A wedding is certainly a joyous occasion – but if you’re the one doing the planning, it can quickly turn into a headache if not done the right way. Your wedding should, for all intents and purposes, be one of the best days of your life, and you can easily have it that way by making the proper preparations. Here then is your step-by-step guide to planning the perfect wedding.
Set your budget
The first step in planning your wedding is setting your budget. Do this before anything else, because it’s your budget that will decide your venue, the number of guests, the food, the entertainment, and so on. How much can you really afford to spend for your big day? How much can you save in the next few months? If your wedding is scheduled a year or two from now, you’ll have time to save, so consider that as well.
Find your venue
When you have determined your budget, the next step is to find the right venue. This will affect the actual date of your wedding, your guest numbers, and other aspects such as the wedding theme (outdoor wedding or indoor wedding, country theme or classic theme, for example). But before looking for a venue, sit down as a couple and discuss what you really want. Although there are some great venues out there (such as wedding venues in Yeovil like the Yeovil Court Hotel, ideally located in Somerset and easily accessible via the A30, A303, or M5), you have to make sure that the venue you choose can provide all your needs and requirements. Think about accommodation as well as the catering.
Choose your entourage
The bride and the groom will often have their entourage, be it the maid of honour and bridesmaids for the bride or the best man and groomsmen for the groom. When choosing your entourage, think carefully. Make a list of your prospective entourage and whom you would really like by your side on the big day. The cost of outfits should also be considered, as well as bouquets and other accessories for the party.
Select your guests
The guest list is also a very important consideration, especially if your budget is limited. Make a draft of wedding guests and prune it down if the list goes over your budget. You will also have to think about factors such as children, colleagues, and plus ones.
Look for suppliers
Now is the time to choose your suppliers – from the photographer and videographer to the florist, cake maker, stationery, caterer, and more. Making a list of exactly what you want helps – this way, you can determine your priorities and choose the best supplier for your needs. Happy planning, and good luck!