You’re getting married! There are so many choices to make—the dress, the cake, the band. The big decisions of where to have your wedding and what kind of wedding to have can be overwhelming!

The best advice we have is to be true to yourselves. What’s your style? What kind of wedding do you and your soon-to-be spouse want to have? Most couples want an authentic wedding—something that looks like them. If you go with that plan from the beginning, you can discard all the non-authentic options and stick with those that really work for you.

Here are some great tips on how to set the vibe that is right for you.

Go Big

When you first start planning, jot down all your ideas. Don’t worry about cost or logistics, or what others will think, at this point. Write down everything. You can cross it off the list later on down the road if you need to. Planning this way ensures that you capture all your dreams on paper.

Scrapbook to Save Ideas

Save ideas from magazines or start a Pinterest board to save ideas on dresses, color themes, cakes, flowers and so many other formal details. You’ll keep everything organized and you won’t lose any great ideas.

Focus on the Formality

One of the main things to decide early on is the level of formality you want. Do you want a black-tie evening affair or do you want something casual and informal? Deciding on this big style question will dictate most of your other decisions like venue, dress, meals and cake.  Let’s face it, there’s a big difference between the ballroom and the beach. It’s best to choose a level of formality that is in line with your personal style as a couple. Once you do decide, you need to carry the theme through everything from invitations to parting gifts.

Sense Your Style

Once the formality level is decided, then you can hone in on your specific style.  Couples do all kinds of themes—some are cultural, some are from a particular era like old Hollywood, and others center around a hobby that you have as a couple. You can go with almost any theme—just make sure it is a meaningful theme. Don’t try to combine two themes that don’t go together. Most of all, find a theme that makes  you happy, and don’t worry about naysayers.

Location, Location, Location

Once you have a theme, you need to decide on location. Think about the season, the weather and the time of day you’re getting married. You have to plan the rehearsal dinner and the wedding reception. Do you want to be indoors or outdoors? Are you having a destination wedding or getting married in your home town?

If you’re in the Twin Cities, think about a beautiful rehearsal dinner or wedding reception cruise. What better day is there than a day spent on the water? We can plan a day cruise or evening sunset dinner cruise as a private charter with Twin Cities Cruises.  You can choose from our Paradise charter cruises or our Minneapolis Queen, and we can accommodate any theme you want from a fun-filled casual day to an elegant evening affair.

You have so many other decisions to make. Get the venue decision out of the way so you can focus on the rest. Give us a call for your dream wedding today!