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Wedding Planning Guide | Bursaria Series #1

Our step-by-step guide to make your wedding planning a breeze!

Just got engaged? Congratulations! This is such an exciting and momentous time in your life. You’ve found your ‘forever’, and you want to make your wedding the most perfect day to celebrate your love and commitment to each other.

Planning your wedding should be an enjoyable experience that both you and your partner collaborate on together. However, a lot of stress and anxiety can come along with that shiny new sparkler on your ring finger; so we’ve created our handy dandy lil’ wedding planning checklist series to help you sail through each wedding planning phase with ease… you can thank us later in your wedding speech 😉

The first planning checklist in the series will get through the post engagement bubble of excitement, to the beginnings of an actual wedding plan taking shape… this is what you should be thinking of, directly after your engagement:

  1. Inspiration
    You need to think about how you want your wedding to look and feel… traditional or casual, rustic or modern? Indoors, outdoors, season, colour palettes… how do you envision your big day? What are your must-haves?

    Pinterest, Instagram, wedding websites and magazines are great places to start collating your inspo, and gathering the ideas that you love. From this, you should hopefully start seeing a theme emerge. Once you have a clear vision of style, theme and décor, this will help you choose a venue and suppliers down the track.
  2. Set a Budget
    Not the most exciting part of the planning process, but definitely one of the most important. Think about parents or family that may wish to contribute financially, and your own input; and work out a budget you are comfortable with, and do what you can to work within it. Your wedding shouldn’t break the bank! But you do also want it to be the most special day, within your means. Setting a budget will help stop you going overboard, and will assist making those tough decisions later between ‘want’ and ‘need’ (like, do you reeeally need the full brass marching band?!)
  3. Narrow down 2-3 Potential Wedding Dates
    Look at your calendar and consider work schedules, holidays, the season, weather, family schedules etc. and narrow it down to a few preferred dates.

    It’s always best to have a few options – you could grab yourself a bargain getting married midweek, rather than a Saturday night, for example. And keep in mind when you fall in love with a venue, they may already have a booking on your preferred date.

    Stay open minded and flexible and you will have more options available to you. If you have only specific date you must be married on, try to book your venue as much in advance as possible to secure the date you want.
  4. Choose your Guest List and Wedding Party
    You need to know how many people you would like in attendance. This will narrow down your search of venue to only those that have the capacity for your wedding size. While you don’t need an exact final head count at this stage, writing down your approximate guest list will give you an idea of how small / large your wedding will be.
    This will also determine if you have budgeted correctly, and if you need to make cuts now, before any invitations are sent.

    This is also when you think about your favourite people, and what role you would like them to play in your wedding. Choose your wedding party! You can also arrange a celebration or special way of asking them to stand beside you on your big day.
  5. Research potential Wedding Venues
    Now that you have a budget, a style and theme, an estimated guest count, and a few potential wedding dates in mind, you have all the information you need to start looking for a wedding venue.

    Take into consideration their menus, packages, cost, service, availability, reviews, can they deliver what they are promising? Are they attentive and responsive to your needs and requests?

    Once you have narrowed the list down to a few, book appointments to visit in person, and have a list of questions ready with you. Walk around the space and really feel the vibe and see if you can imagine yourself celebrating your big day there. Just like finding your partner, you’ll know when you’ve found the right one!

  • Top Tip * – Some venues have in-house event or wedding coordinators that will be extra helpful with bringing all the details together – look for this, as it’s a bonus already included in their venue hire costs. Use all the professional help you can get!

    Once you have booked the venue – congrats! You now have a wedding date, and time, and this will help in the later phase of planning, when it’s time to send out save-the-date cards, invitations, and booking suppliers. But not to overwhelm you just yet – that will be explained later!

Optional extras at this time, would be:

  1. Plan and Host your Engagement Party
    Your celebrations don’t have to wait until the actual wedding day! The fun of getting married means you have many excuses to get your family and friends around to toast to your love!

    Remember – the engagement party comes out of your wedding budget, so plan accordingly. Some couples choose to skip the engagement party altogether – whatever works for you. But if you are going to celebrate your engagement, this is generally done within 3 – 4 months of the proposal.
  2. Create a Wedding Website / Wedding Hashtag
    Although not necessary, modern couples are loving the ease of a wedding website to keep guests updated on all the wedding news and important information. It’s the one place all your guests can visit to get correct and relevant messages as you make decisions and bookings – venue, date, transport, accommodation options etc… You just must commit to updating it regularly.

    Also super popular these days are wedding hashtags – usually a play on words about your names as a couple, or a clever joke or pun. Be creative! This hashtag will be used by your guests on their social media when posting photos and it’s a great way for you to find all the candid pics later after your wedding day – just search the tag and they’ll all pop up! Use an online generator for some inspirations like this free one at ewedding.com

So! The above is more than enough to get the ball rolling for you… breaking it down into little, easily achieved sections and tasks should hopefully ease any bridezilla nerves and start you on the right track to creating your dream day. Create a file or notes on your computer dedicated to your wedding, to keep track of all your ideas and planning… being organised is a must! You’ve still got a long way still to go, so breathe, drink wine, talk to your partner, and most importantly – enjoy the process!

The next planning checklist in the series – coming next week, will explore the next phase of planning – what you need to organise 12 to 6 months prior to your big day!