1. SET A DATE
It is wise to plan well ahead and decide on a date for your wedding, with a second date in mind as an alternative in case your first choice is just not possible after all. If you have your heart set on getting married at a particular wedding venue you may need to coincide your choice to fit in with the venue.
2. SPREAD THE WORD
Tell your family and friends about the date you are thinking about getting married to make sure the vast majority are available to attend. It is your relatives and friends that help to make your wedding a special day so you will need them to be there. It is wise not to actually book anything until you know who is available.
3. GET ORGANISED
With so many services to book and things to plan it is essential to have a scrapbook or folder to keep everything in one place. You will be able to keep records of who you have booked and deposits paid, along with ideas on various aspects of your wedding. This also makes for a good wedding keepsake.
6. THE GUEST LIST
Another important list to consider as this will guide you as to the size of the venue to be booked. Again the list may have to be shortened, especially if you are having a wedding breakfast, but you may be surprised as the list can grow and grow. Consider also that you may have to allow for an evening buffet.
5. THE IDEAL LIST
I’ts time to make a list of all the services you would like to book if money was no object. Make enquiries from wedding providers to give yourself a rough idea of cost and compare it to your budget. This will give you some idea of whether you have to scale down a bit or maybe afford extra services.
4. KNOW YOUR BUDGET
You will need a pretty good idea of your budget early on in order to plan your wedding. Find out from your family if they will be contributing to the cost of your wedding, also how much, as this will help you to get a little closer to your long awaited dream wedding. If the budget is tight then keep it simple.
7. MIDWEEK DEALS
Most of the wedding venues offer discounts for midweek bookings which can really help with the budget. Make various enquiries with several wedding venues regarding packages on offer. This will mean that your wedding date must be flexible and remember that some guests have to work the next day.
10. GIFT LIST
Unless you want to risk receiving ten toasters as wedding presents its wise to make a comprehensive gift list. Its important to keep this list updated. There are even internet wedding sites that will allow you to have an online gift list where your guests can log in and tick off an item that they have bought.
13. HEN / STAG NIGHT
The traditional hen and stag night will need to be organised, usually by your friends, shortly before the big day. This is where a little creativity usually takes place and will probably end up as material for the speeches. Have fun on your night but be sure to be fully recovered for your big day.
8. SEND INVITATIONS
A time consuming operation but a necessary one. At this stage your wedding and venue will already be booked. A table plan will need to be sorted and this can be done alongside writing the invitation list. Don’t be surprised if your guests take a while to reply to your invites. This is quite normal.
9. BOOK SERVICES
As the wedding draws closer you must be sure all services are booked. This is especially true for the evening entertainment as the success of your evening reception hinges on your mobile dj, or live band. The more professional wedding suppliers will require a deposit and issue confirmation.
The main speeches are Father of the Bride, Groom, and Best Man, in that order. Good material can be gathered from the internet and adapted to the personality of the bride and groom. Its wise to make rough notes first as you will most probably amend your speech many times before the wedding.
15. AFTER THE WEDDING
With all the excitement of the wedding now behind you its time to settle into married life. This is a whole new and exciting chapter in your lives now that you are Mr & Mrs. In years to come you can re-capture the wonder of the wedding day as your children take their turns to walk down the isle.
12. FIRST DANCE
Your first dance as man and wife is a special moment and some thought needs to be given to the chosen song. It needs to be personal to you both and can often be followed by other slow songs, as you like. A specially rehearsed first dance always goes down very well with the family and guests.
14. THE HONEYMOON
After all the planning and hard work leading up to your wedding day you will need a holiday to relax. Your honeymoon should be the best holiday ever and it needs to be booked well in advance to coincide with your wedding day. There are many great bargains to be had these days so shop around.
First of all congratulations, you’re now engaged, and are ready to plan your wedding. Planning a wedding can take considerably more time than planning an engagement so you must get started early. We have detailed below some of the more important items to consider when planning a wedding and, although its not an exhaustive list, it will help to get you thinking.
The above wedding guide will help with your wedding planning and serves to give you an idea of items to consider. There are many internet sites on planning a wedding and its wise to gather information from various sources as you go.
If planning a wedding seems to be a little time consuming and stressful you can always choose to employ the services of a professional wedding planner who will book virtually all of your wedding services on your behalf. You will still be required to suggest your ideas but you only have to deal with the one person, the wedding planner.
Its essential that you start your preparations well in advance of your wedding day. You will be amazed at how quickly the wedding day approaches and you will be glad that you planned your wedding ahead of schedule. Plan it well and have a great wedding day.
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