The Aries Bride's Ultimate Guide to Wedding Planning
Planning a wedding is hard, but it doesn't have to be. Not if you look to the stars, that is. That's why we asked astrologer and life coach Tracey Rodgers to break down wedding planning by star sign. If you're an Aries, which means your birthday falls between March 21 and April 19, this guide is for you.
It's important to note that an Aries bride isn't afraid to break the rules in everyday life, so the same will be true as you plan your wedding. Fiercely independent and passionate, you'll approach organizing the details of your ceremony and reception with your signature infectious enthusiasm. While some of your choices may raise a few eyebrows, you're bound to keep guests on their toes, and everyone will be wondering what unexpected detail they'll be met with next during the wedding. But beware: The Ram is also known to be stubborn, so stay conscious of what's worth digging in your heels and what could be just as good with a little bit of compromise. Stay true to yourself and your taste, and your wedding will prove to be one that guests remember for a long time to come.
To help you get started, Rodgers shared her predictions for the biggest element of your wedding, and it starts with one that you comes before you even say "Yes!": the engagement ring (or should we say, lack thereof). After that, you'll find her advice on everything from your ideal wedding date and venue to your wedding dress and invitation suite. She even has a can't-miss suggestion for a honeymoon that's unlike any vacation you've probably taken before.
The Engagement Ring
Wedding Date and Venue
As a fire sign, it makes sense to plan a summer soirée, but if you ask Rodgers, where you hold the wedding is what's non-negotiable. "It must be outdoors," she insists. "A mountain top, barn, the Grand Canyon, or even an exchange of nuptials while jumping out of an airplane." You're an Aries bride, which means you can't be held back by four walls and a roof! Consider incorporating a dreamy open air dinner, or an after-party with guests gathered around a bonfire. Plus, with all the beauty Mother Nature has to offer, your décor budget just decreased significantly.
Understated and practical, you're looking for something you can get down on the dance floor in—but don't confuse that description for boring. You've got an eye for style, and some of the chicest wedding dresses will satisfy all of your requirements. Consider a romantic column or sheath dress—and pay close attention to the comfort level of your kicks.
The Aries bridal party is an exercise in quality over quantity. You could have three bridesmaids or you could have 30—the important thing is that each woman is able to match your level of happy-go-lucky energy. "No Debbie downers here," says Rodgers. In terms of a the bridesmaids' dresses, Rodgers foresees your own value of independence to be extended to your attendants, too. "Each person will choose her own style of dress," the pro says.
Perhaps the most traditional element you'll find at an Aries wedding, the invitation is likely to be simple with a flair of dramatic. Whether it's artfully done calligraphy, intricate hand-tied envelopes, or a personalized wax seal, you'll find a way to infuse your style.
Some cite red as the Ram's spirit color, and Rodgers, too, chooses it as the accent color for an Aries reception. It's the color of passion, love, and fire, which are three of Aries strongest personality traits. Set against a simple white backdrop, it's the perfect pop of color to infuse your trademark energy and boldness into any detail. Red roses will do as well in an Aries bride's bouquet as they will in her romantic centerpieces.
The Wedding Cake
"The kind of cake doesn't matter, as long as the bride can make a mess of it over her spouse's face," Rodgers jokes. But the truth is, in the excitement of the moment, an Aries bride will truly focus more on the love and excitement of starting this new chapter in their lives above all else. With that in mind, you might want to let the groom make this decision.
Adventure awaits! Rodgers suggests your very first newlywed days would be best spent on an active honeymoon. Think rafting in Costa Rica, volcano hikes in Hawaii, or skiing in the Alps. As long as there's plenty of activities, you're guaranteed to have a getaway to remember.