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Wedding planning is such an exciting time, but we know how much there is to do and think about – so the planning section right here on Pasties & Petticoats will take you through it, step by step.
This page gives you the first few decisions to make. Once you’ve got this lot nailed, you’re all set to move onto the planning checklist.
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Where is it all happening?
Given that you’re here on a planning site for Cornwall and Devon weddings, I could safely assume that you’re probably getting married in this area (in which case you don’t need to worry about this step!). But if you’re both from different counties (or even countries!), or love the idea of a destination wedding, it’s really important to be on the same page from the beginning about where you’re going to get married.
How much do you have to spend?
Ugh, budgeting is such a bore, but it is SO important. Whether your budget is £5,000 or £50,000, you can plan an awesome wedding. But you need to have agreed how much you have to spend, and budget accordingly. Check out our managing finances page for some top tips of making sure the spending stays under control!
When will it happen?
Do you love the idea of a spring wedding? Or do you know you definitely want a long engagement? Think practically about setting your date – consider whether you’re allowing yourself enough time and that there aren’t other important events that would clash.
What kind of day will it be?
Our planning checklist gives you a breakdown of what you need to think about, decide, do and book, but my BIGGEST piece of advice would be that the next thing you do is take some time to think about the kind of day you want. Talk about what you both want from your wedding day. Think about who you are as a couple of what style of day would suit you.
Do you love the idea of a laid back, barefoot, beachside affair? Or a huge elegant wedding in a beautiful stately home? A marquee in your garden or a party in a barn?
The options are endless, and the most important thing is to organise a day that reflects you as a couple.
Depending on your religious (or not) beliefs and your vision for your wedding day, your preferred ceremony type will go hand in hand venue choice and meeting legislation requirements. If you want to get married in a country estate, you need to choose a venue that is especially licensed for marriages. If you love the idea of exchanging vows barefoot on the beach or on windswept cliffs, you’ll need to have a celebration ceremony – which means the legal bit must be done at a registry office for your marriage to be official.
Draft out a guest list. Don’t overthink it, just write names down. At this stage it’s just about getting an idea of numbers so that you can look at venues the right size for your do, and consider costs that vary according to guest numbers (such as catering).
I know this list all seems a bit practical and boring, when all you really want to do is hot tail it to a bridal boutique and swish around in gorgeous gowns. But having these initial decisions made will provide a solid foundation to plan your wedding, not to mention dramatically reducing stress.
Now you can move onto our planning checklist!