In an ideal world, when you get married it’s for keeps so getting everything right from the flowers to the venue is important. But with so much to consider, how do you know you’re getting everything just right and not missing any of the crucial details?
The good news is that we’ve looked at all the wedding planning and lifestyle blogs to help with a checklist of not-to-be-overlooked details, including photography and stationery, so take a deep breath and have a look at our marriage shortlist.
Get it on paper
Don’t spend hours doing this, you don’t have to have too much detail, neither do you have to have sheets and sheets of paper but instead just some details written down of how you want your day to run. After that you can start filling in the details starting at the very beginning with church or marriage venue and reception, followed by guest list.
Once you have those details in place then you can start booking your venues and getting those wedding invitations or save the date details out. Ask yourself if you’ll be going for a modern invitation, where you as a couple issue the invite or whether you’ll follow tradition and have the bride’s parents make the formal request?
Now’s the time to start thinking themes. Are you the kind of couple who prefers a more relaxed, Converse under wedding dress kind of affair with a barbecue or big party following the nuptials or would you prefer a more formal church-based ceremony? However you are, start thinking early on how you plan on running your day and get booking.
The important thing is that you stay true to who you both are and let your wedding reflect that.
Book the people
Now’s the time to start telling the people who are crucial to your wedding success when the date is. Get your bridesmaids and best man signed up, book the vicar, the florist and the band. Don’t forget that unless you’re asking guests to take photos for you, you’ll also need the services of a photographer, such as myphotosforever.co.uk and possibly a videographer.
Don’t forget to let family members know early on so they can plan for the big day and make it clear if you will be allowing children to give plenty of time to parents to start ringing around for babysitters.
Whoever you are and however you plan on creating your big day, the key is to start planning early enough and to follow a logical sequence so you don’t find that you’ve missed out a wedding DJ here or a suit hire there. Delegate where you feel comfortable but be absolutely clear that the final decision rests with you and not with a well-meaning friend or relative. If you need to be firm, do so but remember emotions can run high at occasions such as weddings.
Above all, your wedding is a celebration of love and commitment and should be as unique and individual as the people organizing and celebrating it.
A travel, beauty and lifestyle blog with the occasional afternoon tea by Angelina Belle
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