6 tips on how to have the wedding YOU really want
The ring is on your finger and you’ve set a date, so you’d better get planning for your dream wedding!
There’s so much to organise and you want everything to be perfect, right down to the last detail.
Sometimes, unless you’ve got specific ideas already in mind, it can be very overwhelming; where do you start?
Here are our top tips for starting, and surviving, the whole planning process:
1. Embrace the moment!
Don’t think you have to rush straight into planning mode the moment you’ve said ‘yes’! Whether you’re planning a 12-week or 12-month engagement, there’s plenty of time; so relax, breathe and take some time to savour that ‘just engaged’ feeling.
2. Think about the bigger picture
Would you prefer a church or ceremony at a licensed venue? A big or small wedding? In the city, by the sea or in the country? Deciding on these main points will help you decide on possible themes, colours and the overall style of your wedding.
3. Decide on a budget ASAP
It’s never a romantic conversation, but the sooner you can sit down and decide on a budget and who’s responsible for what, the better. Getting organised and keeping up communication ensures everyone’s on board and avoids potential conflicts. And the sooner you get it sorted, the sooner you can move on to sorting out the fun stuff, like cake and dresses.
4. Prioritise what matters
Spend money on what’s important and work out how to save money on what’s not. Do you have a friend that can make you amazing playlists, avoiding the need for a DJ and leaving more money for your dream dress? Can you make your flowers go further than just the church and use them in your reception venue too? One thing you may not want to scrimp on is a photographer; capturing the memories of your special day is important, so find the right person for the job.
5. Don’t get lost in details
So many couples lose sight of what their big day is all about, getting lost in minutiae and exceeding everyone’s expectations, including their own. Whether it’s staying within budget or making family happy, remember why you’re doing this and be realistic.
6. It’s good to break the rules
Rule-breaking can be great at weddings; taking something fairly traditional and adding a unique, fresh twist can be inspiring and refreshing and great for you and your guests. Why not take the indoors outdoors and create a reception under the stars, complete with chandeliers, sofas and sumptuous throws and cushions to create a laid-back, luxurious feel? Dare to do something different!
However you plan your wedding, remember to make it ‘you’ and inject it with your personalities, tastes and styles, so you can truly enjoy your special day and treasure it for years to come.