From Hen Parties to Wedding Dresses: The Whistle-stop Tour of Wedding Planning

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Getting engaged certainly evokes some of the most beautiful feelings. It is a time when you and your loved one start planning for your future together more seriously. Truth be told, once the thrill of being freshly engaged passes, brides come to the realisation they need to start planning their big day. From choosing the venue, music, and bridal dress to planning your hen party and entertainment, the planning process is by no means a straightforward one. 

Eager to help future brides feel more at ease during this stressful period and avoid feeling overwhelmed, we have created an insightful wedding planning guide. In it, you will find all the steps you will need to take in order to create a seamless and enjoyable experience out of your day! 

So, without any further ado, let us begin with our hefty list!

Your ultimate wedding planning guide

From daydreaming about your special day to choosing the perfect venue and unwinding with a unique hen party, here is the planning list any future bride should swear by!

You’re engaged! Now what?

Congratulations on your engagement! Once you and your partner have decided to take the next step in your life together, it is time to decide whether and how you would like to celebrate. Would you like to plan an engagement party for your nearest and dearest? Or perhaps you would prefer to immortalise the moment with an engagement photoshoot? Decide together with your partner before taking the next step, which is planning your special day!

Determining your finances and vision

The key to enjoying an as seamless as possible planning process lies in the ability to create a balance between your budget and vision. Discuss how much you are willing to spend on your day and see which of your wishes you will be able to execute.

Get inspired!

Although you probably already have an idea of how your venue, dress, hen party, and decor would look like, it is a good idea to source some further inspiration. List through bridal magazines and don’t forget to check out some Pinterest boards!

Consider hiring a planner

Hiring a planner is certainly the most useful advice any wedding planning guide will provide you with. Whether you are a busy bride or you simply want a professional to assist you in the process, a planner will only serve to your benefit!

Creating a guest list

Before discussing venues and suppliers, it is crucial to have an idea of the number of guests you will host. This is also the perfect time to decide whether you would opt for a grand, lavish celebration or a more intimate event, surrounded by your closest friends and family.

Venue hunting and priority supplier booking

Consider several venues before deciding on the one. Once you have secured a date and place, start booking a priority supplier. These include catering, entertainment, photography, officiant, and florist, among others.

Creating the dream wedding stationery and sending out invitations

Unfortunately, having fun at your hen party is still too early. Now that you have secured your date and venue and know who you will invite, it is time to choose your Save-the-Date and invitations, as well as the rest of your stationery. Although you can send out the invitations as late as 6 weeks before the day, you have to mail your save-the-date 5-6 months prior to your wedding.

Attire hunt!

Don’t leave choosing your attire for the final months prior to your event. You don’t have to wait until the hen party entertainment to have some fun with your bridal squad. Schedule your appointment and set out to find your dream gown as soon as 9 months before.

Setting your priorities straight

Now that you have planned the major expenses, it is time to reconsider your priorities and devise a plan for the future. Think about the theme, decor, and type of food, as well as any other expenses, such as transportation and hotel rooms you will need to book for you and your guests. 

Booking the rest of the suppliers

The next step of this wedding planning guide is booking the suppliers you have yet to book. These include hair and makeup artists, rental companies, etc. And don’t forget to schedule some bridal pampering for the week before your special day!

Jewellery shopping!

Together with your partner, choose your bands, as well as the rest of the jewellery you will wear on the day.

Plan a wedding shower, before and after events

Your big day approaches, so it is high time to plan your bridal shower, as well as any pre- or post-wedding activities you would like to enjoy. And while you are busy organising the entertainment for your guests, your bridal squad will be finalising the hen party planning.

The Whistle-stop Tour of Wedding Planning- hen party

The time has come for you to take a break from all the demanding tasks and enjoy your hen party entertainment! At Butler Direct, we offer a variety of amusement ideas to make for a unique party. From mobile cocktail lessons to buff butlers and exclusive hen party packages, you are in for a treat!  

Plan your rehearsal dinner

Not only is this a great opportunity to spend some time with your closest people, but it is also an opportunity to calm down your nerves by practising the speeches and other important elements.

Finishing touches!

It is the final week before your union, which means finalising everything and ensuring you are all set for the day.

It’s THE day

You have spent so much time, energy, and resources to plan for this day. So, breathe in and fully enjoy every moment, creating timeless memories with the people you love the most!

Your eternal honeymoon phase can officially begin!

We have come to the end of our wedding planning guide. This means your special day is now a collection of memories, indicating it is time to enjoy your honeymoon. Look at these instants as the mere beginning of the beautiful life you and your partner are yet to live.

We truly hope this insightful guide will prepare you for each step of your wedding planning journey. From choosing the dream venue and dress to having fun at your hen party and indulging in marital bliss on your honeymoon. For more inspiring content, don’t forget to check the rest of our blogs!