Appoint your celebrant at least three months prior to the wedding. This will ensure you comply with the legal requirements of the Marriage Act and give you plenty of time to work with your celebrant to design a beautiful wedding ceremony. The ceremony is THE most important part of the wedding day, so you don’t want to be rushing things at the last minute. If you have the ceremony completed at least three weeks prior, you’ll have plenty of time to focus on the last minute arrangements!
Book your venue early. If you are planning a wedding on the beach or in a park, check with the local Shire as to whether you require a permit. If you are using a reception venue, you may find that by booking your wedding other than on a Saturday or Sunday, costs are considerably less. You might also consider having a cocktail wedding rather than a seated function, or even a barbeque in the park. Make sure you have a Plan B location as well in case of inclement weather.
We all hate that ‘b’ word… ‘budget’! However, by setting a realistic budget, it can help you prioritise spending on the bigger cost items. For instance, are you planning on an overseas honeymoon? Try using a gift registry such as www.notanothertoaster.com.au. You might suggest your guests contribute to a romantic dinner at the Eiffel Tower!
If your guest list is starting to stretch your budget, why not think about having a separate list for wedding and reception? A gathering the following day gives you an opportunity to see all your wedding guests again and enjoy all the memories while they are still fresh in everyone’s mind.
Bridesmaids’ dresses and accessories can be very expensive and it can be so challenging trying to find a style which suits a variety of shapes and age groups. Think about choosing a combination of complimentary colours which enable your bridesmaids to tone in with each other but wear dresses which can be worn again.