3 Keys to Planning Your Perfect Wedding

Guest post by Mariah Danielsen

When I got engaged, I was going to school and working two jobs but spent all of my time scrolling through wedding blogs like nobody’s business.

I was dying to design the wedding I had always dreamed of – a day that I could look back on and say – “That is everything I wanted for my wedding.” The main thing I wanted was for it to portray who my hubby-to-be and I were as a couple – kinda quirky, kinda earthy and most of all – fun.

After planning my wedding and helping brides plain theirs, I’ve found there are some key ways to design the wedding style perfect for your personalities. I’ve broken it down into 3 main steps:

1. Catalog your ideas.

The best way to find your perfect style is to do your research and save or bookmark any thing that inspires you. My favorite way to do this is Pinterest. If you haven’t heard of Pinterest, it’s a social media website that allows you to ‘organize and share all the beautiful things you find on the web.’

With Pinterest, you can gather images from any website all in one place. This helps because you can go through and figure out exactly what ideas you want to use on your big day which is wonderful when you are trying to drill down on what your style should be.

And remember, you don’t always have to gather ideas from wedding blogs. Look at your favorite stores’ websites and pull inspiration for your big day from them too. Retailer’s websites can help you decide what type of decoration you want or the type of bridesmaids dresses you’ll choose.

If you don’t have Pinterest, sign up to request an invitation and you should get a sign up email from them within a few days.

2. Share Your Story.

This is a very important aspect of wedding planning because without looking back on who you are as a couple, it can be very hard to plan a wedding that represents your style and personality. Look back on how you met, when you fell in love and how he proposed. Is there a common theme? Maybe you went on a bike ride through the park on your first date, or maybe he took you on a picnic to propose. Bring those elements into your wedding, they tell who you are as a couple and can make the day even more special for you.

3. Details, Details, Details.

Truth be told, it’s the little details that set your wedding apart from the next bride. The color choices, the centerpieces and the ceremony decor can all benefit from sharing your personality, but it’s the details that make it pop. Find creative ways to display your name cards, create little flags for guest to put in their drinks and goodie bags for the kiddos that attend. All of these things are little extras that will wow your guests and keep your day a lasting memory in their minds.

If you create a day centered around your personality, you will create a amazing connection and memories that you will look back on for the rest of your life. The more personal you can get, the more you will feel like your day really was everything you dreamed of. And in the end, everything will be perfect, I promise, because you’ll be married to your best friend, and that’s all that matters, right?

By Mariah Danielsen

Mariah Danielsen is a self proclaimed wedding addict who helps brides plan a custom, personalized and detail oriented wedding day through her free Wedding Style in a Week program and her wedding blog. In her free time she likes crafting, going to flea markets and auctions with her husband, Pinning her life away on Pinterest and dreaming up color boards for her next Theme Thursday. Find her at ohwhatlove.com, on Facebook at facebook.com/ohwhatlovestudios or on twitter @mariahdanielsen.



  1. Selene on February 3, 2017 at 3:47 pm

    Great post, these are definitely some important things to focus on while planning your wedding! Another thing to make sure of is hiring a good photographer. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Aaron on March 15, 2017 at 1:28 pm

    This was a great read. Wedding themes are all the rage these days, and many brides shy away from this due to the amount of planning involved. Weddings are your moment, make it count!

  3. Heather on May 15, 2017 at 3:31 pm

    Awesome guide! I love the idea of using special moments with your SO as inspiration for wedding themes. After all, you don’t want just a pretty wedding; you want a memorable, unique wedding that speaks for you as a couple.

  4. John Marc Ramirez on June 19, 2017 at 4:00 am

    These 3 keys of planning for a perfect wedding is worth reading. Thank you for sharing this one. 🙂

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