The First 5 Steps to Plan Your Perfect Wedding – 2021 Edition
So you’ve just got engaged? Congratulations – it’s now time to start planning your dream Wedding in Dumfries & Galloway! For many couples, this can be a scary thought. There is so much to think about – from the DJ, to the photographer, to the dress, to the venue, to the cake, to the favours – it really is so difficult to know where to begin. Plus, you have the added pressure that comes with the uncertainty of the pandemic at the moment.
Whilst it may all seem very stressful just now, planning your Wedding should be fun and exciting. We want to help you make the most of the planning experience, so here are our first 5 steps to planning your perfect Wedding.
1 – Big or Small?
The pandemic has forced many couples to embrace the “Micro Wedding” culture. For most, it wasn’t what they originally wanted or planned, however, they made the most of the more intimate celebration and had an amazing day with their closest friends and family.
We totally understand it’s not for everyone, but the idea of a Micro Wedding is becoming increasingly popular. They usually involve up to 20 guests and being smaller in size, are usually cheaper, more relaxed and shorter in length than a traditional Wedding day. The main advantage of a Micro Wedding is if you want to get married quite quickly, (within the first few months of 2021) as they are more likely to be allowed to go ahead within the restrictions.
If you don’t mind waiting a bit longer and would prefer a larger Wedding, then go for it! These types of Weddings will happen again, and when they do, your guests will be ready to party!
So could you narrow your guests list down to 20 or less, or are you going to wait and have the big day you have been dreaming of?
2 – What’s Your Budget?
Once you have decided on the type of Wedding you want, it’s important to think about the budget. With so many awesome options for venues, entertainment, cakes and more, it is very easy to overspend. You should set your budget as soon as possible and constantly refer back to it throughout the planning process. If several people are contributing to your special day (e.g. parents, grandparents, etc.) then you should find out how much as soon as you can. This allows you to get a much clearer idea of your budget and how much you have got to work with.
If you like to be really organised, there are a number of Wedding budget planning websites and apps available, such as Bridebook – https://bridebook.co.uk/
3 – Get Inspired
Finding inspiration is often a favourite part of the planning process. Start by thinking about all the Weddings you have been to in the past – What did you like? What would you change? Remember it is your day and it can be anything you want it to be.
Once you have some ideas, use websites like Pinterest and Instagram to see all the amazing things you could have at your Wedding. You will see so many things you like (and dislike) throughout the planning process so make sure you keep a note of things. You can make boards on Pinterest, keep notes on your phone or create a scrapbook, so you’ve got all your favourite ideas in one place and easy to find.
Wedding Shows are great places to find inspiration and meet the fantastic range of Wedding suppliers that are out there, but unfortunately these won’t be able to take place in their usual format this year. However, the suppliers are still there and ready to discuss the plans for your big day. Don’t be afraid to send a message, email or phone any supplier if you need more information or inspiration – they will be more than happy to help.
4 – Where and When?
Before you can book any suppliers, you need to have a date set and a venue booked.
One of the best bits of planning your Wedding is looking round some fantastic venues, so make the most of it – try the food, take plenty of photos and start imagining how it could look on your big day. Most venues have now moved entirely to virtual tours. Whilst nothing beats the real thing, a virtual tour does give you the opportunity to see the venue and, more importantly, ask questions. If you are viewing venues virtually, remember to ask lots of questions to help you understand exactly how your ideas will work in that particular venue.
It’s always a good idea to have a rough date in mind when looking at venues but prepare to be flexible if you have your heart set on one particular venue. Remember if you are having a Church Ceremony then you will need to coordinate the availability of both venues – and don’t forget to factor in travel time between the venues.
You can find out more about some of our favourite Dumfries & Galloway venues here: https://www.rkdjmobiledisco.co.uk/about/venues-and-recommendations/
5 – Book Your Wedding Suppliers
Now you have got your venue booked, it’s time to choose the team of people who will make your dream Wedding a reality – the Wedding suppliers! The average couple uses 13 Weddings suppliers so it’s important to start booking these as early as you can.
With so many couples choosing to postpone their 2020 Wedding to 2021 or 2022, suppliers are very busy. We always recommend booking your entertainment and photographer first as both of these often get booked up well in advance. You should then start organising your minister or celebrant, florist, cake maker, hair & makeup, and of course, the dress!
You can find out more about just some of Dumfries & Galloway’s fantastic Wedding Suppliers here: https://www.rkdjmobiledisco.co.uk/about/venues-and-recommendations/
Planning a Wedding is no easy task, but just keep reminding yourself that you are putting the pieces together to create the best day of your life – that makes it all worthwhile. Enjoy!