First 5 Things to Think About When Planning Your Wedding

Planning a wedding is an exciting yet often overwhelming experience. To help you get started on the right foot, here are the first five things you should consider when planning your big day.

1. Set a Budget

One of the first and most crucial steps in planning your wedding is setting a budget. Knowing how much you can afford to spend will guide every other decision you make. Here’s how to start:

  • Determine your overall budget: Sit down with your partner and discuss your finances. Consider contributions from family members, if they’re willing to help.
  • Decide what to spend your money on: Break down your budget into categories, such as venue, catering, dresses, kilts, photography, and entertainment. This will help you see where you might want to splurge and where you can save.
  • Stick to it: Track your spending meticulously to avoid going over budget. Use budgeting tools or spreadsheets to keep everything organised.

2. Pick a Date 

Once you’ve picked Clava Mains as your venue, contact us and check our availability. 

  • Things to consider: The season, weather, and any significant dates in your relationship. Check with key family members and friends to avoid scheduling conflicts.

3. Create a Guest List

Your guest list will influence many aspects of your wedding, from the venue size to the catering costs.

  • Draft a preliminary list: Begin by listing all the people you and your partner want to invite. Consider close family, friends, and colleagues.
  • Decide on numbers: Your budget and venue capacity will play significant roles in finalizing your guest list. Be prepared to make tough decisions and prioritize who matters most.
  • Send save-the-dates: Once you have your guest list and date finalized, send out save-the-date cards to give your guests ample time to plan.

4. Choose a Theme and Style

Deciding on a theme or style early on will help you create a cohesive look and feel for your wedding.

  • Brainstorm ideas: Think about your interests as a couple. Do you prefer a classic, bohemian, modern, or themed wedding?
  • Create a mood board: Collect images, colours, and ideas that inspire you. This will help you communicate your vision to suppliers and keep your planning on track.
  • Stay consistent: Use your theme to guide decisions on décor, attire, invitations, and even the menu.

5. Book Key Vendors

Securing key vendors early ensures you get your first choices and helps set the tone for your wedding.

  • Photographer/videographer: Good photographers and videographers are often booked well in advance, so prioritize finding someone whose style you love.
  • Caterer: Great food is a highlight of any wedding. Look for caterers who can work within your budget and offer tastings to ensure quality.
  • Entertainment: Whether you choose a DJ, live band, or solo musician, book your entertainment early to avoid disappointment.

Final Thoughts

Starting your wedding planning with these five essential steps will lay a strong foundation for a successful and stress-free wedding day. Remember, it’s your special day, so make choices that reflect your personalities and love story. Happy planning!

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