For most people, planning a wedding is a fairly new experience and knowing where to start can be really tricky. It can be made easier by having siblings or close friends who have got married before you, but in some cases, you could be the first one!
I’ve found there’s a bundle of great wedding planners out there, but for me, the Bridebook app has been fantastic. I love their checklist so I don’t forget anything, and I can add my own tasks and deadlines too! Their search facility is also really handy for finding local suppliers. Blog posts and supplier directories, such as designmywedding can also be helpful in getting inspiration for everything.
But first things first, you’ve got to have a venue, ceremony and date, so that’s got to be priority number 1! Does the venue cater for marriages, or will you need to get legally married somewhere else? Or, are you having a church ceremony? Either way, the date you want needs to be available with all venues and officiants.
Then, next is probably food and drink! Does the venue supply food? Or do they recommend external caterers you can hire? Do they have a drinks package? Or will there be a corkage charge if you bring your own alcohol?
The next thing on the list is probably a photographer and/or videographer. Check out their style, have they shot at the venue before, and are they available on your date? Do they come together as a package, or separately? Again, will need to check they’re both available if you decide to have both!
I’ve seen brides also ask, when’s the right time to try on dresses? I truly believe it is whenever you’re ready. Whether that’s because you want to lose some weight, or you just don’t feel bridal enough yet, it’s completely up to you! But on a practical note, if you want your dress to be made for you, you will need to enquire how long this process will take. Also, if you’re trying to lose weight, when will be a good time for you for any alterations? You don’t want to leave it too late and panic buy!
All the little bits and pieces after that will no doubt fall into place, but don’t forget to send out save the dates – particularly if you’re planning years in advance or a destination wedding!
Either way, there’s practical deadlines for everything but ultimately, plan at a pace that suits you both.
Enjoy your wedding planning and don’t forget, it’s all about you two!
Love from @journeyuptheaisle