Getting engaged can be the most exciting time of your life. The promise of a bright future filled with happiness and love. So much to celebrate! However, eventually the reality of wedding planning rears its head.
A question I get asked all the time is; where do you begin? There's so much to think about! Guest lists, venues, themes etc. So, I thought I'd put a few wedding planning ideas together for you. Hopefully, this will help you structure your planning process so that it isn't too overwhelming.
1). Set a Budget
Many of us have a secret Pinterest board filled with ideas of what our dream wedding will look like. Getting engaged finally means we're able to talk about this openly- free of judgment (that's cause for celebration alone!). However, without realizing it, the cost can really rack up. So, it's important to have an open dialogue with your partner from the start about finances.
You need to set a budget for your wedding. Once you've agreed on this and you’re both comfortable with it, you can then start realistically planning your wedding. I can't stress how important this is. It's crucial for you both to be on the same page. This will limit the chances of arguing over money later down the line.
However, sticking to your budget doesn't mean you should kiss goodbye to your dream day! If your met with the sad reality that your plans take you over budget (as many find out) this doesn't mean you can't put those ideas into action. There’re so many ways of creating the look you want for your wedding without breaking the bank. You just have to research. Eventually, you’re bound to find an alternative you’ll fall in love with!
2.) Get the Guest List Out the Way
Drafting a guest list with your partner can sometimes be a controversial topic. A lot of couples receive pressure from family and friends to invite people you may have only met a couple times!
Weddings are expensive. Period. Some of you may find that you’re juggling these social expectations with your budget. This can be difficult. No one likes to let people down. However, you have to remember that this is your day. If it’s not feasible to invite your great aunts, boyfriend’s daughter then don’t.
As soon as you know how many people you’re roughly expecting to attend, you’ll be able to look at venues that accommodate these numbers. From, there you’ll be able to work out how much money you have left for invites, decorations, wedding cars etc. It’s normal to have to re-draft this list and narrow it down somewhat to accommodate your budget. If you find yourself in this situation don’t be disheartened. Not everyone will be able to attend. My best advice to you is to form a ‘second wave’ invite list. That way as soon as you get someone drop out you can send another invite immediately.
3.) List Your Priorities
A great thing to do, is to list everything you want/need for your big day and then rank what’s most important to you. Certain things like venues, photographers and caterers can sometimes be booked months if not years in advance! So, if there’s something you have your heart set on, be sure to identify that and act quickly.
This exercise will also help you think about how much of your budget you’re prepared to allocate to each item on the list.
I hope this gave you a few wedding planning ideas of your own! Remember wedding planning at times can seem stressful but try not to take everything too seriously. All this work will be worth it in the end!