When it comes to wedding planning there is simply no right or wrong way to do this, after all it is your big day. However, there are simple and effective ways to create that fairy tale wedding and reduce those stress levels, helping you feel more like an organised bride.
Planning your Big Day
Organising your big day is incredibly exciting, but it may seem a little overwhelming too. As you pop the champagne and adore the sparkly rock on your finger, family and friends will soon start demanding details; ‘When’s the date?’, ‘Where’s the venue?’, ‘How will you arrive to the Church?’. The question of money soon arises, and your mind becomes jam packed with thoughts of colour schemes and dress ideas.
Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! Below you will find our simple step guide for planning an easy, breezy wedding.
Set Your Budget
First and foremost, it is important to discuss a budget for your big day. Talk about how much you can both afford and how much you will be able to save over the coming months. If you think your parents may be able to help then speak to them in the early planning stages, then you will know exactly what you can and can’t afford.
Not planning a wedding budget can lead to financial stress and disappointment further down the line.
The Perfect Wedding Venue
It’s time to lock in that date, now you have your budget sorted it’s important to put a deposit down on your dream venue. Your wedding venue determines your wedding date, location and maximum guest numbers, so it’s important that venue hunting is at the top of your list!
When it comes to your venue, it is also important to think about other important factors such as, does your venue need to have accommodation for those family members travelling from afar? Do you want to use your own caterers? These factors play a much larger role than you think in determining which wedding venue you choose.
Mini-Moon vs Honeymoon
Newlywed couples are certainly considering this popular choice! Usual planning a mini-moon instead of, or as a prelude to a customary honeymoon trip. If you’re not clued up on what a mini-moon is, it’s simply a shortened getaway that’s about 3-4 days. In a location that is a quick flight away or even drivable. Some couples visit, lodges, holiday parks, log cabins or camp out under the stars, where as others jet off to far away destinations such as Dubai.
Mini-moons mostly come about if a couple desirers to get away immediately after their big celebrations, but for a shorter or less expensive getaway — vs. a lengthier and more costly honeymoon.
Choose Your Bridal Party
You may already instantly know who your maid of honour, bridesmaids, ushers, best man, flower girls and page boys will be, or your might need a little bit of time to think about it. If you aren’t sure don’t feel rushed or pressured, it is your decision and you need to think carefully about who the best people will be to support you on this special day. You may also want to take into consideration the cost as your bridal party will need outfits, bouquets and thank you gifts – the more people you have, the more this could impact your budget.
Create Your Guest List
In honesty your guest list is something you’ve already planned a thousand times over, you already know the key people you want to invite. However, you might need to take some time to decide who is invited to the day versus the night and the even trickier guest problems such as work colleagues and plus ones.
After already booking your wedding you will already have a rough idea of how much budget you are now able to spend on catering and your guest list may help determine how much you want to spend by head.
Book Photography & Video
Booking a photographer & Videographer is another priority when wedding planning. With experienced suppliers in high demand it’s important to book both photo & video coverage at least 12 months in advance to avoid disappointment. If you already have a dream suppliers in mind then you should consider booking them as soon as you’ve set a date. If you’re not set on a supplier, then make sure you look around and most importantly check out their portfolios to ensure their style is exactly what you’re looking for. Photography & Videography is not something that should be chosen solely based on price, as it’s one of the only wedding purchases that last for ever.
Pick The Dress
Choosing your wedding dress will be one of the most exciting and emotional parts of your wedding planning. Many designer wedding gowns can take up to six months to make so give yourself plenty of time to find the dress of yours dreams.
Once your gown is chosen, you can begin to think about your bridesmaids dresses which should compliment your wedding dress and grooms wear that will suit the style of your big day.
Choose Your Transport
You spend hours finding the perfect dress, the fitted suit and your wedding theme to complement your big day, so why not spend time on finding that bespoke vehicle for a professional chauffeur service. Your wedding day should radiate the same style throughout; after all no one wants to turn up in an old rickety family car. You should be rolling up to your venue in something that exudes style and class; this will enhance the overall look of your big day giving the bride a car to be proud to step out of.
Although it is important to choose a car which fits perfectly in theme with your wedding day, you may also wish to consider a limousine for your bridal party to travel to the ceremony and reception venue? Hiring a chauffeur driven limousine can have many benefits and will get your bridal party to each destination on time and in style. After all, everyone loves to feel that extra bit special.
Even with these few tips, wedding planning can still seem overwhelming but don’t worry! You can buy an organiser which will not only give you a helping hand but make the whole planning process much more enjoyable.