Planning a wedding with no previous experience is a guaranteed struggle for most couples. With many obstacles to overcome we have created a short guide to help you prepare and relieve any stress of 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. Follow these steps for a straight-forward planning process.
Step 1: Set a budget
Discuss your financial situation with your husband-to-be and family. No matter how who’s paying for your wedding a budget needs to be set. Once you’ve come to a decision, keep 10% aside in case anything goes wrong and forgotten costs pop up.
Step 2: Create a mood board
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.
Step 3: Don’t forget to research
Researching your wedding should be the very first step. What are your top priorities? Common advice asks to allocate a percentage of your overall budget to each part of your wedding. 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 contact your preferred wedding suppliers revealing the number. 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.
Elements of a wedding
Here’s a list of the standard elements to consider when planning your wedding.
- Venue location and hire
- Catering – including the wedding cake
- Rings – for both the bride and groom
- Transport and accomodation
- Wedding attire – a bridal dress and accessories, groomswear and bridesmaid dresses etc
- Hair and makeup
- Professional photography and videos
Step 4: Calculate the costs and track spending
Start to arrange consultations and discuss your needs with professionals. Remember it’s likely you won’t find the perfect service immediately as not every retailer will be your match. 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 – always note down all your outgoings.
Step: 5 Additional Charges
Always make sure the suppliers you use are transparent about their costs. Are they omitting any extra charges in their quote which may pop up later, such as VAT? Additional charges may include make up and hair stylists trial sessions, dress alterations, postage for invitations, or cake cutting fees.
Step 6. Keep Calm
It’s easy to get carried away when planning your wedding day. Keep track of your spending and do not go overboard, this isn’t to say you don’t deserve the best, luxury services but be prepared additional costs always creep up.
Wedding planning can be a stressful process, so keep up with your spreadsheets and notes. Use the help of your friends and family members to ensure everything runs as smoothly as possible. And as wedding day approaches you’ll start to see your hard work pay off.