Planning a wedding must be one of the most exciting tasks I've ever been involved in and I jumped straight into it after Andrew and I got engaged in September.
I wanted to kick off my wedding content with a little chatty video on my channel about how it's going for us so far (it'll be live on my channel soon - subscribe to be kept up to date) but until then I wanted to talk about where to start for all of those who have just got engaged!
1) GUEST LIST
The first thing we did was start a spreadsheet of our guest list. Before we got into looking at venues or anything we wanted to start imagining who would share our special day with us and start counting the numbers. This helped us to narrow down a venue as we knew roughly how many people it would need to hold.
We also had a lot of chats about the type of ceremony we wanted (in fact we did this before we were even engaged so we knew we were both on the same page). Andrew's only specification was that he wanted a church wedding (which would mean a lot to him and his family) and I was very happy to oblige. Knowing that we wanted our ceremony in a church also helped us narrow down venues as we knew we wanted them to be within walking distance to save time and travel costs.
I think a budget list was also one of the first things I created in my wedding spreadsheet. I'll be completely honest and admit I haven't really been very organised or serious about this and I haven't budgeted for half of the things we need (and my estimations of prices are probably way off), but it's very important to know how much you can afford, so you can start putting plans into place to save etc. One thing I will say is weddings are SO expensive, much more than I thought they'd be. Our venue alone is much more than I had originally allowed but it's perfect so we'll have to find ways to save money elsewhere!
This is really sad, but I actually had a 'Wedding Mood Board' on my Pinterest account before I even met Andrew - in my defense it was a private board though! I think every girl has a dream and a vision of what their dream day would look like so every time I saw an image I loved on Pinterest I'd pin it just in case! Once we got engaged I made the board public and also created a few extra boards for each category - one for dresses/themes/food and favours/flowers/photography styles etc! These have become so helpful when trying to plan and find inspiration so I really recommend making your own boards to help you nail down the type of style & theme of your wedding.
You can see my Wedding Pinterest Boards here!
I think that's it for now - there is so, so much I want to talk about but I will save those for future blog and video content. I think next on the blog I might show you some venue inspiration I adored whilst on the hunt for our location!
Let me know if you'd like more wedding content on the blog!