Once you’ve decided on the date, chosen the dream destination and considered who you would like to attend, it’s time to start considering the rest of your suppliers, who will help to bring your magical day together.
It’s so important, from the outset, to discuss with your partner, what their vision is for the day, in terms of both theme and mood. What’s most important to them? For you, it may be the photographer and for them, possibly, the entertainment. If the lines of communication are kept open, from the beginning, it will be a lot easier to decide on suitable vendors along the way.
One of the biggest decisions will be, who to hire. Who can you trust? The best way to determine is by checking out reviews and testimonials from previous brides and grooms. The Northwest boasts an abundance of great wedding suppliers with a vested interest in ensuring every aspect of your day is memorable. Renowned for their charm, openness, friendliness, and professionalism, you can be guaranteed a top class service. This personalised attention will remove a lot of stress out of your planning process. Again trust your instincts, opt for those who feel like the right fit for you.
Aside from this, there are a few additional considerations, like creating a wedding website and possibly a Pinterest board. The website will provide you with a forum to, not only give a little insight into you as a couple and tell the story of how you met, but will also allow you to share more practical updates, arrange for RSVP’s, provide directions to and details of venue and accommodation. This is a smart move and relatively easy, even for those less tech savvy. There are lots of wedding website templates out there!
More importantly is how you want to feel on your wedding day? Where do you want to get ready? Do you want music, a place to meditate in silence, go for a last minute run to clear your head, or be surrounded by your nearest and dearest? Make sure your environment and chosen bridal party are conducive to that! Choosing your bridesmaids, groomsmen, and ring bearer (if it’s your favourite four legged friend, it’s advisable to start training immediately) will definitely be a decision you have to make early on. Choose to surround yourself with those people who will lift your mood, be helpful and supportive. On too many occasions, I have brides coming to me, just before their big day, stressed out because their bridal parties are causing them undue stress! It is inevitable that from the outset there will be social expectations from both family and friends, but you must drown out the noise and listen to your own instincts. Enjoy the process and if you don’t feel good about it, don’t do it!
And remember to accept help from those family and friends you know will be an asset on the lead up to your day, whether helping with DIY or collecting and ferrying things around. If you give clear instructions, all should go well! No-one expects you to be Wonder Woman or Superman nor do they want to see a Bridezilla or Groomzilla, so say ‘yes’ to help!
Now that we hopefully have a little bit of direction, let’s take a more in-depth look at what’s available on our doorstep!
Happy initial planning!