Planning a wedding is a stressful and expensive experience. However, with the right organisational system, you can make it an enjoyable time. Reduce your stress levels with a detailed plan of what you need to get done in the next 12-18 months.
Just because you can’t have your wedding at the moment doesn’t mean you can’t plan. Start wedding preparation early so you can remain calm and efficient throughout the process. Here are a few tips and tricks on how to keep everything organised.
Nothing says wedding planning like a Pinterest board. Create multiple boards for different sections of your wedding, such as food, dress, venue, table décor and much more. Keep everything in one account to combine your ideas and keep everything streamlined.
You can also build physical mood boards for different smells, textures and travel souvenirs. A physical mood board is more personal and a great activity to do with your partner over a glass of wine.
Use the mood boards to stay on track and communicate your vision to various suppliers. You may find that your mood boards follow the same theme or style. Use this research to identify a specific theme and make sure you stick to it. Popular styles include vintage, festival, bohemian or movie themed.
List ideal locations
Your wedding venue will determine the date, location and number of guests. Sit down with your partner and decide what type of venue you want and where you want it to be. Do you need a venue with accommodation for guests? Will your guests be able to afford a destination wedding?
Choosing your wedding rings should be a romantic experience, followed by a luxurious dinner and cocktails. Try to enjoy the wedding planning process by making it fun for you and your partner.
Write your guest list
It’s essential to be selective when you are writing your guest list. Determine who will be in the wedding party and who will be invited to the day and evening celebrations. Costs per head make up the most significant proportion of your expenses, so choose carefully! Avoid adding too many plus ones or inviting people you don’t want to come.
Choose wedding suppliers
When looking at photographers, caterers and musicians, opt for suppliers that suit your wedding style and budget. Consider giving your photographer a brief of when photos need to be taken and the overall style. You will cherish your wedding album for years to come, so make sure it’s perfect.
Remember the smaller details
Make sure to remember the legal details, like getting your marriage license. Build a schedule for the day, detailing the time vendors to arrive, when the ceremony starts and much more.
Write down a budget for your wedding, stag do, hen do and honeymoon. There’s nothing worse than going over budget and then forgetting essential items, like flowers! Decide how much you can afford to spend together and plan a detailed budget.