Updated: Nov 10, 2019
Yay, you're engaged, congratulations!
But what now? Where do you actually start with your wedding planning, this is something I get asked all the time by recently engaged couples. Well here are my first 4 steps to planning your wedding day.
Step 1. Guest Numbers
First step is to know your guest numbers. Without guest numbers you won't know the size of the venue you're looking at or know whether your budget is realistic. Sit down with your hubby-to-be and go over your full guest list together once that first step is done you can really get the ball rolling.
Step 2. Budget
Budget is a very important step. Don't start the wedding planning process with no idea of what you can actually afford. Work out what savings you have and are willing to put towards the day. Do you have family members that want to contribute? Do you need time to save? If so how much are you willing to spend, how long will that take to save and how much do you need to save per month to hit that? These are all things that you need to work out before you can start spending money and booking suppliers. You'll then have an idea of what size venue you need (because you know your guest numbers) and how much you actually have to spend. Then you can work out if you actually need to cut guest numbers, increase your budget or if it's spot on!
Step 3. Location
This might not sound like a biggie, but trust me it is. Have you really thought about the location? Do you want to get married abroad or in the UK? Do you want a local wedding to where you live or are you happy to travel anywhere in the country to a venue that is right for you? Will your guests be willing to travel across the country or abroad and can elderly guests make the journey? These are all things to consider before starting the venue search. But once you've done all these steps, imagine how much easier that venue search will be.
Step 4. Date
Not quite as important as the others if you're willing to be a little flexible. If you have month in mind, that can work, if you have a particular date in mind, be prepared that you may have to book a year or two ahead. You may be lucky, but venues to book up very far in advance and if you have an exact date in mind it might not be available. Choosing a month is usually easier or being very relaxed and seeing what the venue has is the other option. But do go to your viewings with an idea of when you would like to get married otherwise you'll be scrolling through a years worth of dates!
So there you have it, the first 4 steps to planning you wedding. Simple but crucial!
If you decide that you are still not sure where to start with planning your wedding day and would like to discuss booking our wedding planning services, we would be delighted to chat over the next steps with you.
Vikkie, Creative Director and Founder xx