Wedding Planning

10 TIPS TO PLAN A PERFECT WEDDING

TEN TIPS TO PLAN A PERFECT WEDDING

Planning the perfect wedding is every bride and groom's dream come true. It will be one of the most memorable milestones in a couple’s life. The goal is to make it a fabulous experience from the wedding planning to the wedding day. Even though there is no right or wrong way to planning a wedding, there are great tips those of us in the wedding industry utilize over and over. Below are some simple yet very useful steps to help you plan your perfect wedding. Use them in conjunction with other pointers we wrote to help you have a fabulous wedding experience! These are all tips we've learned after making many mistakes. Feel free to ask us questions, tell us about your wedding experience and how our word of advice has worked for you. Now go out there and plan your perfect wedding! “Cheers to your happily ever after!” Alex Diaz + Josh Ponder

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STEP 1: Make a Wish List

Making a wish list is a great way to start planning a fabulous wedding. This list should include the services and items you need like, Wedding Dress, Florist, Photographer, Venue, DJ, Make-up Artist, etc. As well as things you would like for example, Ghost Wedding Chairs, Photo Booth, Karaoke, Candy Bar, Live band, Engraved Champagne Flutes, etc. Make sure to include the prices on your wish list. This will give you a realistic idea of what may be the overall cost of your wedding. Keep your wish list, continue adding and crossing out as your dream wedding unravels.

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STEP 2: Set a budget

This may be one of the hardest things to do but there is no way around it. Unless you’re an Heiress or Heir of some fabulous fortune, then you need to come up with a budget and plan accordingly. Use your wish list to give you a realistic idea of how much your wedding will cost you. Unfortunetly, your budget will also force you to cross out services and items from your wish list. You will need to decide what you want and what you really need. Keep in mind there are services you don’t want to skimp out on.

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STEP 3: Choose 3 Possible Dates

Selecting a wedding date sounds easier than it can be. We suggest for you to pick three dates instead of one. This way you’ll be able to select one out of the three dates and hopefully end up with your favorite venue and that fabulous photographer you must have!

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STEP 4: Book Your Venue

Your venue can be one of the most costly expenses in your wedding planning adventure. Depending on the month you’re planning to get married and how popular the venue may be, it may get booked mighty fast. This is why it is important to book your venue at least one year in advance. A great thing to do is find a wedding venue you like, check if they have any of your possible dates available and then check the availability of other important vendors like your wedding photographer. Then book, book, book!

 

(10 Tips How to Book the Perfect Venue)

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STEP 5: Meet & Greet Your Vendors

Meet and greet all your vendors so that you can decide if there’s a connection and if they are someone you’ll want to have on your special day. Every vendor is important and will play a role creating your perfect wedding day. There are those vendors that will play bigger roles like your Day-Of-Coordinator, Photographer, Cinematographer and DJ. It is important that you especially feel the connection with these vendors.

 

(Ten Tips How to Find the Perfect Wedding Photographer)

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STEP 6: Book All Your Vendors

Hopefully you are following our tips and you had the chance to meet all your wedding vendors. Now it is time to book them all! Don’t forget to be courteous to all vendors and send a message of your decision, even if they weren’t selected. Every wedding professional will appreciate this rather than the awkward ghosting.    

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STEP 7: Make a TO DO List

So you’re only months away from your wedding day and you feel very confidant with how the planning process has gone so far. It’s time to make a to-do list. Your to-do list should not be done the week prior but hopefully a few months before the wedding. Your list should include all the important tasks, items to buy, vendor payments and everything in between. Make sure to include dates to pick up items and outstanding balances. Your to-do list will give you that extra assurance and allow you to catch anything you may be missing before your wedding day.

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STEP 8: Tie the Loose Ends

This is it, you are only a month away from walking down that aisle and saying, ‘I do.’ It is time to tie those loose ends so that you can enjoy a perfect wedding! Start by cross-referencing your wish list and your to-do list. Cross out all that has been completed and begin knocking out those tasks that have not. Everything on your to-do list should be taken care of at least two weeks prior to your wedding day. Avoid leaving things for the last minute. Ask for help from your Wedding Planner or Bridesmaids and Groomsmen if necessary. Just tie those loose ends!

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STEP 9: Keep the Wedding Week Stress Free

Easier said than done but it can be done. Planning your wedding can be exhausting and you don’t want to be that bride or groom putting together your centerpieces a night before. The trick is to blackout your last week and only use it to pamper yourself and to relax. Create a deadline for all your meetings and must do’s two weeks before your wedding day. This way you wont have to worry about taking care of wedding planning tasks on this week.

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STEP 10: Enjoy Your Wedding

Don’t let small details stress you out. Make sure you step away from it all and take a moment by yourself to take it all in. Look around and take mental photos or your magical moment. In between key moments you should both step away from it all as a couple and do the same. This is a moment that will require a different type of selfie and even though it wont be seen on social media it will be felt in your hearts forever.

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Alex & Josh

Alex Diaz

Alex Diaz and Josh Ponder are Los Angeles Wedding Photographers and Wedding Planners providing services all over Southern California from San Diego to Santa Barbara.