Whether you’re newly engaged, part way through planning or even happily married and looking back at fond memories, there are a set amount of steps that happen when you plan a wedding. No matter what order you end up getting through them, they can rarely be avoided.
So if you’re looking for some advice, need to get back on track or fancy a walk down memory lane, take a look at the seven steps each bride will check off when planning her wedding.
1. Initial Shock, Excitement & Thoughts
Okay, so this one’s more of a giggle than anything else, but it’s the very first step. You’ve accepted a proposal and are somewhere between a state of shock, excitement and sometimes, even fear. But don’t panic, it gets easier.
It’s also likely that you’re thoughts are racing and the whole idea of wedding planning sounds far too much. Well, in all honesty, it sometimes is. But we all get through it and so will you.
2. Venues, Venues, Venues
Choosing your wedding venue is one of the most important steps. When you go, you also choose the date. Sometimes you have a perfect date in mind and choose the venue to fit, but more often than not it’s the other way around. If you’ve found a gorgeous venue, you might have to be flexible on timings in order to book it up.
Then, when you have, you can decide on your save the date cards, send them out and get the wedding ball rolling.
3. Choosing Your Theme
Not everyone wants a wedding theme. Sometimes, a ‘wedding’ theme is enough on its own. But some brides (and even grooms) have a theme in mind. So if you love everything classic, country or colourful, it’s time to get planning. Sometimes, it will show in your save the dates, but don’t worry if you change your mind. There’s plenty of time to get planning and decide before the invites go out.
4. Your Wedding Party
This can be a sensitive, daunting and stressful decision. Who are you going to have in your wedding party? Picking a maid of honour, bridesmaids, best man and ushers can be tough if you have a lot of people to choose from. But it’s still a decision you have to make. So, try and get thinking about it in the early days. You’ll be glad you did when you’ve made your mind up.
5. The Dress
Now this is often the stage that most women look forwards to. Or dread. Either or, it’s a pretty significant step. A wedding dress is one of the first things the guest see when they see the bride. But remember, you wear it all day, so you’ll want to make sure you feel comfortable in it and not just beautiful.
6. Who To Invite
If you though choosing your wedding party was difficult, then invitations might just be your idea of a nightmare. You might have sent save the dates out to everyone you know, but one thing’s for sure, you get a little help when it comes to choosing who to invite. When you booked your venue, you may have been given a capacity limit. If so, stick to it. It’ll also help when you’re firming up your choices and planning tables.
7. The Finishing Touches
And last but certainly not least, it’s the finishing touches that you won't want to forget. From the cake and the flowers to the transport and the favours, the devil is in the detail. But don’t sweat the small stuff, there’s a wealth of inspiration available online to help you decide.