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Let’s talk Wedding plans!  We all know that feeling of excitement when you first get engaged. The joy, the happiness, it’s a moment that you will cherish forever.

But let’s be real for a moment, let’s talk about the other side of the coin – the stress, the pressure, the endless decisions that need to be made. Planning a wedding while juggling full-time jobs is no easy task. But fear not, because I am here to give you some advice that will make your special day stress-free.

So, what’s the secret? to wedding planning

It’s simple. Plan, plan, plan, and plan some more! Take a deep breath and tackle one thing at a time. And remember, this day is all about you and your partner, so don’t forget to enjoy it!

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Keeping a notebook for the wedding plans

Your wedding plans let’s start at the beginning – 12 to 18 months prior.

This is when you need to dive into the big things. Think about the theme and style of your wedding. Do you want an elegant manor house affair or a rustic marquee celebration? The choice is yours, it’s your day after all! And while you’re at it, consider the type of ceremony you want to do.

Next up, the where and when. Where do you want to get married? Is it a hometown wedding or are you dreaming of a destination affair in the Highlands of Scotland like Fingask Castle maybe? Which was Emma and Lewis’s choice And when do you want to tie the knot? A summer breeze or a winter wonderland? These decisions may seem overwhelming, but trust me, once you make them, everything will start falling into place.

Now, let’s talk about the dreaded B-word – Budget. Yes, I know, it’s not the most exciting part of wedding planning, but it is essential. Sit down with your partner, discuss your financial situation, and decide on a budget. And most importantly, stick to it! It may be easier said than done, but trust me, you’ll thank me later.

Guest list, ah yes, the never-ending dilemma. Who do you want to invite and how many people can you afford to accommodate? Remember, every invite comes at a cost, so choose wisely. Don’t feel obligated to invite people just because you think you have to. This is your day, surround yourself with the ones who truly matter.

Moving on to 6 to 12 months prior

It’s time to get into the nitty-gritty details. Select your suppliers – caterers, florists, entertainment, photographers, and more. You want to secure the best ones, so don’t wait too long. Good suppliers get booked up fast!

And let’s not forget about wedding insurance. It may seem like an unnecessary expense, but trust me, it can be a lifesaver. Better safe than sorry, right?

Now, now, it’s time to save the dates. Send them out 12 months before the big day. You want your guests to have plenty of time to clear their schedules. And for the bride-to-be, it’s time to start thinking about the dress. One of the most thrilling and magical moments for any bride. Remember, dresses take time to make, so start looking early. Alterations can also take a while, so plan accordingly.

Wedding bouquet

Wedding Bouquet

As we approach the 1 to 6 months prior mark,

It’s all about the finer details. Time to shop for bridesmaids’ and ushers’ outfits, enjoy a day as a couple buy your rings, and finalize your order of service. And don’t forget the invitations! Traditionally, they are sent out 3 months before the day. And let’s not forget about the table plan – a source of much stress, but remember, it will change several times, so try not to let it consume you.

Beautiful table plan

Table plan

Now we’ve reached the final stretch – 0 to 1 month before.

It’s the final countdown, my friends. Confirm, confirm, confirm. Finalize the timings and movements with each supplier. Create an itinerary of the day, so everyone is on the same page. And then, my dear couples, sit back and relax. Enjoy the build-up to your wedding. It’s a magical time, filled with anticipation and love.

As a photographer, I understand the importance of capturing these precious moments. I specialize in unobtrusive, documentary wedding photography. I believe in capturing the raw emotions, the genuine smiles, and the joy shared among family and friends. My name is Shiralee Swan, and this is my website. I would be honoured to be a part of your special day. Drop me an Email:  shiralee@shiraleeswan.co.uk and let’s meet for a coffee and chat. I would love to hear about your plans.

So, remember to plan, enjoy the process, and most importantly, cherish every single moment. Your wedding day will be a cherished memory that will last a lifetime. Let’s create those memories together.