How to Plan a Wedding Step by Step

Close up shot of couple with bouquet of light pink roses and eucalyptus and a brick wall behind them

Need to know how to plan a wedding step by step? You’re in luck. While it can seem really overwhelming to plan your wedding, it’s important to have fun and enjoy the process. From the pre-wedding festivities to the details of the day, there are a lot of decisions to make before your big day- and a wedding checklist makes everything easier. 

How to Plan a Wedding Step by Step

Make Preliminary Decisions

There is a set of decisions that need to be made before you move forward with determining your vendors. Some of these details aren’t as glamorous as some of the other decisions that need to be made, but they are nevertheless important. 

  • Set your budget.
  • Pick your date.
  • Create your guestlist. 

Plan the Wedding Details

Choose your venue: One of the biggest decisions you’ll make is your wedding venue. Many couples have an idea of the type of setting they want for their wedding, and it often goes hand in hand with the fashion style for the day. 

Search for a wedding dress: It’s helpful to have your wedding venue and date picked out before shopping for wedding dresses so you have an accurate timeline for delivery and alterations. 

Decide on bridal party colors and attire: You’ll also need to decide how you want your wedding party to dress. Options are endless and having coordinated attire is increasingly flexible. You can either choose the exact attire you want your bridal party to wear or you can share a color scheme or style. 

Create a wedding website: In our modern world, it’s helpful to have all of the details available in one place online. A wedding website is a great way to share hotel accommodations, travel information, your registry, RSVPs, and the details for the day of your wedding. 

Determine all of your vendors: Finding vendors is one of the most fun parts of wedding planning because it’s when you get to truly personalize the day

You’ll need to find vendors to provide the following:

  • Flowers
  • Music
  • Food
  • Desserts
  • Decor
  • Photography
  • Invitations

Get your marriage license: You’ll need to get your marriage license about 3 weeks prior to your event. Keep in mind there is a three-day waiting period after obtaining your license.

Personalize Your Wedding Day

From the song you’ll dance to first as a married couple to the individual who will marry you, there are some specifics you’ll need to determine.

  • Important songs: walking down the aisle, wedding party entry songs, first dance, dances with parents. 
  • Speeches for the reception
  • Seating arrangements
  • Wedding officiant
  • Traditions 

Plan Your Hershey PA Wedding at Historic Acres

If you’re looking for a venue for your Hershey wedding, consider the beautiful setting at Historic Acres. We offer multiple spaces to accommodate weddings of all sizes. Contact our team to learn more about our wedding packages or to schedule a tour of the property.