Are you planning a 2020 wedding? It'll come faster than you think. Planning a wedding takes a lot of time — there's a lot to organize if you want to make sure that your special day goes off perfectly. Here's what you need to know about planning a wedding that's scheduled for next year.
First: Start Organizing Now
Wedding venues are sometimes booked years in advance. Caterers, photographers, bakers, and everyone else in the wedding industry understands this. As you get closer to your wedding date, there are going to be fewer and fewer options. Your dream wedding may not be available if you wait to book it. It could also be much more expensive.
Making decisions during the planning of a wedding takes time. You're going to be looking at catering companies, tasting menus, looking at cakes, tasting cakes, and so forth. It's not like catering for corporate events, where you can make decisions rapid-fire: you need to be able to ruminate on your options and decide what's best for you.
Your guest list is likely the most important component to organization. Both you and your soon-to-be spouse can create lists of the people that have to come and the people that you'd like to come. Use your budget to determine how many people are really feasible.
Find Your Venue Fast
Venue is one of the major things you should think about first. While you may be able to get a reasonable cake from most wedding bakers, a venue is special and unique. It may be more expensive to book a venue closer to the date, or just impossible. Once you have your venue in place, everything else often falls into place.
If you find a caterer before a venue, the catering company may be able to make suggestions. At Laissez-faire, we have relationships with some of the best venues in Sydney, and we're able to make suggestions based on our clients' needs and style.
Start Developing Your Menu
Consider seasonal produce, themed produce, and other options when developing your menu. Your caterer will be able to walk you through common wedding menus, and give you ideas that reflect you and your soon-to-be-spouse.
Many people go through quite a lot to attend a wedding, from taking off from work to traveling far distances. Food and a bar is usually the way that a wedding couple rewards their guests.
Conscientious catering companies are going to do things like save food on the side for you, so that you can still get to eat the food even if you're busy during the wedding. Catering matters at every event, but at a wedding it's even more important.
Start Hiring Professionals
Once you have your catering and venue down, it's time to start hiring photographers, musicians, and other professionals for your wedding. Again, anyone who specializes in weddings will often be booked in advance, so it's important to do this step early.
When looking for wedding professionals, take a look at reviews first. It'll indicate whether the professional is generally responsible and produces good work. A gallery of their work will also show you what they're capable of, such as the wedding gallery at Laissez-faire.
Send Out the Invitations
Invitations are another reason why it's so important for you to start planning your wedding quickly. You need to have a venue and a menu before you can even send out invitations, and you still need to collect RSVPs. Your guests will need to make arrangements, such as travel time, or finding someone to watch their children. Invitations should be sent out as soon as possible.
If you find that some people from your "must" list can't make it, you then have time to extend invitations for the people who you'd like to come.
Begin Planning Your Sydney Wedding Now
Ultimately, you don't want to feel rushed or anxious close to the date of your wedding. You want to feel as though you already planned for every situation, and everything is falling into place. To help your special day be perfect, you can take the pressure off and start planning now.
It's never too early to start planning for your wedding, especially since everything is usually booked out by months. If you're planning a wedding today, contact us at Laissez-faire, either through phone at (02) 9209 4810 or make an enquiry online.