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  • Writer's pictureJacquie Ross

Planning a Wedding

Congratulations on your engagement! Planning a wedding can be exciting but also overwhelming.

Here are some next steps for engaged couples:

1. Set a Budget: Determine how much you are willing to spend on your wedding. Consider your financial situation and priorities. This will help guide your decisions throughout the planning process.

2. Create a Vision: Discuss your vision for the wedding with your partner. Decide on the overall theme, style, and atmosphere you want to create. This will help you make decisions about the venue, decorations, and other details.

3. Choose a Date: Select a few potential wedding dates and check with important guests to ensure their availability. Consider factors such as season, weather, and any special dates that are meaningful to you as a couple.

4. Draft a Guest List: Create a preliminary guest list to get an idea of the number of attendees. This will help you choose an appropriately sized venue and estimate costs for catering and invitations.

5. Research and Book a Venue: Start researching potential wedding venues that align with your vision and budget. Visit the venues, ask about availability, and book your preferred choice as soon as possible.

6. Hire Vendors: Research and book key vendors such as a photographer, caterer, florist, and entertainment. Read reviews, compare prices, and meet with potential vendors to ensure they align with your style and preferences.

7. Choose a Wedding Party: Decide on the friends and family members you want to include in your wedding party. Consider their availability, willingness to participate, and the role they will play in your special day.

8. Start a Wedding Planning Timeline: Create a timeline or use a wedding planning app to keep track of tasks, deadlines, and appointments. Break down the planning process into manageable steps to stay organised.

9. Plan the Ceremony and Reception: Work with your partner and officiant to plan the wedding ceremony. Decide on readings, vows, and any special rituals or traditions you want to include. Also, plan the reception program, including speeches, dances, and any other special moments.

10. Send Save the Dates: Once you have a date and venue secured, send save the date cards or emails to your guests. This will give them plenty of time to make arrangements and mark their calendars.

11. Start Dress Shopping: Begin the search for your wedding dress or suit. Schedule appointments at bridal boutiques or formalwear shops and bring along trusted friends or family members for support and feedback.

12. Enjoy the Process: Planning a wedding can be stressful at times, but remember to enjoy the journey. Take breaks, celebrate milestones, and prioritize self-care. This is a special time in your life, so savour the moments. Remember, every couple is unique, and your wedding should reflect your personalities and preferences. Take your time, communicate openly with your partner, and don't hesitate to ask for help when needed. Happy planning!


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