You’re engaged! Now it’s time to start wedding planning, but where do you begin?
Here are my 3 top tips to get you on your way.
1. Decide On Your Budget
Before you do anything, you need to sit down with your new fiance and have an open and honest conversation about your budget. This will affect every wedding planning decision you make, from the date, to the number of guests you invite, to the look and feel of your styling.
Bearing in mind that the average cost of a UK wedding is just over £30,000, work out how much you’re willing to spend on this day and how long it will take you gather together those funds. You might have been saving for some time already, your parents might be chipping in a little- or maybe you’ve got to start saving from scratch. Whatever your financial situation, as long as you’re realistic and frank about costs from the upfront- you can have the perfect day, without kicking off married life with a mountain of debt to deal with.
2. Tackle The Guest List
Possibly the most political task you’ll ever have to tackle. It’s easy to say that you want everyone there to join in the celebrations with you. But, most venues ask you to pay per head which means each guest comes with a significant cost. Start by writing a list of everyone you’d like to invite. If the numbers start to get a little out of control, refer back to the budget you’ve agreed on and start cutting back where you can. Think, in twenty years when you’re looking back over your wedding photos, will your entire guest list still be in your life? When was the last time you saw or spoke to each guest? Would every guest on the list be excited to come to your wedding? Or would travelling a little way or paying for a hotel room be an annoying grievance for them?
3. Start With Your Venue
Your venue is the first element you need to secure when planning a wedding. Until you’ve made this decision and finalised your booking, you won’t have a solid date. This means you can’t book any other suppliers or send out save-the-dates. Your venue is also the most expensive part of your wedding. Plus, the look and feel of it will play a huge role in the rest of your decision making. Overall, finding the right place really is a crucial part of wedding planning.