Newly Engaged? What’s Next?
Set a realistic budget, and try your best to stick to it. Prioritise the ‘big things’ and what’s important to you both and be prepared to be flexible in other areas. You can always create a ‘wish list’ for things that are out of budget and it there is any money left in the pot you can then take a look at these extras. Remember that you may go over budget on some things so be prepared to cut back on other things.
Prepare a Timeline
Prepare a ‘wedding planning timeline’ consisting of when you want to research, visit venues, meet with suppliers and BOOK!
The guestlist is the best place to start as the number of people you would like to invite may narrow down your venue choices.
Choosing a date
Think about a date, to begin with think about the year and the month, try not to be too rigid…if you fall in love with a venue and you have a set date in mind you could be in for a disappointment if the venue is unavailable on ‘you’ date’.
First think about location…where do you want to get married? Then consider the style of venue…do you want a Church or a Civil Ceremony, a Hotel, Country House, does the venue need to be exclusive? Do your research then make appointments to go and have a look around.
Choose a theme. One consistent theme is much more effective than an eclectic mix of lots of different themes. Remember you won’t see the complete effect of the selections you have made until the day. Avoid asking too many people’s opinions…too many cooks spoil the broth!
Purchase wedding insurance as soon as you start spending money! It is best to be prepared for the unlikely event something goes wrong.
Spend time research suppliers such as photographers, transport, florists, caterers, entertainment etc. Visit shows, open days, fairs to get some ideas and inspiration. Once you have selected you suppliers book them early to avoid disappointment.
TAKE IT ALL IN
Never forget what the purpose of the day is, what it represents and who it is for. Take time during the day to stand back and soak it all in with your newlywed.
Your wedding day is precious…treasure it!