Planning Your Wedding

By now you’ve probably realised how much planning, preparation and sheer hard work is involved in creating the wedding of your dreams.

Our first piece of advice is that there’s no such thing as starting your preparations too early. If there’s twelve months to go before your wedding day, that’s wonderful! Time is on your side. Our second piece of advice? Immerse yourself in the pages of our website for a wealth of practical, and inspirational wedding planning how-to and etiquette.

You’ll also want to get yourself a copy of Wedding Celebration® – Australia’s leading wedding styling magazine, which is also published by us and available in our Shop. With loads of real life weddings and exciting wedding themes, you’ll find all the wedding inspiration you need to style the perfect celebration!

Let’s start with the announcement of your engagement. You’ll find information on who to tell and how to do it, and if you’re going to shout your joy to the world with a newspaper announcement, be sure to record it in the Planner at the back of each edition of The Bride's Diary®. Bridal fairs and exhibitions can be fabulous time savers – they give you access to a wide variety of service providers, all in one location. Be sure to check our News & Events page to discover the very special events that The Bride’s Diary® is presenting, or a part of, in the coming months.

Most couples now feel free to express wedding traditions in new and exciting ways. So with this in mind, you first need to consider what you both want for your wedding. Are you thinking formal or casual? Country charm or urban chic? On the beach or in a chapel? Will you opt for both your ceremony and reception in one location, or would you prefer to separate the two events?

There’s plenty to consider – not the least of which are the weather, seasons and dates – before making your decision. And what would a wedding be without flowers? Refer to both our online articles, and the editorial pages and the Planner within The Bride's Diary® magazines for some great tips on flower selection (choosing the right blooms for the season) and preserving your blooms after the wedding.

And how about the actual ceremony? Do you like the sound of traditional vows, or would you prefer to write your own? Vows are a part of proceedings whether you are marrying in a religious or civil ceremony. Most importantly, your ceremony should incorporate the formalities that must be adhered to for your marriage to be legal, whilst reflecting your personal values and beliefs.

Pre-wedding celebrations will be a lot of fun for you both: engagement parties, high teas, hen’s nights, and buck’s parties immediately spring to mind. And you’ll quickly discover that weddings involve plenty of gift giving. There’ll be engagement gifts, bridal showers and wedding presents. Be sure to keep a careful record of who gives you what so that you can thank them properly. This is usually done with a thank you note or card, which you might like to have printed as part of your wedding stationery suite. As gift giving goes both ways, you’ll want to put some care into the selection of your bomboniere – and we have plenty of fantastic suggestions for you to consider.

After all your planning and hard work, capturing the events of your special day is essential. Choosing a photographer and videographer m­­ay seem daunting, but we’ve included some useful tips to make that task easier. And as a part of their pre-wedding planning, many couples are now building their own wedding websites. And, you can do that right here in our My Bride's Diary section.

To create the perfect wedding, pay attention to detail. Read our online articles, consult the Planner within The Bride's Diary® magazine and scour for our useful planning tools, and you’ll be on your way to creating your dream day!

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