Becoming newly engaged is a truly exciting time, but it can also feel a little overwhelming. Wedding planning takes a lot of energy, inspiration and imagination, and it can be tricky to know where to start. If you have recently got engaged (huge congratulations!) here are 10 things to think about to get the ball rolling with planning your big day…
1. Decide whether you might use a wedding planner
One of the first things to think about is whether you want to work with a wedding planner. If you lead a busy lifestyle, choosing to hire a planner from early on will take the pressure off right from the beginning, making planning your big day joyful. Consider this at this early stage, as if you later decide on hiring a wedding planner, you may feel frustrated that you didn’t do it earlier.
2. Consider whether you might throw an engagement party
Engagement parties aren’t for everyone, but before you start to plan your big day, consider whether you might want to host an engagement party, or even just a drinks reception for friends and family to mark the occasion.
3. Start to find inspiration
Sourcing ideas and inspiration is a great way to kickstart your creativity. One of the first steps is starting to establish a theme or colour scheme, but until you sit down and look at bridal magazines or Pinterest you’ll find it difficult to define this. Scour the internet and search high and low to discover what you like, what inspired you, and what you most definitely want to steer clear of.
4. Define yourselves as a couple
Pinning down your scheme for your day should come from your tastes, personalities and relationship as a couple. A great way to start to work towards defining the details of your big day is to write down a short statement a some keywords that represent you.
5. Draw up a draft guest list
Before you start considering venues, having an idea of how many guests you might like to invite, and whether some might be evening guests only is important, as this will determine which venues you will be able to look at.
6. Invest in a scrapbook
A lovely way to further define your scheme is to start to create an ‘inspiration scrapbook’. Look further than the traditional sources of wedding inspiration – include your own personal photos, material scraps, cards, notes and letters, pressed flowers and other items from nature that you feel inspired by.
7. Set your budget
An important step is determining how much money you will have to spend on your day, and your honeymoon. If you are working with a wedding planner you can then start to talk about budgets for specific elements, such as your dress and the venue. If you’re planning everything by yourself, for now think about vague budgets to help guide you when you start to look at booking the bigger elements.
8. Choose your bridesmaids
We all seem to be busier than ever before, which is why it’s important to choose your bridesmaids early on. In the early stages it’s unlikely that you’ll have your date set, but if you can give your bridesmaids an idea of when your wedding might be, it’s more likely that they can ensure they will be able to make the date when you have set it.
9. Start looking at dresses
Your dress is another element that can take much longer than expected to get right. Even if your big day is more than a year away, there is no harm in starting to try on dresses to get a feel for what you like and what you don’t like. In an ideal world, you will have found your wedding dress at least six months before to allow for several fittings and alterations, so it’s worth starting early.
For support with planning your big day and further assistance with where to start, get in touch – I’d be thrilled to hear from you.