So you are getting married; the romantic proposal has taken place – Your man down on bended knee, presenting you with a knockout sparkler and you squealed “yes!”
So what happens next? What are the first things you need to focus on after the proposal has taken place?
When do you want to get married?
You will need to agree with your Fiancée what year you are planning to get married and what month, then you will need see what available dates are available at the venue you have chosen to get married in, leading us onto the next key task…
What type of wedding do you want?
This is where you need to sit down with your Fiancée (hmmm sounds good doesn’t it?) and decide whether you want;
- a church wedding or a civil ceremony?,
- are you getting married on home soil or on a beach somewhere exotic?
Do you need to take into account what your parents will want, if they are paying for the wedding they may expect a say in what type of wedding it will be. A big player in what type of wedding you will have is what budget will be available, leading onto the next key task…
Setting a Budget
You will need to set a budget early on, without knowing how much you have to spend, it is really difficult to make any decisions, sadly, everything comes down to what you can afford, even at this very romantic time in your life. Be realistic, you really don’t want to saddle yourselves with a massive debt for the foreseeable! Sit down with anyone you are hoping to make a contribution and get an overall figure, then break it down into categories. Watch out for a future post on wedding budgets for more helpful tips and a free wedding budget spreadsheet to help you keep within your budget! Other practicalities you will need to look at are….
How to get married?
What are the legal steps to getting married? You need to speak to your chosen wedding officiate and get a marriage licence, for further information watch for a post coming up soon on what you need to get married.
Once you have set your wedding budget, you need to start a wedding plan, unless of course, you are lucky enough to have a wedding planner and then you can just put your feet up and let them take the strain, but the majority of us will need to list all the tasks and with an end date and tick them off as we do them or you are sure to forget something. If you would like a fully adaptable wedding planning checklist my wedding planning post will allow you to download your own free printable wedding checklist, so be sure to pop back and get you free copy!
Once you have your wedding plan in place, your key tasks will become apparent and it will in turn help to keep you on track.
Happy wedding planning!