Wedding Planning 101: Where to start {Weddings Ideas and Inspiration}

by Juliette Sivertsen

Photos by Levien & Lens Photography

wedding planning 101: where to start {weddings inspiration}

From wedding venue to choosing a wedding photographer - there’s so much that goes into planning a wedding, making it hard to know where to start. 

Here’s our guide to the first five things you need to consider when planning a wedding. 

BUDGET: 

Setting your budget is a crucial task at the beginning of your wedding planning. Your budget will dictate your venue, how many guests you are inviting and many of the smaller details of the day. You can research and talk to other married friends to get a rough idea on what to expect to pay. 

Couples need to be able to talk with each other about their budget openly, honestly and without judgement - not just at the start but also during the planning process, as it’s easy for costs to add up. 

Beautiful weddings can take place on small budgets, but you need to plan well and be smart with your invite list. A larger budget gives you more flexibility but remember to keep things in perspective - you don’t want to start married life with overwhelming debt hanging over your heads.

THEME: 

Beach wedding? Rustic? Country? Elegant Glamour? 

Most of your wedding planning will hinge on the overall style or theme of your special day. It doesn’t need to be too specific at this stage - but booking in a gorgeous country estate when you really want to get married overlooking a beach, is clearly not quite going to work. 

Consider your personalities. Where did you meet each other? What are your joint or shared hobbies or interests? Narrowing down what kind of couple you are will help find the right theme for your wedding. 

wedding planning 101: where to start {weddings ideas and inspiration}

DATES: 

The reality of wedding planning is that your date will depend on your venue. You’ll need to be flexible and have several different date options available in case your chosen venue is already booked. Saturdays remain the most popular day for weddings, so consider mid-week or a Sunday wedding if you have your heart set on a venue that is booked out on your preferred dates. 

You can also save money by choosing another day instead of a Saturday. Many venues have cheaper rates and a smaller minimum spend for mid-week weddings. 

Keep in mind what time of year you are getting married in too - if you have a wedding booked close to Christmas, consider how this will affect your pre-wedding beauty appointments if salons have a Christmas/New Year shut down period. 

WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHERS

Start researching early on what kind of wedding photography you envisage. Look through different galleries and directories to find out what styles of photography you prefer. Are you looking for emotional and artistic photography, or prefer more glamour-style shoots? Again, keep in mind the theme and style of your wedding and what kind of people you are.

Once you’ve narrowed down your choices of wedding photographers, make contact and book in early. This is especially important if you are getting married in the high season when your photographer may already be fielding multiple queries for the same day. 

wedding planning 101: where to start {weddings ideas and inspiration}

ENGAGEMENT PHOTOSHOOT

Once you have chosen a wedding photographer, considering hiring them for an engagement photoshoot. An engagement photoshoot is a chance for you to get to know your photographer, and for them to get to know the two of you. They are also a fun way to celebrate your engagement without the pressures of a wedding day, as well as giving you the chance to practice what kind of photos you might like come the big day. 

Planning a wedding can be as complex or simple as you make it. Write down all your ideas as you go, keep talking to each other and plan each month with a set of to-dos for you and your spouse to work on to help keep on top of all your wedding planning.

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