Congratulations on your engagement! Now is the time to do some ‘wedding essentials’ shopping! There are countless things involved in wedding planning for both the bride and the groom.
Some of these include deciding on the venue, planning wedding budgets, and managing the guest list.
Also, things like writing vows, learning to dance, or doing anything special for your bride or groom-to-be are also separate tasks.
Here are some things to do before marriage and things to buy for a wedding for the bride and groom.
To-do things for the bride preparation
Planning a wedding can be very stressful because there are a lot of things to be done before the big ceremony. Since the wedding process is very long, the bride should get all the attention.
Here’s a list of things that need to be done before the marriage.
1. Buy wedding dress
The most obviously essential things to buy for a wedding
A bride must try on many dresses before choosing one. Focus on your body type and what looks best on you. If it’s a traditional marriage ceremony, a gown (A-line or ball gown with square neckline) would be the perfect pick.
However, if you are up for a destination wedding, a short length dress along with some stylish footwear would be the ultimate attire.
While getting your makeup done, do not experiment too much. Do make sure that the makeup lasts longer. You can never go wrong with waterproof mascara, long-lasting lipstick, and manicured hands.
3. Write your wedding vows
Now, this can be a difficult task. But try and keep your vows simple. You can even collaborate with your spouse to work on them.
Your vows must include your future plans, reminisces about your first date or actual phrases that you used to say. Try to make it romantic and heartfelt.
You can read different books for some inspiration or reframe traditional vows with new ones. Just be imaginative, and everything will fall into place.
Things that a bride should buy
After managing the to-do list, it’s now time for things a bride needs to buy for her wedding
1. Buy decor items
After deciding your dress and self-care regime, your home decorations should be the next things you need to buy for a wedding. Most couples are confused when it comes to deciding about the interiors of their house.
Due to different choices, most couples cannot come to a conclusion. Not to worry, here are some tips for things needed for marriage.
Color schemes and furniture: The first thing required for marriage decor is to decide a color scheme for the house. If you like shades of hue, but your beau doesn’t, you could opt for a mix of both to solve the problem. You can try shades of white in your living area or choose a red color for the bedroom. Don’t brainstorm on deciding about curtains. You can always go for subtle colors if you have bright walls or vice versa. A closet, sofa, rugs, and laid-back chairs are other great essentials.
The DIY art: Walls of a newlywed’s house should not be dull. You can add your own creativity and decorate them with frames of your wedding pictures. This can be both inexpensive and adorable.
Dinnerware: Brides who are fond of cooking must not ignore having a well-organized kitchen. Buy quality dinnerware that can ensure a memorable future get-together with your friends and family.
To-do things for the groom
You are going to tie the knot, so do it like a man. Roll up your sleeves and start brainstorming for your ceremony. Here is a checklist of things to do for men before marriage.
1. Book vendors
Start researching for a vendor’s team that includes the caterer, photographer, florist, entertainment bands, and officiants to minimize your stress.
Make sure you get everything in writing (their contact details and other information) to avoid eleventh-hour hassles.
Once you have decided on the date and venue, these vendors will take care of all the ceremonies.
2. Organize a bachelor party
Getting married means bidding a sore goodbye to your wild bachelor days. Invite all your close mates with whom you can have fun. Plan a budget for this party before making it official.
3. Plan your honeymoon
This task needs pre-planning before the wedding takes place. Finalize the dates and places where you want to go on a trip with your lady love. Make sure your passports are updated or get them if you don’t have them.
Things that a groom should buy
For a groom, it is very much important to feel special on his big day. Here are a few essentials things to buy before getting married
1. Buy your wedding suit
When it comes to men’s wardrobe, you may not have a wide range of options as women do. But make sure that your wedding attire should match with the bride. A tux or suit is the most basic wedding wear for a groom.
Make sure that you match with your bride. Try getting dressed according to the venue and get an attire with a good fit.
If it’s a daytime wedding, you can think of light-colored suits, or if it’s an evening ceremony, then you can go for a dark-colored or a tan tuxedo.
2. Accessorizing is key
Don’t forget to accessorize, besides vest and tie, go for a pocket square or boutonniere. Get a haircut done for a smart look too!
3. Buy your bride a wedding gift
As getting married is the most important event of your life, so be thoughtful and make sure you buy something special for your wife-to-be that is memorable for her.
Buy her an engagement ring or anything of her choice along with a romantic note that can make her smile.
Everybody wants their wedding memories to last for a lifetime. But planning for your wedding can make you go crazy. To put it a little extra effort and get down to the nitty-gritty. Remember to only settle for the best.
If you feel disconnected or frustrated about the state of your marriage but want to avoid separation and/or divorce, the marriage.com course meant for married couples is an excellent resource to help you overcome the most challenging aspects of being married.
Sylvia Smith loves to share insights on how couples can revitalize their love lives in and out of the bedroom. As a writer at Marriage.com, she is a big believer in living consciously and encourages couples to adopt this principle in their lives too. Sylvia believes that every couple can transform their relationship into a happier, healthier one by taking purposeful and wholehearted action.