Updated: Aug 23
When I first started wedding planning, the thought of it was exciting but also just the thought of where to begin was overwhelming - so here are the first 5 main things I started with, which I hope will help you on your planning journey.
1. Create a wedding email
This was literately the first thing I did, before signing up to any wedding apps or website, I create a separate wedding email for all wedding correspondence. This will allow you to keep your personal email clean during and after the wedding planning, allow both yourself and your partner to access and easy to filter.
Just make sure you check this email regularly as you would your personal.
2. Sit down and set a budget
Trust me when I say this is needed but also difficult if you have no idea how much weddings cost to begin with. So many people told me to set a budget first and work around that otherwise, you will continue to go beyond the amount you can realistically do.
We started with a rough budget, but never really set it in stone and before we knew it, we were already 4K over budget and that's the realness of it all - so set your realistic budget, allow your wedding to fit around that and make sacrifices for what needs be.
3. Create a budget spreadsheet
Assuming you've already got budget set, you now need to create a spreadsheet to keep track of all your expenses, what's already been paid, what's outstanding.
Simply using excel, from the date spent, the purchase, which card was used and the current status of each item purchased or to be purchased, along with where from, what company and a link if necessary.