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5 questions to ask when planning your wedding


Planning your wedding is an exciting time in your life, but it can be a little stressful trying to navigate the busyness of all the wish-lists, checklists and to-do lists.

The below five questions are a helpful starting point when you and your partner are planning your dream day.

  1. The budget: What can we really spend? Planning any large event begins with setting a budget, so it’s crucial to decide what you and your partner are willing to spend. First, take a realistic look at your finances and figure out how much you are able to save between now and the big day as well as who has offered to help (if you’re lucky!) and by how much. Once you figure out your budget you’ll know where you can splurge and where you can scrimp in the planning process.

  1. The guest list: Who HAS to be there? Your budget and guests list go hand in hand, so it’s important that both you and your partner start with a list of the ‘must invites’ and go over the numbers, to make sure you can fit everybody in before spreading to the outer circle of ‘nice to have’ guests.

  1. The vendors: What is important to us? When it comes to deciding on vendors, it makes sense to start by choosing your top three priorities. For some people that might be videographer, entertainment and venue. Others might have the perfect garden at the family home, but need to hire the furniture and stylists to bring the outdoor space to life.

  1. The theme: What does our day feel like?

What words spring to mind when thinking of your special day? Casual, glamorous, bohemian, classic, eclectic? Once you have those words in mind, what springs to mind when you think of the location? Are you and your partner foodies that love to go out dancing, or are you more of a casual picnic by the beach type couple? Deciding on the ‘vibe’ will help you to choose a colour palette and theme that feels like you.

  1. The date: When do we want to get married?

When settling on a date, keep any important family anniversaries or celebrations in mind as you may not want a clash with your brother’s birthday. Also consider the fact that summer is the most popular time of year to get married, so if you’re planning on January or February for the big day, be sure you’re not clashing with a friend’s wedding. And if you do have your heart set on a date, check that the venue you want is available.

Remember, your wedding day is just that – you and your partner’s (hopefully) once in a lifetime occasion, so it’s something you’ll want to get right.

Feeling overwhelmed by your wedding planning?

Our events team would be happy to chat with you about how we can help bring your perfect day to life. Click here to find out more about our wedding packages or here to contact our team today.

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