The Fast Track Guide to Wedding Planning
Updated: Apr 18
When my now husband and I got in engaged in June 2013, we both agreed that we didn’t want a particularly long engagement. Ideally we’d have liked around 6 months however, with that falling in December, we knew we didn’t want a winter wedding. So, it was either a very short engagement and get married at the end of summer (crazy, right!!??) or get married in early Spring when we imagined the weather may not be quite so great…
So, when we discovered that our favourite wedding venue had a last minute availability on a Tuesday in late September, we decided to take the crazy route, planning our wedding in three months from engagement to wedding day! (It’s a good job we love a challenge!!)
Yes, it was stressful & yes we spent more in some areas than we would have liked but on the whole, we got some great deals, had the most wonderful day and given the time again, I wouldn’t change it for the world!
So given this experience, I’ve picked out a few key points that I believe will help you in planning your wedding day, whether in three months or over three years!
Know your budget Money. It’s rarely a conversation we look forward to but it’s a really important one! Deciding your budget will help determine all the other aspects of your day so make sure you get this sorted at the start.
Agree your priorities Obviously, we’d all love to have the best of everything - food, music, venue, photographer, etc. However, the likelihood is you’ll have to compromise in some areas so decide what for you, as a couple, is the MOST important. For us, it was music and photographer - my husband loves live music and of course, I knew that the photographs were going to be really important! They're one of the few things (if not only thing) you're going to have for years to come to look back on your day and remember each moment so I would always advise investing your money in a photographer who you connect with and whose style of photography you love.
Think creatively! I’m a huge fan of weddings where the personalities of the couple shines through. Whether its a relaxed wedding on the beach or a beautiful service in a top hotel, it’s your day so do it your way. Take the time to explore different styles and ideas and decide what suits you.
Delegate Wedding planning can be stressful regardless of the length of your engagement so share the load and entrust those closest to you with various tasks. It will make it that much more enjoyable to have others alongside you!
I’ve been privileged to photograph many couples’ weddings, capturing such wonderful moments between them and with their guests. If you’re planning your wedding and are looking for a photographer who values getting to know you and what’s important to you, please get in touch, I’d love to hear from you.