FIRST THINGS FIRST.
Congratulations future Mrs! Now you are wondering where do I begin? The thought can be overwhelming. Mrs.Murdoch has you covered with the 10 critical steps to getting your planning underway allowing you to enjoy this special (stress free) time with your better half.
1 | SET THE DATE
The most common question you will hear daily (I guarantee it) is “when’s the wedding?” Discuss this first with your partner to ensure you are on the same page. Exact dates don’t need to be organised right away but selecting the season will help you on your way.
2 | SET THE BUDGET
Be realistic with your budget. How much are you both happy to spend on your wedding? Will your parents be contributing? Always allow for contingencies in your budget, as you will surely go over, this will save you a lot of frustration in the long run.
3 | SELECT THE VENUE
Now that you have decided on the season and budget you can now lock in your venue.
4 | BOOK THE PHOTOGRAPHER & VIDEOGRAPHER
With so many amazing photographers and videographers on the market, it can be hard to narrow down your search. Our tip to you is have a look at their style; have they shot at your wedding venue before? If so this is an advantage, as they understand the location and lighting, ensuring you will spend less time trying to get creative and more time in the moment having fun. Look at the style of weddings they have worked on, are they similar to the look and style you wish to create? If so then you will not be disappointed on the day.
5 | PLAN YOUR GUEST LIST
We love Excel sheets at Mrs Murdoch and this is a great way to keep all your contacts in one place. Start with the “essential” guests to ensure you don’t leave anyone out. Ensure you give yourself enough time for family and friends to get back to you with their addresses and email, so you aren’t chasing them at a later date.
6 | SET THE TONE
Traditionally your venue will set the tone for your wedding i.e. White Tie, Black Tie, Casual or Cocktail. It is important that your venue is cohesive with the tone of your wedding.
7 | THE GOWN
If you have successfully completed the previous 6 Steps this step will be much easier. Your gown should be a reflection of your own personal style and should compliment you on your Big Day. Remember to give yourself at least 12 months if you would like something bespoke or 6 months if you are purchasing Ready to Wear. Try to keep an open mind when searching for “the one” as I guarantee the dress you least expect will be the one you fall in love with.
8 | THE FLOWERS AND FOOD
This step should also be easy. Remember to have your flowers compliment your venue. You should research what flowers are in season prior to meeting with your florist to avoid disappointment. Your food should also be a reflection of the tone i.e. formal sit down for Black Tie and canapés for cocktail events.
9 | THE INVITATION
Have fun and be creative with your invitation. This will be the first glimpse of what guests can expect your wedding to look and feel like so investing in quality invitations is essential. You should allow at least six weeks for design and printing. You will need to have your invitations posted at least two months before your Big Day to allow guests enough time to book travel requirements if needed. If you are sending Save The Date cards, I recommend sending these at least 6 months before the big day and ensure they have the same look and feel as your formal invitation, which will follow.
10 | THE FINISHING TOUCH
Start planning the final touches such as seating arrangements if required, music, entertainment, honeymoon, registry etc. Now is the time to start ticking that to do list off and start getting excited about your Big Day!
To help you maintain your sanity with all the organising.
You may wish to bring on an expert and we cannot recommend Georgie enough;