Sit down as a couple and make a list of your three main priorities. Do you want a delicious banquet? The most beautiful green gardens, for idyllic wedding photographs you’ll enjoy forever? Or is what matters most that your friends and family are with you?
The guest list
It’s the first thing that a venue, decorator or cake maker will ask: how many guests are you having? That means it’s important to decide early who you can see joining you for the biggest day of your life.
Trust me: in the future you will appreciate it so much.
Get that wedding book, excel spreadsheet and ring binder ready, because no one tells you about the collection of paperwork you’ll end up with! Having everything in one place really does help keep things organised, and will minimise stress.
Pick the ideal venue
It can be a little overwhelming finding that perfect venue for the big day. It’s probably the biggest decision of them all (after saying yes to the ring!). To make it a little bit easier, ask yourself these questions:
Where in the world do you want your wedding to take place?
What’s your wedding theme?
If you have in mind a light-flooded room with modern elements and pastel colours, then a rustic barn may not be what you are looking for.
Do you want a venue where guests can stay overnight?
How much do you want to spend?
What kind of space are you picturing?
It isn’t just the big day itself that is fun and exciting: the whole planning process can be too! Get your bridal party involved; wedding showcases, dress shopping and cake tasting can be a great chance to spend time with friends and loved ones. Ask your venue or caterer for a menu tasting, and use it as a date night for you and your partner. Turn the organising into something you look forward to, rather than a chore.
I hope my tips will make the planning process feel a bit more manageable for you. I really enjoy helping couples to find ways to enjoy the experience, and taking away some of that stress.