From the day you propose, you’ll be entering into a pre-contract of sorts that heralds the final day of your freedom as a single person. While getting married is a true rite of passage, even in today’s busy world, this eventful day doesn’t come easy for most couples.

How to Plan Your Wedding

From day one, your wedding is going to be talked about, discussed, and even argued over from time to time. Tempers will rise and fall, and stress will come in many forms, but this doesn’t mean that you can’t have a little fun with the whole process either.

With any wedding, there will be things to consider that both parties need to discuss, but a few of these elements are much more fun than others.

Here, we’re going to forget about the dress and the tux and explore the fun parts of wedding planning, and how to choose the best path forward for you and your significant other.

Planning the Rehearsal Dinner

Most people who are unaware of traditional wedding activities are taken by surprise by the formal (yet informal) rehearsal dinner. And while many couples choose to skip this step and go right into the big day, a rehearsal dinner actually has many benefits.

You can think of a rehearsal dinner like a party of sorts. Here is where your entire wedding party will be, along with significant friends and close family. Though your guests won’t be in attendance, this is traditionally a night for working out all of the kinks before your big day.

So, if you want to make a night of it, this is the night to do it. The reception and all of its debauchery will come in due time, and you’ll probably be absent for most of the action. But at the rehearsal dinner, both the bride and the groom get to join in on the fun.

The Bachelor Party

What will you do on the last free night of your singlehood? Well, this is typically left up to the bridesmaids or the groomsmen, but you can also dictate what will (and what will not) be allowed. After all, you’ll want to make it to your first anniversary at least.

If you want to transition smoothly into your wedding day without an epic hangover, laying some ground rules might be in order. But you’ll want to still have a little fun on this day as well.

Planning a bachelor party doesn’t take a whole lot of brainstorming, but the more creative your ideas are, the better. For example, perhaps you want to plan an epic bachelor party in Chicago and have one last night on the town with all of the guys. Or, maybe you want to hop on a booze cruise and visit all the breweries until everyone passes out. The choice is completely up to you and your crew.

The thing to remember about a bachelor party is the line that must not be crossed. Every man or woman has to set this line in place, and it’s up to the individual to keep behind it.

The Reception

Planning the reception is perhaps the most tedious, and this is often simply because you want everyone in attendance to be happy and accommodated.

To save yourself from a total headache and stress, you’ll want to book your entertainment, whether this is a band, DJ, or circus clown well in advance. And, you’ll want to have a couple of backup choices on retainer just in case something comes up and your entertainment becomes unavailable at the last minute.

You’ll also want to lease your venue well in advance, and ensure you have a location that’s big enough to accommodate a large gathering if you’re expecting many guests. But above all, you’ll want to think of a fun theme for the night that people of all ages will be able to enjoy.

Planning a wedding can be a nightmare for some, and a complete joy for others. But if the details are starting to bog you down, start planning the fun stuff and you’ll most likely see your spirits begin to lift.

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