Most would say that the hardest thing about getting married is the proposal. Yet, this isn’t always the case. Once you start to plan it out; organising a wedding can prove to be pretty hard. From staying on budget to ensuring the story of your relationship shines through, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed.
Luckily, there are steps you can take to ease the planning process and ensure your wedding is everything you want it to be and more.
Step One – what kind of wedding do you want?
And this is the big question…
Do you want it to be bright, flamboyant and big? Or do you want to keep it small, intimate and romantic?
You need to consider what you want – themes, colours, location etc. – and the only way to do this is to sit down together and think about these unanswered questions. Once you decide on what you do and don’t want, you can then take your next step: picking a location.
Step Two – Wedding location
This will probably be your most expensive wedding purchase, so you really need to consider how you want to get married – church or registry office – before you pick your wedding reception. You may even decide to do your ceremony and reception all in one place!
To achieve all of this, we recommend doing your research, visiting locations and making appointments. Not only will this enable you to construct your budget, but these visits will help you to get a sense of the place and the people who run it. They will also enable you to better visualise how the day will pan out, including spacing, seating and other things such as accommodation for yourself and your guests.
Tip: Once you’ve researched locations, pick your top three and only visit them. You should only add more appointments to your list if these locations prove to be incapable of meeting your needs/desires.
Step Three – get help!
You may think you can handle it all, but sometimes a little help can go a long way to alleviating stress and ensuring you enjoy planning your wedding.
Now you can either rely on friends or family to help you out – especially when it comes to making invites and party favours – or you can invest in a wedding planner. True, this is an added cost, but they can ensure no one gets carried away with ideas, plus they can help you to stay on budget.
Similarly, they can provide you with objective advice, suggestions and contacts that will enable your wedding to go off without a hitch.
Tip: if you don’t fancy hiring a stranger to help plan out your day, why not consider enrolling onto an online wedding planner course? These courses can provide you with the skills and the resources to effectively plan your big day; organise all the little things – flowers, food, photographers, entertainment and your wedding cake – and make the whole process generally less stressful.
Step Four – Wedding suppliers
Once you’ve got venue and help sorted, you need to work on the finishing touches, namely your suppliers. You need to know that you have got someone who will endeavour to ensure that your wedding cake, flowers, entertainment etc. arrive at the right time, and whom will keep to your requests.
That is why we recommend looking online, reading reviews/recommendations and arranging meetings with top suppliers who you feel confident will meet your needs.
Step Five – enjoy your big day
You’ve done it! You’ve planned your wedding and organised it down to the last second. Everything is in place. So go and enjoy yourself.
You’ve earned it!