Writing a wedding brief, or how to start planning your wedding

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

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In a former life, I worked in advertising as a strategic planner. Planners are responsible for articulating the client/brand goals in a way that is compelling to the creative team (who will ultimately create the creative product) and in a way that is compelling to the audience (the people who will ultimately consume the work/the people who you want to communicate with). I think a lot about the creative briefs I used to write and how the format can be adapted to be a really useful tool for couples planning weddings. With SO much inspiration and so many ideas floating around, it’s good to focus, focus, focus. Hopefully asking yourself these questions and committing your answers to paper will help you focus your efforts and energy during your planning.

What’s the one thing we want to remember?

What’s the one thing we want our guests to remember?

We’re standing at the altar and we turn around to look at the congregation, these are the people we hope to see…

Three words that describe us as a couple…

If we imagine the look and feeling of our wedding, we’d use these three words to describe it….

These are the things we can’t live without. They’re mandatory….

Our budget is…

Now, go pick three images that match up with your vision for your wedding. Not 300. 3. They can be of anything…interiors, food, clothing. Use those three to remind yourself of where you’re going when you’re in inspiration overload.

photo of Katie and Max’s wedding by Jodi Miller Photography

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4 Responses to “Writing a wedding brief, or how to start planning your wedding”
  1. StephanieS says:

    Awesome idea! Thanks so much!

  2. Josie says:

    As a past advertising group account director, I can tell you that is one well-written brief. And a good exercise for every bride and groom to do.

  3. thegirltyler says:

    Great idea Courtney – even being in the wedding industry, planning my own wedding is still overwhelming!

  4. Jennifer says:

    Amazing!! I love it. Keep it simple and you can’t lose focus of the reason your getting married!! Great article!!

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