The First Steps to Planning a Wedding
How to start planning your wedding day
Congratulations, you’re engaged! But what now? The first step of your wedding planning journey can be daunting. There’s so much to consider and you don’t even know where to start!
Here are a few things to consider when starting your wedding planning journey.
What style of wedding do you want?
A luxury London hotel? A countryside marquee in your family garden? A rustic barn with lots of flowers?
A great place to start off is Pinterest. Search for some wedding-related ideas and start pinning images you like the look of to your own board. Soon you will realise you’re pinning the same style of wedding and it will all start to come together.
What is your wedding budget?
Deciding your wedding budget is a crucial part of wedding planning. It will affect everything from the type of venues you view, the number of guests you invite and the type of wedding entertainment you book. Sit down with your partner and work out how much budget you can allocate to your wedding. There will always be room to flex, but starting off with a figure is so helpful.
Even if you decide to go down the route of booking a wedding planning service, one of the first questions your planner will ask you is ‘what is your wedding budget?’
How many guests will you invite to your wedding?
Knowing your guest count at the start of your journey helps you to narrow down which venue you'll book. Most venues will have a guest capacity, you don’t want to find your perfect venue only to realise later down the line that you won’t be able to invite all the family and friends you wanted to.
Your guest count will also help you to determine how much budget you need to allocate to food and drink. Most caterers work on a price-per-head basis, so the more guests you invite, the more budget you need to allocate.
What are the priorities of your wedding?
What do you want your guests to remember after your wedding? It might be the delicious food served, or the exquisite styling of the table settings. Whatever it is, make a note of the suppliers who will have a big impact on that, and book them first. If the evening party is a priority for you and you want all your guests to go away talking about how amazing the party was, then think about booking your band or DJ first, as well as your bar company.
Book your wedding planner (of course!)
If you are thinking of booking a wedding planner, this would be the best time to do it. Your planner will be able to guide you in the right direction and bring your vision to life.
If you have any more questions about planning your wedding, send me a message, I’d love to chat!
Images taken by Suzy Elizabeth Photography, Czerminski Wedding Photography