If you’re newly engaged, we’d like to say congratulations!! You have a beautiful journey ahead, though there’s plenty of work to do before your big day! If you aren’t hiring a wedding planner, then chances are this responsibility is on you. Some brides and grooms naturally drift to checking their favourite items off the list without giving much thought to the essentials that really should be in place first. If you need some help with the checklist order, here’s our suggestions for prioritising each task:
- Set your budget
Once you’ve announced your engagement news to friends and family, the first step towards the wedding should be establishing your budget. Your budget will factor into every decision that will follow.
- Set your date
Next, you’ll need to set a date.
- Select your venue
When you have a date and a budget, you’ll want to start researching venues. If you have your heart set on a specific place, it’s best to get in quick. Venues now book out well in advance, this is not something you can leave to the last minute. Your choice in venue will also help you establish a theme/tone for your wedding. If you’ve chosen a ritzy hotel, you’ll be wanting glam for all aspects of the day. If you’re more rustically inclined, you’ll likely choose a barn (and we strongly recommend the romanticism of country weddings).
- Draft your guest list
At this point, you’ll also want to draft your guest list and choose a venue that will affordably accommodate everyone.
- Make some aesthetic choices
Following your venue booking, you can start working on the aesthetics as you’ll have a rough idea on the theme. You can also start looking for attire for the bride and groom, and all members of the wedding party.
Your wedding rings can also be designed or purchased during this phase, and you’ll also want to finalise the stationery choices (such as invitations, place cards etc.).
- Book in your suppliers
Now your theme is well established, it’s time to book in the following suppliers:
- Cake maker
- Make-up artist
- Wedding cars/transport
- DJ or live band (if applicable)
- Organise the legalities and paperwork
Marriage is a legal commitment, and you’ll need to organise your marriage license if you want to do this right. Get in early, so you’re not panicked closer to the date. From the Australian Government ‘Getting Married‘ website:
“A completed Notice of Intended Marriage form must be given to your celebrant at least one month before the wedding. You can give it to your celebrant up to 18 months beforehand. Your celebrant can help you complete the form. The notice may be completed and witnessed outside Australia if required.”
- Accommodation and honeymoon plans
If you’re planning a destination wedding, or planning a night in a hotel before the big day, book that well in advance too. You’ll also want to decide on if/when the honeymoon will take place, and book that now as well.
- Check and re-check the checklist
Life doesn’t stop just because you’re planning a wedding, and life has a way of getting super busy at super inconvenient times. Weddings can also heighten family and social politics. When so much is happening, it’s easy to forget things, so make sure you have a checklist and check it often. Firstly, at 3-6 months out. Go through your list and make sure everything is travelling as anticipated. Do the same thing 1-2 months out, and then again in the final week. Phone all your suppliers at each interval to make sure all is tracking well.
The final step is the actual wedding day, and you should enjoy every minute of it. Your hard work and planning will pay off, and this will be a beautiful day that you will cherish for the rest of your life. Try to live in the moment as much as possible, sharing it with those you love most.
At Buttai Barn, we’ve seen countless couples commit to lifetimes of love and happiness right here. It’s the most wonderful part of being involved in the wedding industry. If you’re still looking for a venue, and you’d like a blank canvas with beautiful, rustic features and details, we invite you to consider Buttai Barn. For more information, you can give us a call on 4930 3153, or download our weddings brochure.