Every bride dreams of having the perfect wedding day, and everybody’s idea of perfect is usually somewhat different to others. When planning a wedding, the most important thing is that the experience is perfect for the bride and groom, and whether you’ve just gotten engaged or have been planning a wedding for some time, we’ve put together a list of expert tips and advice on making sure that your wedding day is perfect in every single way.
Perfection takes time, so if you’re looking to secure the perfect wedding day, doing anything last minute is definitely off the cards. Whether you’re looking for majestic banquet halls in Los Angeles or your idea of a perfect wedding is at a cozy hotel in the countryside, it’s important that you plan ahead, book early, and keep on top of where you’re up to. Acting impulsively can often be detrimental to a wedding, so make sure that you take the time to think through any decisions carefully before making them.
Look at the Big Picture
Envisioning the kind of wedding you want – do you long for a quiet, exclusive ceremony outdoors or have you always wanted a large, filled church wedding – will bring your plans to life and give you something to base your decisions on. For example, if you know you want a beach wedding, it’s easier to choose color themes and clothing now rather than later.
Determine ‘Wants’ and ‘Needs’
Staying within your budget is key to planning the perfect wedding, so it’s important to make sure that you’ve got a definite plan of everything that you’ll be needing at your wedding. Once you’ve checked off everything that you definitely need, you’ll be able to use the remaining money in the budget left to determine what it is that you’d like to include in your wedding day.
Don’t Cut Corners
Be careful when it comes to taking shortcuts in order to save money on your wedding day, as this could end up with disastrous results. For example, your uncle might really want to take the photographs on your big day, but will they come out as well as a professional hired photographer, and are you willing to take this risk? Make sure that you thoroughly think through any shortcuts and corner-cutting that you might be tempted to go ahead with.
Be True to Yourself
When presented with suggestions you might feel like you need to be polite and go with it, however it’s important to remember that your wedding day is all about you, and the key to having a perfect wedding is to ensure that you do everything that you want to do, and not just because somebody else has suggested them. Yes, you’re probably going to be hit with millions of suggestions from your best friend, your mum and other friends and family – but keep in mind that it’s your wedding and not theirs, so you don’t need to do anything that they suggest.
Don’t Overthink Things
Once you’ve made a decision, it’s easy to go back and think about it over and over again, leaving you wondering whether or not it was actually the best decision to make in the first place. Although you can be open to changing your mind if needed, it’s important to not overthink decisions once you’ve made them – that was what you really wanted, and you gave the decision enough thought before you made it.
Don’t Do Too Much at Once
Lots of brides get this idea into their heads that they can be superheroes, whereas in actual fact doing too much at once when planning any event can wear out and confuse even the best of planners. In order to keep stresses low, it’s a good idea to keep a checklist – make it clear what there is to do, and work through the tasks methodically and in order. Once you’ve got one thing out of the way, move on to the next one and check it off the list. This way, you’ll be able to stay organized, calm, and on top of your plans at all times.
Last but not least, the perfect wedding is once that is magical with personal touches. No matter how many wedding magazines you turn to for inspiration, the only people who are able to make your big day personal are you and your partner. Whether it be photos, memories, or a favorite song – add a personal touch to your wedding day to make it perfect.
Are you planning your perfect wedding? We’d love to hear all about it in the comments.