Planning a wedding can be both exhilarating, creative and a little daunting. With so many different nuances to a wedding, it can be difficult trying to prepare one—especially if it’s your own. However, we can break down wedding planning steps into an easy-to-follow guide that will ultimately give you full control over your big day.
The first thing you need to lookout for is wedding planning inspiration. If you aren’t looking at websites for inspiration, then you need to do so as soon as possible. There is a dazzling array of wedding themes that you can choose from, and if you want it to be a memorable day full of joy, then it’s a good idea to personalise it to your liking.
Next, you need to consider budgeting costs. You don’t have infinite money (most likely) and planning a wedding can be incredibly expensive. If possible, calculate how much money you’ll have in total for your wedding and consider calculating some average costs so you can determine where you need to save money and where you can splash your cash.
Build a Guest List
The more the merrier, but try to keep out any unsavoury characters that you think will interrupt the wedding ceremony or cause a fuss. Invite every family member and every close friend from both sides of the wedding. Friends of friends can also be an option assuming they have some relationship with either you or your partner. Remember that you should send invitations as soon as possible so that you aren’t forgetting people, and so they can reserve dates in their diary as soon as possible.
Consider a Planner
If you’re still unsure about doing this yourself, then consider hiring a wedding planner. A good planner won’t take over the entire process but they will offer you plenty of sound advice that will go a long way in helping you plan your perfect wedding. They might be expensive, but they’re well worth it if you feel you don’t have the time to learn.
Lookup Wedding Services
From hiring a catering service to photographers and of course the officiant, you need to look up wedding services as early as possible to get quotes and possible dates that they’re available. You also need to look up locations which can be incredibly packed and booked for years in advance if they’re popular.
Weddings need to be planned many months in advance, and it could take a year or more to get everything under control. It’s hard to tell what the weather will be like in a year’s time, but you need to start reserving your chosen location as soon as possible.
Lastly, you need to remember that out of town guests will need to stay at or close to the venue for the night. Remember to book hotels that are nearby or, if the venue can support it, book the bedrooms and guest rooms. Don’t forget that you and your partner will also likely stay at the venue overnight.