How to start your wedding planning

How to start your wedding planning

Planning a wedding can often feel daunting, however this doesn’t need to be the case! With our step by step plan, we’ve highlighted how to start those first initial steps to bringing your dream wedding day to life.

Step 1. Creating mood boards

Often putting your ideas down on paper can really help to visualise what you want to achieve for your wedding day look. By collating all your different ideas together, you can create a mood board of all your favourite inspiration pictures to help narrow down your style. From your favourite wedding dresses, to floral arrangements and bridesmaids dresses putting everything together in once space can help to ensure you stick with your wedding theme throughout.

Top Tip : Write down 3 things each that are really important to both you and your partner to include in the wedding – flowers, food, wedding gown, photographer, venue etc. Any elements that don’t align within your set ideas, can be areas where compromises can be made.

Step 2. Plan your finances

One of the first things to think about when planning is your wedding budget, and how much you would like to spend on each element of the wedding. Outlining a breakdown of all the important things you want to incorporate into your day, and setting out figures to each section will give you and idea of what you will be working with.

You can use checklists, spreadsheets, Word, Excel, Google Docs—anything, to help put your budget together into a list. Do your research and find out how much approximately how much each supplier will cost to give you a realistic price range to work with.

Make sure to spend your money on things that bring you joy rather than on things you think you “should” have.

Top Tip : Set a little bit of budget aside for thank you cards and gifts for your bridal party. You don’t have to spend a fortune but it’s a nice way to say thank you for being there, and can sometimes be a hidden cost right at the end of your planning.

Step 3. Always best to be organised

Organisation is the key to keeping everything on track when it comes to wedding planning. Make sure when you begin your planning process earlier rather than later to you give yourself plenty of time, as juggling decisions, deadlines and everyday life can be a lot to take in. Aim to give yourself around a year if possible, the longer the timeline the better.

There are lots of gorgeous wedding planners available to aid with your organising, each with lots of helpful templates and features to keep things on track, saving you time and money and can offer up plenty of ideas along the way.

Booking your venue first can be a good way to get started. This will then help with your wedding theme, decide the time of year and will help with the overall look of your dress.

Top Tip : Planning everything on your own can quickly become overwhelming, so make sure to consult with your partner to put both of your ideas together. Your wedding should represent both of you, together as a couple.

Step 4. Relax and enjoy before the big day 

With so much to think of, planning a wedding can be really stressful. It’s easy to forget to enjoy the journey.

If everything starts to get a bit much, take a break! Coming back to the planning after a few weeks away can be refreshing.

One way to keep the planning exciting is to celebrate each time you tick off an important part of your list. For instance, enjoying a glass of fizz or a refreshing gin when coming to find your dress with us, and celebrating saying Yes to your dress by meeting with your entourage for afternoon tea or cocktails afterwards!

Top Tip : Everything will always get done in the end! Book out some self-care time such as a pamper day in the salon a few days before the wedding, and enjoy those precious moments to relax before your big day.

Now you’re all ready to find your dream dress!

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