Wedding planning – first things first
Congratulations! You’re engaged, in love and looking forward to your wedding day. It’s a super exciting time and now’s the moment to create the kind of special celebration that you’ve always dreamed about. Whatever style of day you’re planning, there are a few things that you need to make sure you do so, if you can tick these items off your list first, you’ll be able to enjoy the build up to your wedding safe in the knowledge that all is in tip-top shape.
Before you even start researching suppliers, deciding where and when you’ll marry and how many guests you’ll invite, you need to set your wedding budget. Be totally realistic about how much you can afford and then look at your priorities. If you really care about your venue and your entertainment, then this is where you’ll want to allocate most of your funds. Do a little research online to find out rough costs for all the various elements of the day and never plan to spend all of your budget – if you can leave around 10% unaccounted for, you’ll have some spare for emergencies or unexpected costs without having to chip into the amounts you’ve set aside for other elements.
Now’s not the time to write your final guest list but you will need a rough idea of numbers before you can finalise your venue. If you’ve got a large family or want to invite lots of friends, an intimate venue, however beautiful, just isn’t going to be the one for you. Also, the numbers of guests that you’re planning on inviting will have knock-on effects on your budgets, especially when it comes to catering costs, so an early idea on numbers is essential.
Now this is the first, and probably the biggest, wedding decision that you’ll have to make (aside from the decision to wed in the first place of course!). It’s not something to rush into so you can, and should, take your time on this. Yes, the most popular venues get booked years in advance but that’s not a reason to make hasty decisions. Research your venues thoroughly, visit, ask questions and check all of the paperwork before you sign on the dotted line.
Now this is something that you absolute must book! Whether you’ve chosen a religious ceremony, a civil celebration or a personal affair led by a celebrant, this needs to be booked and confirmed as soon as possible. You don’t need to decide the exact format of the ceremony at this stage but you have to make sure that the right person will be there at the right time to conduct it. Your venue should be able to give you details of the local registrar so don’t delay!
Groomsmen & Bridesmaids
As soon as you announce your engagement, you can be pretty sure that there’ll be friends and family looking to be involved in your wedding day as groomsmen and bridesmaids. Again, take your time before inviting anyone to be a part of your wedding party because the people that you choose to involve will have a big impact on the success of your day and potentially on your stress levels beforehand. However much you love someone, if they can’t, for whatever reason, undertake all of the duties of the job, then it might be wiser to ask someone else. There are plenty of other roles for your nearest and dearest and sometimes, everyone’s happier when those wedding tasks are allocated elsewhere.
Planning a wedding certainly is exciting but getting engaged is downright fabulous and it deserves to be celebrated. Try to avoid rushing past the engagement to get into the planning and instead use this opportunity to treat yourselves and remember that you’re loved before you start wedding planning. Look forward to being married as well as your wedding day.
And if you need some more wedding planning advice then last year we put together a stress free wedding series which you may want to have a look through once you get stuck into the wedding planning!
Until next time,