Today I have handed the blog over to the lovely Roberta of Roberta Plans Your Day. She has lots of advice for newly engaged couples. Enjoy! x
Wedding planning tips – Essential advice newly-engaged couples must read
If you’re a newly-engaged couple you’re living a special moment in your relationship.
You feel overjoyed and start dreaming about the big day and, in my experience, a bride’s first focus, right after your beau has dropped on one knee, is see yourself in a beautiful gown.
Truth is, that there are so many different aspects to the wedding planning process that, unless you’ve had the time to do it for the past few years, you’ve been already married or you work in the industry, nobody is an expert and it can be a very time-consuming experience, emotional and tiring.
You have endless choices, as many traditions are not really requirements any longer, there are even more questions to ask and decisions to make.
That’s why I’ve created a list of essential wedding advice to help discerning couples.
First things first
I don’t like to, but I have to be the bearer of “bad news” sometimes.
If I had to give you just one piece of advice, this would be mine for newly-engaged couples.
It’s painful to talk money and it kind of takes the fun away, but in my experience this is where many couples get lost as they’re planning their wedding.
If you don’t plan your overall budget before you even start planning, you risk overspending in the end and that takes all the fun away from the process.
Every small element adds up in the end and the sooner you realize it, the lesser the stress closer to the big day.
Your personalities and your taste
You decide what’s important for you and where you want to prioritise budget.
If you both love a party and that’s the part of celebration you’re mostly looking forward to, you should definetily “invest” in the entertainment.
You want your wedding to be fun, dance the night away with your favourite people after you tied the knot is going to create memories of a lifetime.
Hire a live band, get a on open bar and have the best party you can remember.
If you’re a passionate foodie and you live for the next tasty experience then make it all about the gourmet deliciousness of canapés, wine pairing and splash on the ultimate of wedding cake.
Think about hiring a planner no matter your guest list size
No matter your guestlist size, if you’re getting married in a private home estate or by the beach you want all your friends and family to enjoy the moment with you,
have fun and not answering requests from suppliers.
When I’m your on-the day coordinator I’m your point of contact for everyone, bridal party vendors and guests.
Have fun as well as staying organised
As a bespoke wedding designer I love creating aesthetically details, that make every single wedding stunning and elegant.
It’s the creative aspect of my job that really excites me.
I love discussing plans and designs with newly-engaged couples love story and being able to narrate their vision.
Today’s newly-engaged couples are all about sustainability
Actively engaging in giving back to the environment is an option I always consider and discuss with my couples when I develop their wedding concept.
Another way to have some eco-friendly options is using wedding stationary suites, produced using recycled rags or paper, or even containing plantable seeds that can sow in your garden after the wedding ( the gift that keeps on giving!)
You can do so talking to your florists that sources your blooms locally or having living plants as part of your floral aisle decoration or as a backdrop. Your florist can also help you choosing products that do not contain harsh chemicals.
Have weather plans
If your plan is to have an outdoor ceremony and celebration you should really think about what I like to call a rain plan.
Planning is key : that goes also for an extreme heatwave plan too!
There’s nothing more uncomfortable for your guests that having to travel all dressed to the nines and then melting away under the sun.
Speak to your wedding planner about options, after you have found your outdoor venue.
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