Here at hitched.com.au we know that planning a wedding can be stressful, so we’ve devised a 13 step guide to help you through the wedding planning process. Marriage is a once in a lifetime thing, so it’s important to make sure the run up to your wedding is as enjoyable as possible!
It doesn’t matter whether your wedding budget is big or small; it still needs to be properly managed. Sit down together and decide what you really want from your wedding, and who you want to invite. When you have a clear idea of your numbers and wedding style, then you’ll be able to research costs. Our budget planning tool will help you manage your money, divide it up appropriately and keep track of your spending.
When you know what style of wedding you want, you can start to look at wedding venues. Picking a date will go with picking your venue — you need to check when the venue can host your wedding and if this is a date you’d like. Always view the venues in person when you can as it will help you visualise what your own wedding would look like there. Once you’ve picked your wedding venue and settled on a date, you can start to think about catering, the décor and your outfits!
Step 3: Wedding Insurance
When you’re spending thousands of dollars on your wedding, it’s important to make sure you’re covered financially should anything happen. Wedding insurance is affordable and will cover most aspects of your wedding. If a supplier lets you down, something happens to your venue, or your rings go missing, you can rest easy knowing you’re covered. Just make sure you check the small print so you can be sure the wedding insurance you’re buying is the right one for you.
Choosing the rings you will wear for the rest of your life is one of the most exciting parts of the wedding planning. Think about what style of wedding ring would work with your engagement ring, and whether you want a simple band or one studded with diamonds. You can also get your wedding rings engraved! If it’s not in your wedding budget, you can always buy simple bands and customise them later on. It’s important to also consider your everyday life when picking a ring — if you have a manual job, then you’ll need a hardwearing metal that won’t scratch or dent.
Once you’ve picked your venue and decided on your budget, you’ll know roughly how many guests you can invite to your wedding. A good way to decide on your wedding guestlist is to make a list of all the people you can’t imagine your wedding without, followed by people you’d like to have there and so on. If people from the first list can’t make it, then you can add people from the second list. Make sure the amount of guests is evenly divided between you and your other half. You can keep track of the guests you’ve invited with our guest manager tool.
Picking out your wedding dress is probably the most fun part of the wedding planning for any bride to be. The wedding dress section on hitched.com.au is full of wedding dress designers from across Australia and the rest of the world. Browsing online is a great way to decide on what style of dress you want and which designers you like best. We also have bridesmaid dresses, groomswear and wedding shoes in our bridalwear section.
The wedding invitations you send out give your guests a hint of what they can expect from your wedding, and will get them excited about your big day. A photocard invitation is a lovely keepsake that shows off your personalities, whilst a colour coordinated, themed invite will look stylish and sophisticated. We have wedding stationery tips on the site to help you write your invites. You can also order your wedding stationery through hitched.com.au!
Once you’ve completed some of the major wedding planning tasks, you can start to look past the wedding and think about your honeymoon. Give yourself plenty of time to plan your honeymoon, particularly if you want to travel in your married name as you’ll need to update your passport. Research your destination to make sure you have any visas or paperwork you may need to enter the country, and find out if you need any vaccinations to travel there. We have a honeymoon section on site full of inspiring ideas, locations and crucial information.
The most important supplier you need to secure is a wedding photographer. Look through a selection of photographers so you know what style of photography you like, and meet up with ones you’re interested in booking so you can discuss what you’d expect from them and costs. Then you need to think about a florist, catering, entertainment, hair and beauty, a wedding car and the wedding cake. Our directory of suppliers is full of Australian wedding suppliers, and some even include special offers for hitched couples!
This is the one part of the wedding planning process that won’t cost you any money! Setting up a gift list is a great way to make sure your guests spend money on presents that you want and will be of use to you. Some couples choose to set up their gift list with a department store, whilst others ask for a financial gift towards a honeymoon or something they’re saving up to buy together.
Save-the-date cards should go out six months before your wedding, with the invitations following two months before the big day. If you didn’t send save the date cards then consider sending your invitations out three months before the big day to give your guests plenty of notice. Keep track of your RSVPs with our guest manager tool and organise the attending guests’ seating arrangements with our table planner tool.
Traditionally the best man will plan the buck’s party and the maid of honour will plan the hen’s party. Make sure the party organisers know what sort of party you want so you’re not disappointed. The last night of partying as a singleton is a big deal so you want it to be as much fun as possible! Lots of people opt for fun filled weekends away – just make sure you leave enough time to recover before the wedding.
Step 13: The Finishing Touches
Once you’ve finished your wedding planning and everything is booked, take some time to check over the final details. Confirm details with your suppliers to check they know where they need to be and when, and make sure your wedding party members are aware of their roles and responsibilities. Why not share any wedding planning tips or ideas in our wedding forums? Once this is done, you can relax and look forward to your big day!