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Wedding Planning Up Close

Sep 4, 2008
Between men and women, it's the women who are more inclined to planning and paying attention even to minute details to ensure smooth completion of a task. If you are a bride, it is very much expected of you to get involved in the wedding planning. Yes, it is grueling at most times but it could also be fun and exciting. Knowing that it was you who made the preparations is a sort of assurance that there is a very little chance of a mess up.

Planning a wedding in its entirety is very complicated with all the details that you have to remember. We could divide the planning into two parts so have a detailed view of the aspects that you have to attend to. The first part is the wedding ceremony planning and the second part is the wedding reception planning. For practical reasons, some couples tend to hold the wedding ceremony and wedding reception in a single venue-less hassle for the people involved and less cost for all the decorations.

Wedding Ceremony Planning

The Venue and Time

Choosing the wedding ceremony venue is one of the first things that you have to determine. Will it be an indoor or outdoor wedding? Will it be in the city or in the province? If it's indoor, will it be in a hotel function room or in the church? If it's outdoor, will it be at the beach or in an abundant garden? Is the venue accessible to your guests? What time will the wedding be, morning, noon or evening? In deciding where the venue is and when the ceremony will take place, consider your guests- the availability of the majority and the accessibility of the place.

Venue Decorations

Wedding decorations are essential in creating the wedding scene. The most common decor that you'll find in any weddings is flower arrangement. Flowers you'd often find in weddings are daisies, roses, calla lilies and tulips. Fresh flowers are superb for wedding however; those on tight budget can opt for silk wedding flowers. Those walking down the aisle, don't forget have aisle runner as it will instantly create a stylish outlook. One should also have a wedding arch. You'll create a better wedding atmosphere and it can also be used later to take photos. The church pews or chairs should also be decorated with ribbons, bows or tulle as you'd want your guests sit on something more special that he usual monobloc plastic chairs.

Wedding Ceremony Accessories

When talking about wedding accessories and supplies, one of the first things that come to mind is the set of wedding unity candles. Some couples skip the part of lighting the candle but for a great number of couples, this part is very important. People give it different symbolisms- the husband and wife giving light to each other's lives and the couple sharing a life together just to name two. Keep the unity candles elegant by having it personalized in harmony with the wedding theme. Other important wedding accessories are the ring pillow, guest book and flower girl baskets.

Visitors and Invitations

A wedding is incomplete without the guests. In order to ensure the success of your wedding event, your guest must leave the wedding feeling happy and satisfied. To ensure that your guests are happy, you need to prepare food that will make your guests happy as well as enough in portion. You wouldn't want your guest to leave feeling hungry would you? Decide on the number of people attending your wedding and once you've got the number, plan carefully. Soon after that, you should also be sending out your wedding invitations which has been decorated and designed to suit your wedding theme.

Wedding Reception Planning

After the ceremony, it's time to have a good time and celebrate. The time to mingle with your guests must be a fantastic experience not only for you but also for them, as they sit there, have chats with one another and have a taste of the entrees.

Food and Drinks

Great food will keep your guest happy and satisfied. Discuss thoroughly with your caterer on the kind of food suitable for your wedding theme. You might also want to do food testing before you hire the caterer. Drinks served during the event should also be enough to last to the end and make sure you have both alcoholic and non-alcoholic. Just as well, you should also have vegetarian food to cater for your vegetarian guests should you have any.


What kind of music suits a wedding? Well, there is no universal music for wedding but with that said, make a point to keep your entire guest happy with different choices of music. You and your partner might love Jazz but think of your other guests. They might prefer pop or rock. So don't bore your guests during this big event!

Wedding Cake

Wow your guests with the wedding cake design and what is on top of it. Instead of the traditional porcelain figurines, have the elegant monogram cake topper. Have your initials on top of the cake using acrylic.

There may seem like a lot to be taken care of here but actually, there's more! Don't worry because no matter what you do or haw bad things look like, they will always turn out OK in the end. Just relax and have fun planning your dream wedding!
About the Author
Melissa Cruz is a leading wedding planner who specializes in areas such as wedding decorations, wedding favors, theme weddings, bridal accessories, wedding invitations, just to name a few. Her works are regularly featured on various publications pertaining to wedding matters.
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