If you just recently got engaged to the love of your life and are now preparing for the big day, know that planning a wedding is not a simple task. It will be the most amazing and unforgettable day of your life so it is better to be smart about what you and your fiancé should do first. Try not to get intimidated by all the things that you need to accomplish, so you can set yourself up for success. Below is a suggested wedding checklist to help guide you in your preparations through the next 6 to 12 months.
- Set a timetable. The first question you will hear from your family and friends is typically regarding your wedding date. But let’s face it, setting an exact date is not as simple as it sounds. Other major decisions must be finalised first, like choosing your venue, before you can set a date that will work for you. Consider the season you prefer and important family occasions or holidays that might conflict with your desired date.
- Discuss the wedding type and venue you want and set your budget. Both your own and your fiancé’s input matters throughout the planning process, so decide what wedding style you both prefer. Would you like it to be a small or large wedding? Would you like to get married in your backyard, a beach destination or in one of the luxurious wedding venues Oxford offers? What would be the best theme that would match your wedding dress? After you have come up with a decision then you can analyse and work out your budget. Tally up your savings, have a talk with your families and determine your total budget.
- Make a guest list. Write down the names of guests you want or need to invite. Regarding the reception, consider using the same wedding venue, if possible. Check how many people the venue can accommodate. Remember that the number of guests you have will have a huge impact on the price since catering costs, glassware and chair rentals are generally calculated on a per-head basis. If you want to keep your expenses low, reducing your guest list is the best way to do it.
Planning a wedding can be stressful but it is also exciting and full of emotions at the same time. You can have your dream wedding, whether it’s just a couple of months or a year away, by managing your time and your to-do list. Know exactly how and where to begin by following the checklist above. You can also hire help from a coordinator even if you have already planned every specific aspect of your wedding. This will make things easier for you on the day and will allow you to enjoy your big day and your guests as well.