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How to Plan a Wedding: A Guide


Weddings are special occasions that warrant months of planning and preparation. No detail is too small when it comes to weddings, which is why many couples choose to hire professional wedding planners to help them with the logistics.

If you’re planning a wedding and DIY-ing it all yourself, this guide will give you some tips on how to make sure everything goes off without a hitch. From budgeting to finding the perfect venue, we’ve got you covered.

  1. Set a Budget
    Before you start booking vendors or looking at venues, you need to have an idea of how much money you’re willing to spend on your big day. Work with your fiancé to come up with a budget that takes into account all the major aspects of the wedding, including the venue, food and drink, décor, photographer, videographer, DJ or band, and wedding planner (if you’re hiring one).
  2. Choose Your Wedding Date
    One of the first things you need to do when planning a wedding is choose a date. While there’s no “perfect” time to get married, there are certain dates and times of year that may be more expensive or difficult to book than others. For example, if you’re set on getting married outdoors, you’ll want to avoid winter in most parts of the country.
  3. Find the Perfect Venue
    The venue is one of the most important aspects of your wedding day—it sets the tone for the entire event. When looking for a venue, keep your guest count and budget in mind. You should also consider whether you want a traditional or non-traditional setting. Once you have an idea of what you’re looking for, start reaching out to venues in your area to inquire about pricing and availability.
  4. Hire a Photographer
    Your wedding photos will be cherished memories that you’ll look back on for years to come, so it’s important to find a photographer whose style you love and who you feel comfortable working with. When interviewing photographers, be sure to ask about their experience shooting weddings as well as their photography style. You should also ask for examples of their work so that you can get an idea of what kind of results you can expect from them.


Planning a wedding can seem like a daunting task, but if you break it down into manageable steps, it’s actually quite manageable—and even enjoyable! With this guide in hand, you now have all the information you need to start planning your dream wedding. So get out there and start DIW-ing away!