When you’re planning a wedding, there are a pile of tasks that you can’t complete until a later date. For example, you probably won’t be able to order the wine and bubbles until you have a reasonable idea of how many guests will be attending – which means that you’ll first have to know how many the space can fit, how many you want, and how many RSVP!
However, there are a number of tasks you can tick off nice and early and have them squared away to keep the stress at a minimum as the big day approaches.
Here are 5 of those things.
Finding the perfect rings
You’ve probably already got an engagement ring sorted (unless you opted for a placeholder), but now you get to find the perfect ring for him, and perhaps a wedding ring for her if you didn’t pick one alongside the engagement ring.
Shopping for these rings is a wonderful fun activity to do together, as every potential piece is one that you might wear for the rest of your life to symbolise your love and bond with one another. You might find the perfect one in the first place you look, or it might take weeks – either way, it’s something you can do as soon as you get engaged!
Booking a venue
Not only can you book your venue straight away, but this element is vital to be able to plan the rest of your wedding. It may take some time to decide on the right spot and find an opening, but once you do, you’ll have dates set so that you can invite guests and book contractors such as photographers, hair and makeup artists and bands.
Pick out your wedding party
Who do you want standing next to you on your big day? Brothers and sisters are often popular choices, while close cousins, best friends, and long-time workmates also tend to make the cut.
Considering your best friends aren’t likely to change within the next year or so, you can plan your party early. This will also help you decide on outfits early on, and will give your best man and maid of honour the time to plan a great bucks’ and hens’ do!
Draft up a budget
Setting a budget will not be the most fun wedding planning task, but it is an essential one. Sit down with your partner and make a realistic plan for budgets around the wedding. Note that the biggest expenses will likely be the venue, the food and drink, the dress, and the photography.
At this stage, you may only be able to make a draft, as you might not know all of the factors just yet. For example, the parents of the bride or groom may offer to pay for one aspect of the wedding. A draft now will help give you an idea to start with however, which is a good a start as any!
Decide on a honeymoon destination
There’s every chance that you and your partner have always wanted to visit some exotic location together, which can make this decision extremely quick and easy. You might also need some time to consider your destination and plans however, but either way, this task can be ticked off early. This will help give you time to plan your honeymoon as well as your wedding!