You are about to embark on the most wonderful and exciting journey of wedding planning, and I’m here to help!
Laying the foundations for the wedding requires a few key considerations. The first booking to made is your wedding venue, but this decision is really the product of many other sometimes tricky wedding planning decisions which come first:
Begin your Guest List
Without a consideration of the number of guests you’ll have, it’s very hard to settle on a wedding venue which might not be the right size later. I suggest this is the very first place you start, writing down the names of every person you’d like to see on your wedding day, and working from there. This may also give you an indication as to what kind of wedding you envisage (see video on how to start your guest list).
Start your Wedding Budget
It’s the second most important (and second most demanding) B word in Wedding Planning, and like the bride, your wedding budget needs constant attention. Without an idea of budget expectations, you can’t possibly commit to your wedding venue. Sit down early, talk it over with your fiancé, and any parents or family who may offer to make a contribution to your budget, and start working out your finances well in advance (see more on your wedding budget).
Set a Wedding Date
This really ties in with budget, as if you don’t have your savings organised, or won’t be able to do so within, say 12 months til your wedding, you might want to consider a longer engagement. So, do you want to get it all on track right away, have a long engagement, plan a winter wedding or wait for peak season, or even plan a holiday at the same time?
Looking at your guest list, are there certain people who will only be able to make it at one time of year (overseas friends coming back for Christmas, for example) and can you do without them? If you’ve already set your heart on a wedding venue, your date may be dictated by this too.
What Style of Wedding do you Want?
This consideration isn’t quite as crucial, because with the right decor you can transform almost any room, but if you’re likely to want a classic and elegant wedding, a barnyard venue may not suit. So, before you sign on the dotted line of a wedding venue’s contract, work out whether it suits your style, or whether it’ll cost a fortune to decorate it.
Once you’ve considered the above, you might like to read: How to prioritise your wedding budget and plan a wedding you can afford‘.
If you’ve just got engaged and want to start planning, also have a look at the little white wedding planning bundle to help with all your decision-making.
Once you’ve sorted these first four, head to the wedding planning index to work through the next steps!