Your Wedding Will Be
Just as Regal
It is May my lovelies and the weddings are in full force. It is the start of the Wedding season as the sunshine has raised it’s sleepy head and we are indulged in golden days. This year the most anticipated being, of course, the Royal Wedding between the dashing Prince Harry and stunning Meghan Markle. What dress will she wear? Who will be in attendance? What will the guests wear? The kiss on the balcony! It is all very exciting.
If you’re at the start of your Wedding planning journey all this talk of a Royal Wedding is doing one of two things. The first being it is getting you so excited and motivated to start organising your own. The second being it’s making you stressed and reminding you of all the jobs you need to do. Either way, you’re officially in the right place because we’re discussing the first five topics you should get on your wedding to-do list.
Being organised is the key to Wedding planning and if you nail it early it will reflect in your budget, meaning you’ll probably save money. That way you can have your own Royal Wedding at a fraction of the cost!!
Decide Your Budget
This is the first job and it may sound easy but there is a fair bit to take into account. A Royal wedding doesn’t come cheap after all! Well, this obviously depends on your budget and how much you have saved or will have saved. This is essentially how much you’re willing to pay for your wedding day and I would always add or take away a little extra for wiggle room (it’s to easy to overspend so doing this means you won’t feel like you have). You should also take into account a budget for wedding insurance. Unlike the royal wedding, you don’t have a team of professionals to smooth over any problems that might ruin your day. Wedding insurance cover can vary so be sure to shop around. It is a very wise investment if you have a large budget. It’s not a bad idea to assign a limit to each guest per meal so you can really haggle well getting those deals for your day.
Once you have that number you can move on to topic number two.
This is obviously the most important topic and can really make or break a Wedding. This is why you need to research as much as you can. Get some key features in mind that you “Must Have” from the location and write them down. For example, does the ceremony need to take place at a church for your religion? Have you decided to go to a registry office? Perhaps you like the idea of a beautiful manor house? Does it need to cater to the wedding and reception? Either way, research is key and most venues have downloadable/requestable brochures with price packages attached to their website. This makes life, budgeting and choosing so much easier. Plus you can see exactly what you’re getting for your money. Keep a look out for their local wedding events or even send over an email and ask if they host or attend them. You can get some great discounts this way but shhh you didn’t hear that from me!
Who are your #Squad and who are buying outfits for?
If you decide who is going to be in the Bride and Grooms wedding parties you’ll need to decide if and how much you can spend on everybody’s outfits, yourself included. I am aware I said if but it is not unheard of to hear of happy couples asking their groomsmen and bridesmaids to pay for their own outfits of they’d like to be included. From a budget standpoint, I’m like “yay” as you could save so much money. My personal opinion, however, is if you’re inviting people to have a role in your wedding you should pay unless they offer (again my personal opinion).
In any case, you need to let those know who need to know. That way everyone knows where they stand and there can be no arguments (hopefully).
One of the biggest topics for a wedding day. I imagine the Royal Wedding will have Michelin starred chefs preparing their delicious feast. Your day should be no different but you can always save a little right!? The trend of vintage style food vans doesn’t appear to be slowing down. The great thing about that is you can feed a larger amount of people on a smaller budget. This is done without losing any aesthetic effect to your big day. Some delicious fish and chips in a newspaper cone to ice cream vans. If you’re booking a venue that will supply your meal for you within your package, then why not a few added treats. Weddings can be a long day for all involved so be sure to give food a thought.
That’s right folks the ball and chain aspect of the show. Those binding legal documents and legalities that tie to your spouse for all legal intense and purposes. of course though, all jokes aside, it is a vital part of the wedding planning process. if not done correctly or on time can have a massive impact on your day.
However, this is one thing you want down and done as quickly as possible. Some of the paperwork can take a minute to sort out. If for any reason there is a delay you will have plenty of time to rectify it without having to stress.
It is also one of the most boring aspects really let’s face it so getting it out the way and sorted is never a bad thing.
Once you have achieved all these, essentially, all you need is rings and you could be married and fed by the end of the day. You can, of course, add all the extras of a DJ, a trendy photo booth or a sweet cart. All you need then is uncle Neville slightly sozzled on wine killing it on the dance floor to Electric Avenue and your day is complete.
I can’t see that being a scene at the Royal Wedding but with Philip around Harry and Meghan may still have hope (lol). Are you planning your wedding soon? Have you already and planned a wedding? Let us know your best tips in the comments below and happy planning loves.
Lots of Love