Planning a wedding can be one of the more stressful things that you ever do. There are a lot of details to cover, many decisions to make. The good news is that if you get yourself organized you can cut down on the stress of this activity.
Even if picking out the perfect favors or shopping for decorations seems like a good idea, it is best to hold off on that for now. There will be plenty of time for that later. Besides if you pick out the small things now, there is a chance that you will change your mind about what you really need later.
Do you know where you are getting married yet? If you answered no this is where to begin. Where you are getting married can drastically change the look and feel of the day. There is a huge difference between a small backyard wedding and a huge church wedding. Choose wisely. Think about what your day is going to be like, what you want, how many guests you have and of course your budget comes into play as well.
The decision of where the ceremony will be held is one that needs to be made early because wedding venues may be reserved for long periods of time. If you absolutely fall in love with a certain venue you will need to see if they are available on your wedding date. If they are not you may either have to change the venue or the wedding date. If you change the wedding date this can affect other decisions you may have already made and that is why it is imperative to choose the venue early on in the wedding planning process.
The same rules apply to choosing where the reception will be held. You need to make this decision early, usually immediately after choosing the ceremony location. Also keep in mind that you will need to know what time the reception begins so you will need to know how long the ceremony lasts and give yourself adequate time in between the two for wedding photos and travel.
Choosing a Wedding Theme
Next you want to choose a theme for your wedding. Many brides are being creative these days and choosing to incorporate a wedding theme for their big day. You might be interested in creating a theme like the beach or a fairytale wedding. Even if a theme is not for you, it is still important to decide the type of wedding it will be. All weddings are different. Yours could be traditional, modern, elegant or casual. Making these decisions early will help the planning process go easier.
Choosing the Wedding Clothing
The final big decision you will want to make is the type of clothes for your wedding. This includes choosing the wedding dress, the bridesmaid dresses, the flower girl dress and ring bearer tuxedo as well as the tuxedos for the rest of the men, including the groom. Choosing these clothes will also help you decide on a wedding color, or colors, if you have not already picked them out.
Making Decisions of the Rest of the Day
Of course there are still many more details to choose, but those details will be much easier once the basics are covered. Once you know the type of wedding you are having and the colors and themes of the day you can truly start looking at flowers, wedding cakes, wedding food, music, centerpieces and favors. By waiting to start on the smaller details, you have made it so much easier. You know what will fit into your own wedding and therefore it will easier to choose the perfect invitations, decorations and more.