The question’s been popped, you’ve said yes and now you’re officially engaged – congratulations! Planning a wedding is a hugely exciting time but it can turn into a daunting task. To help you navigate your way through what can be a minefield of decision making over the next 12 months or so, here are my top 5 quick tips for what you should do right away!
Before you get cracking planning a wedding, first crack open a bottle of bubbly and celebrate! This is a special time in your lives and you’ll want to share your big news with family and friends, soak up the excitement and positive vibes, maybe even throw a little party. Give yourself time to just enjoy being engaged.
2 Set The Budget
Once you get down to business the first thing you should work out is your budget and stick to it. Boring but essential! Knowing how much cash you have to play with will help enormously when it comes to looking for and booking the right venues and suppliers for your big day.
3 Pick The Date
Dig out the calendar and decide on a rough date that works best for you both, your immediate family and close friends.Planning a wedding in the summer months will always be more of a challenge as it’s the busiest time of year to get married and more than likely, many of your guests will be planning their summer holidays or even their own weddings. Firm up that date as soon as possible to ensure your suppliers are still available and your chief bridesmaid is not sunning herself on a beach in Barbados the day you pick to walk up the aisle!
4 Find The Venue
The venue you choose will no doubt reflect your vision for the day and influence the overall ‘theme’ of your wedding. Sought after venues, be they retro luxe supper clubs or rustic barns in the middle of the countryside, can be booked up to, and even beyond, a year in advance of your date. Lock that venue down early folks to avoid disappointment.
5 Book Your Photographer
Good wedding photographers, much like sought after venues, get booked up quickly. To make your search simpler and your booking quicker ask your newly married friends for recommendations or start by googling photographers in your area and photos of weddings already shot at your chosen venue. Narrow your search down further by preferred style and get in contact with the photographers whose work you really like as soon as possible.