Can You Plan Your Own Wedding


Can you plan a dream wedding on your own? I’m sure you want your wedding extra special and memorable. The key to planning a perfect wedding on your own is making lists, calling to confirm and a pocket planner.

Your wedding planning lists revolves around your wedding date. So write your wedding date on your calendar first. Next make a budget and a list of everything you are going to need for your wedding and a list of businesses and phone numbers to contact.

The next important thing that affects your wedding planning process is the location. Choose your location and write down details in your wedding planner. Details such as d้cor, colors, lighting, parking, number of church pews, are chairs available? Does the sunshine in at a certain time of day? Are you going to rent an aisle runner? How much room is available for ferns, flowers or candles?

Next you need to jump to planning the reception because reserving a great location on the same date as your wedding can be difficult. To find a great wedding reception location ask around or recall weddings that you have attended in the past. Make a list of questions to ask when you call or visit the location. Things such as price, availability, what time you can set up, do they have in house catering or can you hire your own caterer or bring in food or alcohol? I had my reception in an old southern mansion and they only allowed a champagne toast and no other drinking.

Next consider what type of music you would like for your wedding and reception. Booking good musicians or a recommended DJ needs to be done as early as possible because they get booked up. Write your musician’s phone number in your planner and be sure to give them a reminder call a day or two before the wedding to confirm that they will be there.

You will also need a florist. Again ask around to find out which florists in your area have the best prices and reputation. Schedule a consultation with the florist and ask to see samples and a price list. A good florist will ask you what your needs are and help you stay within your budget. Add your florist number to your planner and ask when the flowers will be delivered or when they will be ready for pick-up. Again make a follow-up call to ensure that your flowers will be ready or delivered on time.

Of coarse you will need to find the wedding gown of your dreams and add their number to your planner to confirm when your gown will be available for pick-up.

The reception food is another very important element that needs to be planned ahead of time in order to be successful. Ask friends and family if they know a good caterer or if your budget is tight consider purchasing food platters from reputable deli departments. My husband and I ordered fruit, meat and cheese platters with rolls from Kroger’s and had a friend put them out on the decorated buffet table at the reception. It only took minutes to set up and was beautiful and self-serving. We received many compliments on our reception food and it looked beautiful. Add you caterer or food provider’s number to your list and give them a quick follow up call the day before or the morning of your wedding to ensure that the food will be ready for pick-up or delivery on time.

Next find a good baker. Call around make an appointment to look at their wedding cake book or take a picture of a cake that you like. This is one area that frequently gets messed up because brides assume the baker knows what they are thinking. Make sure you confirm exactly what you want. If you want it simple, emphasize that. If you want the bottom layer chocolate, re-confirm that and make sure they write it down. Add your baker’s number to your list and call a day before to make sure that your cake will be ready on time for delivery or pick-up. Confirm the delivery time and location and make sure that they have a mobile contact number just in case they can’t find the reception location and need to call for directions.

The best way to plan your own wedding on the run is with a cell phone. Once you pick your wedding vendors enter then into your cell phone for quick access. Your cell phone will be a valuable tool for making appointments and following up with vendors. Keep a list of important phone numbers handy to make quick calls when you have a few minutes.

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