50 Essential Wedding Do’s and Don’ts for a Perfect Celebration

Planning a wedding can be both exciting and overwhelming. To help make your special day as perfect as possible, we’ve compiled a list of 50 essential wedding do’s and don’ts. Whether you’re planning a grand celebration or an intimate gathering, these tips will guide you through the process.

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Wedding Do’s

1. Do Start Planning Early
Begin planning at least a year in advance to ensure you get the venue and vendors you want.
2. Do Set a Realistic Budget
Determine your budget early on and stick to it to avoid unnecessary stress.
3. Do Prioritise Your Guest List
Decide who is most important to invite and create a guest list that fits your budget and venue.
4. Do Choose the Right Venue
Select a venue that fits your vision, guest count, and budget.
5. Do Hire a Wedding Planner
If your budget allows, a wedding planner can help manage details and reduce stress.
6. Do Personalise Your Ceremony
Incorporate personal elements to make your ceremony unique and special.
7. Do Consider Your Guests’ Comfort
Ensure there are plenty of seating, shade, and refreshments for your guests.
8. Do Send Save-the-Dates Early
Give your guests ample time to plan and RSVP.
9. Do Include Clear Directions
Provide easy-to-follow directions to your venue, especially if it’s off the beaten path.

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11. Do Plan for the Weather
Have a backup plan for outdoor weddings in case of bad weather.
10. Do Communicate with Suppliers
Keep open lines of communication with all your suppliers to ensure everyone is on the same page.
12. Do Have a Rehearsal
A rehearsal ensures everyone knows their roles and the ceremony runs smoothly.
13. Do Delegate Tasks
Enlist trusted friends and family to help with tasks on the big day.
14. Do Choose Meaningful Music
Select songs that are meaningful to you as a couple for your ceremony and reception
15. Do Have a Timeline
Create a detailed timeline for the day to keep everything on track.
16. Do Practice Your Vows
Rehearse your vows to avoid nerves during the ceremony.
17. Do Take Care of Yourself
Ensure you get plenty of rest, stay hydrated, and eat well in the days leading up to your wedding.
18. Do Invest in a Good Photographer
Hire a professional photographer to capture your special moments.
19. Do Have an Emergency Kit
Prepare a kit with essentials like safety pins, stain remover, and pain relievers
20. Do Incorporate Freeze-Dried Petals to your Décor
Use beautiful freeze-dried rose and hydrangea petals from Petals and Roses for decorating your aisle and tables

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21. Do Stay True to Your Style
Choose a theme and decorations that reflect your personal style.
22. Do Create a Wedding Website
A website can provide your guests with all the information they need about your big day.
23. Do Plan a Memorable Exit
Plan a grand confetti exit with biodegradable petals from Petals and Roses , you won’t regret this as all your guests can get involved in the fun and you will have some amazing photographs to look back on for years to come.
24. Do Send Thank You Notes
Show your appreciation by sending thank you notes to your guests and vendors.
25. Do Enjoy the Moment
Take time to soak in the joy of your wedding day.

Wedding Don’ts

  1. Don’t Procrastinate
    Avoid leaving tasks to the last minute to reduce stress.
  2. Don’t Overspend
    Stick to your budget to avoid financial strain after the wedding.
  3. Don’t Invite Everyone You Know
    Focus on inviting people who are truly important to you.
  4. Don’t Micromanage
    Trust your vendors and wedding party to handle their responsibilities.
  5. Don’t Skip the Contracts
    Always have written agreements with your vendors.
  6. Don’t Forget to Feed Your Suppliers
    Provide meals for your suppliers, especially if they will be there all day.
  7. Don’t Ignore Dietary Restrictions
    Consider any dietary needs of your guests when planning the menu.
  8. Don’t Neglect the Timeline
    Ensure the day flows smoothly with a well-planned schedule.
  9. Don’t Forget Important Documents
    Ensure all necessary paperwork, such as the marriage license, is completed well in advance to avoid last-minute issues.
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35. Don’t Stress About Perfection
Remember that minor hiccups are normal and won’t ruin your day.
36. Don’t Overdo DIY Projects
DIY can be great, but don’t take on more than you can handle.
37. Don’t Forget to Eat
Make sure you and your partner take time to eat during the reception.
38. Don’t Overload Your Schedule
Allow time for breaks and moments to relax throughout the day.
39. Don’t Forget to Plan for Kids
If children are attending, provide entertainment or childcare options.
40. Don’t Skip the Rehearsal Dinner
Use this time to thank your wedding party and close family.
41. Don’t Neglect Lighting
Good lighting is crucial for creating the right atmosphere and great photos.
42. Don’t Ignore Your Budget
Keep track of expenses to avoid unpleasant surprises.
43. Don’t Forget About Transportation
Arrange transportation for yourselves and your guests if needed.
44. Don’t Try New Beauty Treatments
Avoid experimenting with new beauty treatments right before the wedding.
45. Don’t Overlook Small Details
Small touches, like personalised favours, can make a big impact.
46. Don’t Be Afraid to Ask for Help
Don’t hesitate to ask friends and family for assistance.
47. Don’t Ignore Your Partner’s Wishes
Ensure both of you have a say in the planning process.
48. Don’t Forget to Breathe
Take moments to breathe and stay calm throughout the planning and the day itself.
49. Don’t Neglect Self-Care
Keep up with your regular self-care routine to stay relaxed and healthy.
50. Don’t Forget to Have Fun
Amidst all the planning, remember to have fun and enjoy your special day!

Incorporating these do’s and don’ts into your wedding planning will help ensure your day is as beautiful and stress-free as possible. And remember, adding a touch of elegance with freeze-dried petals from Petals and Roses can make your celebration truly unforgettable.