Planning a wedding is no easy task. From booking a venue to seating plans and even flowers – oh the lovely flowers! There’s such an abundance of great wedding resources that it can be quite difficult to know where to start. So I wanted to share some initial tips for planning a wedding to help ease some of the stress you may have…
Booking a Venue
This is first on my list, and for good reason! It will most likely be one of your most expensive costs for your big day. And although buying our first house is still a top priority, we have also got ahead on our wedding planning. This includes saving up for the deposit for the venue.
Don’t forget you may also need to book a reception and ceremony venue. Some places can do discounted rates if you book both through them. You should also be clear on capacity for both. In some cases, the ceremony venue is much smaller than the reception. So it’s not always safe to assume that everyone who comes to the reception can come to the ceremony.
You should also check out alternative days for the big day. Weddings are traditionally on Saturdays, but you’ll be surprised how much the venue hire goes down for Friday and Sunday.
The Perfect Dresses
No I’m not talking about the dress unfortunately. But I’m not going to lie, I’ve already chosen multiple options for my dress. I also have the added bonus of marrying into an Asian family, which means I get to wear an Asian wedding dress! But more on that later… I’m actually talking about your bridesmaid dresses.
As much as I would love to have bespoke designed dresses for my bridesmaids, the costs can really add up. So buying ready to wear is much more efficient in this instance. Luckily, a lot of stores that cater for bridal and bridesmaid dresses offer different designs in matching colours and materials. Which helps ensure you can stick to your wedding theme without asking your bridesmaids to wear the same style.
I would also suggest for budgeting for shoes for your bridesmaids as you will want to ensure that they have comfy and gorgeous footwear to match their lovely dresses.
My final tip is probably my favourite – create a Pintrest board! I started my wedding Pintrest board before we even really started talking about getting married ha! I just can’t help but see something and think ‘ah, that would be perfect for a wedding…’. So it’s been great to save potential ideas for our own wedding.
It’s also made me realise how much more there is to planning a wedding! There’s so many little details that you can easily forget. Which also makes it very easy to underestimate budgeting and numbers for things.
A great example of this is wedding favours. Its something I would have probably easily forgotten and not included in my budgeting and planning, had I not seen a really cute pin on how to create handmade wedding favours.
Are you engaged or planning a wedding? Have your own tips to share? Let me know in the comments below.