Wedding Planner Guide
The first 8 Steps to Planning a Wedding
Getting engaged is one of the most romantic and momentous occasions of your life. It is an exciting time and something to be celebrated and savoured. Don’t be in a hurry to jump to the next step.
1. Take your time
The first thing to do is to take some time for the two of you to celebrate the news and just be together. There’s no rush to do anything. You don’t have to set a date, throw a party or start planning. That can all wait.
2. The Ring
If your fiance (it feels weird calling them that, doesn’t it?) popped the question with a ring, you’ve already got this covered. But, if not, decide when you’re going to buy the ring. It can be a little bit daunting as there are so many options to consider. Do a little research in advance to get an idea of what you’re looking for. This will be a completely personal choice. Don’t be swayed by what others say you should get. Go for something that has significance to the two of you.
3. Spread the Joy
Decide how you’re going to share your news. You may decide to tell close family and friend in person. Many couples celebrate by going for an intimate meal with those closest to them. Others throw a party. Decide what’s right for the two of you.
4. Make a Loose Plan
Unless you’re impatient to set a date, you still don’t need to start planning. But it is a good idea to have a loose plan or a checklist of the things you need to consider. This is a top level, general list and won’t include the detail.
5. Gather Inspiration
Take a little time to gather inspiration. Visit some wedding fairs and venues. You can’t begin making decisions until you know exactly what’s out there. Start reading wedding magazines and browse a few blogs. You’ll start to develop some ideas of what you do and don’t like.
6. Weddings on a Budget
Before you start planning you need to establish a sensible budget. This will depend entirely on yours and your families’ personal circumstances. A budget is a good thing as it helps to narrow down your choices. Make sure you keep to it and plan accordingly.
7. Plan, Plan, Plan
It’s now time to start planning. That loose plan you made earlier now needs to be expanded to include all the detail. There are many online checklists that can be adapted to fit your own needs. The advantage of keeping everything online is that you won’t lose your plan. Keep it in the cloud, so your fiance can also access it.
8. Set a Date
It’s important to set a date as soon as possible. You need to let guests have ample notice so they can put it in their diaries. Before doing this, you will need to check with venues and make a firm booking. Also, run the date past close family and friends and the wedding party.
If you’re planning way ahead, a save the date card is a good idea. If not, wedding invitations are traditionally sent six to eight weeks before the big day. Allow enough time to find and order your cards, especially if you’re opting for personalised wedding invitations.
Remember, there’s no rush. Only you and your other half can set the timeline. Take as much time as you need to celebrate and savour your engagement. And only begin your preparations when you’re ready.
The Best of Luck to You!
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