Congratulations! You’re engaged! After you’ve enjoyed the champagne toasts and held your ring out for all to see, it’s time to consider what to do next.
Here at Longworth House we’ve pulled together this Wedding Checklist to help you get started on your wedding planning adventure:
- Invest in a good Diary or Planner
There are magazines available which act as a great planning guide – Bride to Be have an annual mag called “Bride to Be Wedding Planner” which allows you to check off each task as you complete it. These magazines are perfect if you don’t know where to start – even if you don’t use all of the checklists, it’ll get your creativity flowing!
- Pick the date (or at least have an idea of one)
There are so many factors that weigh in to when you will get married. Sit down with your fiancée and discuss some of the finer points to get an idea of when you want to tie the knot. Want to get married on the beach? Probably best to consider Summer when it’s warmer and the sun will be shining. More worried about saving some money? Consider getting married in off-peak wedding seasons – that is, cooler months of the year. You can also save money by having your wedding on a day other than Saturday – you can often find better deals if you’re getting married on a Friday or Sunday (or even mid-week).
- Set a wedding budget
According to ‘The Cost of Love Survey’, the average Australian couple spends $48,296 on their wedding. It’s a lot of moolah – but there are ways you can keep the costs down. The key is to gather up sufficient knowledge to make an informed decision so you can work out what areas are important to you and your hubby-to-be – and what items to spend less on.
- Celebrate Your Engagement
If you want to officially celebrate your engagement with friends and family, consider throwing an engagement party or get-together. If you do decide to kick up your heels with an engagement party, ideally you should make it no fewer than 6 months before your planned wedding day and no more than 3 months after your husband-to-be popped the question. Engagement parties don’t have to be a big formal gathering – why not choose to hold a champagne breakfast, luxurious lunch, high tea, cocktail party or even just a casual gathering at your local pub?
- Think through a Destination Wedding
One in four couples elope or get married out of town, but with a destination wedding comes a new host of things to consider. For example, consider the weather of your destination and plan your wedding day around the wet season – you should also have a wet-weather option should the skies open at the last minute. (If staying local is more your style, Longworth House makes a fantastic Newcastle wedding venue.) You also need to flag the issue of religion early in the planning process – for example, if you dream of getting married in Bali, you and your fiancée will need to hold one of the five religions recognised in Indonesia – Buddhism, Catholicism, Hinduism, Islam, or Protestantism. If you plan on staging your wedding in another country, you will need to look into the legalities as soon as possible. The paperwork required can be tricky, and in some cases you may be required to be present in the country for days or even months before your wedding day.
Once you’ve considered the wedding checklist, made time to discuss these key issues with your fiancée, and agree on a wedding that will suit you both – it’s time to relax and enjoy the planning process!