Planning your wedding: a brief guide
It may be thrilling and fun, put planning a wedding can also be stressful. Here are a few thoughts to help as you get stuck into the process of organising your marriage:
• Decide a budget
This is one of the first things to think about: how much can you afford to spend on your special day? It’s possible to have a lovely wedding whatever your budget, but you do need a financial plan in place before you do anything else, whether you are sharing the cost with parents or funding the whole occasion yourselves.
• Find a venue
Once you have at least a rough date in mind, and know whether you want to get married and have the reception in the same place or not, you can contact venues – the exact day may be determined by your chosen venue’s availability. This is going to be the most time-consuming part of any marriage planning, but it’s worth spending the time on it, and, once it’s organised, everything else should fall into place a lot more quickly.
• Consider wedding insurance
Given that the average wedding in the UK can cost up to £20,000, you may want to think about wedding insurance as soon as you start spending money. While the thought of something going wrong may not sound very romantic, it’s about peace of mind and being realistic and practical.
• Choosing the rings
Some say the tradition of a wedding ring is because a vein runs straight from your wedding ring finger to the heart, others say that its circle represents eternal love. But whichever way you look at it, selecting your wedding ring is an important decision, so take the time to choose wisely.
• Planning the guest list
Start with the people closest to you and work outwards. Because you already have a budget in mind, this should help. This part may be about compromising with your partner! Write down everyone you can think of and then eliminate. If you’re also having evening guests, draw up a list of these as well.
After these stages come the dress, wedding stationery, honeymoon, seating plan, gift list, car, flowers and, most importantly, your wedding photographer in Leeds or elsewhere to record every magical moment of your big day.