Weddings are magical, truly special events that honor your love for and commitment to another. While many people imagine details of what would make their wedding day perfect, the bigger picture can be more elusive, at times. If you are getting ready to plan a wedding, you will have to think about, shop around for and book a number of venues, people and things.

From wedding flowers to invitations to rings, each detail will need to be carefully considered. Some of the aspects to plan, choose, book and arrange for include:

  • announcements
  • bachelor/bachelorette party
  • bridal shower
  • dresses/tuxes
  • food, drinks and other refreshments
  • flowers
  • photographer
  • rehearsals (i.e. the rehearsal dinner)
  • rings
  • the minister
  • the venue
  • the wedding party
  • wedding cake.

The list can go on and on depending on how elaborate you want your wedding to be. However, before you start putting down deposits and booking wedding service, ask yourself the following questions to help you narrow down your options:

  • Do I want to hold the ceremony/reception indoors or outdoors?
  • How formal do the event to be?
  • How many people do I want to invite?
  • How soon do I plan to get married?
  • In what season do I want to get married?
  • What is my budget?

As soon as you determine the size and scope, as well as the budget, of your wedding, you can start figuring out some of the details.

Although planning a wedding is a complicated affair, fear not! In this section, we will outline everything that you will need to consider as you plan your wedding. From starting to think about planning to waltzing off to your honeymoon, our articles will help you figure out each detail so that you can have the wedding of your dreams!

Bridal Shower

A bridal shower, traditionally thrown by the bridesmaids, is a special time for a bride to spend time with her close friends and family before getting married. While brides generally open gifts and play games at their bridal showers, you can make your shower as formal or informal as you like.

Interestingly, bridal showers grew out of the tradition in which the brides father, back in the day, would either offer a dowry to the groom or refuse to give his daughter away. Read on for ideas on how to plan and host a successful bridal shower.

Ceremony Ideas

When it comes to the marriage ceremony, the aspect that all ceremonies have in common is the ordained minister who performs the ceremony. Aside from that, anything goes! Whether you want to hold the ceremony in a church or on the beach, or whether you want to run off and elope or have a large, formal affair all depends on your preference and budget.

As you consider all of the potential options, start by thinking about your ideal location for the marriage ceremony. Keep reading for more marriage ceremony ideas.

Hiring a Wedding Planner

Because planning a wedding is a complicated affair, some couples choose to hire a wedding planner to help the sort out all of the necessary details. Although wedding planners do come at an extra cost, they are equipped with connections and contacts for nearly everything you will need to book.

While you can plan a wedding on your own, hiring a wedding planner will significantly reduce your stress before your big day. Read on to learn how to choose a wedding planner, as well as the pros and cons associated with hiring a wedding planner.