Every wedding is a little different to the next. At the end of the day, this is an occasion to celebrate you and your partner’s love for one another, and your love is completely different to anyone else’s. So, it’s not all too surprising that each wedding will vary a different according to individual wants, needs and preferences. However, when it comes to wedding planning, the majority of people stick to a traditional plan that helps to organise the day and ensure that certain elements that make us automatically think of weddings are present. While none of these things are by any means a requisite, they are extremely popular and tend to feature on most bride or grooms’ to-buy or to-book lists. Here are a few that you might want to take into consideration yourself!
Now, you can organise your wedding in any way you like. But there’s a good reason that the vast majority of people tend to want to book their wedding venue first and foremost. Firstly, your venue is where you’ll get married. Without one, it’s difficult to plan the rest of your day, as you may be unsure exactly how many guests you can invite, how many flowers you’ll need to decorate the space, what catering options will be available and more. Secondly, nice and high quality venues tend to be in high demand. If somewhere is great and knows what they’re doing, chances are a lot of other couples are planning on getting married there too. This results in long waiting lists - sometimes for one or even more years. So, getting in and booking your venue
early can really help with your planning process and can ensure that you get the venue you want. Now, there are countless different types of venues out there. Some firm favourites tend to include:
But this isn’t a conclusive list. There are countless places that you can get married. So, get browsing, start reading some reviews and get some inspiration! Bear in mind that different venues come hand in hand with different pros and cons, so make sure to fully research any options you’re seriously considering.
Another step that many couples try to get out of the way early on is sending their wedding invitations out. Once you have a venue confirmed, you can draw up a guest list. Getting your invitations out sooner rather than later gives your guests more of an opportunity to ensure they can definitely attend. Remember that not everyone is completely flexible and some people may need a fair amount of warning to guarantee their attendance. Some may need to request time off work. Others may need to find childcare. If your wedding is overseas or somewhere that people need to spend the night, they may need to save to be able to afford to attend. Once you know who you want to invite, get high quality printed wedding invitations and send them out with an RSVP. Receiving confirmation of whether people are coming or not will allow you to redistribute places for non-attendees and keep your venue full.
Floristry is heavily associated with weddings. Whether that’s the bride’s bouquet, table decorations or general venue decorations. Good quality florists also tend to be in very high demand, so can have long waiting lists too. Make sure to contact your desired florist well in advance of the day. They’ll be able to hold a consultation with you to determine exactly what you’re looking for in your flowers and will be able to ensure that they order the right plants and are able to make up the displays in good time too.
Again, good quality bakers are in high demand when it comes to wedding cakes. The perfect cake can take a lot of planning. So, draw up some ideas. Browse some magazines and Pinterest boards to find wedding cakes that you like. You can then have a consultation with a baker who will be able to make your dream cake a reality for your big day, getting the ingredients on board and ensuring they can meet your requirements.
These, of course, are just a few elements of a wedding that you might like to plan. But they’re good options to get ticked off your list first and foremost. This can prevent disappointment and chaos in the lead up to the day itself!
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