Planning!

So your engaged! Congratulations!
This is where the fun starts! If your like most engaged couples, you’ll be wondering where to start with it all?
This page is to help you with your planning and to give you an idea of what needs to be done.
Good luck and feel free to share ideas and chat to us on here!

30 Things To Do Wedding Checklist!

Congratulations on your engagement! So maybe you or your partner have asked that big question!!! and everyone is so excited and asking all the details?

In the back of your mind I’m sure your thinking Where do I start? there is so much to do!
Here we’ve put together a wedding checklist to help you and your partner get everything done in time!
Everyone wants something different for their wedding so don’t panic if there are items on here that you don’t want, just skip past it to the next one.

Happy planning!

1. Announcement – let everyone know the great news! maybe plan an engagement party?
2. Budget – before you go booking everything you can think of to do with weddings, sit down together and plan a budget with what you can really afford.
3. Date – Sit together and come up with a date that you agree on and see if you can you be flexible with that date if needed?
4. Paying – If you have help paying for your wedding, work out who is paying for what.
5. Venue – Work out a list of venues that you both love! Church, hotel or golf club? near home or away somewhere hot?
6. Bridal Party – Depending on your budget how many bridesmaids etc would you like to have and who will you pick to help on your special day?
7. Colours – What colours do you want for your wedding? Will you have a certain style or theme?

8. Wedding Insurance – Decide if you want insurance for your wedding?
9. Photographer / Videographer – These are some of the things that book up really quick! If you find someone you love, book it!
10. Dress / Suits – Start to look at ideas for outfits and the different styles that you like, book in to try dresses on, some bridal shops like you to book an appointment.
11. Florist – Decide what flowers, colours etc you want and where you would like them. Do you just want bouquets and button holes or do you want to decorate the venue as well? maybe use your florist for your centre pieces.
12. DJ / Band – Sometimes your venue will have a DJ that they use regularly and will recommend them to you, if not shop around and ask friends who they have used before.
13. Catering – Is food included with your venue or will you need an outside caterer? Are you having a sit down meal or a buffet?
14. Cars – How many? What style? How many trips?

15. Rings – Try loads on to see what matches your engagement ring!
16. Venue Dressing – Some venues will do this for you, if not do you want chair covers, table decorations or maybe a dance floor?
17. Hair and Make up – Find someone who can give you a hair and make up trail to give you an idea of what you want for yourself and your bridal party. Will they come to you on the day?
18. Shoes, Accessories and underwear – If you’ve picked your dress then now is the time to find your accessories and matching underwear!
19. Bridal party outfits – Take your bridesmaids, best man and ushers to find their wedding outfits.
20. Cake – Look for ideas for styles, sizes and find somewhere that you can go to and taste a sample.
21. Guest List – List everyone that you would like to attend your wedding.
Decide if your sending save the dates.
22. Music – Pick what music you want in the ceremony. Traditional or modern?
23. Invites – Pick your invites and send out around 6 weeks before although lots send them out sooner if the wedding is on a school day or in holiday season.
24.Centre Pieces and Favours – If your not using your florist for your table decorations, will your venue provide them? will you make them yourself? Are you giving out favours?
25. Honeymoon / Wedding Night – Will you be going on a honeymoon after your big day? Maybe your waiting a while? Where will you be spending your wedding night if there isn’t a room at your venue?
26. Table Plan – Once you have a reply from all of your guests you can decide where they will all sit!
27. Gifts – What gifts will you give to your parents and bridal party? or to anyone who has been a big help with planning your wedding.
28. Help – See if someone can help at the end of the day if your not going to be the last one standing at the party!
29. Timetable – Make a list of times of how the morning will run and be sure your wedding party have a copy so they all know where they should be.
30. Relax and Enjoy!!!

Wedding Guest List Planner!

We all know writing a guest list is a part of the wedding planning that most of us don’t really like to do!
Of course we would all like to invite everyone we know to our wedding, especially if you have a huge family! but lots of couples planning their wedding can’t do this and need to stick to some kind of budget.

This wedding guest record is here to change your life!!!
Ok maybe it wont but it will help you get organised, keep a record of who you have invited, how many you’ve invited and also their contact details.

This Guest list can easily be printed off to add to your wedding planning information and will help you to keep track of who you have sent an invite to and also if they have got back to you with a yes or no.

We included a column at the end so you can mark off who you’ve sent a thank you note to!

Take a look at our wedding guest post if you have a problem wedding guest!
The Wedding Guest
Hope this helps!

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B8AxivKqAM-0MlM4SUdjY0FEejA/view

I know everyone will be at different stages of their planning but you can still follow our ideas and add them in along the way 🙂 See how much you can get done in a short amount of time!

Our first idea is very simple! Get yourself a folder! doesn’t have to be anything fancy, just something that has plastic wallets in or space for you to put your own.

Give each part of your planning a separate wallet eg florist, photographers etc and as you gather your prices and details for each one, keep them together to make them easy to compare!
This works really well if you go to wedding fairs as you probably already know you come away with about 5000 leaflets 🙂

Once you’ve picked your supplier you can throw the other information away and just keep your prices , booking information for the one you’ve chosen!
Give it a try and see how much easier it is to keep track!
Let us know how you get on!

xxx

Good morning everyone!
One of the most important things you can do early on in your planning! Budget!
Not many of us have a ton of money to spend on our wedding day and most people do need to save up for a while, sometimes years first.

Sit down and work out what you can really afford together, write it all down to add to your folder!
How much can you put away each month?
What can you cut back on each month if needed?
Do you have any help from family etc? If your not sure, budget as if your paying for it all.

Budget for all the important parts first eg venue, rings etc once these items are paid for then look at any extras.
Let us know if you have found other ways to budget that can help others!                                                                        xxx

Anyone done a guest list yet?
Now I know most people put off siting down together to write up a guest list but the sooner you start it the better.

Now you’ve worked out your budget, this is the best time to make a start on that guest list to give you an idea of numbers. It doesn’t have to be exact numbers and it will probably change as you go along with your planning so just see that its giving you a rough idea at the moment.

Organising a guest list now will help when your looking at venues as some need a minimum amount of guests and others will have a maximum.
You will also get a good idea of how much your food will cost on the day, chair covers and favours etc.
Having a rough idea of your numbers early will mean you can let guests know early on if they can bring a partner or friend and also if those with children will need a sitter or not.
Make a start on that list today!
Thank you for joining us!

xxx

So I know your all getting super organised now! Well done!
Today have a think about what colours you’d like if you’ve not already picked them.
Do you and your partner have favourite colours? Maybe these can be put together?

Think about what time of year your big day will be, you might want to go for light pink, lemon or pale colours if you have a spring wedding? Or maybe reds and purples for a winter wedding?

Have a play around with colours and have a try at mixing them with silver or gold to give a bit of sparkle or glamour! Just white with silver or gold is beautiful!
Don’t forget to try and do a little bit of planning each day even if it’s just something really small, you’ll soon see it build up to your organised wedding!
Let us know if you’ve already picked your colours and what you decided to go with!

xxx