Firstly, CONGRATS, you did it, he/she said yes. Now what? Ok, after the buzz of it all and you come back down to earth you suddenly realise there’s lots to plan right? Don’t fear we can help you, we’ve set out some tips below to help you make a little more sense of it all.
To Do After The Engagement
- Decide on a budget, often this is determined by the size, type and how extravagant you want to be. So consider how formal or informal, big or small you would like your wedding to be. This will help planning later and keep your costs from getting out of hand.
When you’re ready to hire your wedding outfit, we’ll be right here to lend a helping hand and keep that budget in line.
- If you have decided to use one, book your wedding planner now.
- Choose the venue – Will you marry at home or abroad? Maybe a garden or beach wedding suits you, a church or something completely different. Wedding venues are usually booked quite far in advance so it helps to start looking for a venue now.
- Set the date and the time and pre warn your guests. A set the date card is appropriate here.
- So on to guests then, draw up a guest list. This is where you might disagree a little, don’t’ worry that’s normal. The key here is to invite those closest to you first and not invite those simply because you feel you have to, it’s your day so you have the people there who you want to share it with.
- Start any health or beauty programmes now. If for example you want to lose a few pounds or even put some on before the big day, don’t leave it until the week before, start early.
The Date is Set
- It is important to speak with the person who will perform the ceremony so, them, you and your fiancée are clear and understand the running order of the day.
- Confirm the venue for the ceremony if this is different to the reception.
- Set your wedding breakfast menu and book the caterers if not provided by your venue.
- If you are using a wedding planner they should recommend how to decorate the venue, but if not, consider a wedding decorator (yes that is a real thing) and book them now.
- Think about what music you want playing before, during and after the ceremony.
- If you are planning to have a band or DJ, book them now (can you see a pattern here?) Most bands and DJ have a website to demo their music.
- Book your photographer.
- Dress! You need to be coordinated here. Your bride to be is likely to have already decided exactly how she wants to look and no doubt started booking appointments at dress makers. So you need to get the colours right but you need to look the part too. 1860 by Greenwoods can help you here. We will fit you out to look one in a million, not like you were won in a raffle. Oh and you know the drill, book the outfits now.
- Stationery is important, you want it easy to read, look the part and represent you. So choose this carefully. There are thousands of wedding stationary suppliers who will be happy to send you samples for free.
- Flowers, your wedding planner should be able to source these for you but choose colours that won’t take all the limelight from you. If you’re doing this without a wedding planner, check out your local florists, if they don’t cater for weddings, they’ll usually be able to point you in the direction of those who do.
- Arrive in style, think about your arrival and departure from the venues. The car or van, you arrive in doesn’t have to be an old classic Rolls Royce, it just has to be perfect to you and your fiancée. If you want to arrive in real style, consider the bat mobile.
- The honeymoon. Well quite simply book that getaway to suit you. If you want a watersports or skiing holiday for your honeymoon, then do it. If you want to relax on a beach, that’s fine too. There are no rules, expect ask for the honeymoon suite of course.
- That’s it, simple really isn’t it?
Remember that everyone’s idea of the perfect wedding won’t be the same, from flamboyant to the DIY and vintage or contemporary, there is no wrong or right. It’s a personal choice shared between two people and not everyone will agree with your choices, but that’s fine, you wouldn’t want your day to be the same as everyone else’s would you?Back to Advice & How To