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Congratulations on you engagement! Now lets get down to business with the wedding planning. Are you wondering where to start? Or are you now overwhelmed with the amount of things involved. Hopefully this guide will get you back on track.
Work out a budget
You dont want to cripple your finances
Make sure that you are on the same page
Think about Dates
Might be useful to think up a realistic time scale
Compile a prelimnary guestlist
This will help get an idea of numbers to consider when looking for venues and budgeting you might want to add people or take them out later on in the process. It is useful to do this together so that you can make sure thatyou both agree on the guests.
Yay you're engaged :)
time to plan the engagement party (optional)
Sit down with your partner and
Get the ball rolling
Do your research
Look through wedding magazines and onlne for some inspiration to get you started it will give you a feel for the sort of things you love and hate for your wedding it will also inspire you to decide on a colour scheme and theme for yor big day!
Attend Wedding Fair's
And lots of 'em! Its a great opportunity to meet with local vendors and fid out more about the services they offer. Its also great inspiration.
Decide on your Wedding Party
Who do you want involved in your wedding? when you have decided ask. for brides maids thr bride usually gives the bridesmaids a gift when inviting them to be a part of the wedding party.
Organise your research
It would be useful to get yourself a ring binder to organise all the bits and pieces that you accumulate from wedding fairs and also keep a track of any quotes etc.
A excell spreadsheet is alsoa goodway of keeping tabs on yor whole planning experience.
Start visiting venues
Revise Guest List
Send save the date cards
Decide on wedding theme and colours
Let the Dress Shopping commense! Yay
When you have decided on a style of dress buy your underwear to take with you when dress shopping this will let you see exactly what the dress will look like on you.
And the boring bit: Check all the legalities involved
Book your wedding cars
Book your Dress
There cansometimes be a 6 month order time so if you want to make sure you getthe dress you want get it ordered as early as you can
Take your ideas to some florists to find out costs and the packages they offer.
Order Bridesmaid Dresses
Book your wedding planner
Wedding planners can help with many of the other parts in this process
(Look out for to see how a wedding planner can help you)
Think about the overall look of your wedding and how you would like to dress the venue
Clarify what is included in your wedding package eg flowers, cake etc and considerthe catering options available, you will want to align this with yor budget.
Decide a date
Formalise your Venue Booking and Discuss Catering Options
It is useful to do this after gathering prices from other suppliers so you can make sure the wedding stays on budget you may be able to tweek things here and there. If you decide on the Menu or meal choices at this stage you can send out the options for guests to select with the invitations and they can put their choice on the RSVP cards along with any special dietary requirements. This Way you will know exactly what to order.
Send out Invitations
Order Wedding Rings
Relax and Plan Honeymoon
Put together a Gift List
Decide on Music for the Reception and First Dance
Book Dancing Classes/Choreographor
Formalise Flower Bookings
Decide and book any Venue Decor
Arrange any Transport for guests
Order Wedding Cake
Chase Up RSVP's
Draw up Seating Plan
Confirm Menu choices and Numbers with Caterer
Write/Choose Wedding Vows
Plan andWrite Ceremony Shedule
Decide on Music for Ceremony
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