Planning your wedding #1

IT’S hard work!

But it needn’t be too stressful. You don’t need to turn into Bridezilla, your tantrums eventually culminating in a breakdown in Hobbycraft because they don’t have the specific artificial petals you need for your flower wall.

In this series of wedding posts I’ll be talking about planning your wedding, budgeting, negotiating with suppliers and lots of of the things I’ve learned from a) planning my own wedding b) editing a wedding magazine.

We’ll cover:

  • Budgeting
  • How to choose suppliers
  • Questions to ask your venue
  • Questions to ask your photographer
  • Questions to ask your florist
  • Wedding fairs
  • Wedding dresses (best budget options and picking your dress)
  • Getting ready for your big day – fitness, beauty, stress etc

I’ll hyperlink these as the posts go up.

You can find a copy of the magazine I edit here. We concentrate particularly on Berkshire and Buckinghamshire, both extremely popular places to get wed (erm, hello, royal wedding?!)

If you have any questions or post suggestions, let me know!

Where to start

Congratulations! You’re getting married. But it’s not as simple as turning up at a church looking a million dollars.

First things first – enjoy. You’re doing all this because you want to get married, and that’s a joyous occasion

First things first – budget.

If you don’t set a realistic budget straight off, costs can quickly add up and before you know it you’re spending much more than you wanted.

There are all sorts of budget calculators you can use. Like here and here

OR you can use the handy worksheet I made for you. I’ll upload it with my ‘Wedding planning – the budget post’ later this week.

I made a list of all the important bits (venue, dress, suits, flowers) and put an ideal budget next to those. Some things are a little more, some things a little less – but if you have a total in your head, you can make sure everything adds up.

See more here

Get organised

I don’t know about you but I’m a bit of a stationery nerd. And I don’t need any excuse for a new planner. I find it’s handy to have everything all in one place, so I got this little baby (click on the image to get your own).Untitled

I just prefer having everything in front of me and – call me old fashioned and a hypocrite considering this is the internet – but I love a book. But if you’re short on cash, you can get plenty of free resources on the web. Try here and here

(and let me know if it would be helpful to create some templates that you can use, comment below)

 

Enjoy the journey! 

Yes, you will get stressed. Yes, your family will get on your nerves and everyone will have their opinion on the dress/cake/venue/colour scheme (and won’t keep these opinions to themselves). Yes things will go wrong, or won’t turn out exactly the way you imagined.

But just remember why you’re doing it all; because you’ve found the person you want to spend your life with! I’ve absolutely loved planning my wedding – devouring wedding magazines, endless chatter with my girlfriends, going to wedding fairs. But the wedding is just one day. I’m not doing it because I want a wedding – I’m doing it because I want a marriage.

 

 

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