Thursday, 14 January 2016

Wedding Planning: Where to start!

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.

2) CEREMONY
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.

3) BUDGET
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!

4) PINTEREST
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.


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! 

xxx
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17 comments

  1. I looove weddings :) And I can't wait to plan my own (not in the near future though :D) I bet it's super exciting for you :) I also have a private wedding board on pinterest, and I have to say it's filled with some amazing ideas, so my wedding better be amazing :D:D

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  2. I've never actually been to a wedding before! No one I've known has gotten married! I'd love to see more wedding content as I do love hearing about weddings and I can feel more involved as you go through the planning process.

    Sally ~ DiagonSally

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  3. You have some very beautiful wedding ideas on your Pinterest! May I inquire about your engagement ring? It is gorgeous, unique, and seems to really fit your style! Did you have any input or drop any hints? How did your fiance choose such a perfect ring? Also, is the center stone a diamond or an alternative gemstone? Forgive my prying, but I am always fascinated when I see a truely unique ring! Many rings are very cookie cutter and don't really have much individuality!

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  4. I'm so excited to witness your wedding journey! I loved following Fleur's back in the day and I find myself watching wedding-planning-videos on YouTube aaall the time! :D Although I'm far, far away from an actual wedding (hello, husband, where you at?), I love dreaming about it because I really can't wait for my own special day. Until then, I'm super happy to follow yours! :)

    Lisa x

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  5. Loved this! I'm recently engaged and just about to get stuck in to the planning so I need all the help and tips I can get!

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    1. Oh congratulations! Tip #1 : Do NOT go it alone, my aunt had her wedding recently and she was stressed out of her mind!

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  6. aah I like this! I cannot wait (actually I can) until I get to start planning and organizing

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  7. I'm not engaged or close to a wedding but OF COURSE I have a wedding board on Pinterest! It's so fun to imaging and plan out :)

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  8. Love this post! I just can tell that your wedding is going to be so beautiful and special- congratulations again! x

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  9. Oh wow congrats! I've been planning my own wedding since I was born, but I think right now though makeup is my one true love :)

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  10. One of the first things I did when I got engaged was get inspiration from Pinterest :-) Have fun with the planning!

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  13. All I can say to anyone saying they can't afford a weeding or that they are so so expensive... We did ours for £3000-4000, half of that was the venue and food. It was the most beautiful day I could imagine <3 It's only one day in the start of your lives, and we had bigger plans to spend money on than the first day of marriage xx

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  14. Great advice! Two of my friends are getting married soon and im so excited for them!

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  15. I have to agree with Emily, my partner and I got engaged last April and we are getting married this May. Our whole day is costing no more than £4000 (which still feels like an obscene amount to me), but that is everything - the venue, the church, the food, the entertainment, the decs.... and we have 80 guests in the day and another 60 in the evening! I personally think you should plan your day around who you want with you. We have chosen to get married in our village church and the reception is at our local village hall - which means everyone can get there easily and there won't be lots of travelling on the day!

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  16. It's wonderful, so classic and traditional!:)
    I've also arranged a live music to my wedding, I'm getting married this August, we'll have a small party, and I want to make presents for our guests, such small and touching badges, maybe from mypartywear.co.uk . But I'm still looking for fresh ideas!:)
    Thank's for you nice photos, you've done it perfect!:)"

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