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  • Writer's pictureChristopher Figley

10 Things to Consider When Planning Your Dream Wedding

Updated: Jun 21, 2023

Congratulations! You're engaged - you have a gorgeous ring, a fiancé you adore, and plans for a perfect wedding. But, as you dive into the planning process, you quickly realize how overwhelming it can be. From choosing a venue to deciding what flowers to include in your bouquet, wedding planning can be daunting. Luckily, we're here to help. Here are 10 important things to think about when planning your dream wedding.

A bride and groom walk toward a chapel
A bride and groom walk toward a chapel

Budget Carefully

The first step in planning your dream wedding is to set a budget. Be honest with yourself about what you're able to spend, and prioritize your spending based on what's most important to you.

Choose a Venue that Reflects Your Style

Are you and your partner country lovers? Look for barns or outdoor settings. Urbanites at heart? Consider an industrial loft. Make sure the ambiance aligns with your vision.

Hire Professional Vendors

It's essential to hire professionals - photographers, florists, DJs, etc. - who will execute your wedding day vision to perfection. Research, read reviews, and ask for referrals.

Think About Your Guests

From the location of the venue to the timing of the event, make sure the needs of your guests are considered. Provide them with any necessary directions and accommodations, think about guests with dietary restrictions, and make sure they have plenty to eat and drink.

Don't Forget the Food!

A lot of guests will remember your wedding for the meal served. Consider all tastes and preferences of your guests, and don't shy away from trying something creative.

Write Your Own Vows

Make your ceremony special by writing your own heartfelt vows. It's a great way to add a personal touch to your wedding day.

Think Beyond the Traditional Wedding Reception

Consider a day-after brunch or a farewell party the night before. Add unique touches to make your day memorable. For other ideas, consider researching wedding traditions in different regions of the country. You will discover unique takes on wedding receptions that may fit your vision.

Stay Organized

It's so important to stay organized throughout the entire planning process. Keep a detailed checklist and a clear calendar, and make sure you don't miss any deadlines. Quick recommendation from a seasoned photographer and lover of weddings - even if you can't hire a wedding coordinator, designate a trusted friend or family member to help you execute the day and especially group/family photos. It will allow you to focus on enjoying your wedding that much more!

Make Sure You're Comfortable

This day is about you, make sure you're comfortable. Don't wear head-to-toe satin if it's going to be 95 degrees or stilettos that you won't be able to stand in for long.

Enjoy It!

As the wedding gets closer, it is easy to get stressed out and overwhelmed. But remember, the day is about celebrating your love and creating memories to last a lifetime. Try your very best to relish in every moment.

Planning your dream wedding can be a daunting task, but with the right mindset, priorities, and organization, it can be an incredible experience that you'll look back on with joy. Remember to prioritize the things that matter to you, stay organized, be comfortable, and enjoy your day. With these ten tips, you'll be well on your way to hosting a day that you and your guests will cherish forever.

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