With a calm demeanour and a sparkle in her eye, if you work with Jill, she will ensure that every last detail is handled while you enjoy your magical day and soak in every second with your loved ones (and a few aunts and uncles who you don't see from one end of the year to the next! This is Ireland after all!)
Congratulations on your engagement!!! We are so excited for you. By now, you’re probably thinking of how to get started on your wedding planning. You’re also considering what next to do. We’d love to help with that. For a fun and memorable wedding, you have to take the right steps during your planning stage.
Starting your planning right will make your wedding experience less stressful. It will also increase the chances of your wedding being a huge success. If you’d like to know how to get started right, then this for you. So, grab a relaxing cup of tea and let’s talk about the next wedding planning steps to take after your engagement. You nay think you need a wedding planning checklist to get you started, and you’re right, you do! Here are a few steps to get you planning the most memorable day of your life:
You’re only going to get engaged once in your relationship. Many couples make the mistake of jumping right into their planning and don’t really celebrate. You deserve to savour the feeling of being engaged. Planning can be quite the whirlwind, and before you know it, you’ll be married. So, do your best to enjoy this moment. Go on dates, plan the occasional relaxing candlelight dinner at home and post lots of pictures on social media. You deserve nothing less.
Choosing a wedding date early will put a timeline to your preparations so you can get started. The date you settle on could be one of significance to your relationship or personal. You can also begin by considering the season you’d love to have your wedding in and then narrow things down from there. Just try to stay flexible, as sometimes, you may have to compromise to get the right venue for your wedding or the best vendor.
When it comes to your wedding planning, creating your budget is a crucial step. It will serve as the foundation for all your ideas and other essential wedding details. Start by sitting down with your partner and discussing your budget. You can then decide on how much you’ll both be putting towards your wedding.
Once you have a number, include whatever amounts your family and other loved ones will give towards the celebration. When done, add everything together, and you’ll have your total budget for your wedding.
Only after having this number should you start to assign costs to aspects of your wedding. It would also be best if you made sure that you stick to your budget. Going over budget might lead to problems later on. We don’t advise starting your wedding in debt.
Choosing a wedding theme or style is one of the best things you can do for your wedding planning. It will cut out a lot of the stress that would come in otherwise. When you have a theme in mind, it becomes easier to choose your wedding colours and even decide on a wedding venue.
All you’ll have to do is make sure that the above mentioned, go with the theme for your wedding. We also have a lovely quiz that can help with deciding what wedding style works best for you. So, if you have some extra time, why not check it out?
How many people are you planning to invite for your wedding? Your guest list is the next in line after choosing your wedding theme. You must decide how many of your friends should be at your celebration.
Then they’ll also be family members and some colleagues that could show up too. With the pandemic and restrictions this year, you’ll have to stick to low numbers so keep that in mind. The reason for the lower numbers is so that it’ll be easier to practice social distancing. With social distancing, you can keep your loved ones safe.
Your wedding venue is an integral part of your wedding experience. Your loved ones will link you to the place for the rest of your lives, and it’ll be in all your wedding pictures. At the very least, it should be a location you both like.
Your wedding venue should also be a hotel or venue that fits with your chosen wedding theme and within budget. We advise only searching for places within your budget. You don’t want to fall in love with a venue and discover that you can’t afford it. That can be a bit unpleasant. The location you settle on should also be able to host all your guest effectively. Don’t forget to keep social distancing in mind and check their protocols for that.
By your main vendors we mean your wedding planner, photographer and caterer. Working with a planner will take the bulk of the wedding planning stress of your shoulders. You’ll also discover that you’ll get the best services and even some discounts based on their connections in the industry. Your photographer and caterer are also significant to your wedding so you should contact them early in your wedding planning. Ask for referrals where possible, and carry out searches on social media too.
Above all, do your best to have fun during your wedding planning experience. Becoming a Bridezilla will not solve any problems; you’ll only end up alienating your loved ones. Where possible, take occasional breaks to have fun with your partner. You’ll feel better and refreshed enough to continue with your planning after. Best of luck!!!