How to Plan Your Wedding in 2018
So you’ve said yes! Welcome to the beginning of an amazing journey ahead. It can be daunting so I’m here to help you along and provide useful information on how to plan your wedding in 2018.
Over the coming weeks, I will provide you with essential information that you need to know. Having photographed hundreds of weddings over the years, I’ve witnessed all the highs and lows involved. This guide will help you avoid the common mistakes that couples encounter and also introduce you to some awesome suppliers that I can highly recommend.
Once the initial buzz of saying ‘I do’ dies down, it’s time to get things moving and plan ahead. I’m sure a lot of couples recently popped the question at Christmas so now is the ideal time to kick start your wedding planning journey. It can be a little overwhelming at times – try to remember to breathe, take time for yourself as a couple away from all the hype and not loose sight of the most important thing. Your love for each other …
Where to begin?
After your have shared the good news with family & friends, get that ring insured! With all the excitement it’s so easy to forget the basics. I normally tell couples that it’s also a lovely time to plan an engagement session. This is such a special time in your lives, why not document it and have treasured images of the start of your next journey together. You can also use these images for ‘Save the Date’ cards, for your full Wedding invites or even to share at the reception with guests. What’s not to love 🙂
It might be tempting to start thinking about what flowers you would love, which dress is best for your body shape or what flavour of cake to choose but there are some basics which shouldn’t be ignored. Build upon solid foundations and your wedding day will be a phenomenal success. I know it’s a cliché but ‘fail to prepare, prepare to fail’ is so true. It’s hard work at the time but means you can relax on the day itself and allow the experts to work their magic.
This can be a tough one as everyone has a different idea in mind of how much they want to spend on their wedding day. It’s best if you can sit down some evening when you are both relaxed and have time to chat. Listen to what you partner has to say and calmly share your point of view. If you don’t initially agree on budget, don’t panic. It will work out in the end once you get a chance to discuss all the following points.
Once you decide how many guests that you are going to invite to the wedding, this also helps you choose your venue and location. If it’s a smaller wedding, there are some totally unique venues throughout Ireland that will rock your wedding. Larger weddings will traditionally mean opting for a hotel or even a barn/marque setting. Whatever you decide, once you have your number it’s a fantastic place to start. It’s worth remembering that on average around 10% of guests that you invite decline so you need to factor that into your numbers.
I found this guide online at Destination Wedding Magazine which might help you out …
To theme or not to theme?
What kind of wedding do you both really want – traditional, modern, vintage or bohemian? Some couples love to incorporate a TV programme or movie, a book they love, a hobby or sport in their theme. Others keep it very simple and choose a colour scheme to work around. If you are stuck for ideas, why not brainstorm and write down all your favourite things. What are your passions, makes you tick or brings you together? Think outside the box and you will be amazed what you can come up with. I love offering guidance in this area to couples who book their wedding photography with me. It helps me get to know them better and there is nothing I love more than getting the creative juices flowing!
Do you want to incorporate a religious ceremony or go for the civil option instead? Both have their pros and cons. Remember that it’s your day and try not to be swayed by family or friends when making your decision.
The time of year that you decide to hold your wedding can impact on a number of areas so it’s important that you think it all through.
Winter weddings can be magical – snow covered fields, fur stoles, mulled wine, twinkling fairy lights and snuggly blankets. They also come with their own challenges – difficult travel conditions, poor light, short days which leaves little time of photos outdoors using natural light and frozen toes!
As for summer weddings, where do you start? Glorious sunsets, beach vibes, wild flower bouquets and outdoor ceremonies. The reality can be somewhat different. Sweating grooms in their suits, wasps in your bouquet, wilting flowers and melting cakes. That’s if it doesn’t rain.
Every season has it’s positives and challenges. Just don’t be too disappointed if it doesn’t all go to plan. The one thing we can’t control is the weather and particularly in this beautiful country of ours. What we lack is glorious sunshine, we make up for with craic and fun. Embrace the wind – it makes for some cracking photo opportunities. Face the showers with wellies, umbrellas and a smile. The key is to be prepared and go with the flow.
A lot of my brides tell me that they use wedding organisers to keep all their inspiration, correspondence and notes together in one place. I think this is an excellent idea, particularly as I for one love the excuse to buy new stationery. One of my all time favourite stationery fashionistas, Veronica Dearly, has compiled the perfect planner for you. In conjunction with the ever fabulous blogger and publisher, Rock n Roll Bride, this organiser offers the solution to all your planning needs.
I hope you have you enjoyed this first instalment in my series of how to plan your wedding in 2018. Next time I’ll be sharing some of my favourite wedding websites. There are so many out there but I’ve selected my Top 10 to help you on your way.
Look forward to chatting to you again soon.
Love and light, Catriona x