Updated: Feb 5
I will start by saying Congratulations to the newly engaged! There is nothing better than two people in love who want to cement their relationship celebrate their love story amongst family & friends. You must be overloaded with excitement. So much to do, so much to accomplish, where do I start?!
A warm welcome to newly engaged!
Although there is so much to do, you are not alone. It is safe to say, it is completely normal to feel a rush of excitement combined with anxiety.
Which is why, I created my top 10 weddings tips, to help brides & grooms take a step back, clear your minds, re focus.
Here is what I believe to be the 10 most important things to take into consideration when starting your planning journey;
1. Don’t get carried away with the details of your wedding until you decide How, When, Where, you are getting married, how much your budget is & Who you are going to invite. Feel the love & the excitement but understanding those 5 questions putting them into action sets a foundation for your planning to commence. Being organised is key.
2. Spend time creating your day together, listen to family input. You may find yourself being torn between advice. It is important to take time to listen. Family & friends will be just as excited as you, you will need their support along the way. Take in all the advice you can get, you may get a few great ideas, nevertheless the most important thing to remember is that this is your day, this day should reflect you individually & as a couple.
Remember, final decisions are down to you both to make together. Do not feel guilty.
3. Always keep an eye out for mother nature, especially if you are planning to have an outdoor wedding. The last thing you need is unexpected events, so plan ahead and get that plan B.
4.You need reliable wedding attire, people you can trust in getting the job done. They are there to make the process as easy as possible for you, so be confident in your decisions, your wedding is a memory that will last as long as you both shall live, give responsibility to responsible people.
5. When talking with suppliers & venues, always ask is this your best deal? Always test out their samples, get all the information you need in writing. READ before you SIGN. Especially that famous small print.
6. Stay organised, this is key to being stress-free, there is nothing worse for stress than an unorganised wedding, try to get a checklist made, so you can keep up to date with what is done or what needs to be done. Check out your app store, if you are not hiring a planner, there are apps available, where you can schedule appointments & set reminders for payment schedules.
7. Spend days off the wedding planning with your partner, there is nothing more special than taking days off to enjoy the company of one another, remind yourself of your love journey, why you’re getting married in the first place. This time away from all the planning, will leave you refreshed, ready to get back into the swing of things in no time.
Sometimes, your busy schedule can take you by surprise, which can be quite draining.
No good decisions have come from being exhausted.
8. Don’t forget your budget, this is the stage where all brides to be, overflow in excitement, you can purchase beautiful products whilst being cost effective, it can be done.
Constant cost tracking of your budget will prove to be advantageous, it is there to keep you grounded making appropriate decisions & no hidden surprises.
9. Relax, enjoy the process, sometimes we are so busy getting everything done that we forget the planning stages are also a journey. Your wedding day is the goal, but what happened to enjoying the moment?
The planning process is all leading up to one of the biggest days of your lives, so don’t rush it. Savour every little moment.
10. When creating your table plan it may be a good idea to be mindful. No family is perfect, we all have our disagreements, so maybe it’s best to place guests with who you believe they will be better suited with. You want your guests to enjoy the day as much as you.
Planning a wedding shouldn’t be difficult if planned correctly, the trick is to break down all the elements and sort in order of priority.
It is custom to get completely carried away with colour schemes & dress fittings, however, if your desire is to ensure a smooth planning process & a successful day, here are 5 questions to ask yourself at the very start of your planning;
How will I get married, civil/religious ceremony?
When will I get married?
Where will I get married?
What is my realistic budget?
Who will I invite?
These 5 questions are key if you’re looking for a solid foundation!
Once you get those questions ticked off your list, you’re ready for the next step.