Jacquelyn Youst Etiquette Consulting

Wedding Planning Tips

Wedding PlanningA wedding that runs smoothly and within budget, is more likely to happen if a clear set of guidelines of wedding etiquette are in place.

When it comes to wedding planning, every detail counts. This is a basic list of tips to help guide you every step of the way.


One of the most important parts of a wedding is deciding on a budget that works best for you. That being said, this is indeed a very delicate subject and a very personal matter. It would be considered appropriate for the future bride and groom to sit down with their families to discuss their involvement in the wedding plans and their possible financial contribution. There are ways of having a simple elegant wedding celebration without spending a lot of money. For example, a luncheon wedding will be less expensive than an evening function where dinner is served.

Location of Ceremony and Reception

For example: a traditional church wedding vs a destination wedding.  This will largely depend on the size and style of the wedding. It is important to take into consideration the time of year, guests traveling from out-of-town and possible weather conditions. The list is endless….

The ABC’s of the Guest List

Budget will dictate the number of people you intend to invite to your wedding. Together with your soon to be spouse, determine how many people you plan to invite. Take that number and divide it into two. One half for the Bride’s side, and the other half for the Groom’s side. This easy equation is a place to start and can be adjusted accordingly.  Next, build your list and break it down into three smaller lists.

A List” those people you definitely want with you on your wedding day.

The “B List” are the extended friends and family you would like to have at your wedding.

The “C List” are your acquaintances.

The ABC list is what you will use as your starting point in creating you guest list.

Attire for the Wedding Party

Once you have decided on whether you will be having a formal or informal ceremony, you can then proceed to planning the bridal party attire.  The style of the ceremony will dictate what the bride, groom, bridesmaids and groomsmen will wear.


Invitations are still traditional in their wording but can be somewhat unique to the couple. The wording and design of wedding invitations is important. The theme of your wedding will reflect in the style of your invitation, determine the texture, color and font. Take your time with this decision.


There are a wide range of foods to choose from for the reception. There are also endless options, from having food trucks to a formal sit down dinner. When choosing the caterer for your wedding it cannot be emphasized enough, the importance of sampling the food. Again, style and budget will play a major role in the decision-making process.

The Entertainment

Take into consideration the range of age group taking part in the celebration. There are 2 popular types of entertainment; a band, a DJ.


Deciding factors for your flowers will depend largely on the time of year and your budget. Choose 3 main colors. One of those colors being your theme color.

Thank You Notes

Handwritten thank you cards should be sent out no later than 4-6 weeks after the wedding.

Things to Keep in Mind

Book Early!

The officiant, Priest or Vicar should be contacted as early as a year in advance.

Book the reception venue and caterers one year in advance.

Book the bakery 8-12 months in advance.

It is advisable to book the photographer a year in advance.

Book hairdresser 4-6 months in advance.

Careful planning and attention to every detail helps to make the entire experience as stress-free as possible.


Please contact me to discuss your specific needs.


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