Congratulations to those couples who got engaged over the festive break! January and February are great months for wedding planning because many suppliers are quieter. If you’ve just got engaged and have no idea where to start then have a read of these top tips for next steps!
Firstly, stop and enjoy the wonderful newly engaged bubble! It’s such a special time and family and friends will want to celebrate your exciting news with you. It’s also a good idea to think early on about the kind of wedding day you would both like, what is important to you individually and as a couple, such as whether you would like a big wedding or a more intimate do. There may be some compromising to do between you both if you have different visions of your wedding day.
Secondly, start thinking about the budget you are working with. I recommend starting a wedding spreadsheet early on in the planning stages, to be able to keep track of what you will be spending. You’ll definitely need to know the kind of budget you are working with for when you are looking at venues. Now is the time to start thinking about your guest list too so you have an idea of numbers when you are looking at potential wedding venues. If you’re considering hiring a wedding planner and have the budget to do so then the earlier on in the process the better! They will have some great planning tips too!
The next big job to do is researching your dream wedding venue. Have a look online for ideas and then book in viewings for your shortlist of venues. Once you know the venue availability you can work with them to set your wedding date! Wohoo exciting!
Once you have confirmed your wedding venue you can start thinking about the style of the wedding. Some venues lend themselves well to specific styles, for example a pretty boho style for a rustic barn wedding venue. I’ve featured lots of gorgeous real weddings on my Loupaper blog so have a look through for lots of inspiration of how you can style your big day. But there are no rules really... it’s your day to style however you wish! Your venue might have some ideas or can show how previous couples have styled their day.
Pinterest is an amazing source of wedding inspiration and there’s plenty of inspiration on my Instagram account too, of course focused on the wedding stationery, but the photos show how different colours of stationery and signage items help style the wedding day.
The Wild Bride
Now you have secured your wedding venue and date, have an idea of budget and maybe the kind of colour palette you’d like, it’s time to think about your wedding stationery. I recommend sending save the dates out approx. 9-12 months before the wedding date, especially if you are having a destination wedding so your guests can get your special date in their diary. Your save the date is the first taste of your wedding day that your guests will see and then the invitation will give them all of the details of what is to come.
I design my save the dates as part of a wedding stationery collection so all the items have a stylish and cohesive look throughout the wedding journey. Each wedding stationery collection can be customised to the wedding colour palette you choose and there are many different finishing touches you can add, such as a venue illustration as shown on the Jenni stationery collection which has a gorgeous eucalyptus foliage design combined with grey calligraphy.
Once you have your save the dates out there you can then move onto all the essential parts of the day such as outfits, choosing the best man, groomsmen and bridesmaids. You’ll want to research a florist, a photographer, all the catering options and entertainment. Wedding planning is a busy time but I’m here to take the stress out of the wedding stationery part!
Personalised Wedding Stationery
I hope these planning tips have helped for what to consider once you are engaged!
Once you’ve got an idea of your wedding venue and style of your wedding day then have a look through my curated collection of stationery designs on my website to get a feel for what you like. Please get in touch here if you would like to have your dream wedding stationery created! I’d love to hear from you.