It’s one of the biggest days of your life (not to mention probably the most expensive!) so it pays to do your research and get the fine details right. From a wet weather plan to a wedding itinerary this list will have you wedding ready in next to no time, plus discover how you can win your dream dress!
Before you do anything sit down with your partner to be and each make a list of your top three priorities. This will help you make your special day perfect for the two of you, it will also help you pick a venue that is perfect for both of you. And remember to add priority 3.1 – The Dress! Unless you’ve had your dream dress picked out since you were age 6, there’s a high chance you’ll try on yards of lace/chiffon/taffeta/tulle before finding The One. That means setting aside plenty of weekends to dress shop before the official walk down the aisle…
2\ Write your vows
Don’t fall into the easy trap of getting so caught up in the nitty gritty details that you forget to write your vows! Set aside some time a couple of weeks out to think and write meaningful vowels so you aren’t rushed.
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4\ Have a plan B
Dark and gloomy clouds are every bride's worst nightmare, make sure you have a solid wet weather plan in place, so that no matter the weather you’re prepared. This goes for your venue but also for your photos, a great indoor location for some intimate pics could be a stable or barn or the church after everyone’s left.
5\ The list of all lists
When it comes to organising your big day you’re going to need to write your best list yet. Write down absolutely everything from booking a fake tan two days out to organising a wedding band and to make it happen, set yourself some deadlines which will help hold yourself accountable. Make your list digital with a Trello board that you and your partner can both access.
The average cost of a wedding in Australia is $53,168, from the get-go decide on a budget. Give yourself some wiggle room of 15% because let’s be honest even if you’re amazing with budgets there is always a hidden cost here and there.
7\ Prepare for anything
Pack a “bride toolkit” with the all of the lifesaving essentials to help your day go hiccup-free. A needle and thread, bandaids, headache medication and some extra hair spray. And keep a pair of flat comfortable shoes at the wedding table, so you can dance the night away, blister free!
8\ Take some time out
You’re surrounded by your closest family and friends but remember to take some time as a couple to enjoy your special day. Even if it is just ten minutes it will help you two soak in the moment and celebrate the beginning of your marriage.
9\ Trust the experts
Yes, doing it yourself will save some money but it will also add a costly stress to your big day. From a wedding planner to a florist the experts will make sure every fine detail is covered, allowing you to relax and enjoy your day – it’s priceless.
10\ Schedule your wedding chats
The average engagement lasts around eighteen months so for both of your sanity (and relationship!) have set times or days with your partner when you sit down and plan the wedding. Go to your favourite cafe or restaurant and enjoy the process, plus it will also be more efficient in the long run.
11\ Wedding itinerary
Your big day needs to run like clockwork, so have a foolproof plan. Everything from the time the bridesmaids arrive to start getting hair and make up done to family photos and your first dance. Share this with your photographer, the venue and your VIPs so everyone knows what time they are required so your day can run as smoothly as possible.
12\ Double bouquet
Chances are you’ll want to keep your bouquet so make sure you have a throw-away bouquet ready for the bouquet toss – then you’ll both be winners!
Your photographer and/or videographer will capture the priceless moments you’ll never want to forget. Choosing the right person for the job is crucial and it’s worth paying a bit more for a photographer you trust with a great portfolio.