Considering a wedding? Planning a wedding? Needless to say, this is a major event, so a lot of time, money, thought and effort is going to have to go into proceedings. There are countless elements to take into consideration, from the proposal to the bachelor and bachelorette parties to the big day itself. So, it’s best to get started as soon as possible. The more time you give yourself, and the more organised you are, the less pressure you’ll find yourself working under. Here are a few key areas you should add to your to-do list and must-haves list to help you along the way!
First, the rings. Engagement rings and wedding bands are a key symbol of being married and in a lifelong partnership. The engagement ring and proposal are generally what kickstart the entire process of getting married. So, make sure to find the perfect options for you and your partner. Start by knowing your ring size. You could find a beautiful ring, but if it doesn’t fit, it will simply pose problems, which is less than ideal for something you’re going to wear every day. Then consider metals. Do you want a gold engagement ring, a white gold ring, a platinum ring, a rose gold ring or another precious metal to be used? Next up, the stone. The most popular stone for engagement rings tends to be a diamond, but the world really is your oyster when it comes to choice. From synthetic stones to real stones, from sapphires to rubies or emeralds.
You need to get married somewhere, and venues tend to be one of the most costly elements of the big day. Popular venues tend to be in high demand and can have long waiting lists, so try to book as early as impossible to get yourself onto that list! Take some time to look around and visit a few venues, as you can’t always get a true feel for them from their photos online. By visiting, you can check the atmosphere, the lighting, how much space there will be and other elements that could impact your big day.
Once you have a venue and a date set, you can start sending out invitations. Take some time to draw up a guestlist in line with the venue’s capacity and send out invitations as early as possible. This will give guests time to make any necessary arrangements to make the big day. Nowadays, more and more people are opting for digital invitations and wedding websites, as this gives more space for information and is less easily lost.
The dress is a big part of most people’s wedding checklist. Again, it can be costly, and it’s best to choose as early as possible, as this allows for alterations to be made if necessary. Again, it’s essential to see and try on your dress in person before committing to buy. You may find that an option you hadn’t considered on the hanger was ideal for you when worn. You may find that something you loved on the hanger doesn’t actually tick your boxes when you’re wearing it.
Hopefully, some of the guidance above will help to get your wedding preparations started out in the right direction!