You’re engaged! What now?
Published on: January 8, 2017
So, you had the most amazing Christmas & New Year, you got engaged and now begins the super exciting journey of planning a wedding… But, where to start? Well here’s a couple of suggestions to help you get the ball rolling;
- Guests – unless, you know roughly how many people will be attending, there is just no point in even starting to look at venues, so decide on the guest list first and be sure to talk to parents about this also, to avoid any issues down the track.
- Date – think about your ideal date, but be prepared to be a little flexible, as a lot of venues book far in advance. I suggest thinking of your top three dates and that way you’ll have more chance of securing a date that you are really happy with.
- Budget – One of the trickiest parts of planning and also one of the biggest causes of tension. It’s best to be very clear and upfront about budgets from the get-go. Speak to parents and discuss whether they will be putting any money towards the wedding and although this shouldn’t be expected, if they do offer, ask for a dollar figure rather than a “we’ll pay for…”, because the cost of weddings now is considerably different from when they got married and it’s good to be clear. Then budget wisely, a well thought out budget from the start will help you not to spend more money than you have and start married life with a debt!
- Style – To ensure that the venue you choose is going to be right for you, you need to think about your style of wedding, will it be cocktail, sit down or a combination of both, do you want indoors or open-air, do you want to be able to bring in a caterer or BYO your beverages or do you want it all supplied on site? Once you have a better picture of the things you want for your wedding you’ll be able to narrow down the best venue options. Then tentatively book your date, but view before you confirm – so important!
- Venue – the all-important venue, until you have a confirmed venue, you don’t have a wedding date, so this is the very first booking you should make. As soon as the ceremony & reception venues are booked, your date is locked in and you can start locking down your suppliers.
- Non-Negotiables – These are the suppliers that are most important to you, book them straight away because the best of them book up quick. For me, the non-negotiables are by far the photographer and videographer, because in 10 years time that is what you’ll show your kids and you’ll want the memories to be perfect. Choose your suppliers very carefully, they really can make or break your day and you don’t get a do-over.
Another handy tip that I give my Brides is, don’t lock in your styling details too far out from the wedding, because styles and trends change and the awesome Perth hire suppliers are always bringing new and fabulous items in that could really make your wedding pop! I know it’s ridiculously exciting, but be patient, it’s not a race, take time to consider whether the current trends are really what you want your wedding memories to be (think mason jars and book stacks – cute at the time, but will you really love that when you look back in 10 years?), passing trends shouldn’t be something that heavily influence your wedding style, be true to your own style.
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Image by Jemma Keech of Beige & Harley’s wedding invitation by Mitchell & Dent
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