Almost without exception, a woman’s wedding is the biggest moment of her life. The chance to be treated like a princess for the day, ready to make a lifelong commitment to her true love, surrounded by friends and family. It’s a real-life fairy tale.
However, good weddings don’t just happen by accident and, in most cases, the big day will have involved countless hours of planning—from choosing the seat placements to selecting the flowers and bridesmaid dresses.
A well-planned wedding is better for both you and your guests and means you can all have a stress-free day. While there are many points to consider, here are some of the key components for an enjoyable wedding.
Choose the right venue
Whether you decide to get married in a church, a registry office, or another location (for example, a hotel), choosing the right venue is one of the most important decisions you’ll have to make for your wedding. Although trends change all the time, it’s quite common for couples to choose one location for the ceremony (often a church) and another for the reception (a hotel or other entertainment setting).
Alternatively, a wedding venue such as Hawkesyard Estate offers an all-in-one solution with a license to hold civil ceremonies and entertain guests all through the day (from the wedding breakfast through to night-time accommodation).
Remember, your choice of venue will also likely dictate the quality of the final pictures you have of the day—plus the overall impression your guests get—so choose wisely.
Choose the right wedding dress
This will be mostly down to your particular preference but take some time to look at all the available styles—even those that you might not have considered before. It’s a good idea to attend wedding shows and buy magazines in the run-up to your big day in order to get some inspiration.
Also, remember to visit multiple shops and try on several dresses before making your final decision. You should also go with a select group of friends and family to ask for their impartial opinion.
Write your vows
The world has moved on a lot since the traditional, to-honor-and-obey vows that were so predominant in days of old. These days, most couples prefer to personalize their pledges in order to make a statement about how much their partner means to them. It’s very common for the bride and groom to write these separately—keeping them a secret for the big day, so be sure to test-run your vows on family and friends to get the widest range of feedback possible. Reading the vows out loud to other people will also give you a much clearer idea of how they sound, which can often be very different as compared to how they seem written down.
Decide who to invite—and where to seat them
One of the most stressful parts of any wedding planning is working out with your partner who to invite—and where to seat them—to avoid any potential complications. It’s not uncommon for family members to have had problems or grievances in the past and you certainly want to avoid issues flaring up during your wedding.
Sit down with your partner and agree who you both want to invite. Although it’s not always the case, women tend to have a longer list, but you will still need to agree on numbers that work for you both. Next, try to envisage these guests sitting with one another and devise a ceremony and reception seating plan that works best for everyone.