Well we did it – we got married!
It’s one month in and now we’re in the stages of photo albums, videos and thank you cards. In amongst the post-wedding follow ups, I feel there is a sense of responsibility to pass on my knowledge as both a wedding planner and a past Bride to all future couples!
So as promised, here is the second instalment of my blog. Stick with me as I share all the things I learnt along the way from two points of view – my professional and personal side.
So you’re engaged! Now what?!
As a wedding planner, the one question I get asked a lot is – where do I start? It’s always hard to know what to do first, and you can be easily swayed by Pinterest and its black hole of wedding searching but my first order of business is always:
1. The Guest list
Is it a wedding of 30, 50 or 200? What happens if you love a venue that only fits 50 people but there are 150 on your list? Or you have invited everyone from your childhood doctor to your great aunt’s grandmother and you are way over budget? These problems will be solved by starting with the guest list. It’s also a great way to involve both partners and families. Start with a list of your immediate and close family, then close friends and finish with acquaintances. Put everyone on the list and then cull if you have to!
The guest list will then help to form your budget. If you end up with a bigger guest list than anticipated, then you may have to cut out the champagne tower or the horse and carriage you were hoping to have. Always slightly over-budget on each item. You are better off finding you saved money instead of spending more!
3. Venue and all the rest of the fun stuff
Now that you have started with the business end, it’s time to get to the fun stuff! Venue is the next thing as many wedding venues book out a year and a half to a year out. What time of year would you like? If you’re having an outdoor ceremony how hot will it be? Generally speaking, winter is always slightly cheaper as is a Friday or Sunday. Keep a look out for public holidays and special events in your area to stay away from. If you’re in Adelaide and want to have your wedding in Mad March, then book early!
That’s all from me for now. Stay tuned for the next instalment. Thanks for reading!