How Do You Plan A Simple Wedding Step By Step?

Congratulations on your engagement! You’re probably feeling a whirlwind of emotions and excitement as you start planning your big day. But let’s be honest – planning a wedding can be overwhelming, time-consuming, and expensive. With so many details to consider, it’s easy to get caught up in the stress and lose sight of what really matters – celebrating your love and commitment to each other.

The good news is that planning a wedding doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive. With a few strategic steps, you can plan a simple, elegant wedding that reflects your unique style and personality. In this article, we’ll walk you through 10 easy steps to plan a simple wedding.


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Step 1: Determine Your Budget

The first step in planning any wedding is to determine your budget. This will help you make informed decisions about every aspect of your wedding, from the venue and catering to the dress and decorations. Sit down with your partner and any family members who will be contributing financially to the wedding, and determine how much you’re willing to spend overall.

Step 2: Choose Your Wedding Style

Once you have your budget in mind, it’s time to choose your wedding style. Do you want a formal, black-tie affair or a more casual, outdoor celebration? Are you drawn to traditional or modern styles? Do you have a color scheme or theme in mind? Consider your personal style and what you want your wedding to convey to your guests.

Step 3: Create Your Guest List

Your guest list will also play a big role in determining your overall budget and wedding style. Make a list of everyone you would like to invite, and then narrow it down based on your budget and venue size. Remember, the more guests you invite, the more expensive your catering, rentals, and other costs will be.

Step 4: Choose Your Venue

Choosing the right venue is key to creating the wedding of your dreams. Look for venues that fit your style and budget, and that can accommodate your guest list. Consider options like outdoor spaces, local parks, community centers, or even your own backyard. Keep in mind that different venues may have different rules and regulations, so be sure to ask about any restrictions before booking.

Step 5: Hire Your Vendors

Once you have your venue secured, it’s time to start hiring your vendors. This includes your caterer, florist, photographer, and any other vendors you may need. Look for vendors that fit your style and budget, and read reviews and ratings from previous clients before hiring.

Step 6: Choose Your Wedding Attire

Choosing your wedding attire is one of the most exciting parts of wedding planning. Take your time and choose a dress or suit that makes you feel confident and beautiful. Consider your wedding style and venue when selecting your attire, and don’t forget about shoes, jewelry, and other accessories.

Step 7: Plan Your Ceremony

Your wedding ceremony is the heart of your wedding day. Work with your officiant to create a ceremony that reflects your personalities and beliefs. Consider adding personal touches like a unity ceremony or readings that are meaningful to you.

Step 8: Plan Your Reception

Your wedding reception is where you and your guests will celebrate your marriage. Plan the menu, décor, and entertainment to fit your style and budget. Consider options like a buffet or food stations instead of a formal plated dinner, and DIY decorations to save money.

Step 9: Create Your Wedding Timeline

Creating a wedding timeline will help you stay organized and on-track during your wedding day. Map out the timing of each event, from the ceremony to the reception, and make a detailed schedule for each vendor.

Step 10: Relax and Enjoy Your Wedding Day

Finally, on your wedding day, it’s important to relax and enjoy the moment. Trust that everything will come together as planned, and focus on the joy and love you share with your partner. Remember, your wedding is about celebrating your commitment to each other – everything else is just icing on the cake.


Planning a wedding can be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be. By following these 10 easy steps, you can plan a simple, elegant wedding that reflects your unique style and personality. Remember to stay true to yourselves, prioritize what matters most to you, and enjoy the journey. Congratulations, and best wishes for a happy and fulfilling marriage!

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“You will find that most times you have a vision of what it is that you want to accomplish and that’s most important. It allows you to work backwards and make cuts and changes that will still reflect the overall outcome you wish to achieve. What good is splurging on one particular item if it doesn’t result in the overall outcome you were trying to create?

-Emily, Co-Founder, The Gardens of Weber Manor

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When I say that pictures and videos do not do this space justice, that is an understatement!! The Gardens of Weber Manor, in all of its whimsy and magic, is truly a perfect little nook in the heart of the Redlands. No matter what the vision or mood board, this venue and its versatility will allow you to transform it to match your wildest dreams. Add to that the fact that Mike & Emily are the absolute sweetest owners & venue managers, and there should be NOTHING holding you back from booking a tour and picking your wedding date that same day. It is clear that they have put their heart and souls into building up The Gardens from the ground up. So whether you’re planning a wedding, anniversary, birthday or corporate event, you need not look further. 

– Alianne Valladares-Prieto

The Gardens of Weber Manor is a hidden gem. This venue is magical. I can’t express how amazing it was working with Emily and Mike. They answered every question I had and made me feel that they had everything under control at all times. The staff was awesome!!! The rooms looked beautiful!!! I want to give a special thanks to Emily it was an absolute pleasure working with you. Everything went smoothly, easily and successfully thanks to Emily and Mike and the rest of the team. We felt like family from the time we started to plan the wedding and especially on our wedding day. Thanks to the Gardens of Weber Manor for the wedding of our dreams!

– Fernanda Rodriguez

We cannot say enough good things about this venue and the owners, Emily & Mike! It is truly a hidden gem. The garden is absolutely gorgeous – you really don’t even need to decorate because the scenery has so much beauty all itself. There are so many spots throughout the venue that could be used for different parts of an event, and no matter where you turned it was a perfect photo backdrop. Our friends and family kept telling us how beautiful the venue was and wondering how we found it.

– Kyla Hill