Posted 26 Jun, 2020
Just got engaged and don't know where to start?
You've said 'I do' - now it's time to plan your big day!
The average time between a proposal and the wedding day is 13 months (although we have hosted many whirlwind weddings too!). When it comes to planning your perfect day, where should you begin?
Set the Date
This is a great way to get the planning started as it can help steer you in a particular direction — outdoors vs. indoors, for example. Bear in mind that popular venues and suppliers can book up months (sometimes years!) in advance, as can photographers, bands and DJs. Working backward from the date, and give priority to things that need to be taken care of right away will help keep things progressing and keep you from panicking.
Choose Your Colours
Here’s another decision that sets other important planning wheels in motion, including invites, flowers and bridal-party gowns. For spring and summer weddings, beautiful muted pastels work well. For autumn/winter weddings, we've been seeing a move to bolder, deeper colours as well as the classic ice whites/creams.
Deciding upon your wedding date and your colour palette are two of the best ways to get your planning up and running.
Determine Your Overall Vision
Modern? Traditional? Romantic? Vintage? Just like setting the colours, once you have a clear vision, it will help you design your invitations, choose décor and select all those little touches that make your day even more unique.
Find the Dress
Once your date is set, it's time to start dress shopping! Finding “the one” (and going for follow-up fittings) takes time, so you’ll want to get this important element crossed off your to-do list early. From our experience, it can take anything between 3 and 6 months of finding, fitting and creating the dream dress before it is finally 'yours'!
Create a Beauty Plan
You’ve chosen the gown, now start considering the perfect hair and makeup to complete your look. Get hair and makeup artist recommendations from friends and book trials with a few before you decide on who you'd like to prepare you on the big day.
No matter how tech savvy or environmentally conscious you are, a printed invitation delivered by post or by hand is traditional, classic and a timeless keepsake for all your guests. As the wedding gifts come in, be sure to follow up with thank-you notes.
Photos are Forever
It's key to find someone who takes the style of photography you'd like - some of our couples prefer less formal, more relaxed photos, others prefer the traditional, more posed style.
Consider hiring a Photo Booth for a fun way to capture the fun and atmosphere at your reception - our guests love them!
Your guests will appreciate a great DJ, band or other entertainers - what about a magician, a caricaturist or a singing waiter? Entertainment is one area that brings people together and creates experiences that everyone will remember long after the celebration. If you're expecting a few children at your wedding, we'd recommend a Wedding Nannies or Teepee Party company - they'll set up a designated play area for the wee ones and keep them entertained during your reception.
A Wedding Coordinator is there to help guide and advise you before and during the day itself and will ensure your vision is carried out and allow you to take in the day and enjoy your guests. We're fortunate to have Adam Sweeney as our Wedding Planner extraordinaire - he's the NI Wedding Coordinator of the Year 2020 - so you can be assured of the best day ever!