Budget sorted, the first thing you need to do is to set a date. You may be planning to get married as soon as possible or you may be holding off for a year or so.
That’s fine, but remember that it’s often easier to book a venue midweek or on a Sunday. Also you’re more likely to get the venue you want and the wedding photographer if you marry in the winter – summer is a peak wedding period.
You’ll also need to think about the sort of ceremony you’re going to have. You may want to have a religious ceremony or you may decide upon a civil ceremony in licensed premises.
Bridesmaids and flowergirls will also need to be booked in advance! Rather than dress them all in the same style, why not follow a great new trend and let them choose their dress, but in a colour that matches the wedding theme you’re choosing.
What sort of wedding photography are you after? Do you like the new style reportage shots or are you rather more traditional? Remember too that many brides regret not having a professional video taken of their wedding day so this is something you really should try and build into your budget.
Next up is stationery. You’ve got save the date cards to consider, along with wedding invitations, table plans and wedding gift thank you’s. Are you going the DIY route or will you choose bespoke cards?
Once you’ve got the venue sorted, you’ll need to be thinking about suppliers – that’s caterers, florists, car hire.
We haven’t even got to choosing The Wedding Dress yet! Again, the style of bridal gown you opt for will depend on a number of different factors, not least where you are getting married. What’s suitable in an English country church would not work as well at a destination wedding on a hot sunny beach.
You’ll find plenty of advice on wedding planning here, along with hints and tips for choosing your wedding dress, venue, keeping on budget and handling a wedding gift list.