Planning a wedding with no previous experience is guaranteed to be a struggle for most couples. With many obstacles to overcome, including the overall cost, we’re created a short guide to help you prepare and relieve any stress from the planning process.
For the most effective wedding planning it’s best to separate every aspect of the wedding into easy-to-follow, manageable steps. Knowing the basics of what you want for your wedding is essential to figuring out a wedding budget and sticking to it. A wedding budget will also help make sure you’ve planned for everything and nothing has been left out. Follow these steps for a straight-forward planning process.
Discuss your financial situation with your husband-to-be and family because no matter how you’re funding the wedding a budget needs to be set. Once you’ve come to an overall spending budget, add an extra 10% to protect yourselves in case anything goes wrong or a forgotten cost pops up.
There are several tools to help you create your perfect wedding mood board which we have listed below. These can be fantastic for visualising your wedding and finding ideas for your dress, flowers and even the food served on the day.
The number one tool for wedding professionals and couples, Pinterest is the best for creating mood boards. Our top tip is to look for established pinners and browse through their boards, at Blooming Haus we’ve created our own board to kickstart your inspiration. Pinterest is full of wedding inspiration so it should be the first place to look when planning your wedding.
This platform has been increasing in popularity over the years and there’s no easier way to search for wedding inspiration than from Instagram. Search for ideas by using hashtags, such as #weddinginspiration or #weddinginspo, fortunately plenty of Instagrammers tag their posts making it easy to search for specific topics. Instagram also has a top feature where you can save posts you like, these go into your saved folders ready for future reference.
A very simple tool to use in terms of searching for wedding inspiration. Simply search for what you’re looking for, e.g. ‘wedding flowers’ or ‘summer wedding decorations’ and see a large collection of relevant images. These can easily be saved for the future - you can even print the images and make a physical mood board.
Researching your wedding should be the very first step. You should know where you need to spend money and know your priorities. Common advice says to allocate a percentage of your overall budget to each aspect of your wedding, however this is not the case because each wedding is different. It’s a useful method that can be tailored to your own wedding preferences. It’s best to figure out how much you’re willing to spend on each part and then do some research online to find out the standard pricing from different wedding retailers. Some couples have a higher budget to work with, whilst some opt for a smaller wedding in order to save money for a honeymoon or a mortgage at a later date.
Here’s a list of the standard elements to consider when planning your wedding.
● Venue location and hire
● Catering - including the wedding cake
● The rings - for both the bride and groom
● Transport and accomodation
● Wedding attire - the bridal dress and accessories, groomswear and bridesmaid dresses etc
● Hair and makeup
● Professional photography and videos
Figure out your priorities - if you want to spend more on a designer wedding dress, adjust your budget to fit the change. Always shop around and find the best price.
When researching you should have established a standard price from each retailer for each element of the wedding. Then start to arrange consultations and book viewings to discuss your needs with a professional. Remember it’s likely you won’t find the perfect service immediately as not every retailer will fit your wedding dreams. Couples spend at least one year planning their wedding, allowing for extra time for more bespoke services such as custom-made dresses.
Don’t forget to keep track of your spending - jot down everything you spend so afterwards you can see where your money went.
Make sure the suppliers you use are transparent about their costs. Check they’re not omitting any extra charges in their quote which may pop up later (such as VAT). Other additional charges may include any trial sessions with makeup and hair stylists, dress alterations, postage for invitations, and cake cutting fees. There’s a lot to plan for so it’s likely you’ll forget something that isn’t on your budget which is why it’s recommended to keep a percentage of your overall budget spare for these extra costs.
It’s easy to get carried away when planning your wedding as so many elements are exciting, but it’s important to stick to your budget. By referring back to your budget throughout the process you can keep track of your spending and not go overboard, this isn’t to say you don’t deserve the best, luxury services but to be prepared instead.
Wedding planning can be stressful, but creating a plan for the whole event, including the budget, will help you keep a calm head. Enlist the help of your friends and family to ensure everything runs as smoothly as possible. There’s bound to be mistakes and delays, but as your wedding day approaches you’ll start to see the hard work pay off.