Did your Valentine’s Day consist of a bit more than flowers and chocolates this year? If yesterday was a big day for you, then congratulations!
For those who proposed and those who received a proposal, the time will soon come where you have to start planning the big day. The sooner the better, as you can bet your favourite venue will be booked up for at least the next two years.
Here are some tips on what to get sorted as soon as possible – the rest can wait until you’ve had time to rest!
Choose a date
First things first, you need to set a date.
You won’t be able to please everyone, so don’t start out with the mind-set that you will. Don’t plan your day according to pushy in-laws or nosy relatives. Which season would you prefer to be married in? Narrow this down and choose a month that works for both of you.
Remember, the further in advance you book it, the more likely all of your family and friends will be able to make it.
Narrow down your venue options
Wedding venues will be one of the most difficult decisions about your wedding. A location that encapsulates both of the things you and your partner love and that describes your personalities is a lot to ask.
You can also bet that as soon as you find the perfect one, it’s gone in the Valentine’s rush. So, how to pick the perfect place? Firstly, you should narrow down your choices.
Indoors or outdoors? Quirky or traditional? UK or abroad? There are plenty of ways you can narrow down your options to end up with a list of potential venues that are still available for your date.
Decide on the caterers
The next step will be picking a caterer that’s a perfect fit for your theme and venue. If it’s an indoor, traditional ceremony, maybe you’ll be investing in a three course meal to continue the theme into the afternoon?
Or if you’re planning something a bit different, maybe you’re looking for an outdoor caterer? Food vans are big in the wedding business right now – we should know!
Live band or DJ?
Ah, and we come to the most divisive decision of the wedding planning: Live band or DJ?
A debate that many couples crumble at the very thought of, this can make or break the entire planning process.
Some opt for the excitement and vitality of a live band – risking the possibility of a technical difficulty – while others choose to go for the much safer and often wider ranging catalogue that only a DJ can provide.
The big one!
You might keep it traditional with a white wedding dress, matching bridesmaids’ dresses and the tux for the groom and groomsmen.
Alternatively, you might decide to opt for a change from the expected with electric blue suits, a red wedding dress or even no bridesmaids at all – it is your wedding after all.
Once you’ve made all these decisions, you can have a cuppa and put your feet up. While there’s still plenty to get underway, at least the big stuff has been taken care of.
Are you excited to start planning your wedding day? Or are you dreading the stress? Leave us a comment in the section below and share your thoughts!