Congratulations on your forthcoming Wedding!
If at all possible try to allow yourselves
enough time for your Wedding Planning to make sure you both get the Perfect
Wedding you are looking for.
When you start your Wedding Planning decide together the type of wedding
you would like - e.g. an informal or formal church wedding or a civil
Work out a budget and decide at the outset who will be paying for what.
Getting this right will save much heartache later on.
When you gave agreed on a date you should book the church / civil ceremony
as soon as you can. Arrange to meet either the church minister or the registrar
so that arrangements can be made and you the rest of your Wedding
planning can start to be put into effect.
Church Weddings: discuss the details of the ceremony with the minister including the style of service, music to be played, bell ringing, choirs etc. One thing to find out as part of your wedding planning is whether photos may be taken in the church and if confetti is acceptable in the church grounds afterwards.
For a civil
wedding ceremony you will need to
see the local Registrar who will inform you of the legal formalities (notice
of intention to marry) and advise on the number of guests that can
be accommodated at the ceremony, especially if held in a Registry Office.
They will also inform you if photographs / confetti are acceptable. There
are lots of venues where civil wedding can now be held from luxury hotels
The next thing to do as part of your wedding planning is to draw up a rough
guest list to give you approximate numbers.
Look around / visit possible reception venues to see what each one offers
for the money. Before you visit, write down a list of questions you would
like answering. Do not make a decision on the spot; ask for a written quote
and consider all the options together at home. When you are planning your
wedding reception here are a few things you should consider:
- Can you spend your honeymoon night at the reception venue? If so can you view the suite?
- Are there any special accommodation deals for the guests or a complementary room for the Bride and Groom?
- Check what is being provided by the reception venue and get it in writing (linen, decoration, cake stand.... ) Make sure you see the function room where the reception will take place.
- Most reception venues offer a choice of drinks packages. Make sure you know exactly what is included.
- Your reception venue may be able to recommend a local disco / entertainment or some larger hotels may have their own regular entertainers. If you do book a live band that they need breaks and you may need a facility to play music during the breaks
- Spend time considering each venue and package offered. Once decided book and send written confirmation regarding date, time and the reception room you require.