• Anne O Donnell

Wedding Planning - first steps

Updated: Feb 29, 2020

Agreeing to get married is hopefully one of the easiest decisions you’ll ever make! However, the actual process of planning a wedding can be considerably more difficult so I’ve complied this short to-do list for the very early stages of wedding planning to help you on your way to married bliss.

1. Budget

The very first thing that every couple must do when planning their wedding is to choose a budget. Whether you are on a very strict or a lavish budget sitting down as a couple and agreeing on an amount that you both feel comfortable with spending on the big day will make your planning infinitely easier!

While budget planning is definitely not the most exciting part of the process the average wedding in Ireland costs in the region of €30,000 (although you can get married for far less!) so it has to be carefully discussed. If this is decided form the outset it will help to allievate the stress later on in the process.

2. Ceremony Choice

Choosing the type of ceremony you want is another big step in the planning process. Hopefully before agreeing to get married you will know the other person’s views on this matter so it won’t come as a shock when you hear their preference. Many couples are now choosing to opt for a Civil Ceremony which although becoming much more popular, can still cause a little consternation for members of their families who have envisioned a traditional church wedding. This means that it’s vital you and your partner are united in what you want for your wedding and can articulate this clearly to anyone who might try to sway you in another direction. Once you have decided on where you want your ceremony to take place this is (in connection with your venue) the first thing to book.

Here's a link to an article which will give you plenty of information on the different types of ceremony choices available in Ireland.


3. Choose your Venue

Once you have decided on where your ceremony is going to take place the next big decision you need to make is on where you’re going to have the reception. Some of the main factors to take into consideration here are budget, location and reputation. The budget is hugely influential on your venue choice and it’s important to look carefully at the packages to make sure you are getting all the little extras that are important to you. Visit venues and chat to the wedding co-ordinators as they are usually extremely helpful and informative. Once you have your ceremony and your venue booked you can breathe a little sigh of relief and have a celebratory glass of prosecco!

Here’s a link to an article with some really helpful questions to ask your wedding venue!


4. Book your most important vendors next

This is a little more personal than the first three points and only you know what will come next. In my case, surprisingly it wasn’t the music that came next, but to book the photographer and videographer. We had a good idea of who we wanted based on past experience and knew that they were very popular so we wanted to get that sorted straight away.

For you booking the amazing band you heard at a friend’s wedding or the fantastic make-up artist you’ve seen on Instagram might be the next most important item on your list. Whatever it is, don’t worry about it being too soon to book as many popular wedding vendors are booked up to 2 years in advance!

I hope this has helped you in the first few steps towards planning your wedding.

Anne x

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