So you’ve recently gotten engaged (congratulations!!) and now that the celebrations have died down and you’re recovering from all the Champagne, you’ve got to actually start planning the wedding! You’ve probably already been asked 100 times about your dress but there are so many things that need to be taken care of before you even start thinking about dress shopping! For most of you, this will be your first and only time to plan a wedding so you’re forgiven if you’re not entirely sure of what that entails. We’ve made a little checklist for you to help get you started and feeling confident that you’re on the right track.
– The first thing you’ll want to do is decide on your date. Start with the year and then think about the month. Give yourself enough time to comfortably plan your wedding, especially if you’re planning to travel. Once you’ve chosen your year and month, keep two dates in mind so that you have a bit of wiggle room when it comes to booking your venue.
– Decide if you’re going to use a wedding planner or not. This really just comes down to personal preference, whether you want to do everything yourself or call in some help from a professional. We would, however, really recommend hiring a planner if you’re getting married abroad as it can be difficult to navigate the best suppliers in a foreign country. Wedding planners are well used to it and will be sure to get you the best quality and some great deals!
– Make a list and prioritise what’s most important to you. How many people do you plan on inviting? Make sure the venue you’ve chosen can accommodate for that many people and that there are enough rooms for each guest if there’s travel involved. What’s more important: having your wedding in a particular venue or being able to host a specific number of guests?
– Once you’ve settled on a venue and chosen your date, start booking the rest of your suppliers: photographer, videographer, hair and makeup artists and so on. They all book up fast so don’t hang around! Once you’ve booked your venue, the date is set so there’s really no reason to hold off. Be sure to deal with suppliers that you feel you can trust and rely on for your big day. There’s nothing more stressful than struggling to get in touch with one of your suppliers in the weeks coming up to the wedding.
– Organise how you’re going to get to the ceremony and on to the reception venue, especially if there’s a good distance between them. Again, it’s all down to personal preference whether you want to hire a car or have a family member tie some ribbons to the bonnet and chauffeur you around! Whatever you decide, organise it all in good time. The sooner you get things ticked off, the more you can enjoy the rest of the planning process.
– Once you’ve dealt with all the time-sensitive bookings above, it’s time to get out there and start dress shopping (not that you’d want to leave that too late, mind you!). Once you’ve chosen your dress, you can then move onto bridesmaid dresses, shoes, accessories and start getting more specific with your decor. Needless to say, you’ll be busy!
Keeping a close eye on what needs to be done, and when, will help keep everything running smoothly. Ticking things off your checklist will help keep you organised and confident that you’re on track!
Have we missed anything? What else should you get sorted before searching for the dress? What’s the most important thing that you want to get booked first? Let us know!