Planning your perfect wedding day can be both fun and exciting, but it’s easy to get overwhelmed– after all, you’ve never had to do it before! To give you a good head start on the preparations, we’ve put together our own list of essentials for when you first get engaged. Here’s what you need to know before you start to plan.
This should be the first thing that you get to grips with. There are plenty of apps available that can help you to break down your budget – these are particularly handy because it means you always have the figures with you. Alternatively, you could go down the slightly less modern route of using a spreadsheet. It might not be glamorous, but it’s vital that you’re able to access these numbers. You could even set up a dedicated wedding bank account.
Draft guest list
This will almost certainly change as you get nearer to the ceremony and people start to RSVP, but it’s really helpful to have a rough idea of who you’re going to be accommodating for. Not least because some of these guests will want to stay the night, and you need to check with your venue that there will be rooms available.
Find Your Perfect Wedding Venue
We are working here on the principal that you have a rough wedding date in mind. More often than not, unless you are planning to an exact date years in advance, the availability and choice of venue will drive the actual date of the wedding.. If you choose to get married in a church or require a local registrar then be sure to seek the advice of your local Register Office. When both the ceremony and wedding venue arrangements have been chosen, your whole day should fall into place. Something else important to remember will be your first night together as a married couple. Not all reception venues have hotel facilities, so planning your first night together should be something too consider when viewing wedding venues.
Buy Wedding Insurance
The average UK wedding costs between £15,000 and £20,000. Just think about the cost of wedding rings, a wedding dress, catering and the many other wedding essentials and you will soon see how much they add up to. While it is not very romantic to think about what might go wrong with your wedding, it is best to be prepared. Purchasing wedding insurance from the moment you start spending money on your wedding could really help with peace of mind for both your wedding spend, and honeymoon spend alike.
Wedding dress from Brides of Winchester, Hampshire. Photo by Hayley Savage of bluebell woods at Micheldever Woods, Hampshire
Try not to dive into this too early on, as it can take the fun out of finding the dress. You really need to sort your venue out before trying on dresses as otherwise it can become an endless sea of ivory. Also you don’t need to bring everyone to your first appointment, as again it can become very political and stressful, which wedding dress shopping should never be. Taking someone who knows you well is best and can help you find the style that works for you.