Your wedding day memories will largely rest on who comes along to celebrate with you, so drafting a guest list should be one of the first things you do. You don’t have to agree on the final invite list straight away, but it will give you a rough idea of numbers and therefore the size of venue you’re looking for. Find out if there are any dates to avoid for any very important guests, such as graduation ceremonies or holiday plans.
Securing a venue is the single most important thing you can do to get you firmly along the wedding planning road. Keep looking at venues until you find the right one for you. Have a look at venues when they’ve been set up for weddings, so you can properly visualise what your big day will look like. Don’t rush into it, but snap it up when you know you’ve found the perfect venue. Send out save the date cards as soon as the venue is secured.
Once the people and place are sorted, it’s time to start shopping. If you want a bespoke design, wedding dress makers often need up to six months to make a dress, so time is of the essence. Save images of wedding dress styles you like on websites such as Pinterest and make appointments at wedding dress boutiques. Try on lots of styles to ensure you find the perfect one for you.
While there are plenty of wedding photographers and videographers out there, they can get quite booked up, so start talking to photographers and videographers you like in good time. Find them online or go to wedding fairs near your venue to create a shortlist of providers with whom you might like to work. If they’re fairly local, it’ll give you some peace of mind as it is unlikely they will get too held up travelling to you on your big day.
If you’re having a reception at a venue that provides the catering, you know your guests will be well looked after. All you’ll need to do, is choose your menus and wines and leave the rest to them. One important item to also order in good time is your wedding cake. If you want a band, DJ, photo booth or any other form of entertainment for your wedding day, get this organised early on for another big tick off your list. A lot of these suppliers can be found at local wedding fairs, or ask your venue for recommendations of people they’ve worked with previously.
When you’ve got all the major parts of your wedding day booked and organised, you can rest assured your day will go ahead with all the key ingredients in place. All that’s left are the details you can have fun thinking about. Invitations and stationery, colour schemes and gift lists, hair and make-up, mini-moons and honeymoons. Enjoy the process and the little details that will make your wedding both original and memorable.
When you’re planning a wedding, ensure not everything in your life is about getting married. Plan regular date nights with your other half where the wedding is off-limits as a topic. As the big day draws nearer, plan some pampering time with your friends too. Feeling refreshed rather than stressed before your wedding day will ensure you enjoy it to the max.
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