Wedding Planning Guide or a Professional Wedding Planner?

Beautiful weddings don’t just happen. They come with a lot of imagination, insight and hard work. Your wedding can be as wonderful as you want it to be. All you have to do is put your efforts into making it so.

When you first become engaged, one of your first thoughts is how to move from being an engaged person to being married. As soon as that ring is set on your finger, your thoughts automatically turn to your dream wedding. Lights, camera, action – it’s all a bit like a romantic movie becoming true-to-life, in just the way you image it to be. Whether you want the ‘princess for a day’ wedding, or you want something modern and elegant, you will have to do the planning to pull off the wedding of your dreams. And like a movie production, there are many details to take care of that go into making the final event picture perfect.

If you are an organized person who knows exactly what she wants, planning your wedding should not be beyond your abilities. But, if you have no idea where to begin or have trouble thinking of all the little details that go into producing a dream wedding, you may need to get outside help, as in a wedding planner. You can get the help you need simply by purchasing a wedding planning guide that will tell you exactly what steps you need to take to make your dream wedding come true. Or you may need to go a step further and hire a professional wedding planner.

A wedding planning guide will steer you in the right direction in what steps you need to take (and when to take them) when you are planning your dream wedding. A good wedding planning guide will give you all the information you need to move forward with planning your dream wedding. It will give you lots of ideas and details you may not have thought of. For instance, when you and your new mate are leaving the church, do you want to do it with pomp and ceremony, like driving away in a horse-drawn carriage or perhaps and open-topped convertible? How about deciding on a theme for your wedding, like a Halloween theme if you date happens to coincide with that holiday? Or perhaps you want a selection of wedding songs that may be appropriate for your first dance, or you want to know who should be paying for the event? All of those things should be covered in any good wedding planning guide.

Of course, a professional event planner is a good choice too, if you want to pull off a spectacular wedding. They will guide you through all the decisions that have to be made with respect to your special day, from choosing the cake to hiring the caterers. They are very knowledgeable and know their business well. But they do come at a price. If you don’t have the money to spare for an entire professional wedding planning package, you may be able to hire someone for just specific tasks while you handle the rest of the arrangements yourself. But if you are on a tight budget, your better choice would be to get a guide to help you make the necessary choices yourself.

Another plus to purchasing a wedding planning guide is that you get to make all the decisions that conform to your own unique vision of the perfect wedding. Perhaps you may feel that your big day should take place with a motorcycle theme in mind, complete with you and your groom riding off into the sunset on a Harley. Only you could pull off a truly unique event like that, with exactly what you want. Maybe you wish for a wedding that might include your dog in the wedding party because you are an animal lover. Would a professional wedding planner see your vision of Fido as a ring-bearer? A professional event planner may not see your exact view as to what you want for your dream wedding.

Remember that your wedding is whatever you want it to be. It is a day to celebrate your union with the special person you love. Since your childhood, perhaps you have had a vision in mind as to what your perfect day would be. It is up to you to plan to make that happen, whether you choose a wedding planning guide or a professional wedding planner.

Wedding Planning Tips

Wedding planning tips that will help you plan a great wedding: First, your couple will need to set a budget for your wedding then plan everything in advance.

What you probably need to start with is the wedding dress for the bride, suit/tuxedo for the groom, accessories, as well as shoes for both of you. Regardless of whether you will order custom-made attires, buy them or rent them, you need to do it in advance. The same holds true for choosing the right accessories.

Since there always are other people planning to have a wedding around the same time as yours, you need to make sure to do as many things in advance as possible.

When looking for accessories, it’s better to try them on together with your dress, since the accessories should match the dress in color and design, as well as they should feel comfortable.

Men’s attire also has many features that need to be addressed and tried, such as a fashionable tie, jacket, trousers, and so on. When buying the suit for the groom, note that if he buys a plain suit, he will also be able to add it to his day-to-day wardrobe. In doing so, it would also remind the groom of the happiest day of his life.

The shoes, particularly brand new ones, are better to wear for a few days before the wedding so that they feel more comfortable at the wedding.

Here are some wedding planning tips regarding the invitations: you will need to purchase some nice invitations, and get them delivered to each of your guests, by mail. Your guests should have sufficient time to respond to you and indicate whether they will attend your wedding or not. Furthermore, the guests will specify who exactly will attend, which will let you plan the final number of guests to finalize your reception budget.

Purchase ready-made wedding rings or order custom-made rings. Note that custom rings may take weeks or even months during the “wedding season”.

Decide on the cars for the bride and groom. Choosing and booking a limousine also should be done in advance.

If you are going on a honeymoon after the wedding, you also need to book it in advance, especially if your wedding takes place during a holiday season.

The above wedding planning tips will help you plan your own wedding. However, the most important tip of all is to start planning a wedding way in advance.

Top Wedding Planning Tips

1.) Staying organized is the best thing you can do to make planning your wedding go smoothly. Purchase a nice three-ring binder (and a three hole punch) with dividers to keep all of your contracts and paperwork organized and easily accessible.

2.) When asking a friend or relative to be an attendant in your wedding, be sure to explain what his or her responsibilities will be up front. This will avoid confusion later on.

3.) Try to register for gifts four to six months before the wedding. This will allow guests to purchase items from your registry for pre-wedding events. The best time to register is on a weekday evening, when crowds are thinner. Be sure to go back to the store(s) and update your registry every so often, as many stores turn over their inventory on a regular basis.

***Never include registry information with the wedding invitation – this information needs to be spread by word-of-mouth or can be included at the bottom of the shower invitation.***

4.) It is a nice idea to provide a map of the ceremony/reception site(s) in the invitations for out-of-town guests. This is one of my favorite wedding planning tips. This will cut down on a lot of confusion later on.

***As you receive response cards from your guests, write the name and address of the guest on the back. Keep the RSVP cards in alphabetical order in a recipe box. When you open your gifts, pull out each guest’s card and write a description of the gift you received from them. This makes writing thank-you notes a snap!***

5.) The safest way to pay for wedding purchases is by credit card. This is one of the most important wedding planning tips. This way, if there is anything wrong with the service or product, or if there is a breach of contract, it is easier to track the purchase and get a refund if necessary.

6.) When shopping for a photographer, be sure to view a complete album of one entire wedding. Look for consistency in the shots. Seeing only “the best” pictures from many weddings does not show consistency in work. Ask yourself if the shots adequately tell the “story” of the wedding. Also, ask lots of questions, and really get to know your photographer. Remember, this person will be with you from the beginning of your big day to the end, so you want to be very comfortable with them.

7.) You may wish to look into purchasing wedding insurance. Contact a reputable insurance agency for more information.

8.) When you order your wedding flowers, be sure to order a separate “toss bouquet.”

9.) Select your cake baker 3-6 months in advance. Have fun “taste-testing” different flavors!

10.) An ’emergency’ kit is essential for the day of your wedding. This is an extremely vital wedding planning tip. Pack extra makeup, a comb, hair pins, needle & thread, scissors, safety pins, a nail file, clear nail polish, band aids, tissues, tooth brush, medicine, etc.

11.) Schedule your hair and make-up appointments three to six months in advance of the wedding.

12.) Try to get enough sleep, drink lots of water and eat nutritious meals during the months preceding the wedding. This will help you have lots of energy, feel great, and will make your hair, skin, and nails look their best.

13.) To avoid puffy eyes the day of your wedding, drink plenty of water at your rehearsal dinner, and avoid salt and alcohol.

***Ladies, indulge yourself with a relaxing massage a few days before the wedding. Nothing will help to calm your nerves more than the tranquil environment of your favorite spa.***