When it comes to our wedding, a lot of people have mentioned how organised and on the ball I’ve been with organising it, from looking at venues days after becoming engaged, to going to numerous wedding fairs and even researching our honeymoon (by far my favourite part) but for me it’s come naturally.
Day to day I’m a painfully organised person and because I’ve worked in the events industry previously, I’m well aware of how fast places fill up even 3 years in the future so I wanted to get a move on as soon as possible – plus, planning a wedding is meant to be fun, and I knew that the more time I gave myself, the less stressed I would be.
A wedding isn’t ever something you should try and plan last minute or even a few months before if you have particular suppliers in mind, but there are definitely things that I would suggest doing as far in advance as possible, the first being the venue. Once you start looking into wedding venues, you will soon be aware of how far in advance people plan their weddings, and if you want to get married within the next year, there may only be a couple of dates available so it’s best to start looking as soon as possible.
If you get engaged around Christmas or Valentine’s, a lot of places will hold open days and evenings around these popular times to showcase their spaces and what they have to offer. This is a great time to have a look around, meet the teams, and more importantly, try as many caterers as possible.
Your next job should be to start looking for and hiring the professionals in charge of running the important aspects of your wedding. This could include your photographer, caterers and any entertainment whether it be a DJ, saxophonist, or a live band. These suppliers are likely to be in demand, especially if you’re getting married in summer, and booking early allows you to shop around as much as possible, which takes the stress out nearer to the day.
Although you might have told your nearest and dearest the date of your wedding, I’ve learnt from experience that people forget, so getting a save the date sorted as soon as possible is important. People usually send these out about a year in advance and there are some great templates online.
Sending out invites is usually a 2-stage process: Doing the save the dates as far in advance as possible allows you to design, order and post out your official wedding invites about 3-6 months before your big day. My advice would be that if you want to get married in the week (meaning that people may need to take the day off work) give them as much notice as possible.
One of the steps I want to get out of the way next is choosing our wedding rings. Whilst you don’t have to buy these until nearer to the day, it’s worth shopping around early so that you can find the cheapest prices and settle on a design you like. As I mentioned, Christmas and Valentine’s Day are often the most popular times for people to buy wedding rings so plan to buy before or after these periods and take advantage of sales if you find them. If you’re ordering a ring online, make sure to give yourself enough time for delivery, as well as time to try on the ring and return it if it turns out to be wrong – planning is key.
I hope you have enjoyed all of my tips for trying to be as organised as possible when it comes to planning your wedding, and although it might seem like a daunting task, I’ve really enjoyed it so far and I’m sure you will too!
Have you got any tips for planning the big day?