Over the next few weeks we’ll be sharing some top tips with you on how best to plan your wedding. We’re starting this week with Chapter 1 in your wedding adventure.
We would recommend planning the following 12-18 months prior to your wedding day.
Kick start your wedding plans by being organised and one step ahead of the game!
- Pop open the bubbly and inform your friends and family of your engagement and celebrate!
- Treat yourself to a pretty scrapbook and gather all your ideas in here. Purchase some wedding magazines or pop into wedding shops as often they are available for free!
- Start a Pinterest board on-line and gather wedding supplier’s business cards at wedding fairs you attend.
- Book a wedding planner!
Setting a budget
- Depending on who is paying for the wedding, you need to have conversations with everyone involved. This is a key element of planning your wedding, as the budget will dictate, the venue, catering etc and you don’t want to be disappointed further down the line.
- Open a savings account!
Get The Date In The Diary
- Obviously the spring/summer months will be more popular when weddings are concerned, so one way to reduce your spend is to hold your wedding in the autumn/winter months.
- As soon as you have decided on the month/date you wish to hold your wedding and the approximate number of guests it’s time to start looking at venues.
What Type Of Wedding Venue
- You will need to decide if you would like to get married in a church or to opt for a civil ceremony. Civil ceremonies can take place at a licensed venue or indeed a registry office. If you would prefer a church wedding, you will need to book an appointment with the Minister to talk through your wishes and check dates, plus discuss formalities such as the reading of the bans.
- There are many options now for wedding venues and depending on your personality and what style or theme of wedding you want, there is a many different venue types available ranging from; Castle, Manor House, Hotel, Barn, Marquee, Country Pub. Depending on which option floats your boat, be careful to check with the venue provider what exactly is included in your day, i.e. tables, linen, flowers etc, as if you have to book these on top of the venue fee, this will add a significant amount to your budget.
- You will be required to put down a deposit when booking your preferred venue. It is wise to take out wedding insurance should there be a change of plans due to illness, or any other unforeseen circumstances.
Save The Date
- When you have made the exciting decision and booked your wedding venue, it’s time to inform all your wedding guests by sending out ‘Save The Date’ cards.
- You also need to chat with your friends who you have chosen to be your Best Man, Maid of Honour, Bridesmaids, Ushers etc and make sure they are free!
That’s all for now folks, Chapter 2 to follow soon…
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