Did you get an extra special gift this Christmas? If you were one of the lucky ones to receive a beautiful engagement ring in your stocking this year then your excitement levels are sure to be flying high. So now that you've said 'yes', what next?!
Regardless of the type of wedding you want, here are a few points you'll need to think about to get your wedding planning started:
- Budget: In the midst of the all the engagement excitement, your budget may not be the first thing you want to discuss - but you must! Your budget will dictate so much of your wedding planning so it's vital you crunch some numbers early on. You should set a budget early on and decide on the things that are priorities for you both and those that you're willing to forgo.
- Date - Do you see yourself getting married in a country garden, or a celebrating in a cosy, winter wonderland themed venue? In addition to what time of year you want to tie the knot, also consider any important dates that may clash within that time period such as bank holidays, major sporting events, royal weddings etc.
- Venue - How many people are you thinking of inviting? Do you want to be able to dine outside? Are you a traditionalist or does your style lean more towards the quirky? You might have people travelling from overseas or various locations throughout the UK. How are they all going to get there and is there anywhere for them to stay? Would it be easier if there is parking restrictions at the ceremony venue to organise group transport to and from the reception venue?For more advice on choosing your perfect wedding venue, read my blog here.
- Wedding type - civil ceremony, church wedding, blessing. There are several options so have a chat with your significant other about which is the right option for you. Your decision may also affect your choice of wedding venue so it's something to pin down early on.
- Guest list - The venue will dictate how many people you can invite to the ceremony but do you want to invite others to an evening do? Your budget will also impact on your guest list so you will need decide early on how you will decide who gets invited and who doesn't. This can be tricky if you both have large families or a wide circle of friends.
- Theme - Are you going to have a theme for your wedding? It's very popular these days to tie everything together with a theme. This might be something that ties together you and your significant other or it could a specific colour palette. For theme ideas, check out my Pinterest boards.
As you can see, when it comes to wedding planning, there's a lot to consider. There are many different ways a wedding planner helps a couple create their dream wedding and despite the common misconception, wedding planners are for everyone, not just the rich and famous! With full, partial, and on-the-wedding planning packages, I offer an option to suit every couple. As a High Wycombe-based wedding planner, I'm ideally located to work with couples in Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, and Oxfordshire. For a free, no-obligation chat about your wedding ideas and how I can help you plan and deliver your perfect day, get in touch today - I'd love to hear from you.
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