So they proposed to you (or you proposed to them), and now you’re in complete harmony as you plan your wedding. There comes a moment of abrupt terror when you realize just how much preparation and decision-making you’ll have to do before the big day. We’ve taken care of everything. We’ve laid out exactly what you need to do and when you need to do it.
The first piece of advice we have for you is to get a wedding planner. We don’t mean hiring someone to do it for you; we mean keeping a diary in which you can record all of your thoughts; trust us, you’ll need it. Plus, it’ll be a wonderful souvenir for years to come.
Venue and date of the wedding.
This should be the first and most important thing on your to-do list. This is because there will be no wedding without a location and a date. Consider visiting many venues before settling on one. Get quotations from each one and see if you can come to an agreement on the final pricing. If you’re hosting it somewhere else, make sure you book a reception venue. If you’re hosting a sit-down supper, be sure to pick up some menus to distribute to your guests.
Then send out your save-the-date cards!
Dresses, Suits, Rings, and Other Essentials
The fact that you do not already have a ring is perfectly OK because many couples these days like to select their engagement and wedding bands at the same time. If you don’t already have one, designate a day when you can both decide what you want to do. You could buy your rings on the high street or on a website such as Brilliant Earth. Sites like these will custom-make your ring to your exact specifications and send it to you. If you’ve got a busy schedule, this is a great option!
It’s possible that selecting your gowns and outfits will take some time. Make certain that the bridesmaids’ and groomsmen’s attire adheres to the colour scheme you’ve chosen.
Consider your location. What’s the maximum number of visitors you’ll be able to accommodate? Consider how many guests you can invite to your wedding reception. Sit down with your partner and make a guest list, seat plans, and table decorations together. There’s a lot to think about and plan, so be sure to follow a checklist to make sure you’ve covered all the bases.
Some couples wait until after the wedding to arrange their honeymoon. It is, after all, a pricey day. Planning a honeymoon may add not just costs but also stress to your wedding day.
Make a decision on your spending budget and the length of time you will be gone. If you have children, consider whether they will accompany you or whether you will need to enlist the help of a family member to care for them while you are away.
Choose where you want to go. Somewhere you’ll both like and look forward to your exciting new life together as newlyweds!