Sip, sip, HORRAY! Firstly, CONGRATULATIONS! You must be in what I like to call, the bubble of bliss. Getting engaged can be rather overwhelming with all the phone calls, hugs, messages, along with having to repeat how it all went down. There is simply, so much love and excitement. By now, you surely have what it takes to be a professional hand model too. Time is of the essence when planning a wedding whether you decide to have a long engagement or chose to keep it short. So let’s dive right into my 10 top tips for a bride planning her own wedding.
1. CREATE A PINTEREST BOARD
If you haven’t already. Am I right girls? Ha. Maybe it’s time to make that secret board not-so-secret. Pin away until your heart’s content! Pick up on any consistent ideas and inspiration. This will make your choices easier when meeting with florists, photographers, venue coordinators etc.
2. GET MORE THAN ONE QUOTE FOR EVERYTHING
It might not save you time but it will certainly save you some moola. And everyone loves getting a good bang for your bucks. Many venues or vendors may seem more reasonably priced, but they more often than not, avoid enclosing all the costs involved. Maybe they don’t want to shock us but compare apples with apples.
3. KNOW YOUR BUDGET
Know this before you get going. Often times, this means chatting to family and knowing where you’ll prioritise this lump sum. Warning: It adds up quickly!
4. TRIPLE CHECK THOSE DATES
Check that the dates you are considering work for the important people coming from abroad. TIP: We also coordinated our dates with our photographer’s availability.
5. INCLUDE THE OLDIES IN THE PLANNING
How to include my granny and other close women in my life was a bit of a brain scratcher for me at first. Including them with dress fittings and cake tastings made them feel special, important and was really such a sentimental memory leading up to the special day. (You also realise that your special day is almost just as important to them- too sweet, I tell you!)
6. USE VENDORS IN THE AREA
This must be done to avoid exorbitant travel and accommodation costs for the thousands of vendors. Yes! Thousands is an exaggeration but that’s how much extra you’ll be forking out with outa-town merchants.
7. CREATE A PERSONALIZED WEDDING WEBSITE
You can pop important information on it like save-the-dates, invites, registry and accommodation options. This is handy for your guests and it’s paperless. It’s a win-win! You can create your own if you willing to brave this task or have a professional pull something together. Tip: Stick to your wedding theme/colour palette on the website.
8. MEET WITH YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER BEFORE YOUR SPECIAL DAY
Discuss location shots and a list of guests who must be included in the shots. Although this is discussed, most photographers have disclosers that mention that it is not their responsibility to coordinate and gather those individuals on the day. If you do have a coordinator, be sure to hand those contact details over. Meeting before also gives you an opportunity to get comfortable with the person who you’ll most likely have to feel a little awkward around when you start doing those couple shots. We chose Sharon Hodges.
9. HAVE A LIST OF TO-DO’S
Being organised is crucial. I’m a biggy on having a million to-do lists. Just be careful not to get carried away in creating lists upon lists that cause you to lose sight of what’s really important.
10. LET YOUR FAMILY KNOW YOUR EXPECTATIONS
Let your family know right from the beginning what your expectations are for your special day. Eg. We wanted a small, intimate wedding. This is a gentle way to avoid disappointment later on when they discover that Whats-That-Aunties-Name-Again is maybe not invited.
BONUS TIP: CHAT TO OTHER BRIDES
This is one of the best ways to figure out what others found important along with what memories generally stand out after the dust has settled. The biggest tip I was given by most brides was to get a videographer. So many women regret not having someone capture their moment in motion.
Every couple deserves to celebrate in the special way that is unique to them. Just ensure that you enjoy the planning process as much as the day itself because those hours fly by pretty fast on your actual wedding day.
Got any other tips and tricks for wedding planning? Leave a comment below.