Congratulations, you're now starting to plan one of the biggest days of your life. But where do you start? Organising your wedding can be very daunting, time consuming and stressful. How do you know what needs to be organised first and who the reputable suppliers are? By choosing to use a wedding organiser you'll save time and stress as we will guide you through the planning process ensuring nothing is overlooked and help you choose reputable suppliers to make sure your wedding day is a truly memorable occasion.
The first things to decide when planning your wedding include : Who will be paying for the wedding? If several parties are contributing to the cost make sure you know how much your overall wedding budget is at the start. Are you having a church or civil ceremony? If a church ceremony you'll also need to find a suitable reception venue. If it's a civil ceremony would you like the ceremony and reception to be held at the same venue? You may want a marquee for the reception or a hall which requires caterers to also be booked. Suppliers which need to be booked early include; photographers, videographers, wedding cars and you may need to book any entertainment you require.
What time of year do you want to marry? Do you have a particular date in mind, or is there a particular venue where you'd like to hold the reception? Remember, popular venues are booked up on Saturdays often as far ahead as two years, some even further.
The second set of organising includes :
What type of wedding dress and accessories would you like? Do you want to have one designed and made especially for you? You also need to decide on a colour scheme and start thinking about dresses and accessories for any bridesmaids that you have. The grooms and ushers outfits will need to be decided on; are they to be bought or hired?
Finally you will need to organise : The wedding cake; if this is to be a traditional fruit cake most places require 3-6 months notice. You may also want to sort out your honeymoon, especially if you're planning to travel somewhere which requires injections.
The flowers and stationery need to be chosen. Guest accommodation and transport may be required. You will also have decide on things such as favours, a gift registry, wedding rings, presents for the bridesmaids, best man and family.
You'll need to decide on hair and make-up for the wedding party and then there are all those extras you might want such as toastmaster, calligrapher, fireworks, balloons or children's entertainer. You should also remember that after the wedding day any items you hired will need to be returned and ensure you appoint someone to deal with this. You may also wish to preserve your bouquet.
In all, there are many things to think about on your big day.