Congratulations on your engagement, now the fun of planning begins! Of course, this is all very new and can be a little overwhelming at times, so we have come to the rescue by putting together our guide to the initial steps of wedding planning.
Where to start?
- Before you start anything, make sure you both have a clear understanding of your wedding budget and the different expenses involved. This will help guide your decisions and keep you in line throughout your planning process.
- Guest list
- Of course, guest’s numbers always chop and change. However, one of the first steps is to begin by getting a rough estimate of both day and evening guests, including children. This will have a knock-on effect with your budget and venue size.
- What’s important to you both? Top 3 challenge!
- Your wedding day is a very special day and there will be many things that are important, with some things being more poignant than others. Weddings planning sometimes involves compromise and making concessions in certain areas, in order to ensure other things with higher importance can take centre stage.
Have a little think about what your top 3 most important factors are to you when choosing a venue – is it the style of the venue? Location? Accessibility? Accommodation? Price? Food and Drink?
- Online research
- Once you have set your budget, drafted a guest list and decided on what is important to you, you can begin to explore online at what will fit your envisioned day.
- Get a true picture of a venue’s service by checking reviews on TripAdvisor, Facebook, wedding websites like Hitched and Guides For Brides and apps like Bridebook.
- Wedding venues come in all shapes and sizes! Anything from country houses & barns to hotels & golf clubs. Some venues are exclusive use, while others will have multiple events taking place. Some venues will offer packages, while others will personalise their offering to suit you. Some venues will offer ‘dry hire’ (just the venue), while others will provide the whole package (ceremony, food, drink & accommodation)
- According to the Hitched 2019 Survey typically couples view 18 venues online with 6 being shortlisted and 4 being visited.