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10 Essential Steps for Perfectly Planning Your Dream Wedding (aka plan your wedding)

Hey there, soon-to-be newlyweds! So, you're diving into the wonderful world of wedding planning, huh? Congrats! Get ready for a rollercoaster ride filled with love, laughter, and maybe a tiny bit of stress (just keeping it real!). But fear not, because we've got your back with this ultimate, no-nonsense, slightly cheeky wedding planning guide

What is a wedding photographer doing writing a blog about reasons to have a wedding planner for a couple’s big day I hear you say! Well, I have been photographing weddings for quite a few years now, some with a wedding planner and some without but hand on heart, there is a huge difference between the two, so read on as I delve into why it definitely pays to have that wonderful wedding planner at the helm of your big day.

wedding rings on tip of the wedding rong box


1: Get Your Game Plan On! 

Okay, so first things first: grab a notebook, open a Google Doc, or whatever floats your boat, and start jotting down ALL the ideas flying through your head. Pinterest boards? Heck yes! But don't let it overwhelm you. It's brainstorming time, people, it's time to plan your wedding!

the bride and groom walking back down the aisle with confetti being thrown at them


2: Budget: The 'B' Word 

Ah, money talks. Sit down with your partner, break out the calculator, and figure out your budget. Sure, you might have champagne tastes on a beer budget, but that's what makes it exciting, right? Remember, it's your day, not your distant cousin's neighbour's dog walker's day.!

wedding reception decor


3: The Dream Team: Pick Your Crew! 

You've got your partner, now gather your squad! Choose your bridesmaids, groomsmen, and anyone else who'll help you laugh, cry, and keep your sanity intact during this wild ride.

the bridal party posing for a portrait photograph


4: Vendor Hunt: Find Your Wedding Avengers! 

Time to assemble your dream team of vendors: caterers, photographers, DJs, florists, the works! Remember, you want the Avengers, not the League of Villains.

A wedding cake in the midst of reception decor


5: Dress to Impress: Find THE Outfit! 

The dress! The suit! It's like finding a needle in a haystack but with more tulle and sequins. Pro tip: try not to get lost in the sea of Pinterest dresses, unless you plan on tying the knot in a Cinderella ball gown (hey, no judgement!).

A wedding dress on a hanger suspended between two columns of the wedding venue


6: Paperwork and Legal Shenanigans! 

Yeah, we know it's not the most glamorous part, but let's get those legal ducks in a row, shall we? Marriage licences, venue contracts, all the official stuff. Crossing those T's and dotting those I's!

bride and groom in a traditional cameroonian wedding attire signing their marriage certificate


7: Party Time! Plan the Celebration! 

Let's talk details: decorations, seating charts, music playlists! This is where your creativity gets a gold star. Channel your inner Picasso and create a masterpiece that screams "US!"

a welcome sign in front of the wedding venue


8: Feed Me, Seymour! Plan the Menu! 

Food glorious food! The way to everyone's heart, right? Taste test your way through menus and pick the feast of a lifetime. Just don't forget about Aunt Carol's nut allergy

a wedding breakfast menu on a platter next to a set of cutlery


9: The Countdown Begins! Tying Up Loose Ends As You Plan Your Wedding! 

Less "uh-oh" moments, more "heck yeah, we're nailing this" vibes. Finalise all the nitty-gritty details, confirm with vendors, and practise your dance moves.

the bride and groom having their first dance


10: Embrace the Chaos: Wedding Day! 

It's here! Embrace the unexpected, roll with the punches, and get ready to say, "I do!" Remember, it's not about the perfect day—it's about the perfect moments.

A bride and her bridesmaids walking to the wedding ceremony


So, there you have it, lovebirds! Follow these steps, keep calm, and wedding on! You've got this. Cheers to a lifetime of love, laughter, and happily ever after!

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