You have the ring, now what?
Congratulations on your engagement! You can now start planning the wedding of your dreams, but where do you start?
I have planned countless weddings, including my own, and I wholeheartedly believe that with a good list you can achieve anything. I would say these are my top tips on starting the planning process:
1. Prioritise what is important to you – whether it is being outdoors under the stars, dancing along to your favourite songs or impressing your guests with a delicious meal, make this the focus of your wedding; after all, it is a day to celebrate the two of you.
2. Pinterest is a wedding planner’s best friend – everything you could imagine, and more can be found online. Take inspiration from other weddings; discover ways to incorporate your colour scheme into the day and find the latest wedding trends. Having a mood board can hone your ideas and can help to get your vision across to your wedding planner. Plus, you can share boards with friends and family so they can share in the planning process too. Our own Pinterest page is a fabulous place to start.
3. Make a rough guest list – numbers can quickly add up so having an idea of how big, or small you would like your wedding to be at the start can help with your venue search.
4. Create a budget spreadsheet – work out your budget and record all your quotes in one place. You can compare like for like this way and won’t get bogged down in numbers. Remember to keep sight of what is important to you and allocate your budget to this first.
5. Take photos – when viewing venues, they can all merge into one. Take pictures during your visits of the parts of the venue that you like the best. This will help so much when reviewing your options.
6. Photography is key – make this supplier your priority! Some wedding photographers are fully booked 2 years in advance. If you have a specific photographer in mind, make sure they are one of your first ports of call. They could even help to recommend venues; their online galleries can be a treasure trove of inspiration and ideas.
7. Make use of your wedding planner – when considering venues, and once you have this booked, ask questions and solicit advise. Your wedding planner has seen almost everything when it comes to weddings and can really help with what works, and what doesn’t. They are a fount of knowledge and there to make your day the best it can possibly be.
8. Do not lose sight of your goal – in all the excitement of planning a wedding do not forget that the point of it all is to stand together and say, ‘I do’, everything else is a bonus!