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Planning for your big day
Below is a checklist of things you may wish to consider to ensure your wedding is a truly amazing day. They are presented in order and you can find more details by clicking on the green links.
1. So you are engaged! congratulations! Here are some fun ways to announce your engagement.
2. Discuss a budget with your partner. Weddings can range from a £1,000 to upwards of £50,000! I have a comprehensive wedding budget planner spreadsheet. Email me if you would like a free copy firstname.lastname@example.org
3. Decide when you are going to get married. Ideally have a few dates in mind as venues may not be available for your first choice. In my experience, Saturday weddings are more relaxed and more convenient for guests although this has to be balanced against your budget.
4. Draw up a draft guest list as knowing how many guests you will have may influence your choice of venue.
5. Start to research venues for you big day. Venues can be booked way in advance so right now this is your number one priority!
6. So you have the venue booked! Well done! Time to tell your friends and family to hold the date and ask the bridal party if they are happy to perform the roles; bridesmaids, best man, groomsmen.
7. Have the venue booked the marriage officiant; Registrar, priest etc? If not do so now.
8. It can be tempting to sit back and relax at this point but this is a key time to start planning the details and there is so much to plan! Start by buying a folder for receipts and booking confirmations. You may also want to set up a wedding email folder. Use this list to identify things to do and tick them off as you book them.
9. Next priorities are the caterers, entertainment, photographer and videographer as these tend to get booked well in advance. Also start thinking about the design of your invitations.
10. Now the part you have been waiting for! Time to choose the dress! You may want to include the bridesmaids and choose theirs too. why not make a real occasion of it and include the bride's mother too!
11. The groom should also plan his and his groomsmen's attire.
12. Turn now to the details of the day; cake, flowers, rings and any additional evening entertainment such as a photobooth, sweet stall, fireworks.
13. Invitations. Send out the formal invitations as soon as possible giving a date to reply by. Do this no later than 8 weeks before the wedding. If you have had an engagement photo shoot you may wish to use one of those images on your invitations.
14. Two weeks before the wedding, finalise table plans, meet with the venue to finalise details and check with all suppliers that they know what is expected of them.
15. Enjoy the big day!