Step 1: Get Organised
Planning = Being Organised. If organisation is not one of your strong skills it will become one by the time you’ve finished planning your wedding lol. Whether you’re organised or not, I’d recommend that you purchase a binder or download a note-taking app, as it helps keep everything in one place. I prefer the binder because I love stationery, the feeling of turning pages and decorating my headings with my gel pens. But it’s your preference.
Step 2: Dream! Dream! Dream!
Planning a wedding is quite stressful so it’s ok to dream. Don’t feel pressured about the budget or all the nitty-gritty just yet.
Instead, think about how you envisioned your wedding day. Do you see:
- A Big Wedding (inviting everyone you know) or a Small Wedding (keeping it within your family and close friends)?
- Hosting Outdoors or Indoors?
- Keeping it Local (in your country) or Destination Wedding (away from home – hello St Lucia)?
- Classic, Modern, Cultural, Themed, Glam or Rustic?
- Fancy, Casual or in-between?
Make a note of those answers.
Step 3: Get Inspired
Check out magazines, blogs and social media to understand your likes and dislikes. Save all the pictures you like – you will soon notice a pattern and see what works well together.
Step 4: Decide on Formality
The formality is basically how fancy or casual you want your wedding. You must consider your style and that of your partner’s. Whether you prefer a brunch reception, cocktail party or formal dinner, it is important in all aspects of your wedding. Your formality determines – your stationery, venue, wedding time, guests’ attire, budget, tone, right down to your guests’ favours.
Step 5: Establish Your Style
This step keeps you focused. To establish your style, zoom in on your answers in Step 2. Instead of having a generic theme like a Modern wedding; you need to be more specific like Modern Chic. Your theme can be inspired by so many things; from a movie you and your partner enjoy or your favourite sport. The possibilities are endless! So, get creative with your ideas.
Step 6: Colours
Similar to your wedding formality, your colours are linked to all the elements in your wedding. A tip for choosing your colours is to start with a main colour and an accent colour, or complementary colours. Adding neutral or metallic accents will complete your colour scheme. There are some factors that need to be considered when picking colours but that will be covered in a future blog post.
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