue, if possible, or you might have your heart set on another destination. Either way, book ahead to ensure the venue doesn’t get booked up by another happy couple.

The Guests

There’s no point booking a grand wedding ceremony and reception venue if there’s no-one to celebrate with you, right? So the next action point on your list has to be inviting the guests. Save the date invitations are a great way to inform your guests of your wedding date, and you can later send out wedding invitations so they can RSVP. That way you’ll know how many people you have to cater for.

The Food

It’s time to try the food. Some wedding venues will offer food catering as part of their packages – but it’s important you explore the many food options available to ensure everything is to your taste. However, you could also outsource catering to provide delicious dishes and buffet services to your guests. Book a wedding taster session to ensure the food offers the quality you would expect on your big day.

The Dress/Suit

A bride needs to stun in her wedding dress, and a groom needs to dazzle in his suit. The clothes you wear can either make or break your special day, and you’ll want to take each other’s breath away as one of you walks up the aisle. So, once the ceremony and venue is booked, it’s time to start planning that all-important gown and tails.
Try as many dresses and suits on as you can until you finally find the one. When looking for a dress, wear the right underwear to ensure you are 100% happy with your choice – because the last thing you will want is to regret it come the wedding day. Take someone along with you for a second opinion, and even ask them to take a snap of you in the gown or suit so you’ll know how you’ll look in your wedding photos.

The Photographer

Speaking of wedding photographers, it’s important to book one as soon as you have your wedding ceremony booked. Good photographers will most likely be very popular in your area, so act quickly to ensure they’re not booked up.

The Outfits

So you’ve picked the perfect dress or suit, arranged the venues and booked a photographer. What’s next? It’s time to sort the outfits for the groomsmen and bridesmaids. You may have a wedding colour theme in mind, so ensure their outfits reflect it. Try to choose a theme that will compliment everyone – not everyone will suit blush pink or mint green.

The Theme

There are some colours that are bound to be a no-no when it comes to a wedding day – such as black. Other guests may find the colour red a little harsh, or pink a little too girly. Pick a colour both the bride and the groom love – and make sure it ties in with your flowers from your local florist in Keilor (or your nearest alternative), outfit, table setting and wedding favours.

The Gifts

The best man, bridesmaids and the parents of the bride and groom will have invested a lot of time into participating in your wedding day – so it’s important to thank them for their efforts in the form of a gift. Don’t forget the flower girl and page boy, too!

The Hair & Makeup

A bride’s hair and makeup is just as important as her wedding dress – so experiment with various styles in preparation for the big day. See what style works and what doesn’t, and even try different hairdressers and makeup artists until you find the perfect look. A groom will also want a fresh haircut to look as sharp as possible, and some foundation can hide any blemishes that you don’t want showing up in the photos.

The Transport

Have you thought about how you’re going to make your way to the ceremony? Will it be by car or carriage? You might even want to surprise a bride by sending a fire engine to pick her up, if she has a little thing for firemen. What about your guests? Will they make their own way to the venue, or are you willing to book them a coach to transport them to the ceremony?

The Honeymoon

All the stress of planning a wedding is bound to take its toll – so a honeymoon will seem like more of a necessity once you’re officially married. You will only have one honeymoon, so book the destination of your dreams and start married life off in style.

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