Planning a wedding is definitely a stressful time in people’s lives. Wedding planning can be both thrilling, and terrifying. Even though summer has come and gone, and wedding season is over, it’s never too early to start planning if you’re having a wedding
at any point in the future.
Planning a Wedding: Lay the Foundations
The first thing you need to do is set your wedding budget. Look at how much what you want will cost and how much money you have at your disposal, and then set the budget in stone. Then you’ll be able to decide on the time of year in which you want to get married and then set the exact date.
Choose a Wedding Venue
Choosing the venue is a big decision, it’s the first major decision that needs to be taken when planning your wedding. This needs to be done in advance because popular venues often get booked up very quickly. If part of the wedding is going to take place outside, make sure you book a marquee too.
Planning a Wedding: Prepare the Dresses
This is the part of the process that brides look forward to most of all. Make sure you give yourself plenty of time to make the decision though. Once you start looking, you’ll realize that there are literally hundreds and thousands of options to consider. It can be quite difficult making the decision. You’ll also need to decide on the bridesmaid dresses
. And the groom will have to choose his outfit.
Decide on the Wedding Menu
The food is an important part of the wedding reception, so you need to get it right. There are lots of companies that focus on wedding catering. They offer all different kinds of things. Make sure you find out if people have allergies so you can offer a range of things with something for everyone. Don’t forget the vegetarian options either.
Planning a Wedding: Arrange the Entertainment
There are all kinds of different entertainment options that can make the wedding fun. Most people choose to hire a DJ or a band to play music all evening, but what you choose is entirely up to you. Like the best venues, the best wedding entertainers can get booked up quickly, so make sure you get this done well in advance.
Choose Your Rings
The wedding rings are very important, so decide how much you’re going to spend. This will take a big chunk out of your budget, so you need to consider your choices carefully, so you reach the right decision. If you want to have an engraving on the rings, this will cost more but it does offer a nice personal touch.
Send Out the Invitations
Deciding who to invite and sending out the invitations is a difficult process. You’ll be constantly worrying about whether you’ve invited everyone you need to. As long as you sit down with your partner, you should manage to include all the important people though! Then you’ll need to choose which wedding invitations
you want and send them all out.
Arrange the Order of Service
You should contact whoever is holding the service, whether it’s a registrar or a vicar, to discuss the order of service of the big day. This is something that should be done a few months before the wedding day.