Preparing everything for your wedding day can be complicated, as you have to remember to book venues, choose music, buy the dress and juggle so many other tasks. There are some couples who can plan a wedding in a few weeks and some who will need two years to pull everything together, but however long you spend in the process, to achieve a truly memorable day for everyone involved there are some aspects of a wedding that are essential.
The first item on the checklist is to decide the potential dates of the ceremony and reception. You may have a significant date you both agree on, or you may want to check with important guests that they are available on your chosen day.
Once the date is decided, agree on a budget that is affordable. The cost of a wedding can spiral out of control, causing problems for the happy couple later on. Agree on a budget and stick to it.
Draw up a guest list, as this will dictate the size of the venue and affect the budget. Once you have decided who to invite, choose and book the location for the ceremony and the venue for the reception.
What do you need to make the day perfect?
There are a host of options when it comes to personalising a wedding – so many, in fact, that you can soon exceed your agreed budget. Decide together what will make your wedding perfect and set about making that happen. For most brides, the dress is one of the most important features of the day. The right wedding dress will make you feel beautiful and special, but you don’t need to break the budget, as you may be able to save money by having a gown made for you. If you know someone who is a talented seamstress, consider asking them to create your perfect gown, tailor-made just for you.
Settling on the smaller aspects of the wedding can be time consuming and confusing, so you may need help from a professional wedding planner for your big day. Items like the cars and flowers are crucial, just as the right invitations can create the desired impression. Hair and makeup may be important to you, and so should be considered carefully so that you look and feel your best.
Preserving the big day
After all the sweat and tears – the hectic evenings spent crafting little table decorations, and the late nights selecting tracks for the playlist – the wedding day itself often passes in a blur. To preserve those cherished moments, select a professional photographer who will capture your finest moments forever. You may decide you want photos that reflect your style and the occasion itself. Personalised snapshots will create a unique album that, in years to come, will bring all the fantastic memories cascading back to you. Spend time with your chosen photographer ahead of the ceremony, so that you can discuss ideas to make your wedding album unique to you, reflecting a special day with memories that will last forever.