Congratulations on your engagement! To help you over the next few weeks I’ve pulled together my top hints and tips for you. Its an exciting time and I hope that they help you start pulling together the most awesome wedding.
JUST ENGAGED? here’s what to do next
- Work out the key things which are most important to you both and keep them front of mind throughout. The day is about the two of you and keep that front of mind throughout.
- Decide on what type of wedding you are going to have. E.g. church or civil service?
- Where are you going to get married? Families often live far apart these days.
- Agree on numbers. A small or large wedding? Keep it realistic
- Work out rough dates for when you would like to get married. Keep flexible at this stage if you can as, for example, your perfect venue might already be booked on a specific date but could be available the weekend before or the Friday instead.
- Set a budget for your wedding. How much can you afford? Will relatives be contributing to your wedding and how much? The latter can feel awkward but you’ll need to know what you can spend.
Get into the detail
- Start pulling together the style/theme of your wedding
- Look in wedding magazines.
- Check out your local wedding fairs. Drag your other half along or make a day of it with your friends. Grab details of potential suppliers – they’ll come in handy later.
- Purchase an old fashioned scrap book (or get on Pinterest!).
- Make a list of things which reflect you and your personalities which you want to include in your special day.
- Decide who is in your wedding party.
- Will you have a best man, chief bridesmaid, bridesmaids, pageboys and/or flower girls? How many will you have?
- Work out how you are going to tell them the good news. There are plenty of ways you can do this. One good example is bridesmaid balloons.
Photographs courtesy of White Knot (www.whiteknot.co.uk)
- Personalised gifts can give a special touch, for example, if your bridesmaid likes chocolate – ask the question on a personalised chocolate bar!
- Start looking at venues.
- Prepare a shortlist of venues and arrange appointments to visit.
- Don’t discount venues if you can’t afford the price at the height of the summer – they are often significantly cheaper in the week or at different times of the year.
- Always see a venue dressed up for a wedding. If you can’t do this ask for pictures.
- And finally, work out if you have time to plan the wedding or whether you need some help.
- It usually takes around 250 hours to plan a wedding and if you are tight on time a wedding planner might be the best option. They can help you with pulling together your design, identifying venues or suppliers, negotiating on your behalf and taking care of all of the wedding administration.
- Check out our wedding planning services – click here. I offer free, no obligation consultations to understand your requirements.
Feature photo courtesy of Thomas Thomas Photography (www.thomasthomasphotography.co.uk)
Other photo courtesy of Lumiere Photography (www.lumiere-photography.co.uk)
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