Wedding planning should be fun and exciting but a lot of the time it can be quite stressful. If you’ve around 12 months until you’re wedding date, now is the time to get into full planning mode. A lot of things need to be organised well in advance, so if you haven’t thought about any of the below, then there is no time like the present.
1. Pick an Exact Date
This is a really important first step in the wedding planning process. You aren’t able to organise much until you’ve decided on a definite date. Begin by deciding on the season you want to get married in, then cut it down to the month, then the day, and then pick an exact date. Once you have decided on a date you will be way more proactive planning the wedding because you can envision when it will be.
It is really important to budget early on, and while you may have already done a really rough budget after you got engaged, now is the time to get into the nitty grittys. Sit down with your husband or bride to be and have a good think about how much you want to spend on your wedding. Once you have an overall figure I’d recommend you take 10% off the top to keep for emergencies. Decide on how much you want to spend on each of your suppliers and try to stay on budget as much as you can.
3. Decide on your Wedding Party
This is a really fun part of wedding planning. Letting your best friends and family members know that you want them to be part of your wedding, should be a really memorable and exciting moment. However, it is important that you are 100% sure before you let anyone know because it can ruin friendships if you change your mind.
Spend the next month or so looking up and visiting wedding locations with your significant other and/or your wedding party. Take your time deciding which wedding location is perfect for you both, it’s not something you want to rush into. When you’ve found your ideal venue, waste no time securing your date because it can be snapped up by another couple very easily.
5. Guest List
You don’t have to decide on an exact guest list yet but you should definitely be trying to get a general idea of who you want to be there. The venue will let you know how many guests it can hold and how much it costs per head, so once you have your location decided on you can start writing out guest list drafts. I’d recommend writing two lists out, one list with people who you definitely want to invite and another with people you can sub in if everyone can’t make it (DON’T TELL ANYONE ABOUT THE SECOND LIST).
Here at Marry Me Ireland we have a wide variety of exceptional celebrants who can deliver the wedding ceremony of your dreams – traditional, unique or otherwise. So get in touch today and we can start planning your special day!