How do I start planning my wedding?

April 19, 2024

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You’re engaged! Congratulations!! I’m truly so excited for you and this special time in your life. You’re probably here because you’re wondering ‘How do I start planning my wedding?’ and it’s a great question!

Here are four steps on how to start planning your wedding…

  1. Get inspired!

  2. Decide what’s most important to you

  3. Setting a wedding budget

  4. Narrow down your initial wedding ideas

To start off with, one of your very first steps should be to just enjoy being engaged! Sounds obvious right? This is one of the most exciting times in your life, but it’ll fly by so quickly! It’s easy for time to slip away when we are busy planning or looking ahead to the future, so try to stay present and truly savour every special moment of your engagement.

Now, let’s continue with the steps to start planning your wedding!

1. Get inspired!

The world of wedding planning can certainly feel overwhelming and confusing. You may already have a perfect wedding vision that you’ve had in your mind from way before you even got engaged (let’s face it, we’ve all been there haha!) Or, you may have completely no idea what you’re drawn to! Enter: Pinterest.

My first piece of advice to begin your wedding planning journey is to hop onto Pinterest, create a board and start searching for wedding ideas! For example, (insert colour) wedding, wedding in (insert a potential location), wedding detail ideas, (insert season) wedding. Start to pin anything that catches your eye.

2. Decide what’s most important to you

I put this as one of the first steps, because it’s largely all that matters! Every couple will have different priorities for their wedding. I always recommend choosing 3 things that are most important to you for your wedding. Is it beautiful wedding photography? Luxury florals? Your outfits? Live music? Amazing food? Then sort those 3 things out first! You don’t have to do everything at once as it can certainly feel overwhelming. Make sure to take your time and enjoy every minute. 

There’s no reason why you can’t splurge on certain areas that mean a lot to you, and cut back on areas that don’t. This brings us onto number 3, setting a wedding budget.

3. Setting a wedding budget

Wedding finances are not the most fun part of wedding planning to talk about, but of course are absolutely vital. Realistically, weddings can cost as little or as much as you want, there are no set rules! But, as you begin wedding planning you may find your dream wedding is costing more than you anticipated. 

Sit down and review your finances and decide how much you wish to spend together on your wedding. Look at what you can spend, how much you can both truly afford and how much you could potentially save on the build up to your big day.

Every couple has a different circumstance, perhaps you’re saving for a new house at the same time? Or would rather have a smaller wedding to accommodate a more extravagant and adventurous honeymoon? There is no right way of doing this, it’s truly whatever feels right for you and your partner. 

Weddings can cost anywhere from £5,000 to £50,000+, there really is no limit, however this doesn’t mean you shouldn’t set one. Once you have set an approximate wedding budget, you can begin to divide it into different categories such as your venue, photographer, food and drink, flowers, outfits, and any extras you may need. For example, a popular extra is a pet sitter/chauffeur if you want to include your beloved furry friends in your wedding celebrations! (Click here to read about my ideas for including pets at your wedding!)

4. Narrow down your initial wedding ideas

Now you’ve gotten inspired, decided what’s most important to you, and have an idea of your wedding budget, it’s time to revisit your Pinterest board and start narrowing down and solidifying your ideas! You’re bound to start seeing your dream wedding come to life.

By starting to gather a clear vision of your wedding day, this will start to aid the next important decisions for your wedding. These include what time of year/season your wedding will be, deciding on your venue, booking a wedding photographer with a style you love, and choosing your other suppliers.

These are the four steps on how to begin your journey and start planning your wedding. Keep an eye out for my next blog, where we pick up from here and begin exploring the pros and cons of each different season to get married!

Want some more help to start planning your wedding?

Browse my Pinterest for ideas here, and download my freebie ‘5 tips for a stress free wedding day’

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