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If you’ve recently become engaged (congratulations!), this post is going to be perfect to help you plan your wedding.
When you first get engaged, you’re full of excitement about the wedding planning journey you’re about to embark on. But it can also be difficult to know where to start. There are lots of decisions to make and people expect you to have answers to questions immediately.
We’re here to tell you not to worry. This is your chance to take some time to yourself and follow these nine steps when you start to plan your wedding.
Finances and budgeting can be one of the toughest parts of planning a wedding. But it’s also the most important.
You and your partner need to be completely honest with each other about money. Write everything out on paper to determine how much you can afford and how much you want to be able to afford. Make sure your final figure is realistic and achievable now. This will affect every decision you make so it’s important to cover first when you start to plan your wedding.
You’ll find that once you’ve set your budget and have an idea of the kind of wedding you want, lots of other things will fall into place. Now it’s time to decide what’s important to you. Do you want to invite lots of people? Do you want the venue to be the focal point? Just remember that it’s your wedding and it can be however you want it to be.
What’s important here is that you don’t have to make any decisions until you’re completely sure of your choices. It’s crucial that you make the right decisions now to save yourself any troubles further down the line.
Pick people who you can trust and who you know will be the best person for the job. Enlist their help and keep them informed about all your plans – they might have some good ideas!
Before you do or book anything, look at the big picture and try to get a vision of the whole theme you want to set for your wedding. Close your eyes and picture your big day – what do you see? Is it a church ceremony filled with flowers? Are you outdoors under a marquee? Whatever your wedding day is looking like, here are some points to consider:
Then it’s up to you to decide whether you want to go more traditional or more modern. Spend some time gathering inspiration online and from magazines. Always keep your eyes open for ideas.
When you start to plan your wedding this might not seem important yet. But your guest list is going to determine a big part of your budget. It’s surprising how many suppliers need to know your guest list before you book with them.
This is the time for you to think about whether you want a more intimate wedding or a big party for all your friends and family. You’ve also got your parents to keep in mind, especially if they’re helping pay for it. Just remember that more guests mean more money. So your budget will have a big influence on the size of your guest list.
Once you know your style and theme, you can get onto booking the most important things for your wedding day. Trust us – you’ll be surprised how far in advance suppliers can get booked up. Think venue, photographers, entertainers and so on. They’re the things you want to get booked first. Next on the list will be florists and cake-makers, invitations and so on.
A lot goes into planning a wedding, so it’s important to keep everything in order. File contracts and receipts away safely, record details of upcoming payments and always keep track of your budget, and how much you’ve spent.
We know this isn’t as exciting as menu tasting or dress fittings, but staying organised will keep you calm right up until the big day.
Before you even start to plan your wedding – celebrate your engagement! An engagement party is a lovely, low-key way to celebrate with everyone you love. This is such a positive time in your life and you deserve to celebrate with your family…and tell everyone about the proposal story!
We saved the best for last. Getting engaged is one of the biggest, happiest events of your life. You should enjoy it to the full. Have date nights with your partner and enjoy talking about your upcoming wedding. Don’t rush into anything, feel free to just take your time. You’ll only be engaged for a short amount of time, so make the most of it.
If you’re looking to start booking suppliers for your upcoming wedding, take a look at The Wedding Gallery’s special selection here.