Well, fancy seeing you here!
I’m assuming you’ve followed my first blog and have now absolutely knuckled down your budget so you can start the fun part…. Spending money! Hooray
So what happens next in this minefield that we call wedding planning? Where do you even begin to start? Well here are a good 6 places to begin.
Before you part with any real cash, one of the first things you should do is take out wedding insurance. Weddings can be a large investment for most, so protect your big day. Sometimes things don’t go to plan and I would strongly recommend you have wedding insurance to protect you if you or suppliers, illness, or the force of Mother Nature causes a cancellation. Click here for some options.
When and Where
Think about when and the rough time of year you would like to get married and let the venue search commence!
Try to be flexible with dates to give yourself more overall choice and flexibility with your budget. I know it might feel romantic to get married on the anniversary of when you first met, but if that falls on Saturday in the peak season (peak season is typically May – September, and December) you may be fighting for a popular date with other couples and it may be double what it would cost on a Saturday in November.
Think about the type of wedding ceremony you both want.
Is religion important to you? Consider a Church or your equivalent place of worship
Fancy something meaningful but short and sweet or secular? – Consider a civil (non- religious) ceremony
Want something unique or on top of a mountain? Or something completely personal to you? Consider a bespoke or humanist wedding ceremony.
(Ps. These marriage ceremonies aren’t yet recognized by UK law – so you would need to complete necessary legal paperwork with your local registrar if you choose this option)
To note: All couples are legally required to ‘Give Notice of Marriage’ in the UK, so you will need to give notice at your local registry office, regardless of the type of ceremony you are having. You need to give a minimum of 28 days notice from March 2015 onwards. Don’t leave it too late, as soon as you have your wedding date booked, get it sorted.
Here’s where the real wedding politics start…. Who’s invited?
Start drawing up your first draft of your guest list with your beloved. Keep it close to your chest from friends and family until you are 100% sure, to avoid any disappointment.
Remember, not everyone you invite will be able to come, so keep in mind having a ‘reserve list’ which you can extend your invites to once any declined RSVP’s start coming through.
It’s hard, but to stick to your budget, you will need to be strict with your numbers and you may need to be cutthroat with your guest list choices. Invite out of ‘want’ and not out of obligation.
Ps…You could also use this time to choose who (if any), you would like to join your wedding party, groomsmen, bridesmaids, best man, best girl, the options are endless.
Book your wedding photographer. Yes. Now.
Quality photographers aren’t just saying this to rush you into making a purchase; they really do get weekends booked up years in advance. So don’t leave it until the last minute. Take your time, research and once you have your venue and ceremony booked, get onto choosing your photographer.
What to Wear
Oh, go on then. Start looking for your gorgeous wedding outfit. This is where the real fun begins!