Whether you’ve just popped the question and received a satisfying “yes” or you and your partner have been engaged for a couple of years, there’s a lot of planning to be done before you both say “I do” in front of all your friends and family. Those perfect weddings in the films may seem to come together effortlessly, but I’m sure you’re well aware that things aren’t quite so simple in reality. You need more than a few weeks to plan the most important day of your life, even if it seems as if it should be nothing more than a big party. Here are some top pieces of advice to help you plan everything which needs to be planned before you and your partner say “I do”.
The early stage.
Before you’ve booked anything or plunged into any decision-making, you need to make some rough plans for the wedding as a whole. You should be sitting down with your partner at least a year before the big day to plan everything which can be planned in such early stages. The important thing is that both of you are putting your ideas on the table so that you can come to some compromises and at least understand what the other person is looking for on this special day for both of you.
The best way to avoid arguments further down the line is to make the specifics of what the wedding will involve crystal clear. You need to work out the available budget and add up the costs of all the potential things on your list for the wedding. The venue should certainly be one of the first few things to sort on your ‘To Do’ list, however. Before you move on to doing anything else, ensure you’ve booked somewhere in which to hold the ceremony and reception; many places are booked up with weddings for months or sometimes even years.
The theme of the wedding is one of the most exciting parts of preparing it. Perhaps you’ve already decided to go for the traditional white wedding, and this makes organisation and preparation rather simple because there are thousands of different ideas on the internet regarding complementary colours and decor for such a design. Of course, you might have a unique idea as to the style in which you’d like to take your wedding. You could always look into wedding hire for a professional hand at putting together decorations and a consistent colour scheme. Whichever route you take, it’s important that you put some real time into the decoration process. Enlist the help of whoever you can because coming up with a theme is one thing, but putting it into practice is quite another. Every last detail must be planned from top to bottom.
The guest list.
This is often one of the most stressful parts of organising a wedding, but it needn’t be. Perhaps you want to have a small gathering of close friends and family for your big day, and you don’t have to feel guilty about that. Certain people may feel left out because they couldn’t attend the ceremony, but you could always hold a reception later as a sort of after-party celebration to which all your friends and family can attend. Whatever the case, it’s important you arrange the guest list and send out invitations as soon as possible. You don’t want to be disappointed if some of your dearest friends and family can’t make the date because they’d booked a holiday or they can’t take it off work.