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How to Plan Your Perfect and Unique Wedding

What would it take to have your very own vintage wedding? Here are a few ideas.



Wedding gowns


One of the most important things for every bride on her wedding day is how she looks in her wedding dress. If you want to look your best on your wedding day, you must pick the right wedding dress style. From the type of skirt to the design of the top, you must find the style that best compliments your features and your body type. Here are some tips for picking the perfect wedding dress style. Things You’ll Need: Bridal magazines; Camera; A good friend

Step1. Browse through bridal magazines to find styles you like and those that exemplify the styles that would complement the wedding you are planning. Clip the pictures to take with you to the wedding dress shops. Step2. Schedule an appointment to try on wedding dresses at a wedding dress shop that has a variety of dress styles in a variety of sizes that you can try on. Step3. Go to your wedding dress shop appointment with a good friend and a camera. Step4Show your magazine clippings to the wedding dress shop consultant so she knows what you are looking for. Step5. Ask the wedding dress shop consultant to pull dresses for you to try on that are similar to the magazine-clipping dresses and a few that exemplify other styles that she thinks would compliment your body type. Step6. Try on many wedding dresses in as many different styles as possible, even if you think they are not what you want. Try on dresses with different skirt styles and top styles to get a feeling of what looks and feels best on you. Step7. Ask your friend’s opinion of every dress and note the pros and cons of each style. Have your friend take a picture of you in each dress for reference when you leave the dress shop. Step 8 Pick the wedding dress style that you looked the best in. Step 9 Visit at least two more dress shops and ask to see dresses of a similar style before selecting your final wedding dress.



You do not need to spend much to have a wedding gown. If you are resourceful enough, you can ask your mother or even your old aunt to let you rummage in her old clothes chest, who knows what dresses you will find in that box? You can also look for vintage gowns in second-hand shops or garage sales. A lot of women who got married in that era still have their wedding gowns and you can either buy them or rent them from them at a lower price. Look for heavy satins and you will not go wrong.


Suits for the groom


For the theme to be complete then both bride and groom should wear vintage. But while vintage wedding dresses are easy to find, a suit for the groom can be a little problematic. There are however shops that specialize in sewing men’s suits in this style.


Music


Your theme would not be complete without matching vintage music so go ahead and ask your grandparents or your parents about the music they played during their younger years. Looking for very old church pieces can be a problem if no one can sing them during your wedding. If this is not possible then settle for the traditional church hymns but make sure you have old pop songs playing during the reception. Better yet, find a good band that can recreate a stylish playlist for you.


Period clothing for the guests


Your entire theme may be thrown out if your guests arrive in very modern attire. So why not include the details in your invitation? A simple request for your guests to wear something vintage can help matters a lot.


Choosing a theme for your wedding makes your day more special and makes it stand out from all the other events that you and your guests may have attended. The only thing needed to make the whole thing successful is proper planning and adequate communication.


Your wedding day will be here in 6 to 12 months! Now is the time to take care of the big items, such as determining your exact wedding date, securing the wedding reception location, shopping for your wedding dress, and selecting your wedding invitations. Following is a suggested timetable for planning your wedding. Select a wedding date and time.

This may need to be done in conjunction with selecting and reserving the ceremony and reception sites. Decide how the wedding will be financed. If parents are helping to pay for it, find out how they want to deal with this. It may be helpful to do some research about wedding costs in your area before attempting to come up with a budget. Consider hiring a wedding coordinator. Make arrangements with the officiator. Select your wedding dress, veil, shoes and accessories. Allow time for alterations and fittings. Choose the bridesmaids, groomsmen, ushers, and honored roles. Decide on a florist, photographer, videographer, caterer and D.J. or entertainment and meet with them to discuss budgets and options. Discuss the guest list with fiancé and families. Contact a rental coordinator for equipment reservations. Discuss the honeymoon and reservations. Apply for passports, if needed. Make airline and hotel reservations for the honeymoon. Arrange for time off work, if necessary. Envision the theme and tone of your wedding - formal or casual, day or evening, religious or secular, etc. Make arrangements for music at your ceremony and reception. Select and order bridesmaids’ dresses, or arrange for a seamstress to make them. Start working on guest lists. Typically, there are four - the bride’s family’s list, the groom’s family’s list, the bride’s list, and the groom’s list. Then finalize the wedding guest list. Shop for and order wedding invitations, calligraphy, announcements and thank you notes. Shop for and order wedding favors. Draw a timeline for the wedding reception. Share and discuss the reception timeline all parties involved. Select and order your wedding cake. Contact your photographer to set up a time for the bridal portrait. Look into wedding insurance and decide if it’s a good option for you. Order your wedding rings. Use this checklist as a guideline for planning your wedding. Obviously, the timing depends on your personal priorities and what you feel needs to be accomplished.


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