Jul 2, 2019 | Wedding Planning

CONGRATULATIONS! You’re engaged and you’ve celebrated but now it’s time to sit down and start planning your wedding, but where do you start?

I’ve been coming up with lots of different ideas for my next series of blog posts and I recently looked back and thought about my why again – the first reason why I do what I do and the main reason why I started this all in the first place.

I can go on and on, about how organised I am and how I started planning events and weddings in venues years ago, but what it all boils down to, is that I just wanted to help. I’ve heard horror stories from friends and family (some worse than others), about booking bad suppliers, being stung with additional charges that have come out of nowhere, not having enough time to get everything organised so that they are still writing out place cards the morning of their wedding, as well as getting into a pickle when someone lets them down and not knowing what to do or how to handle it.

A wedding should be full of joy but unfortunately, the lead up isn’t always like how the movies portray it and I wanted to create a service that allowed couples to enjoy every moment leading up to their wedding day as well as the day itself.

So, I’m going to do just that! Over a course of several blog posts (there will be quite a few as there is a lot to cover), I will be showing you how! This will be my step by step guide to help you plan your wedding! From how to create a wedding budget, to choosing a date, from finding the perfect venue, to how to stay on top of everything and keep everything organised. I will be giving you all the tools you need in order to plan your wedding and hopefully help to alleviate the stresses that come with it. I’ll be even be creating some helpful templates and checklists too, that you’ll be able to download and use as you wish.

There are times when it’ll become a tad stressful, but my hope is that I can give you everything you need in order to make it as smooth as possible for you. Staying on top of everything, being organised and communication is key. Fuel it with lots of laughter, fun and love and you’re halfway there!

So, are you ready to start?

A word of advice before we get stuck into the first of this ongoing series, if you ever feel like anything is getting too overwhelming, take some time out, breath and remember why you are doing this in the first place. It’s very easy to allow your wedding to take over and to allow outside influences to affect you. Try and not let them and always think back to your why, like I did when choosing what to blog about next.

So, to start us off, I’m going to let you know the first 3 things, you should do, when you first sit down to plan your wedding.

1. Getting organised!
I’m a firm believer in the saying “start, as you mean, to go on” and this applies to wedding planning as well! Once you’ve decided to start planning your wedding, work out the method in which you wish to record everything! You can either buy yourself a planner and note everything down or do this all electronically. There’s no right way, so pick whichever you feel most comfortable. And if it’s both, then you can do that too! Remember you will be doing this for a while, so making sure that you are organised from the beginning is key!

If you’re noting everything down, make sure that you’re able to carry it! If you’re planning your wedding whilst commuting in and out of work, the last you need is to be carting something really heavy around!

2. Your “I must have’s”, your “I don’t care’s” and your “I don’t want’s”

This next step is incredibly important. You both, as a couple, must sit down and decide on what your non-negotiables are. Non-negotiables are the things you want for your wedding that you will not negotiate on. These could be things that you have dreamt of when you were a child or it could be for religious reasons or just personal preference. It doesn’t matter what they are, just that you come to these together. It’s important that from the beginning of your wedding planning journey that you are on the same page.

Once you’ve discussed your non-negotiables, discuss what you’re not really too bothered about and what you do not want. What you would like to have but it doesn’t matter if you can’t and what you really don’t want. This will really help you out when you’re creating your budget and starting to source that dream team of suppliers, as you may find later down the line, that you may need to negate something due to budget restrictions. This will also help you select a location and help you find the perfect wedding venue!

So, get out your trusty new planner and start noting everything down!

3. The foundations

Now the next step is a combination of the following, as you really can’t do one without the other. Start putting this all together and start building the foundations of your wedding!

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