As soon as you’re engaged, you can start making planning your wedding & booking your suppliers! This means you have a head start & much more chance of securing exactly the wedding you want, with everything from the dream dress & most beautiful décor, to your No1 venue & preferred photographer.
To help you decide what you can get to work on right now, here’s my guide to getting organised early with your wedding planning.
1. The Budget
Your first task is to work out your budget. I know it may sound rather obvious, but until you know this you can’t choose your venue, set the date, buy the dress… the list goes on, but you get the picture! Find out if any of your parents are feeling generous; don’t wait for them to tell you, go to them explaining that you want to start planning the wedding but you are unsure about the budget & you need their advice. Once you have your figure, add 10% on for contingency, then happy days! Note that the average cost of a wedding in the UK is £27k (Source – The UK Wedding Report 2017 By Bridebook.co.uk & TWIA)… yes you heard it right… big money! But hopefully this will be the first & only time you will be married, so making it perfect for you is top priority.
2. Choose your perfect venue & set that date!
Discuss with your partner where you would like to get hitched. Down south, up north, in a castle, in a hotel? Do you both want a church or civil ceremony? Time to start making those big decisions together. Search online for wedding venues in the area you have decided on and find out when they have open days or wedding fairs. Contact the wedding co-ordinators & see if you could come & take a look round the venue on a day when they have a wedding on; it helps you visualise your day when you can see the wedding breakfast room all set up. See what dates they have available & get that date booked. Once you have a date, everything else can start to be booked.
3. Get Pinning
Your next step is to start pining! If you haven’t already you should set up a Pinterest account as it is now one of the most important social media platforms to help you plan your big day. If you’re worried everyone will see your wedding plans, the beauty of Pinterest is that it allows you to keep things secret. Unlike Facebook or Instagram, anything you like or pin can be for your eyes only. All you have to do is create a secret board. On Pinterest, you will find millions of inspirational wedding pictures you can add to your boards. From dresses, honeymoons and venues, to DIY wedding ideas and my particular favourite, wedding décor, the list is endless. The ideas you’ll find are ideal for brides who struggle to envision the final look. With wedding inspiration from all over the world in one place, you’re sure to find everything you need for your dream day. Click here to view my Pinterest page.
4. The Dress
Before you head out to the local boutiques to find The One, the first thing you need to consider is your budget. So before you do anything, you need to do your research, work out how much you have to spend and don’t forget to set some money aside for any hidden costs like alterations or storing. During your research you are sure to find the style or designer you want. This will make your dress shopping just that little simpler. Before you start making appointments, work out who the right people are to take with you. You want friends or family members who you trust to give you the advice you need, but try to limit the number of people you take as too many opinions can make the experience awkward & unnecessarily traumatic. Don’t forget dress shopping is one of the most exciting things you will ever do. The feeling of finding that one dress is like stepping into a dream. If you’re taking your maid of honour or your mother in law, make the shopping trip a day out you all enjoy from start to finish. Going for a glass of champagne or coffee before is a fantastic way to bond with your bridal party and the perfect opportunity to talk about your plans.
5. Choosing the Right Photographer
Once the dress & venues are sorted, most people then start to look around online for the right photographer. Your photography should cost around the same price as your dress, between £1200 – £2000. Remember you don’t want to book someone who’s going to drive you both mad on the day! Yes the pictures & the price needs to be right, but it’s also about choosing the right person. The photographer will be right there with you at some pretty sensitive parts of the day: getting ready, walking down the aisle, the speeches & of course the first dance. In my opinion, choosing the right person is just as important as the images themselves. An annoying photographer can ruin your day, big time! Make sure you see sample albums at the pre-wedding consultation. Ask to see a full set of images from a wedding. Make sure they have experience in bad weather, just in case & of course, ensure that they are insured.
I hope this advice has helped you a little when searching for the right wedding photographer… good luck & if you would like to book my services, please feel free to email me or FILL IN THE BOOKING FORM… Zen ♡
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