The fun starts here!
What are the first 10 steps to planning a wedding? First of all though, many congratulatons. The rush to start planning the wedding of the year begins. Ideas of romantic, rustic, boho, festival wedding venues, designer bridal gowns, wedding entertainment. All big dreams, until you realise that actually, your budget just isn’t going to stretch that far! What is it exactly that you can afford? For most couples, knowing where to start is the most difficult step to take. Once the foundations are in place, the next months of wedding planning will start to flow. We are not saying that it is going to be easy. There will be dramas and bridezilla moments along the way. But if you stick to your first ten steps to planning a wedding, you should keep on track. Take advantage of our FREE Wedding Tools available for download where you can keep check of your wedding budget spend, guest list and more!
Start here for your first 10 steps to planning a wedding
List your top three priorities. The easiest way to get to your top three is to make a list:
1.What you absolutely will not compromise on,
2. What you absolutely would not like,
3. and what you would be prepared to compromise on.
It will help, really, to get to a top three ‘must-haves’.
Set a date. Be careful not to set a date that clashes with important family events or sporting events that may upset your plans – big time. For example, football final day, wimbledon, big birthdays or anniversaries.
Set a budget. Of what you can reasonably afford. It is reasonable to add 10-15% for contingency. Download our handy Wedding Budget Worksheet
Make a rough guest list, to get an idea of how large or small your wedding is going to be. Split the list into three – absolutely must have (A list) – nice to have (B) – and everyone else (C). Is it going to be an all-day invitation, or day and evening?
Start your venue search. Take your top three priorities into account when making your choice. It’s a good idea to shortlist 3 or 4 venues and visit each one to get a real feel of the different venues available. This handy Questions to Ask sheet will help you during your visits.
Now for the most important bit. The Dress! Some designers require at least 6 months lead time to create your dress, so start the search early.
Hire a wedding planner. Mention the word wedding planner and ££££s flash before your eyes. But actually a wedding planner can save you money. A wedding planner has very good relationships with wedding suppliers and is able to negotiate a good price on their services. This is then passed on to you. It takes the stress out of your busy life and keeps your wedding budget on track.
Wedding photographers, particularly the most popular ones, are really busy. Begin your research for a photographer. Wedding Fairs are a good resource for photographers where you can see their work first-hand.
Finalise your choice of Venue, Dress, and Photographer and pay deposits to secure.
The fun bit of planning your wedding theme can begin. Start a scrapbook and buy a wedding planner folder where you can gather all your material swatches, samples and ideas.
These first 10 steps to planning a wedding are the building blocks. Always keep your top three priorities in mind when making any decisions (does it agree with those?), and mindful of your wedding budget.