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It’s been a busy week at Wedding Dolls HQ.  We spent last weekend at the Wedding Fair at Bluewater, which was just fantastic. There were so many local Kent suppliers showcasing their beautiful and gorgeous ideas for making your wedding really special and it was great for getting lots of ideas and inspiration. However, afterwards one of our competition winners told us they felt slightly overwhelmed with the task ahead and all the decisions they needed to make.

But there is no need to panic! We often talk to engaged couples who have been to a few wedding fairs and still don’t really know where to start with the actual planning process. Our initial two-hour wedding consultation is perfect for this as it really helps to gather together your initial ideas and set you off on the right wedding path.  After meeting with us you’ll know some of the pitfalls to look out for and common mistakes people make when planning a wedding, as well as how to get the planning and styling stages right, which will save you time and money later.

The more confident ones amongst you will already be clear about what you need to do and have a long list of jobs at the ready, but if have you been engaged for a while and haven’t yet written a wedding related list here’s how to start.

Ok breathe, go slow and take it one step at a time. The first list you need goes from 1 – 6 and will be your basic wedding plan.

1. Set the Date.

You will need to consider what season you want for your wedding as they all bring different pro’s and con’s. Decide on a couple of potential dates, then Google them to check they don’t clash with bank holidays or large sporting events that you would sooner avoid.

2. Set the budget.

You can’t go any further until you know how much you have to spend overall. Then begin to breakdown your budget by using some average costs for the main things such as venue, catering, photographer and outfits.  See our blog post next week: Counting the Cost: Wedding Planning #2 to help.

3. Draw up your guest list.

This is going to be tough as you will need to agree on which guests make the grade.  The golden rule is the more guests you have, the more money you are likely to need!  It’s crucial to define your guest list early on so you know you are well within your budget outline and all your nearest and dearest are on the short list. This will also determine which type of venue you need.

4. Your Wedding Style.

It is here we can touch on the ‘style’ of your wedding.  You don’t need to know the exact style and every last detail at this stage but you will want an overall idea. Are you looking for the glitz and glam of a boutique hotel, a relaxed country garden party or do you want something really different like a teepee or a boat.  Think about your personalities and any likes and dislikes. You will both want to feel comfortable with the style and venue and it’s important you both agree now to save any upset, or added expense, later on.

5. Venue.

Next you need to find a venue that is going to suit your wedding style, budget and can cater for the number of guests you have. It’s no good hankering after the little country pub if your guest list goes over 100 or wanting a top London hotel if you have less than a £30,000 budget.  Draw up a short list of no more than five and then visit them all armed with your list of provisional dates.

6. Decision Time!

Now you need to make a final decision on your style, budget, venue and guest list. From here you can send out “save the date” cards and go in search of the all important dress.  If you need to start saving for your wedding then get a separate wedding account and work out your budget goals.

If you think you might need wedding planning help then now is a good time to chat with us to see what we can do for you.

Don’t forget the most important thing is to enjoy it all and don’t worry – if you follow our simple plan you can’t go wrong!

Good luck xxx

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