Congratulations, you are engaged!!  Now breathe and take the time to revel in this very special moment.  Be present and as the thoughts of band vs DJ or cake vs macaron tower begin to float in your head, rest easy knowing that wedding planning need not be stressful…and can in fact be fun!

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There are some essential elements that will ensure your day is as memorable and beautiful as it can possibly be, such as a fun theme, customized invitations, a super fun DJ, etc., etc.  But first things first:  Once you have set your wedding date and have determined a realistic wedding budget, the first thing to book is your ceremony space, followed by your venue.  Many venues book a year or two in advance, so be sure to check this off your list as early as possible to avoid disappointment.  Once you have booked these two important aspects, start booking the other elements that are most important to you – whether it be the out-of-this-world photographer you’ve been admiring, or the cake maker of your dreams – get them booked!  Then you can relax and enjoy the planning process knowing your foundation for a great day is in place.

ceremony If you are looking to go with a particular theme for your wedding, keep in mind that ultimately it should be an extension of both of your personalities.  Themes can be incredibly fun and they provide an opportunity to be creative and really put your “stamp” on your wedding day.  At the same time, be prepared to follow through with your theme 100% for a cohesive and authentic look and feel.  A great tool in helping you pull your look together is an inspiration board. You can gather images of anything you love – colours, flowers, stationary, etc. and use them as a guideline for your day.  And remember, regardless of the theme you choose, the best way to ensure that you will stay on track is to choose something you truly enjoy.  You do not want to choose something that you are uncomfortable or unfamiliar with as it can be a real gamble for your big day.  I have put a few ideas together for you and I sure hope that you will find a little something you love!

Modern Love… ModernLove

Mellow Yellow… mellowyellow

Parisian Daydream… ParisianDayDream

Cool and casual… CasualAffair Remember, it is key to get those bigger elements of your day mapped out early, so that you have a solid foundation to lay all of your beautiful and thoughtful details on.  Over the next few days, I will be sharing more helpful tips and guidelines to help you along.  In the meantime, feel free to reach out if you have any particular questions about your wedding planning process.  I am always happy to help.  Lots of love! xo

Photo Credits: Image 1 / 2 / Modern Love (Style Me Pretty) / Mellow Yellow (Images 1-6 Style Me Pretty & Images 7 & 8 Style Me Pretty) / Parisian Daydreams (Images 1-6 Style Me Pretty & Image 7 100 Layer Cake) /  Cool & Casual – Style Me Pretty

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