Getting engaged and the thought of getting married brings lots of emotions, but mostly excitement to get going! Here is some advice from my own experience and tips I got from previous brides. Hopefully it will help to get you started and heading the right direction.
Top Five tips for Planning your Wedding
1. Have a break
I wish we’d taken this advice on board when we were first engaged, we didn’t give ourselves very long to plan the wedding so the ball started rolling quite quickly! I didn’t realise back then that you needed an actual date to get prices and quotes for most things so what i was asked at the first venue I popped in to see I just said my birthday… like you do!! Just so I could get a quote, well that ended up being a Thursday and we really wanted a weekend so I said the Friday. So when I got home, Ryan basically thought I had the wedding booked!!!! **Please do not alarm your man by doing this..Serious advise from me!!!** But in the end up we did book that day and venue so everything happens for a reason! If you arrange the big things first, like the location, wedding photographer and dress, then you can take a few weeks off, have a break and enjoy being engaged before you get to the nitty gritty of the planning.
2. Have a rough budget before you start planning
Everyone has a wedding budget and an idea of what kind of wedding they prefer. Before you begin to plan, it’s always best to talk with your partner to see what you’ve got to work with. Having a rough idea of a budget early on will make everything else in your planning stages easier, there for if you decide something is more important than another to you then spend it wisely. I loved the idea of chair covers at our reception and then when we weighed it all up that extra cash was better spent on our Honeymoon…priorities first!!
Include a list of the things that are most important to you for your wedding and if you’ve got family or friends who may help towards the big day, sit down with them early on and figure out how much everyone is able to contribute. If you’re paying for your own wedding then start a savings plan. We worked well opening a joint account that neither of us touched unless for wedding spending – this was the key for us as it helped us know what we could spend and where. Knowing your budget early will determine how much you can spend on things like your venue, photographer, and most importantly, the dress!