November 16, 2017

Whether you’ve just got engaged and don’t know where to begin with your wedding plans, or your wedding day is drawing closer and you’re starting to worry you’ve forgotten something vital, planning a wedding can be a stressful event; there’s so much to organise to make sure your big day goes to plan! To help you, we’ve put together the top 14 things you need to plan before your wedding.

  1. Venue
    Firstly, where is your wedding going to be? Before you can send out invitations, think about guest lists or organise your transport, you need to find your venue and book it - remember, there can be a long waiting list for some venues!
  1. Photography
    Great wedding photographers are often booked out well in advance so it’s important to book this in as soon as possible. Meet with a few photographers and discuss the kind of photos you would like from your wedding. Think about whether you want them to photograph you getting ready, whether you prefer candid shots or whether you like posed photos. Look at a few portfolios to find the best match.
  1. Celebrant
    Like photographers, popular celebrants can also be fully booked well in advance. The celebrant you choose will have a huge impact on the overall experience of the day. They all have there own personality and way of conducting a ceremony so make sure they are a good fit for your personal preferences.

  2. Invitations
    Once your venue is booked, you can send out invitations. Send these out sooner rather than later to make sure your friends and family can make it. We highly recommend Aluminium or Acrylic Wedding invitations if you want to stand out.

  3. Wedding dress
    For a lot of brides, much of their day is planned around the wedding dress. Your gown can indicate what theme your wedding can be, your flower choice and your colour scheme, so make sure you find the perfect gown before you commit to any decor choices. A cohesive theme is the key to a beautiful wedding.

  4. Bouquet and flower arrangements
    Once your dress is chosen, you can think about what flowers you want for you and your bridesmaids. You can also think about dressing the aisle with beautiful arrangements and centerpieces at your reception. Flowers are a romantic staple and can really beautify your venue. If you’re not sure which flowers would compliment your big day or on flower pairings, speak to a professional florist who will be able to create a stunning arrangement for you.

  5. Wedding cake
    Wedding cakes can vary greatly in style, quality and price. It’s worthwhile shopping around and viewing cakes the supplier has made in the past. Check to make sure they have experience in the style of cake you prefer, and the budget is suitable.

  6. Wedding favours
    Show some appreciation to your wedding guests who will help make your day so special with wedding favours. If you are having a theme to your wedding, try and make the favours tie in. If you aren’t having a theme, choose something thoughtful or useful and avoid tacky novelty items that will likely get thrown away soon after the wedding!

  7. Transport
    As well as organising how you and your wedding party will make it to and from the church and reception venue, think about your guests. Organising a way for your guests to make it from A to B is the best way of ensuring all your guests can make it to your big day.

  8. Music
    Your music choice should reflect your own taste as well as be enjoyable for all of your guests. Whether you choose a band or a DJ, make sure you try out a few to find the perfect fit for you.

  9. Menu
    Get in touch with a few caterers to put together a menu for your wedding. Whether you opt for a buffet or a sit-down meal, make sure to sample the menu to make sure it’s up to scratch. It’s a good idea to ask your guests for any allergies or dietary requirements when you send out invitations and let your caterers know, this way you can ensure all of your guests are well fed!

  10. Gift registry
    Make a gift registry so that your guests can pick out something that you really want or need. This takes the guess work out of gift giving and guarantees that your guests don’t waste their money on a present that you neither want nor need!

  11. Schedule
    An unorganised wedding where no one really knows where they should be or what is happening next can pile stress onto your big day. Put together a rough schedule or timeframe and let your caterers and DJ or band know so that the day can flow cohesively.

  12. Wedding dress preservation
    Your wedding dress can be a fantastic keepsake that you can look back on in many years time, or you can choose to hand it down to your own children when it comes time for their wedding. To keep your dress in immaculate condition, you will need to have it preserved. Before departing for your honeymoon, organise to have your dress taken care of by a specialist dry cleaner who has expert knowledge in wedding gown preservation such as Wedding Gown Dry Cleaning in Sydney or Master Dry Cleaners in Melbourne. If you can’t find a dry cleaner in your local area, it may be worth having it shipped to someone you know who will take care of it for you. Your wedding dress preservation isn’t something to leave to chance.

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