How to Plan for a 2018 Wedding

We all dream of the moment that we find “the one”. This moment is then followed by butterflies, and firsts, and then true commitment. When they finally pop the question, it can feel like magic, but how do you turn that magic into a beautiful wedding?

As much as we would like it to be something that naturally occurs, weddings require a lot of planning to come together. For those who are unfamiliar with the process of wedding planning, the amount of time that you have ahead of you can seem incredibly daunting. That is why we have compiled this list so that you know how to plan a wedding for 2018 or beyond:

  1. Budget

The first step to any successful wedding is budgeting. You can have a beautiful and perfect wedding regardless of the budget, so you should never feel pressured to pay more than you can comfortably afford. Ask family members what they can contribute towards your wedding (instead of a wedding gift, for instance) if you need the extra help. Generally, though, when you have a small budget this only means that you need to be more creative with your planning.

  1. Choose Your Venue

The biggest portion of your budget will be your venue, but you don’t need to spend a fortune to have a great wedding. Instead, visit and find stunning venues at discounted prices. That way you can have the fairytale wedding of your dreams, without dealing with the nightmare of a bill.

  1. Catering

Before you settle on catering, you need to get a quote. Knowing how much your two main wedding portions, the venue and the catering, cost will help you determine how many people you can comfortably invite. Ideally, you will be able to invite everyone you want to be there. If you are on a tight budget, however, it is okay to keep your guest list small and, for instance, not extend a +1 invite to your friends and family. As the saying goes, “no ring, no bring!”

  1. Invite Your Guests

Once you know how many guests you can invite, it’s time to send out the invitations! Be sure to include a means to provide key information, like allergies in your invite or RSVP. That way, once your guest list has been decided, you can then return to the catering company and ensure that your food is not only delicious but that everyone can eat it.

  1. Your Dress

Your dress can be as expensive or as budget as you need it to be, but it will always be beautiful. Start your dress search early so you can find the perfect one that is within your budget.

  1. Extras

The last part of any wedding are the “extras”. These include the flowers, the decorations, the music, and any activities you wanted to include. Work with the venue to see what they can provide, consider DIY projects, and remember that what you’ll remember of the day is being around your loved ones, not whether you had the fancier tablecloth.

Weddings should be personal, and they shouldn’t put you into debt. That is why you need to work with your budget. It is entirely possible to have the wedding of your dreams, no matter whether you have less than £5000 to spend or all the money in the world.

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