First steps of planning a wedding

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Welcome to 2018, with a New Year brings the start of planning the best day of your lives for many couples. Now that the turkey has been eaten and the decorations have been put away, it is now time to get focused and think all things weddings. But you might be asking where do you start? So here are the first ten things to do:

  1. Firstly, enjoy the moment; you have just become engaged, this is a big step and a wonderful reason to celebrate with those closest to you. Don’t worry about wedding plans just yet – share the news and treasure this moment.
  2. Once you are ready to start planning, the first and most important factor is to discuss your budget, find out if any family members are going to contribute. Calculate your budget and ensure you retain a reserve for those unexpected last minute expenses.
  3. Consider employing a professional to help you plan the wedding; a wedding planner can help in a variety of different ways and it doesn’t have to be expensive, also because they can secure discounts they can often save you money. An experienced professional will ensure that your wedding has a professional look and that nothing is missed or forgotten, as well as relieving you of the stress and pressure.
  4. Decide on the type of wedding you both want; a religious ceremony or a civil ceremony, if you are choosing a civil ceremony do you want to have this in the same venue as the reception.
  5. Talk about when you want to get married; a week day will be cheaper as will getting married in the winter, do you really want that bank holiday weekend in August, what is the highest priority – budget or that specific day?
  6. Make a list of your guests, break the list down into categories of; ‘essential attendees’, ‘would like to haves’, and ‘if we have space/budget’. Depending on your style of wedding, a guest can cost you around £100-£150 each! Decide on an appropriate number of guests that is comfortable, affordable and enjoyable.
  7. Do you have any special requirements for the venue, such as disability access, exclusive use, style or location. Consider overnight accommodation requirements for you and your guests, is this needed on site? Think about access and practicalities such as parking.
  8. Consider the style of wedding and colour theme that you want to have, browse Pinterest for ideas and make a mood board or five. Consider how important the colour scheme and theme are in comparison to the venue and which is more important, i.e. if you have chosen a vintage theme but are looking at modern crisp venues, they might not complement each other, so which is more important to you.
  9. Research appropriate venues (for both ceremony and reception) and make a short list.
  10. Make a list of questions to ask, think about how you want the day to run and what you need from your venues such as space, facilities and catering requirements.
  11. Visit the venues, ask the questions, get a feel for how the day would run and which rooms you have available to you.
  12. Book the reception venue and ceremony venue.
  13. Book the person who will marry you i.e. the celebrant/registrar.

Once you have secured the venues and your celebrant/registrar you can now relax knowing a huge part of the planning has been done, you can now focus on some of the fun parts like choosing your outfits and buying favors. Use online check lists and ask friends for help, but most importantly, you only get to do this once (normally!) so make sure you take time to enjoy the planning and have lots of fun!

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