Step By Step Wedding Planning Guide
By Carmen Palomo
Some might say that one's wedding day is the most important day of their lives. It is a union that is
only surpassed by the birth of one's children. The key to a happy and well organized wedding is preparation and
organization. That is the goal of this step by step wedding planning guide.
Some may think that all the hype about wedding planning is just overplay; however that is not the case. Planning
your wedding can be one of the most complicated things to do; especially if you don't prepare yourself for the long
list of things that need to be done. This quick little wedding checklist should help you get all aspects of your
wedding moving in the right direction.
Step By Step Wedding Planning Guide- The Breakdown
Let's break down planning your wedding into 3 sections. First we will talk about the budget, location, guest
list and theme for the wedding. Once we have a direction on the where; we will move to the when. Those are the
first and foremost things that need to be considered and decided before any further steps are taken.
Then we will move over to all the booking and reservations that are involved with wedding planning. This would
include aspects like catering, the band and the photographer. The last thing that we will cover in this wedding
checklist will be the maid of honor and the bridesmaids; the best man and the groomsmen; the ushers, the ring
bearer and the flower girls.
Step By Step Wedding Planning Guide- Section One
The first thing to consider when you begin planning your wedding is the budget. This is usually a touchy
subject; as it is traditionally the parents of the bride who will foot the bill. However; now that we have entered
the 21st century; just like many other common traditions; the parents are no longer expected to carry all of the
financial weight. The funds can come from anywhere; but the most important thing is getting a realistic estimate of
what you will have to spend. Once you know how much you can spend; you know how much you can afford.
The next thing on the wedding checklist in this step by step wedding planning guide is the guest list. Many
think that this is the hardest part of wedding planning because it has to be based around the budget. Deciding how
many are going to be on your guest list does take presentence, to most people, over the location and theme. This is
because of how special this day is. It all revolves around how many close friends and family members you want to
share your special day with. Some may want to decide the location, theme and guest list all at once; as these will
be the major contributors to the overall expense. Either way; the guest list is a crucial factor when considering
the realistic budget you have to divvy up for the other aspects of your wedding.
Now the wedding checklist comes to the location and theme. The further ahead that you book the place in which
you want to have the wedding ceremony; the cheaper it will be. Some people are very traditional and want to be
married in a church; but for those who want to choose another special place; there are many alternate locations to
consider when planning your wedding.
Here are some ideas for planning your wedding location:
- The Park
- The Beach
- A Place of Historical Significance
- A Place of Personal Significance
- At A Family or Friends Home
Once you have decided on the location; the theme is next on the wedding checklist. The theme and location
sometimes go hand in hand. For example; if you choose to have a beach wedding; then the theme will most likely be
based around a luau of some sort. After choosing a theme to match your budget, location and guest list; you can
move onto the more intricate pieces of planning your wedding; like the actual reservations and bookings. (See
section two of this step by step wedding planning guide)
The final aspect covered in this wedding planning section is all about the when. Ask yourself: When do I want to
have my wedding? There are 12 months every year. Some are warm; some are cool; some are hot; some are cold. You may
want to choose a special time of year that is significant to you both when planning your wedding date. This could
be a reminder of when you met, based around a special holiday that you shared, or just simply your favorite time of
People come in all different likes and dislikes; meaning the groom may want to have the wedding in the dead of
winter; while the bride may want the flowers to be blooming while she walks down the aisle. Coming to a compromise
on the time of year to have the wedding is only one of the many compromises that will need to be made throughout
the wedding planning stages.
Step By Step Wedding Planning Guide- Section Two
This part of the wedding checklist covers the reservations and booking of all the fine details of a wedding;
this includes everything from the caterer to the band; from the wedding location to the photographer.
When planning your wedding; if one thing is not reserved or booked correctly it could throw the whole wedding
off course. Double checking and then triple checking again can never hurt. The last thing anyone would want is to
show up at their wedding location and there be nothing there set up. For the most part; booking and scheduling your
wedding activities months prior to the actual wedding will save lots of money. Last minute weddings always tend to
cost more than ones that are scheduled way ahead of time.
This next section basically consists of the more intricate and detailed tasks that are outlined in this step by
step wedding planning guide. This is instrumental to the overall flow of the wedding in general. You will need to
choose a caterer for the reception meal. The catering company needs to be reliable, professional at what they do
and most importantly offer quality of service and great food. Caterers can provide testing samples during your
decision stages to assure that the proposed menu will meet the tastes of the bride and groom.
Coordinating the music is usually a pretty easy aspect of planning your wedding. All that is really needed is a
musician, band or DJ that can be versatile enough to meet the music likings of the bride and groom. It is important
to seek out a semi professional band; as one of the worst things would be if they never even showed up. You would
also want to look for someone who has experience with weddings; as they will need to entertain the guests and keep
the mood and events of the reception flowing; leading your guests through a series of predesigned reception
So at this point of the wedding checklist; one must first look at the type of music that the married to be
couple enjoys together. This same logic applies to choosing your photographer; as this is an important decision
because the pictures taken will be wedding keepsakes forever.
Step By Step Wedding Planning Guide- Section Three
This is the final section in this wedding checklist and it covers the wedding party. This part of wedding
planning may just be the toughest. Choosing the actual wedding party is very important; not only to the bride and
groom; but to the ones who are chosen.
It is a great honor for most to be chosen as a best man or maid of honor; that's a given; but it is also an
honor to just be chosen to participate as a bridesmaid, groomsmen, flower girl and/or ring bearer. This is usually
what makes up the wedding party; though additional roles and positions can be added or removed depending on the
bride and grooms wishes.
Step By Step Wedding Planning Guide- In Review
Though there are other aspects of planning your wedding that should be on your wedding checklist; this Step By
Step Wedding Planning Guideshould get you well on your way to making the appropriate arrangements and decisions.
The key thing to remember when planning your wedding is the budget. Once you know how much you have to spend;
everything else will fall into place!
We here at EtcTrade.com wish you and your loved one good luck in planning your wedding and all the best on your
long journey of marital bliss.