You’re newly engaged… (Yay!) Now what…? – The First 5 Decisions to Make for Your Wedding
You’ve landed the partner of your dreams, a gorgeous new diamond is sparkling on your ring finger, the engagement celebratory champagne bubbles have now fizzled away, and you have finally gotten your head around the fact you have a fiancé… so what now?! It’s time to think about the wedding planning!
Despite all the ‘bridezilla / groomzilla’ stereotypes, organising a wedding CAN be stress free and enjoyable… the trick? Planning and preparation! And just cos we’re so helpful, we’ve created a handy list of the top 5 major wedding decisions you should think about first…
- Decide on a Budget
Keep your bank account happy and healthy long after your wedding night, by discussing with your partner what you are willing to spend on your wedding, and do your best to stick to it!
- Draft a Guest List
Jot down a list of your family and friends you wish to invite to your wedding. From this info, you will know approximate guest numbers, how much of your budget per person you can allocate to the food and beverage portion of the wedding, as well as what venues and event spaces you should be looking at, to accommodate your guest numbers.
- Work out a Wedding Date… or three…
Think about any special dates you already have (anniversary, first kiss etc.) what time of year you want to get hitched, the season / weather, work schedules, holidays… and when you finally land on that perfect date, choose a backup date. And then another. You will have your heart set on the venue, and because venues book up fast, it helps to be flexible with a few date options.
- Choose a wedding venue
San Remo Ballroom. Duh!
- What’s Your Style?
Are you a formal, 3 course plated, set menu kinda couple? Or a social, stand up and mingle, cocktail style type of duo? Whatever style of reception you and your partner prefer, decide it early on. Be sure to tell the venue when you first visit for a site inspection, so that they get an immediate idea of your vision, and will point you in the right direction of the most appropriate menus and prices.
So! Now you know your budget and guest list; the venue is booked on one of your preferred dates, and you know what type of reception it will be… easy peasy, right?! From here, the next stages of the planning will flow more easily, and you have more time to focus on the fun things… (did someone say bachelor and bachelorette weekend trip?!