Your engaged! Here at Pretty as a Picture we know how important it is to a couple that their wedding day is everything that they’ve imagined it to be and we also know how many details there are to coordinate and how stressful it can become. With this in mind we have developed a wedding planning timeline for you to follow from engagement to wedding. The timeline starts from 1 year away (plenty of time to plan that dream wedding) but here are some basic steps you should follow before the real planning begins. Enjoy your engagement x
Spread the word
Start off by telling those closest to you- parents/siblings/grandparents. Then you can announce your engagement to the rest of your family and friends either by word of mouth or with an engagement party/ get-together (just make sure you don’t invite anyone who won’t be invited to the wedding) Oh and now get prepared for the 100 questions..where did he propose? can I see the ring? when is the wedding?
OK so some of you will have been dreaming about your wedding since you were a little girl, but either way the next step is for you and your fiance to start sharing your ideas and visions for the perfect wedding day! Do you dream of a cosy autumn wedding, a winter wonderland or maybe an elegant spring wedding? Your wedding vision is important as it will have a huge impact on the the wedding date (time of year), the type of venue and the overall wedding feel (black tie/ casual etc). Inspiration boards are great for getting all of your initial thoughts and ideas on themes, colours, destinations etc together. Check out Pretty as a Picture’s Wedding Inspiration Boards
Start an ‘Our Wedding Inspiration’ folder on your computer and save any wedding images you like.
Choose a Date..
Now that you have loads of ideas for your wedding its time to start thinking about when you would like to get married. You will have already considered the seasons when envisioning your perfect wedding, now check your calender for bank holidays/ religious holidays. Consult with family members about other events in the year to see what you have to work with (I know a couple who’s wedding was booked for the same day as a nephews confirmation). Start thinking about what day of the week you would like to have it, is it definitely a Saturday wedding or would you consider a week day where there may be discounts and more availability from your venue and other vendors. Some couples will choose to mark special occasions with their wedding date, so for example the anniversary of the day you met/ one of your birthdays/ parents anniversary etc. If at this stage you are definitely decided on which church the ceremony will be in or which venue you want, you’ll want to check when exactly they’re available.
Planning a wedding can be a complex and daunting process, theres so much to consider in a certain amount of time. If you are considering hiring a wedding planner/co-coordinator to work with you on your wedding then it is time to start interviewing/ obtaining quotes now. What exactly does a wedding planner do? Read our guest blog by Wedding Planner Collette O’Leary of Elegant Events here. Collette shares her experience of wedding trends, a little about wedding planning and the benefits having a wedding planner can bring to your special day.