A perfect proposal and the wedding itself are romance-steeped experiences that measure amongst the most memorable of a bride's life, but the wedding planning process rarely qualifies as blissful. Between squabbles over table linens and the stress of narrowing down an extensive guest list, wedding planning is no picnic; however, a handful of experiences between the acceptance of a proposal and "I do" are utterly, euphorically romantic. Read on for five wedding planning elements that fundamentally revolve around love.
1. Creating the Ceremony
"I really love incorporating unique elements into a ceremony — whether its having the bride's vows printed on ribbon so that it gracefully unravels while she reads them, or having the couple light their unity candle and with that flame it lights a candle that each guest is holding," explains Liberty Woodman, founder of California's Lady Liberty Events.
2. Choosing Your Wedding Bands
Selecting or designing your own wedding bands may be one of the most significant facets of planning your wedding, if only because each ring symbolizes the love you share with your significant other. Whether diamond-studded or simple and streamlined, your wedding band is a metaphor for the eternity you'll spend with your hubby.
3. Selecting Your First Dance Song
You may not have the words to express the besottedness you have for your fiancé, but your favorite song certainly does. Deciding on a song that perfectly encapsulates your relationship is an intimate experience ideal for reminding each partner what they adore about the other — and what makes their relationship exceptional.
4. Writing Your Vows
Woodman asserts that couples who write customized vows often find the experience one of the most memorable and meaningful as they plan their wedding. "I always encourage our couples to write their own vows so that the ceremony truly is a personalized experience," Woodman states. What could be more sentimental than that.
5. Touring Wedding Venues
Regardless of where you eventually choose to tie the knot, the hunt for an idyllic location is thoroughly romantic. Exploring intimate locales and expansive, verdant landscapes with your significant other only adds to the joy and romance of your engagement bliss.