Congratulations on your engagement. Now, it’s time for the next big step: planning your wedding. Really, this should be one of the most enjoyable experiences of your life. But far too often, wedding planning has a panicked bride-to-be wishing they’re going to be a part of the audience, with only picking out the best wedding guest outfit to worry about.
So, what’s the secret to planning a perfect, stress-free wedding. The truth is, there’s no special trick, no right or wrong way to do it. After all, it’s your special day and so should be just as unique as you are.
That being said there definitely are some simple things that you should do to make the process as painless and fun as possible. What are they? We’ll go into detail below.
Set a budget
Weddings have a reputation of being a major expense. And this is well deserved – according to a survey conducted by hitched.co.uk, the average wedding in 2021 cost more than £17,000.
Whether your number is above or below this average figure, one thing’s for sure – it will be a hefty sum. Because of this, it’s really important that you and your partner are on the same page.
Sit down and have an open discussion with your fiancée. What can you each afford? And how much will you be able to save over the coming months? These considerations will help you create your budget. If you think you’ll need additional help, consider if any alternative money options could help you meet your costs.
Create mood boards
Dream weddings don’t make themselves. To help you find yours you’ll need lots of inspiration. That’s where mood boards come in. You can collate images revolving around the same theme on different boards and then choose which one feels the most right.
There are many sources of inspiration out there. This can make things overwhelming. So, try to stick with one medium. Whether you prefer printed pictures on physical boards or doing it all online with Pinterest, your mood boards will make your decisions easier and help your communication with suppliers later down the line.
Be proactive with admin
Planning a wedding isn’t all about colour schemes and reception playlists. Even though getting together all the paperwork that you need to be legally married isn’t the most fun part of planning your wedding, it might just be the most essential.
Likewise, start working on your guest list, bridesmaids and ushers as soon as possible. This often takes a while to get sorted, so the sooner you start the better.
What part of planning a wedding do you think is most important? Share your tips and thoughts in the comments section!