Just got engaged? First, you receive all the well-wishes. And what’s next?
People will start asking when’s the wedding date?
With an average engagement duration of 14 months, it means that you have a little over a year to plan!
Here are 10 things to consider:
FIX THE SPECIAL DATE.. before anything else. Good to have a few alternative dates as back up too.
Decide - Hotel, Restaurant or intimate wedding venue
Shortlist & check availability of venue(s) - email is free but time is precious! Email for packages and if it fits your budget, then arrange for site-visit
Work on a budget (BIG ticket items first - tentative no. of tables, bridal package, photo-and-videographer, wedding band)
Register your marriage (check for JP availability - may not be the most important task but good to have a JP which suits your preferred language, style (formal or humor, belief)
Wedding traditions - to be extension or brief (tricky as this may involves the elderly)
Bridal studio - decision again. To go for packages (which are usually hassle-free) or ala carte (could be more expensive and time-consuming as you need to source for gowns, photographer, photoshoot venue). Decide, shortlist and visit the bridal studio to nego for the packages and to see/try their gowns
Choose your Bridesmaids - Don’t feel obliged. You can always involve them in other ways, even as a guest (as your friend, I’m sure they will be happy for you)
Other wedding details - get inspirations from online or real weddings. Decide on a color/theme that you want and don’t be swayed.
Honeymoon - as a newlywed couple, you guys deserve an enjoyable holidays or just a short break.
YOUR wedding day should be one of the most important day of your life and something that both of you should relish, so do not let the planning put you off.
There’s probably nothing like a glitch-free wedding planning. Enjoy every step of way… you will get there!