Mature wedding funding?

Announce your engagement/plan an engagement party

This is your chance to wave the ‘look at me!’ flag and announce your engagement. By having an engagement party, guests will know a wedding is on the way, and to expect to be invited in the next two years or so.

Set your wedding date

Here’s where you put an approximate date you’d like to hold your wedding. This may change depending on venue and vendor availability, but knowing an estimated date will help with the planning time frame and schedule.

Think about your wedding in the grand scheme of things. If you simply cannot afford to have a wedding in the next two years, it’s okay to postpone it until you’re ready. Your engagement duration can be however long you want it to be.

Also, here’s where the consider whether you’d be interested in having a weekday wedding. Weekday weddings and weddings held in quieter months of the year can come with benefits such as discounted rates, or could even mean the difference between securing your dream venue or having to hold off for another year.

Choose the style of wedding

This is where you begin shopping around for ideas and inspiration regarding your wedding theme. Our Real Weddings section is a great tool to use to find out what you envision your wedding to look like. Pick and choose elements you love, and elements you could go without. This is how you’re left with your eventual theme, and wedding colour scheme.

Decide on an approximate number of guests

Deciding the approximate number of guests you’d like to invite will help with other wedding planning elements. Where you hold your ceremony or reception may depend on capacity numbers, so it’s good to have an estimated number in your head before you begin booking vendors. Use the Easy Weddings Guest List tool to manage your numbers.

Another great idea in this regard is to great two lists: an A list, and a B list. This helps because, if a person on the A list isn’t able to come, you can easily replace them with someone from the B list. Read more on this strategy here.

Set your wedding budget

Your wedding budget could mean the difference between an extravagant affair and an intimate DIY barbecue in your back yard. Knowing how much you’re willing to spend on particular elements is crucial, so you don’t find yourself blowing all your money on a venue, and having no budget left for the rest of the wedding.

Also, here’s a good time to decide what you’re likely to spend more on, because you value it more. For example, some brides will spend $20,000 on a wedding dress because it’s important to her, while only spending $1000 on a venue.

Create and manage your wedding budget with the Easy Weddings Budget Calculator.

Choose, confirm, and pay a deposit for your ceremony and reception venues

Your ceremony and reception venues are crucial when it comes to your wedding. Your overall theme should dictate which venue you desire, and your guest list and budget will decide whether you have enough numbers, and whether or not you can afford it.

When choosing your venue, make sure you actually see the venue in person. Visiting the venue will help you visualise whether or not the venue is for you, and whether or not it looks as great as its photos online showed it to be.

Venues need to be booked ASAP, as they become to centrepiece for the rest of your wedding planning. For example, you may want your catering to tie in with your beach venue (seafood), or your decor might go with a particularly rustic barn house venue, but not with an elegant ballroom.

You also need to get straight onto paying the deposits for these venues. If you’re having a weekday wedding in the middle of winter, maybe there won’t be much competition with other engaged couples for booking your dream venue. However, if you’re hoping for a weekend wedding in peak wedding season (the warmer months), you’ll need to book your venue early to secure your desired wedding date.