You are engaged, congratulations! Now where to begin with the wedding planning? Firstly, it is really important to enjoy this time and embrace the joy and excitement of being engaged. Make sure to celebrate and enjoy this special time before jumping straight into planning. That said, here are some top tips to simplify your planning and start your wedding preparations.
Your wedding day is about you and your partner celebrating your love in the way that you both want to. To begin your planning process, make some time to sit and talk to your partner about what type of wedding you both want and things like location, number of guests and ceremony type.
Nail Down the Budget
There is no point rushing into planning or going to view venues until you have a good idea of your wedding expectations and of course your budget. It’s important to discuss how many guests you will have and therefore how you will fund the wedding.
Create a Wedding Email
To keep all your wedding quotes, information and RSVP’s in one place, I always advise couples to set up a wedding email address from the start. Having one email account that you can both check and utilise is an easy way to keep on top of all things wedding related!
Do Your Research
Your venue will likely be one of the biggest expenditures on your budget so you want to make sure that you make the correct decision. Do your homework, talk to other couples, research reviews and then reach out to your top venues to ask for available dates, a brochure with pricing and their terms and conditions. Once you gather all this information then it will be time for you both to discuss and arrange tours of your favourite locations.
Once you have your venue and date locked in, you can go full steam ahead! I always advise couples to book key suppliers as quickly as possible, such as your photographer, videographer, entertainment celebrant and any other suppliers that are important
to you. They often book up well in advance so securing your important suppliers early is a key factor for a smooth planning process.
Choose Your Crew
Your Bridal Party is there to support you, listen to you, be by your side in the lead up to your wedding day and more importantly are there on the day to take charge, co-ordinate and keep you both organised and calm. Choose wisely so that you are surrounded by positivity, helping hands and fun on the day!
Keep a Secret
Make sure to keep some surprises for your guests and don’t reveal all your plans. Everyone will have an opinion or idea but just remember it’s your day and you should do it your way!
Prioritise & Simplify
Break down your tasks and make a list of three top things you want to achieve in the lead up to the day every month. Create a basic excel or word document “to do list” that you can add to or tick off as you go along to track progress and keep stress at bay. Wedding planning can get overwhelming and stressful so if you find yourself getting caught up in it all, take a step back and remind yourself what your day is all about – marrying the love of your life!