Are you amidst the excitement – and at times, chaos – of planning your wedding? Stress no more! Our wedding experts have some great advice on the top 6 must-have essentials you need for planning a picture perfect wedding. Best of all, they’re simple steps you can take right now to get you on the right track for creating the day of your dreams. Let’s take a look!

  1. Have a vision

Before you plan almost any other element of your wedding, you should first decide upon your vision for your wedding day. Ultimately, this will determine the time of year, venue, size and a whole slew of other details. It will also help to keep you focused and moving in one direction, if you have a clear vision in mind.

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  1. Know your budget

As equally as important as your vision, you must also determine a realistic wedding budget from day 1 of planning. This, too, will decide many of the other details for your wedding and help keep you in check when tempted with splurging.

The reason this contributes to a “picture perfect” wedding is that sticking to your budget will help alleviate stress before and during your wedding, but more importantly, after your wedding when those bills become due! A well-defined budget will also greatly help your wedding vendors to give you the most for your money with the ideas they recommend.

  1. Partner with professionals

Working with vendors you like and trust is a huge help when planning a wedding. They can suggest ideas you may never have thought of otherwise and can help you prepare with a “Plan B” should anything not go as planned on your special day.

Partnering with professionals will also take some of the more labor-intensive, less desirable tasks off your plate. You wouldn’t want to have to set-up your own tent or place all your folding chairs on your wedding day, would you? That’s where professionals can step in – and thanks to technology, usually do it faster! Ultimately, wedding professionals can save you time, money and stress – three things that weddings require a lot of.

Professionals, and their equipment, can save you a lot of time and energy leading up to your wedding day!
Professionals, and their equipment, can save you a lot of time and energy leading up to your wedding day!
  1. Incorporate a few elements of “fun”

Most every bride and groom want their wedding to be the one that people talk about for years to come because of how much fun they had. A must-have essential for ensuring your wedding isn’t boring is a few elements of “fun” throughout the celebration. Surprise guests with a special treat like fresh-popped popcorn or a cotton candy machine that is as unexpected as it is delicious. Or consider hiring some live entertainment or plan a choreographed dance that will make your wedding really stand out.

Fresh popcorn, anyone? This is a great way to surprise guests and make your picture perfect wedding one that will be remembered!
Fresh popcorn, anyone? This is a great way to surprise guests and make your picture perfect wedding one that will be remembered!
  1. Make a wedding day timeline

A picture perfect wedding, where everything runs smoothly, is often the result of a well-planned wedding day timeline. Don’t wait until the morning of your big day to begin planning out the order in which everything needs to happen to get you down the aisle. The day is going to fly by and it’s important to communicate early and often what each person is responsible for at any given moment so nothing gets lost in the shuffle. Best of all, it’s one more way to alleviate stress on your wedding day!

  1. Stay true to yourself

One final must-have for creating your picture perfect wedding is that you need to remember that this day is about much more than linens, flowers and what everyone else tells you to do – it’s about your and your fiancé. Be sure to include elements that reflect both of your personalities so that your wedding day is a celebration all about you two!

What other items do you think help to make a “picture perfect” wedding? Share your ideas by commenting below!

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