Whether you have just got engaged or have had a long engagement, now that the time has come to plan your wedding, there’s a lot to think about.

Most brides have been dreaming about their wedding their whole lives, so every detail must be perfect. From the shade of the flowers to the music of the first dance, everything must be just right.

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Whether you have already filled a wedding book with all of your ideas or are starting from a blank slate, it doesn’t matter. What matters is that you take the steps necessary to ensure that your wedding day is just as you envisioned it.

To ensure that you can create the wedding of your dreams, we have put together eight handy tips, below:

1. Set a date

The first step you should take is setting a date for your big day. Setting a date for your big day is a great way to get the ball rolling and can help to steer your plans in a particular direction. For instance, if you set a date in June, then you might consider an outdoor wedding. But if you set a date in October, you might choose to hold your celebrations inside.

Plus, by setting the date for your big day, you can ensure that you get the venue, vendors, and band that you want. These things all book up far in advance, so make sure to book them as soon as you set a date.

2. Choose your color scheme

Until you have chosen a color scheme, you can’t start getting organizes properly. You see, the color scheme you choose will dictate the design of the save the dates, invitations, decorations, and so much more.

So before you do anything else, it’s a good idea to start thinking about the color scheme you want to use. For spring and summer weddings, muted pastel colors like candy floss, pistachio green, and sea tones are ideal. For fall and winter weddings, dark greens, burnt orange, reds, and slate grey tend to be popular.

3. Determine your vision

Spend some time thinking about your overall vision for your wedding. Think about what you have dreamed of your wedding being like, modern, traditional, romantic? What is it you want from your wedding.

Imagine what you would like your wedding to look like, and anything you can think of, jot down in your planning book. Once you have a clear vision of what you want from your wedding, you will find it much easier to get organized with your planning.

4. Choose where you will have the wedding

The next step is to think about where you would like to have the wedding. While many wedding planners say that setting the date before picking the venue is a bad idea, there’s no reason not to.

The first thing you need to think about is whether you want to get married and hold your reception at the same venue. Or, whether you want to get married in one place, and have the reception in another.

If you are planning a church wedding, then you will need two venues, one for the nuptials, and one for the celebration. But if you are happy to get married in a non-religious location, then it makes sense to hold both parts in one place.

When choosing your venue or venues, make sure to choose places that both you and your fiance love. There is no point having your wedding somewhere that isn’t special; that’s why choosing the right venue is crucial.

5. Get the save the dates and invitations designed

Once you have determined the date, place and color designing your save the dates and invitations.

Ideally, your save the dates and invitations should be similar in design and match with one another. They should also incorporate your chosen color scheme so that they tie in with the style and theme of the wedding.

While you could choose to get your invitations from a wedding invitation designer, they can be expensive. If you have an eye for design, you could consider making them yourself. The best way to do this is to start off using wedding invitation templates for inspiration, and then going from there. You could also use sites like Pinterest for ideas, as there always seem to be some good ideas on there.

6. Start shopping

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Once the date is set, the venue is booked, and the invitations have been sent, it’s time to start shopping for your dress. Finding the perfect dress and going for all your fittings takes time, so make sure to start looking early.

Aim to be open-minded when it comes to choosing a dress. Sometimes a dress you think wouldn’t be right, looks amazing when on. So make sure to give each dress a chance, and try on a dress in each style.

7. Create a beauty plan

Once the dress is sorted, the next step is organizing your beauty plan for the big day. To complete your look you’ll need perfect hair and makeup, you’ll need a hairdresser and makeup artist for this.

Don’t just pick the first hairdresser or makeup artist you find, get recommendations. Regardless of where you find your hairdresser and makeup artist from, it’s a good idea to have a couple of practices before the big day. This will give you a chance to try out a few different styles, and find out what look works best.

8. Choose a photographer

Your photos are forever, so it’s important to choose a photographer that can produce high-quality photos. Before hiring a photographer, find out what style they work in, and ask to see their portfolio of work.

If there is a certain type of photos you want, it’s important to discuss it with your photographer before the big day. Show them examples of what you want and ask them whether they have any experience with that kind of thing.

Planning a wedding is not a simple task. To plan the wedding of your dreams, it takes hard work, time and lots of effort. But once your big day arrives, you will see that all your planning paid off.

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