When it comes to planning a wedding, we recommend giving yourself a full 12 months to get everything in order. So, let’s get into it because you’ve got a lot to do; how exciting!
The 12-Month Mark
So, you’ve announced your engagement and celebrated with a party. Your Pinterest board is close to perfect, now what?
At 12 months it’s time to talk dates, budget, venues and vendors. Tackle your date and budget first as this will help you make a decision when it comes to the venue and vendors.
Hopefully, you already have a time of year in mind. Once you’ve decided on the season, you can narrow it down by month, and then determine if you want to save some money by having a weekday wedding or stick with the ever-popular weekend wedding.
Figuring out your budget is a bit trickier, it will involve a frank discussion with your partner about your current financial commitments and your plans for your future. Be realistic and try to work in a safety buffer in case you go over budget.
Do you want your ceremony and reception held at the same place, or will you choose two different locations? Inside or outside? You could choose an established venue for ease or your own property for sentimentality (given you have the space). There are lots of things to consider, whether you have an idea or not, it’s worth visiting a few venues and getting quotes before you make a decision.
Now you’ve got your budget and date worked out you can start getting quotes from potential venues and vendors. The best wedding planners, photographers, videographers, caterers, florists, stylists, musicians, and DJ’s book up quick. If there is a vendor you really like, don’t be shy about asking them for recommendations – you want your vendors to work well together!Other things to tick off include:
Choose your wedding party
- Decide on your theme – rustic charm, modern minimalism, elegant grandeur, colourful vibrancy?
- Start your guest list
- Look at wedding dress and veil styles
- Design and order your Save the Dates