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Below are my top 5 tips to start planning a wedding!
Tip #1. Decide on a wedding date
Be prepared with a few date options, as your preferred date may not be available once you start looking at wedding venues. To secure your dream wedding venue, you might need to be flexible with your date as popular venues, especially in the Spring & Summer months (peak wedding season) can book up 12-18 months in advance.
Tip #2. Securing a reception venue and ceremony location
First you will need to determine what style of wedding you are going to have to help you look for venues that suit that style. Are you having an outdoor garden party, maybe a wedding at a country estate, on the beach, or a more traditional wedding in a church. Read my article on Choosing A Style Of Wedding as this will help you choose your style of reception venue and ceremony location, and help you narrow down your options before you start making appointments with various venues.
You might also like to read my article on Choosing A Ceremony Location, because while the reception venue is more important to lock in in the early stages, you want to make sure their is somewhere either on the reception venue’s property or a nearby location to hold your ceremony.
Take into consideration the approximate number of guests as this will influence where you hold the ceremony and reception too.
Set a wedding budget for your reception, because how many guests you need to allow for will affect venue options and decision. Make a top 5 list of your preferred wedding venues and then make an appointment with the wedding co-ordinators to view the venues on your list. Once you have found your dream wedding venue, secure the venue quickly, as dates book up quickly.
Tip #3. Book a wedding photographer
Once you have secured your reception venue and have a wedding date, you will want to secure a wedding photographer. Read my article 10 Steps To Finding The Best Wedding Photographer. The best wedding photographers can book up 12-18 months in advance, so if your wedding photos are on top of your priority list, you will want to lock down your wedding photographer early in the planning stages. Good wedding photographers also don’t come cheap because they put a lot of themselves into investing in their couple’s wedding day to capture precious memories both on the day of the wedding and then after the wedding when editing the photos, so by getting early it will ensure you have enough in your wedding budget to afford your first choice of photographers.
Once you secure your wedding photographer, book in an engagement photography session. The session will not only help you get comfortable with your chosen photographer, but you will be more relaxed for your wedding day photos. Plus you have some beautiful photos of the two of you that you might want to use for Save The Date cards or in your wedding invitations to share with family and friends leading up to the big day. You can find more information on my wedding photography packages by clicking here.
Tip #4. Send out Save The Date cards
You know that engagement session you had, well you can use those photos to send out Save the Date cards to let family and friends know your getting married, EXCITING! That way they can pencil the date in their calendars to be sure not to miss your big day.
Tip #5. Lock in a Marriage Celebrant
A wedding can’t happen without an officiant to seal the deal and make you formally married. Whether you choose a marriage celebrant, priest or pastor, the sooner you lock them in, you can start talking with them about personalising your ceremony service. While your ceremony may only be 20-30 minutes, or 45-60 minutes for a Catholic service, it’s the most important part of the wedding day. Otherwise it would just be a big party right! Read my article here on Choosing a Marriage Celebrant so you know what questions to ask them and all the formalities involved to make your marriage official.
Great news, there’s a stack more tips from where this article came from!