A Step by Step Guide to Planning the Perfect Wedding

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A Step by Step Guide to Planning the Perfect Wedding


Most ladies have been dreaming of their dream wedding for many years. Many have binders that are filled with every detail of their dream wedding from their engagement party all the way through to the honeymoon and wedding dress designer. Whether you have one of these binders or have never thought about your wedding, you will need guidance to plan the wedding of your dreams. This article has gathered the information that you need to plan the perfect wedding.

Setting the Date of the Wedding

The first step, when planning a wedding is to decide on a date. This information will help you determine whether you are going to be having an indoor or an outdoor wedding. Additionally, vendors (photographers, DJs, bands and caterers) along with venues can book up quickly. By deciding on a date well in advance, you can ensure you are able to hire the vendors that you want and book the venue that you want well in advance.

Choosing Your Wedding Colour Theme

Once you have chosen your date, it is time to choose the colours that you want to use in your wedding and reception. The colours that you will choose will be used for your invitations, bridal party gowns and ties and flower arrangements, including bouquets and boutonnieres. The most popular spring and summer colours are muted pastels like pale pistachio green or Caribbean blue. Fall and winter weddings include dark green, dahlia red and slate grey. Other popular colours include mushroom, cream and taupe. One of the easiest ways to determine a colour palette is to pick up paint swatches from a hardware store.

Envisioning Your Wedding

Think of the type of wedding you would like to have. Would you rather have a modern or traditional wedding? Does a vintage wedding or a romantic wedding sound better? Determining the type of wedding you would like to have will help you properly design your wedding invitations and decor fro your special day.

Deciding on a Location

The location of your wedding should reflect your fiance and yourself. There are many wonderful locations to choose from. You could have your wedding in a vineyard, a formal ballroom, a barn or beach side. The location you choose should reflect your personal style.

The Wedding Dress

Once you have set the date, it is time to shop for your wedding dress. Finding the perfect wedding dress is one of the most important things to do. So give yourself plenty of time to find “the one” and follow-up fittings. One of the most popular wedding dress styles is a low back wedding gown that allows you to drape a long necklace down your back. Riki Dalal has a fantastic range of wedding dresses to suit every bride, visit www.rikidalal.co.uk to view their entire collection.

Creating a Beauty Plan

After you have chosen your wedding gown, it is time to choose a hairstyle and makeup to complete your look. Do you want to wear your hair down or wear it in an up-do? Begin early and use a tooth whitening product to give you beautiful white teeth. Many brides are also opting for clear braces to help straighten their teeth. Finally, if you would like to shed a few pounds before your special day, start a new fitness programme that includes an exercise class and strength training exercises to help you look trim and fit for your wedding day.

Opt for Snail Mail Invitations

In today’s tech savvy world, you may be tempted to send out invitations electronically. Don’t do this. Instead, mail your guests a physical invitation as this is the traditional and classy approach. Furthermore, as you receive a wedding gift, take the time to write a handwritten thank you note, rather than shooting an email or sending a text message.

Photographing Your Wedding

You will want to find a photographer that understands the theme and feel of your wedding. This is why it is essential to discuss what your wedding style is with your photographer. One of the latest trends in wedding photography is a journalistic approach rather than formal photography. The journalistic approach will not only photograph the wedding party but will also capture unique details including the wedding rings, shoes, lace from the wedding gown and more. Close ups with natural expressions are also popular along with selfies that you can instantly share on social media sites.

Entertainment at the Wedding

When it comes to the entertainment at the wedding, don’t skimp. Having a great DJ or band along with other fun activities helps your guest have fun and remember your wedding celebration for many years to come.

Hiring a Wedding Coordinator

Even after planning every detail of a wedding, you will need a wedding coordinator to ensure the day goes off without a hitch. Hiring a wedding coordinator allows you to enjoy the day without worrying about all the tasks that need to be done on your special day.


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