When we fall in love with our soul mates, many of us can long for the day that the big question gets popped. You shout out with glee when they finally ask you to marry them and they officially “put a ring on it” but what happens then? You buy the magazines, you scroll through Pinterest, and all of a sudden you become overwhelmed by wedding planning.
It isn’t easy to plan a wedding, simple or elaborate, big budget or small, there will be tough decisions you need to make. It can be overwhelming, but like with most things, you just need to make a start. So here are some of the best ways to get started with wedding planning.
Ways to get started with wedding planning
Get yourself a wedding planner
One of the first things you might want to do is get yourself a wedding planner. I don’t mean an actual wedding planner unless, of course, your budget stretches to that. But a journal or wedding planner that will help you keep track of spending, and your enquiries and prompt you with things you need to organise can be a great way to get started.
What’s the budget?
The difficult conversation to have for many couples is what the budget is going to be. It is important to set some sort of budget, whether you desperately need to stick to it, or there is wiggle room. It helps you make decisions further down the line and stops you from getting into financial difficulty when things need to be paid for.
Home or abroad?
Another great way to get started with planning is to decide whether you want to get married at home or abroad. At home doesn’t mean your home time or local church, it can be anywhere in the country you live in. Deciding this will help you to start planning other aspects of your wedding.
The right wedding ring
The wedding ring is possibly deemed an easy decision on paper. It’s part of your list, you don’t want something to elaborate, how hard can it be? But with the choice of metal to think about, your engagement ring to consider, and what type of style you would like there is more to think about than you may have initially thought. It might not seem like an obvious first step into wedding planning, but it can be a great way to kick things off with something small. You can order your wedding rings, check out what you want, and feel like you have accomplished something early on in your wedding planning process.
The perfect wedding photographer
Enjoying the day is essential, but capturing the memories to look back on in years to come is vital. After all, memories can fade, but pictures won’t. Choosing the right wedding photographer is very important for your wedding. They need to share the same vision and have the photography style and technique. This is another great way to start planning as you can check out other pictures for some inspiration.
The tricky guest list
The guest list! Is there anything more to say on this subject? It will always be tough when you have family and friends involved. Who will be invited? Who is attending the ceremony and who will just be invited to the reception? This is your day, after all, so the final say should rest with you. But it’s understandable that emotions can run high when it comes to this part of wedding planning. It is a good idea to think about this early on when wedding planning, so you can decide how many people will attend.
The ideal venue
Choosing the venue can be a little like finding your next home. Often is the case that you get that gut feeling that you have walked into the right place for you. But you don’t want to solely rely on that, so make sure you ask questions regarding your numbers and the facilities they have. Look at venues as soon as you start planning. See as many as you can to help you understand what wedding you want.
The ultimate dress
Finally, wedding dress shopping is often a highlight of your planning, so why not start that right now? You can try dresses on and attend a few shops before deciding on one. It can be a great way to get you into the spirit of wedding planning.
Let’s hope that this helps you to feel more at ease with some of the tough wedding planning decisions you have to make.