Planning your wedding: Where do you start?

So, congratulations! You’ve got engaged! It can be a very exciting but also slightly daunting process to start planning your wedding. There is so much choice out there nowadays so it can be quite overwhelming to try and decide what you want.

Here are some helpful tips to make your process a little easier.


Step 1. Discuss what you both want.

Talk with your partner and discuss what type of wedding you would both like to have. Think about if you would like more of an intimate celebration or a full out extravaganza with all the trimmings. Most importantly be respectful of each other and their preferences!

What time of year would you like to get married? Do you want a sunny summer day? Or would you prefer an autumnal background. Would you want your wedding outdoors or indoors? Would you want to get married close to home? Or abroad? So many things to think about together. Have an honest conversation about your budget and what you feel comfortable on spending.


Step 2. Location

The first thing to do is find your venue and secure a date. I would say there is no point in contacting other suppliers just yet till you have a date set! Finding the perfect venue requires a lot of research! This can be the most expensive purchase for your wedding!

There are lots of helpful directories and blogs which can show you lots of choices. Also look out for venue open days where you can have a good look around. If a venue hasn’t got a price list, I would always ask before visiting! You wouldn’t want to fall in love with somewhere that’s wayyyy over budget.


Things to think about/ask when you visit a venue.

What does the price include? Some venues it is just a dry hire but others include extras. Is there a corkage fee? (as this sneakiness potentially can add a hefty sum to your bill)

Some venues will only let you use recommended caterers so make sure you are on board with the ones they have!

If you want to take your fluffy best friend as the ring bearer make sure you ask if they are dog friendly before getting very disappointed!

If you want a band during your reception do check about their rules on loud music late at night.


Step 3. Guestlists and Save the dates

Now you have secured a date at your venue and your deposit has been taken, it is time to work out your guestlist and send your friends and family a save the date. It is best to do this as soon as possible so you can guarantee your favourite people can come.

Making a guestlist can be stressful. Just remember to invite who you both want there! You don’t need to invite your nans cousin’s sister’s grandad’s neighbour if you don’t want to! Remember it is your day! Don’t let anyone force you into inviting people you don’t want there!


Step 4. Find your suppliers.

This is where you need to search for all your other suppliers. Wedding fairs are a great way to meet lots of businesses all under one roof. There are so many great ones around nowadays so you can pick the right style for you.

If you find a supplier you love and you are getting married in peak wedding season, I would secure them as quick as possible so you don’t miss out! Wedding blogs and directories are also a great way to find different suppliers!

So here are some tips on where to start.

We will follow this up with part 2 next month

If you have any questions, would like some tips or help finding suppliers we are always here! So just send us an email or contact us on Instagram.

Lucy <3

Photography @leahweddings

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