Congratulations on your engagement! This must be a really exciting time for you and your family. Your gorgeous engagement ring sits proudly on your finger, the engagement party was a huge success and now you have to start planning your wedding day! Your family and friends keep asking what you have booked and reminding you how little time you have before your ‘big day’. So what happens next? Our Wedding PA and Stylist Rachael has put together her top 7 tips to get you started on the right foot.
1. SET YOUR BUDGET
It’s important to set a realistic budget right away. Know how much you are willing to spend, and allow for room to move for those unexpected items along the way! Know what areas you’re both willing to spend a bit more on if need be, and where you’re happy to save money too!
2. SET YOUR DATE
Consider the weather, other important dates in your lives, and activities of family & close friends when choosing a month for your wedding. If guests will need to travel a long distance to attend, the further in the future your wedding is, the more likely it is that they will be able to make it. Some venues offer savings during the winter months (and Perth can be beautiful in winter!) so don’t discount June, July & August. Also think about the time of day – breakfast & lunch receptions are becoming more & more popular! Be flexible with your date choice before you visit venues to ensure you’re are not disappointed.
3. THINK ABOUT THE BIG PICTURE
You both need to be on the same page from the get go. Your wedding should be a personal occasion and should be a reflection of you both individually, and of your lives together. Both write separate lists of what you love and how you want that reflected at your wedding. This could be a reference to your childhood, the story of how you first met, or the proposal. Also identify the things that you don’t like to see at weddings to make sure you are heading in the right direction!
4. KNOW WHAT’S IMPORTANT TO YOU
Both identify three aspects of your wedding that are the most important to you. Focus on making them just right, rather than trying to make every little thing perfect.
5. SCHEDULE YOUR TIME CAREFULLY
Do you both have busy schedules? Do you work long hours and are you able to take any time off before your big day? Work out what meetings you both need to attend early on and schedule this time in your diary right away. It is important that you don’t leave things to the last minute! If you are time poor, struggle to stay organised or if you just need help to schedule everything, you might want to consider hiring a Wedding Planner!
6. DON’T BECOME CONSUMED BY THE PRETTY STUFF!
Yes, creating your ceremony & reception styling is fun (and Pinterest can become very addictive!) but don’t let this side of your wedding planning take all of your time! Ensure you get all of your vendors booked in first before you start on your styling… if you start this process too early, you are bound to change your mind along the way anyway!
7. BE PREPARED FOR INTERFERENCE
Family & friends are going to give you lots of options and offer lots of ‘help’ which can be both a blessing and a curse! Delegate tasks early on so that everyone knows their responsibilities and has jobs to keep them busy! Don’t discount other’s opinions and try to be diplomatic, especially when dealing with family members that might be contributing some money towards your big day. At the end of the day, it’s important that you don’t lose sight of that big picture and open communication between family is imperative.
*Images sourced on Pinterest. Except number 6 – That’s ours!
Contact Rachael if you have any questions! X