How to Plan a Wedding: We Talked to the Go-To Celeb Planning Pro

Photo by: Courtesy of Yifat Oren & Associates
Step 1:
"Start a beautiful and inspiring notebook, journal, mood board, or Pinterest board. Whatever it is, start pouring your ideas into it, cutting and... more 
Photo by: Courtesy of Yifat Oren & Associates
Step 1:
"Start a beautiful and inspiring notebook, journal, mood board, or Pinterest board. Whatever it is, start pouring your ideas into it, cutting and pasting everything that inspires you. And since organization is key, a good ol' three ring binder for all budgets, menus, proposals, and contracts will do you just right."
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Fri, Nov 16, 2012 6:22 PM EST
By Neha Gandhi, Refinery29


Why yes, we have spent a lot of time looking at pretty pics and oohing and aahing over all of the charming details from a few big-ticket celeb weddings these past few months. And, it's been a lot of fun.



But if you're actually planning your own nuptials, you might need something a little more concrete than a blissful shot of Justin and Jessica to start you down the road to the right fete for you (P.S. was anyone else holding out for a JT-and-Brit, denim-clad bash? Just us? Okay, fine.). And whether you're going for a full-on blowout or are thinking more along the lines of a low-key dinner post -a trip to City Hall, some elements remain constant. And, by that, we mean logistics.



So, we hit up Yifat Oren, the wedding planner behind so many of the spectacular affairs you've seen in the tabloids and glossies - Anne Hathaway, Natalie Portman, and Drew Barrymore, to name just a few - for her best advice for real-life brides-to-be. We're particularly taken by her reliance on the Japanese aesthetic of Wabi-sabi, the idea that beauty is meant to be imperfect. Certainly an inspiring way to look at a planning process that can easily send even the most zen woman on a spiraling OCD quest for perfection.



Oh, and the pics from her gorgeous bashes don't hurt either. Ahead, her top 10 tips (some practical, some a bit more fun, but all ultra-useful), plus a little dish picked up over years of celebrity-wedding planning. So, sit back, relax, and let your stress melt away - you're in the hands of a pro, now.



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