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First 5 Steps to Take When Planning Your Wedding

Posted in Weddings General on October 25th, 2011 by Heidi Bolton

Planning Your Wedding

First 5 Steps to Take When Planning Your Wedding

Congratulations on your engagement! You’ve bought the engagement ring, announced it to your friends and family and you may have even had an engagement party by now … but where to from here?

You might have an idea about the type of wedding you want, but which steps are the most vital to take first when planning it? We have listed below the first five steps that all soon-to-be bride and grooms should take. Once these have been sorted the timeline and planning process will naturally start to fall into place.

1 – Buy a Journal or Scrapbook

This is a nice and easy small step for a newly engaged couple to take. And the best part is this simple step will fast become your best friend during planning. Use the scrapbook to store pictures you have cut out of magazines, write down notes to yourself when inspiration strikes and even paste in some past wedding invites and place cards that you have received before. But the most important part, keep a list of names, phone numbers and other contact details of all suppliers you are planning to use for your wedding. Even keeping each supplier quote you are given in this book will be handy so it is all in one spot for ease of reference. Write down your appointment times and your thoughts on a place as soon as the appointment is over. You will be so grateful to have all of this information in one place that can easily be lugged to work, appointments and pulled out on the sofa in the evening.

2 – Set a Budget

Set yourself a realistic wedding budget and stick to it. Try to be as thorough as possible by allocating money to all of the major areas such as: Reception, photography, invitations, food and beverages (if they are not already included in your reception package), cars, decorations and of course the outfits.

When you are tempted to break the budget on one of these aspects, take a look at which category you can ‘steal’ the budget from to pay for it. It makes it much easier to prioritise when you look at it in that way, i.e. is better invitation stock really more important than that dress you have your eye on?

3 – Set the Date

A good place to start is to begin by agreeing with your fiancé on some vital points such as whether you want a summer or a winter wedding. Once you have narrowed down to a month that you are happy with, try to be as flexible with the date as possible. That is because once you find the reception or ceremony location of your dreams you may have to compromise on the date if yours has already been taken. So unless there is a specific date you must be married on for whatever reason, try to keep an open mind on this point.

4 – Ceremony and Reception Venue

Venues often book out a year in advance, so it is important to secure this before anything else. Once you have found a place you love, lock it in. This means you have now cemented a date, a time and a location and everything else can be planned and worked around this. Your timeline can now be worked out based on a real end date and when planning flowers and cars etc you can get a solid quote, as you know the specifics of the date and location of your wedding.

5 – Choose the Wedding Party

Bridesmaids and Groomsmen aren’t there just to turn up on the day. Choose them early, as they can become a huge help with the planning and preparations in the lead up to the big day. Don’t be afraid to set them to work!

Finish these five steps and you will already be well on your way with your wedding planning. Good luck!

Written by Heidi Bolton

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Start Planning Your Wedding – Choosing a Theme

Posted in Hunter Valley Weddings, Wedding Decorations & Event Hire on November 9th, 2010 by Heidi Bolton

Wedding Theme

Start Planning Your Wedding - Choosing a Theme

First of all, congratulations on your engagement! Finally it is time to start planning that wedding you’ve always dreamed of … or haven’t. Either way, it’s a daunting task to get started on a wedding so make sure you just relax and remember to breathe.

When faced with the idea of organising an entire wedding from scratch a lot of people won’t be sure where to even start. A good tip for any bride-to-be is to get started by thinking about a theme for the wedding.

A theme can be something as simple as the colour that will be used for bridesmaids, invites and the cake decorations or it could be something more obvious such as ‘Christmas Wedding’ or ‘Fairytale Wedding’. Once you have chosen your theme, it will make future decisions much easier and far less overwhelming. For example, anyone who has visited a wedding invitation shop or website knows how many choices there are out there. Just remember you can’t do everything so pick a theme and stay true to it.

Tips on Choosing Your Theme

When deciding, make sure you choose a theme that is right for you and your fiancé. Don’t organise the whole day around your guests and forget the most important people of all, yourself and hubby-to-be!

Picking a theme can be as easy as choosing something that is suitable to the location of where you would like to get married – like a beach wedding theme if you are getting married in Port Stephens – or it could be something that is very meaningful to you both such as a movie theme if you had your first date at a movie theatre.

Having said that, make sure you keep in mind whether your theme is going to be compatible with several other aspects of your wedding, such as the location of the ceremony or the reception venue. For example, if you have your heart set on the biggest dress you can find and all the trimmings, you probably don’t want to have your ceremony on a beach. And if you fancy the idea of a medieval banquet feast as your wedding dinner then perhaps by-pass the super modern reception building that has just been erected.

Example Theme – Hunter Valley Wedding

Tulloch Wines in the Hunter Valley

Tulloch Wines

If you have chosen the Hunter Valley as the destination for your wedding it’s probably a safe bet that you and your partner enjoy wine so you could consider having a vineyard theme for your wedding. Use a translucent paper with the pattern of a bunch of grapes on your wedding invite for a subtle hint or for a more obvious look have the actual invite die-cut to be shaped like a wine bottle.

The wedding cake can be decorated with real grapes with vines wrapping elegantly around it or you could have the clusters of grapes created out of icing. If that is a bit too themed for you, try using a simple sash around the middle of the cake in a lush vine-like green or a burgundy red like your favourite wine.

For the bomboniere a cute idea can be to have mini wine bottles with a custom made label on the front with your names and the date of your wedding. These can be found at several wineries around the Hunter Valley if you wanted to give guests a keepsake from the venue.

Whatever you end up choosing, try to keep it simple. Tempting as it might be, don’t go overboard with the theme. Often having a few key parts of the day in theme can have more of an impact than an overload of matching bits and pieces. Good luck!

Written by Heidi Bolton

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