Getting Started Planning Your Wedding
You are engaged and it is very exciting, but how do you go about planning your wedding? Here are a few simple hints to get you started.
Choose/size your ring
You may have been given an engagement ring, or you may be heading out to choose one together. Either way, having the ring sized to fit as soon as possible is the best way to ensure you do not lose it. It is also worth considering putting the ring as a named item on your household insurance just to be on the safe side (sorry, I am boringly practical sometimes).
Set a date
This could mean literally, or it could be a case of deciding roughly what time of year you would like it to be to get you started or how long it will take if you need to save for the wedding. If you have a particular venue in mind, dates could be dictated by their availability. Popular venues have bookings years in advance.
The key thing is that in terms of weddings now, anything goes. It is your wedding but if you don’t know where to start there are many sources available old and new to help you. These include online wedding blogs, facebook pages, Pinterest, Instagram, Wedding apps and of course the traditional glossy mags.
You can also take inspiration from wedding fayres and venue open days, with the advantage that you can also chat to the suppliers at the same time.
Set a Budget
There are so many lovely things available for your wedding that it would be easy for things to get out of hand financially. Try to set a realistic budget and stick to it. Within the budget prioritise what means a lot to you and budget for it appropriately. For instance, you may choose to scale down favours or make your own and use the money saved to help finance your dream dress, or book the services of an amazing florist.
As expected, I would say do not scrimp on your photography. If you spend a great deal of money (not to mention the time and care in the planning stages) it would be a great shame not to record it in photographs you will love.
You can now get iPhone and Android Apps to track your wedding budget, a great idea especially for those of us addicted to our phones.
Make a Start
Once you have decided on the number of guests it is time to book the venue for the ceremony and for the wedding reception (these can be one and the same), not forgetting you need to book the Registrar as well for civil weddings. You then have a firm date to pin everything else on. It is best to do this as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.
You may also choose to send ‘save the date’ cards to key guests at this point to make sure they don’t disappear on holiday on your special day.
Then book the photographer/ videographer – most will only do one wedding in a day and so can be booked up well in advance too. See my previous blog How to choose a wedding photographer
Now comes the fun part!
Choose your Bridesmaids, Best Man, Ushers and then get looking at dresses, flowers, cakes and colour schemes. And don’t forget to rope in your friends to help!
If you find you are making hard work of the seating plan, take a look at online software tool Top Table Planner.
For details of packages and prices, see the Weddings Page.
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