The Three Phases of Wedding Planning

Are you feeling a little overwhelmed, a little stressed, feeling like there’s not enough time for you to do your day job and then pull off the job of planning your wedding?

Let me help bring a little calmer and peace back into your life and perhaps a little bit more control with your wedding planning experience by telling you there are there is a way to feel a little more organized during your engagement and wedding planning.

And here’s how we’re going to do it. There is a little secret to wedding planning (or really any event planning) and that is that there are three phases to planning your wedding.

  1. Planning.
  2. Design.
  3. Production.

1. The Planning Phase

The planning phase is where you figure out the who, what, when, where, why + how.

You already know the why– you two love each other and are committing your lives to one another! And the what is a wedding! Because, that’s how we celebrate that beautiful commitment in marriage. But the when and where and the who‘s still need to be figured out.

So you’re going to be looking for and booking all your VIP Vendors:

  • Venue
  • Photographer
  • Videographer
  • Wedding Planner or Coordinator/Manager
  • Officiant
  • Band/DJ

You’re also going to be asking all your besties to stand by your side during this phase, and determining who all those beloved folks are that you’d like to invite to be with you as your guests on your wedding day.

None of these details can be decided without determining your budget and that is decided in this phase, too. Your budget along with determining if you’re hiring a full-service planner or wanting to hold the reigns of your wedding plans and just hiring a wedding manager is the how in this phase.

Along with all of the above, you’re going to want to be dress shopping, choosing bridesmaids dresses, determining what the groom’s wearing and all the groomsmen. You can even start thinking about the look feel aesthetic that you’re going for your wedding day.

When + Where is determined by your venue and this can’t be chosen until you know your ideal guest count and the budget you have allocated for the venue.

2. The Design Phase

Once you have all of these items figured out cemented, it’s time to move into the design phase. This is where we are thinking about making your wedding day as gorgeous, as whimsical, as modern, as romantic as you and your fiancé want it. Everything that makes the wedding day beautiful.

So the vendors you will be hiring in this phase are:

  • Florist
  • Caterer
  • Stationer
  • Rentals
  • Cake/Dessert
  • Makeup Artist/Hair Stylist
  • Favors/ Experiences/ Welcome Bags
  • Transportation

When it comes to the design phase, you want to think about what represents you two well, aesthetic you’re already naturally drawn to and be thinking about ways that you can incorporate those elements into the texture, look, and feel of your wedding.

3. The Production Phase

Whether you’ve been working with a full-service planner or not, this is the stage where you definitely want to be handing over the plans and design to your wedding planner. They will be helping lead the way with all the communication and logistics that need to be determined with all the VIP Vendors and your VIP Guests (family and wedding party).

This is where we’re going to really hone in on the layout and the logistics of the day. Curating the timeline and making sure the layout makes sense for your overall wedding goal as well as safe and works for all the VIP vendors that will be there working your wedding so they can do their best job for you.

Then it’s game time- aka Wedding Day!

And you get to sit back and be the bride and groom be the couple in love and be a guest at your own wedding and just relish in the celebration of your commitment to one another with your best friends, all the people that know and love you, and your stellar wedding team (who loves you too), working hard behind the scenes to make your day is perfect and magical as can be.

So hopefully my goal of bringing some calm to a potentially overwhelmed you have been achieved with this post.

And if you’re still feeling way too overwhelmed and think maybe you could use some help, I’d love to chat with you.

Sending you all my love and the exciting season of life you’re in



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