Wedding Planning 101: How to Make Your Dreams Come True

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Whether or not you’d like to admit it, the chances are that you’ve dreamt about your wedding day before meeting the perfect partner. What did you fantasize about? Was it the dress or the suit, the picturesque location, the michelin star buffet? Perhaps it was the album of photos you could look back on, or the DVD starring you and your number one performing the ultimate couple dance? Suddenly reality has struck and you’re actually going to be planning the big day!


But reality doesn’t have to dampen your hopes for the ultimate wedding. In fact, read on to find out more about wedding planning and how to make your dreams come true…

Choose the Theme

If you would like an average wedding then start by booking the location, sending out the invitations, choose the bridesmaids… Yadda yadda yadda. But if you would like a dream wedding, you need to first spend time deciding what your dream wedding actually is. Do you and your partner have a passion in common that you would like to use as your wedding theme? For example, if you both love the outdoors why not consider an outdoor wedding by a forest or a breathtaking landmark, with fairy lights and ornaments wrapped around trees? If you both love sea life, consider a suitably themed wedding with seashell decorations, blue dresses and maybe a location by an aquarium or by an exotic beach. Are you both book nerds? Perhaps you consider having a book themed wedding?

There is also no shame in deciding that you want to get rid of the standard wedding theme altogether and go for something more fun and exciting, like a pirate themed wedding or a fantasy theme. Take your time and do a little research on the themes you may be interested in, look at Pininterest boards such as British Vogue or Kuniklo Treasure.

Take some time out and pamper

Planning a wedding can be very stressful, so take some time out to relax too. No matter how amazing the venue you booked is, no matter how wonderful the live band you hired is, you’re not going to be able to enjoy your wedding if you are feeling tense and stressed out. Consider having moments of time to yourself where you can focus on your hobbies or enjoy a little you time. And in case you’re wondering, a trip to the spa is definitely justifiable where the budget is concerned.

Plan your hair and makeup with plenty of time to spare

It’s a good idea to approach many hairdressers and makeup artists to discuss the visions you have of yourself on your big day. Showing them photos of example hair and makeup styles will help them get more of a feel for what you’re after.

Organising trial sessions, well in advance of your wedding day, will give you a chance to try plenty of different looks to find the right one for you.

Choose the ultimate venue

Weddings are all about location, location, location. Choosing your perfect venue isn’t always easy, often the best venues will be in big demand so you will need to book early. Hopefully you have at least an inkling on what your dream wedding will look like, so it’s only a matter of finding the perfect venue that will boldly host your theme and wedding fantasy. For some reason or another, castle venues can be a safe bet. They are stunning to look at both inside and out, they are impressive and often the hired halls inside a castle gives you a lot of space to decorate and style.

Also consider taking a look at stylish hotels and beach weddings. You can click here to find out more.


Wedding planning will inevitably involve a lot of communication. This includes communication between photographers and videographers, communication between the catering department, communication between the dress fitters… You get the idea. But wedding planning also requires that you communicate with family members and relatives too. Tell them about your plans. You might find that they can offer you helpful advice, including wedding ideas that you hadn’t thought about before but realise your dream wedding can’t do without! You’ll find that there are many kind souls who are willing to lend a hand with organizing your wedding so that your wedding planning doesn’t have to be a consuming typhoon of stress and worry. Hoarrah!

Wedding Favors

After all that communication you might want to consider purchasing a couple of wedding favors. After all, the dream wedding can’t happen without the help of close family members and friends. Cute items could include lip balm wedding favours, which serve a practical use for the feminine friends and can be personalized.

Keep an eye on the budget

Most of us will have a budget, dream wedding or not. Write a list of everything that is absolutely necessary for your dream wedding so you can plan around them. Try to keep a diary and an active spreadsheet of your spending habits so that you can coordinate your spending and have enough for the features on your list. Be sure to justify any significant spending and avoid rush decisions.


Finally, a dream wedding can often require a bit of practice to get right. There is no shame in having a wedding rehearsal if it makes you feel more comfortable. You may find that you can practice other aspects of your wedding too, such as walking around in those beautiful shoes you ordered, dancing your first dance with your beloved and delivering your speech. Relax, practice and enjoy your dream wedding.


By Hollie Jones

Hollie is a freelance writer and co-writer for the Hollie and the Ivy blog. She LOVES all things wedding and has often thought about her own dream wedding. She has many related passions including interior design, healthy living and crafts. Hollie enjoys sharing her knowledge and experience with others through writing.

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