Here comes the bride, all dressed in.. GREEN??!

We love weddings but let’s be honest, who doesn’t love a wedding!

The engagement, the excitement, the ring, the dress, ‘THE” kiss, the food, the drink, the non stop partying… 

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So, weddings.. where do we start?? Weddings are tricky things simply because there are so many variables – location, dates, guest numbers, budget and the list continues

First things first, before we getting to the fun stuff let’s bust a few myths..

  • Not all brides are Bridezillas
  • Most brides don’t know what they want although they’re confident that they do
  • Some Grooms DO want to be involved in the planning
  • Yes, you can plan your own wedding without a wedding planner

Key Things

  • Set your budget – A real budget, including donations etc and your absolute max – Be honest with yourselves when setting budgets. The more honest you are at the beginning the better off you will be down the line.
  • Pick an ideal date – You don’t have to chose a date 12 months after getting engaged. More and more, couples are giving themselves 18-24 months so that they have enough prep time plus, you’re more likely to get your chosen date at your preferred venue if you book well in advance
  • Calculate your guest numbers – A rough number, your dream venue may hold 150 guests but you need to accommodate 250 guests or vice versa and your dream venue is too big
  • Decide on location – This works hand-in-hand with setting your wedding date. Often the venue’s availability will dictate the date but the more options you have in terms of location the more choice you’ll have
  • Get yourselves wedding insurance! – The not so sexy but very important bit. You’re about to spend a decent amount of money on your wedding and honeymoon, it’s best to be covered just in case
  • Next you’ll need to create a plan! This is the MOST important part. The plan alone can make or break a person. Nowadays you can google search ‘Wedding Checklist’ or ‘Key things when planning a wedding’ and you’ll find a lot of free useful information. Create a folder/book/OneNote/google doc or whatever it is you find most helpful. This will be your bible so to speak and will help keep everyone else on track too.

Common checklist items

  • Pre-wedding Celebrations – Engagement Party, Stag-do, Hen-do
  • Notifications – Save the Dates, Invitations, Place Holders, Dinner Menu, Seating Plan
  • Wedding Party – Bridesmaid, Groomsmen, Page boy & Flower girls,
  • Ceremony – Officiant, Master of Ceremony
  • Vendors/Suppliers – Photographer, Videographer, Florist, Make-up Artist(s), Wedding Car(s), Cake Supplier, Caterer, Venue Decorator, DJ or Band, Reception Party Staff (optional)

If you want to hire a wedding planner you can do this at any point, there are no hard rules but with everything in life, the sooner the better.

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Image Credit: ‘Art Inspired Wedding Styled Shoot in Italy | Photos by Janna Warm More’ Image found on Pintrest, posted by Belles & Bubbles (www.bellesandbubbles.com)

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