Have you recently got engaged? Congrats!
Are you excited about planning the wedding of your dreams? If you’re planning to tie the knot in the next 12 months, there’s no time to waste. Here are some wedding planning essentials to tick off now!
Venue and guest list
If you’ve just got engaged, the chances are that you’re already thinking about where you want to get married and who will be there.
Write down a rough guest list so that you have an idea of numbers. Your party size may rule out some venue options. You may already have a perfect venue in mind, but don’t limit your options. Have a look around and arrange some viewings. You may be surprised how you feel when you see different places.
Once you’ve looked around some different locations, make a shortlist and book second viewings. If you fall in love somewhere, put down a deposit to secure the date! And don't forget to read up on the little ways you could save money.
Dress and accessories
It may not take you long to find the dress of your dreams, but it’s wise to give yourself plenty of time.
Often, dresses need to be ordered and then altered, and the process can take months. Book some appointments at bridal boutiques and try a range of styles. Even if you think you’re sure of what you want, it’s best to take lots of options with you. Dresses will look completely different on you to the hanger. Don’t rule anything out just because you don’t think it will suit you. Don’t rush buying a dress or start to panic if you don’t find something perfect in the first shop.
If you know what you want, but you can find it in a shop, consider visiting a dressmaker with a design.
Once you’ve found a dress, it’s a good idea to think about accessories.
Try on some different shoes, and plan your overall look. What kind of jewelry do you want? Do you want classic pearls, or are you aiming to lift a plain dress with a statement necklace?
You’ll also need to think about your wedding bands. Check out sites like Tacori for custom-designed bands to match your engagement ring.
When choosing accessories, it’s a good idea to try them on with your dress. This way, you can see what works and compare different looks.
Save the date
Once you have a date booked, let your guests know.
The more notice you can give, the higher the chances they’ll be able to make it. With save the date cards, you only need to include the date and location. You can send the rest of the information with your invitations.
When you have a date and venue, start looking for a photographer.
Photographers can get booked up well in advance, so it’s best to act quickly. Have a look online, meet some photographers and browse through portfolios. Many photographers provide engagement shoots as part of the package. You can choose a location and get some gorgeous shots in before the big day.
Wedding planning is incredibly enjoyable, but it can get hectic!
Try and tick off the main things early on to avoid missing out and prevent last-minute panics. Have fun, put your own stamp on your wedding and try not to get stressed!