Wedding Planning 101

So, you have just recieved “the Ring” and everything is perfect and exciting, but now you have to start planning the biggest day of your life and it might seem like you have a hard task ahead of you.

To help you out, the staff of Wedding Concierge Magazine, has put together a series of articles to help you get started.

Within a universe of information out there, we have researched and selected the most useful resources for future brides, family and friends willing to help.

Wether or not you have experience in planning parties or weddings you will find a guideline to help you make the most of your time and resources while you give freedom to your creativity.

We hope you enjoy it ‚̧

First things first

The first step we reccomend before you start to plan your wedding is to of course research, but in order to make the best out of it you might want to think about a few key aspects.

We recommend you start a binder or a notebook you can carry around with you at all times, where you can write down ideas, websites, questions, phone numbers of contacts, recipes or anything else you’ll need. Plus that will be a nice memory to keep after the wedding ūüėÄ

Once you have that down, it’s time to go through the first list.

We have set 7 general categories to keep everything organized, the things you will have to research about will be around the following topics:

1.The date

2. The venue

3. Outfits and jewelry

4. Ceremony

5. Reception

6. Media

7. Budget


1. The Date

Choosing the date is number one on the list because it will have an influence in many aspects of your wedding, first of all it will define the weather, the time of the year that will help you choose an indoor or outdoor venue or destination, from there you will choose everything else.

If you are having the wedding in your hometown, the date could be more flexible and you can research and plan a lot of it by yourself, however if you are planning on a wedding destination it is important to research the weather conditions in the place throughout the year and also the season if it’s a touristic destination, this has to do with availabitity and budget.

If you are planning to have an outdoor ceremony and reception make sure sure you don’t choose a rain period, -although nobody can control weather-, you can have more probabilities of rain depending on the season.

Make an estimate of your budget, and do some research around prices for services, and transportation. Plane tickets and hotel rates vary throughout the year, so if you have a specific budget this will be an important factor for setting the date.

After you have set the date, you have to start a schedule to work on because now you will have set a specific time to meet your goal…may the preparations begin!

2. The Venue

You have a wide set of options when it comes to the venue, it might be the garden of your family house, an important restaurant in the family tradition, a hotel, the beach or even a castle.

The most important thing when researching about it is to choose the location that is more meaningful to you, remember to keep things simple and to enjoy the process.

If you are hiring the venue look for reviews, and if possible meet with the manager.

If you are choosing a destination for your wedding, look at hotel packages, they normally have special rates for honeymooners and wedding parties, plus they give you the best rooms available and many gifts, also you have the entire staff to take care of you.

3. Outfits and Jewelry

From the bridal gown to bridesmaids, groom and wedding party, you have millions of options, depending on your style, just keep in mind that if you are doing an outdoor ceremony and reception you might need to carry two pairs of shoes however if it’s in the beach you may not even need them.

As for the jewelry there are many options too, if you are doing a destination you may take a day to go shopping for accesories in the place of the wedding,  keep all of it together with the rings you will give to each other.

4. Ceremony

For the ceremony you can have a civil ceremony or a religious one, maybe both, or none, it’s completely up to you, what you want to simbolize is the union.

If you are having a theme in your wedding such as a traditional fairy tale, middle age  seting you can add many elements to the ceremony to portrait that theme.

5. Reception

This might be the most detailed part, here is where you’ll begin to think about dinner, atmosphere, cake, color scheme, seating and music.

Always look for a couple of options when it comes to vendors and look for reviews so that you get an idea of what to expect and don’t get overwhelmed, there are millions of ideas out there, go with your intuition, if there’s something you like and feel comfortable with choose it.

6. Media

Photography and Video are a must. ¬†Today’s techonology allows vendors to offer you an excellent quality job. There are many professionals out there providing services, getting the best pictures and video as you can is really important, there are vendors offering video services that can even broadcast the wedding live so that your relatives or friends that couldn’t make it can be a part of it too.

Look at portfolio and reviews, and get creative and involved, again if you feel a good connection with the vendor go for it, it will make you feel more comfortable during the sessions, if possible meet with them before the wedding, interact so that you feel more relaxed during the shooting and filming.

7. Budget

Last but not least, the budget, even if it’s not something you are worried about, somebody around you will be XD, and if you are planning the wedding this is a very important part to help you make the best choices.

You can hire a wedding planner that will sort everything out for you, or you can take care of it with your fiancée.

Here is where lists come in handy and help too, get your family and friends and delegate tasks to look for budgets from vendors when it comes to decorations, flowers, music, cake and staging in general.

Venue, Media and Dining is better to do yourself but you can get them researching reccomendations and reviews.

This is a brief way to get you started, we will go through the 7 categories one by one in future posts, giving you the tools to make your wedding exceed your expectations.

It is possible at every level!

Happy Wedding Planning!!