Congratulations on your engagement and welcome to the world of wedding planning! It can feel quite overwhelming, but when you really think about it, wedding planning is just like putting together a big, special party to celebrate love and commitment between two people.
Here are the basic steps in simple terms:
Set a Date: First thing’s first, choose your wedding date. Not sure where to begin? Here are some tips.
Create your Budget: Time to figure out how much money you’re willing to spend on everything. Have a chat with your parents and future in-laws to see how much they are willing to contribute. Check this out to see where to save and where to splurge.
Guest List: Decide who you want to invite. Make a list of family and friends you want to share your special day with. Here are 10 steps to building your guest list.
Venue: Pick a place where you want to have the wedding and reception. It could be a beautiful garden, a fancy hall, a beach, or anywhere meaningful to you. Avoid these mistakes when choosing your wedding venue.
Theme and Style: Decide on a general vibe or theme for the wedding. This could be something like rustic, elegant, beachy, or even based on a hobby you both love. How to choose your wedding style and colours.
Suppliers: Hire your dream team, made up of suppliers who will bring your plans to life. Your list should include a photographer, florist, entertainers (musicians and DJ). Book these suppliers first.
Dress and Attire: Choose the outfits you and your partner, as well as the wedding party, will wear. This includes the wedding dress, suits or dresses, and even outfits for the parents.
Invitations: Design and send out invitations to let people know about your wedding. Include the date, time, venue, and other important details.
Ceremony and Reception: Plan what will happen during the actual wedding. This includes the vows, exchanging rings, and any special rituals. The reception is the party after the ceremony with food, dancing, and celebrating.
Decor: Decide how you want the venue to look. This includes things like flowers, table settings, and any other decor that matches your theme.
Food and Cake: Choose the menu for the reception. This could be a full meal, buffet, or something unique. Don’t forget the wedding cake! Three things to think about when choosing your wedding cake.
Timeline: Make a schedule for the day, so everything goes smoothly. Include when different things will happen, like when the ceremony starts, when dinner is served, and when you’ll dance. How to plan your wedding day timeline.
Wedding Rings: Pick out the rings you’ll exchange during the ceremony as a symbol of your commitment.
Legal Stuff: Make sure you have all the necessary documents and permits for the marriage to be official. Make sure you know how to get legally married in Ireland.
A Plan B: Prepare for unexpected situations, like bad weather if you’re having an outdoor wedding.
Relax and Enjoy: Once everything is planned, try to relax and enjoy the day. It’s a celebration of your love, so have fun and make wonderful memories!