It’s finally happened. They popped the question, and you said yes. You fell in love, they bought a ring, you are going to buy a dress, and say I do. That’s all there is to it, right? Wrong! Wedding planning can be as easy or as overwhelming as you want it to be. But, no matter how small your day is, there is still a lot more to think about than just the ring, the dress and the I do’s.
As you’ve probably read (because I keep going on about it), I’m the maid of honour for my best friend who is getting married this summer. It’s been really exciting discussing everything that’s happening for her big day and planning her hen weekend. There is so much to think about, so here are a few questions you might want to discuss before planning a wedding.
What type of wedding do you want?
This is a discussion that is best happening right at the beginning of wedding planning. It’s important to be on the same page when it comes to the type of wedding you would like. You need to take into consideration whether or not either of you are religious. Whether a church ceremony is what you would like or if a civil ceremony is something you would be more comfortable with. You may even want to jet off and have your celebration abroad, but you would also need to consider the type of wedding you would like for that as well. Some countries don’t allow you to have a legal marriage there. Some countries prefer you to be particularly religious, so it’s worthwhile doing your research.
Who do you want to be there?
Are you going to be having a big affair or something more intimate? Do you want a smaller reception during the day and then a big party in the evening? Knowing your numbers is going to be a key thing for so many parts of your wedding, from your budget to the size of venue you need to have. It’s ideal to have an idea of what you want and then stick to it as best you can.
Wedding stationery can be a hefty part of wedding cost. Once you know your numbers, you will be able to work out how much this is going to cost you. Wedding invitations can set the tone for your wedding. Pure Invitation wedding invites could be the perfect choice for you.
What is your budget going to be?
Once you have the ideas of what you would like to have, you need to have the all important conversation about the budget. At the end of the day, there is no hiding from the fact that any wedding will cost some sum of money. This can be as low or as high as you and your partner want it to be. But the conversation needs to be had. This will ensure that you both know exactly where you are up to and don’t over spend in areas that could have been avoided. It’s never a nice conversation to have when finances are concerned, but it’s so important for you both to be on the same page.
When are you going to do it?
Finally, the last conversation I suggest you have with your partner in the early stages of planning a wedding is having a date in mind. You also need to decide whether or not you are flexible with this.
Once you have discussed all of the above, you are ready to get on with the fun bit of planning your wedding. Enjoy!