There is a certain age group where it seems that the engagements and marriages roll in one after the other, and I'm seeing lots of people in my friend group experience that right now! As such, I've had many conversations about the overwhelming feeling that can come with the start of planning a wedding. Below are my top points to get you started organising a wedding you'll be excited to see unfold.
1. ALLOCATE A BUDGET BASED ON YOUR PRIORITIES
I'm starting bold with the money talk - it's easy to say how much you'd like to spend on a wedding, but having you and your partner each write it out on paper may change perspectives. I highly recommend a 'must haves' and a 'don't care' list to start off your realistic budget... but expect it to change slightly. If family or friends are contributing to your special day, keep in mind the value of their contribution and where they would like it to be spent so you can allocate appropriately as well. Lastly, always leave an emergency fund for hidden extras that could pop just before or after the wedding - it could be anything from last minute umbrellas to an extra bar tab.
2. CHOOSE A DATE AND/OR KEY VENDORS
This step will most likely be the biggest hurdle to kick start your planning process, especially if you hope to get married within a year as many popular vendors book 12-18 months out - and you can't organise much without a date! Likely you'll want to secure a venue, photographer and celebrant at the same time to ensure availability. Of course, this goes without saying you may have preference of season/date/day to get married on so picking something that suits you while still coordinating with your main vendors is a critical step.
3. RESEARCH THE FINER DETAILS
Once you’ve chosen a date and locked in your key suppliers, get started on the details! Don't be afraid to shop around online and look for inspiration at expos (where there will often be specials and giveaways on offer to couples) to find the best possible options within your budget. Choose pieces and vendors that suit your priorities and taste perfectly first, then move down to the smaller details where you'd be willing to compromise if necessary. A wedding planner will also help keep you on track with the nitty gritty of this step.
4. CHOOSE YOUR DIY BATTLES WISELY
Keep in mind that DIY does not always mean cheap! You may find that it ends up costing more money, time and frustration than a professional wedding vendor who works in their area of expertise daily. When you consider these additions ask yourself 'Do I have the time and resources to do this?', 'Is the end product going to look how I desire?' and 'Will it actually save me money?'. A wedding planning friend of mine once said 'You can't polish a turd!' and this is so true of finding a great base for your styling so that little needs to be done to make it into your dream.
5. MAKE A CELEBRATION THAT'S UNIQUELY YOURS
Don't lose sight of the fact that a wedding is ultimately to celebrate you and your partner, so make it a day that represents the two of you (and not a complete recreation of your Pinterest board). Focus on the things that matter most to you both and feel free to break tradition if it feels right, there are no real 'rules' when it comes to weddings nowadays. Your relationship, your personalities and reflection of your unique style are what will make your wedding day stand apart from every other! Happy planning. xx