Once the initial shock of being engaged wears off and you take a moment to think about the incredible journey you and your partner are about to embark on, you may suddenly become a bit overwhelmed by all of the big decisions you need to make. You may find it difficult to know where or how to start planning your wedding! Here are the most important things you need to do to really kick off your wedding planning.
Set a timeline
Not long after you become engaged (sometimes the moment you announce it) people will start asking about the wedding date. But before you can make a decision about when your wedding is going to be, you have a lot of choices to make. The first place to start is picking the season or time of year you would like to get married and then figuring out a few dates you both like. This will then give you a good idea of how long you have to plan your wedding!
Discuss your style and ideal location
Before you start picking out dresses, tasting cakes and booking wedding bands, take a moment to think about the overall look, feel and vibe you want from your wedding as well as any ideal locations. Close your eyes and think about it for a moment. Are you in a beautiful rustic barn? Or are you in a magnificent candle lit manor or castle? When picking your ideal location and style try to think about the amount of guests you’d like to have and any entertainment you’d like to put on. This will all have an impact on the space you need and the environment you pick for your big day!
Agree on a budget
It’s very common for couples to pay for the wedding themselves these days but if your families are contributing anything to your wedding, sit down with the people involved financially and figure out how much everyone is contributing. This budget will affect basically every decision and purchase you make, so be sure to work out your budget before you start planning. It can be an uncomfortable conversation, but it’s better to get it out of the way now.
Draft your guest list
As you start to make a list of all the important people you’d like to join you to celebrate your marriage be thinking about the sort of venues you have in mind as this will impact on the number of guests you can invite. If you want to get married in a quaint little barn or something quirky like a lighthouse then you are going to struggle to get 300 people in for the ceremony. Keep in mind that more guests means higher prices, as catering costs are generally calculated on a per-head basis. So, in addition to location, your budget will have a big influence on the size of your guest list.
Choose your wedding party
After the proposal, one of the most important questions to ask during the planning of a wedding is, who are going to be your bridesmaids, maid of honour and best man and ushers? There are no set rules on who these individuals have to be but many people pick siblings, cousins and closest friends to be in their wedding party. However, at the end of the day, it’s your wedding and you can pick whoever you want. Just try and pick people who will be supportive and who will help you along the way to planning your wedding! Remember, the sooner you pick the people for your wedding party, the sooner you can get their help with planning!
Secure your venue and pick a date
Your venue will become the backdrop for nearly all of your photographs and has a massive influence on everything from the budget and guest list to the menu and seating arrangements. To make sure you get a style and location you want, that fits in your budget, make sure you look at local listings, schedule visits and book early.
Remember: Once you have picked your venue and signed the contract you will have your wedding date secured!!
Shop for the dress
Arguably one of the most anticipated parts of the wedding day is the bride’s dress. It’s best to begin your search for the dress by looking around online. Try and learn a bit of the lingo before heading out to try on dresses. This will help you communicate the sort of dress you are looking for. It would also be beneficial to read up on silhouettes, necklines, trains and colours that might flatter you as well so that you can make the most of your time shopping for your dress!
Book your Wedding Photographer and other high priority vendors
You should make a list of high priority vendors such as Wedding Photographers, DJs/Live Bands, Cake Makers and Florists to make sure you have the time to find the right vendors for your date before they get booked up!
The best photographers get snapped up quickly so be sure you get searching for a photographer ASAP! Try to find a wedding photographer that will put you at ease when being photographed and who puts an emphasis on capturing not only the bigger moments of your day but the smaller details that you want to remember as well.
If you are looking for a relaxed, friendly and professional photographer who has attention to detail as a top priority, please get in touch. I would love to hear from you. To find out more about my approach to wedding photography, take a look around my website or contact me on 07921 181188 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Once again, congratulations on your upcoming wedding. Hopefully you have found the tips above helpful! For more wedding planning tips and tricks be sure to follow Alliance Photography on Facebook and Twitter!