How to Kick off Your Wedding Planning Without a Hitch

Captured by Johanna MacDonald

Captured by Johanna MacDonald

Hello Lovely,

I hear you’re a little stuck on where to get started planning this big day of yours. Believe me, I’ve been there, and I’m not about to let you turn into a Bridezilla.

I’m coming to your rescue in 3, 2, 1.

Planning our wedding was one of the most rewarding experiences I’ve had in my life - and that's no lie! I’m no expert, but I’m generally an organised person so this became my opportunity to put my skills to the ultimate test. I thought sharing a little of our experience, tips and tricks for keeping our wedding (and event) planning stress to an absolute minimum will hopefully keep you and your gorgeous partner in crime in check.

You need to keep it simple. Don’t look at one more planning book or 24 page checklist if you’re already feeling overwhelmed! Get the big things out of the way, and you will make a far more enjoyable experience for yourselves.

Planning your big day can turn into a nightmare if you don’t sort the big ticket items first, especially if you are wanting to wed in peak season (read: bye bye money!). Even planning our wedding about a year out we found we were having to get nifty about securing some things. Our “to book” list consisted of these:

  • Venue (and rainy day plan)
  • Celebrant
  • Band, DJ or Singers
  • Photographer
  • Videographer
  • Guest Transport
  • Accommodation
  • Hair and Makeup Artists
  • Planner and Stylist (if opting for these)
  • Hire Items
  • Flowers
  • Cake
  • Caterers

Ladies take note, next is the most important item of the day - the dress! If it's not taken off the rack, you can be waiting anything from six to eight months to arrive. Do your research and try to get a good feel for the styles that highlight the total babin' goddess you are.

For us, it was important to get our Save the Dates out well ahead of a normal schedule as our big day was conveniently tied in with large events down south, meaning small town accommodation become an issue very quickly. Of course, you don't have to do this, but it's food for thought.

Once all this was out of the way, we could breathe again. You won’t all be the same, but this whole process became a bit of a hobby of mine and I love to share my ideas where I can. I’m constantly pinning ideas, have favourited searches on Trademe for items new and old, scroll through fashion sites for dresses, suits and shoes, and have a new found love for “the gram”.

Below are some of my favourite blog sites bursting with inspiration for weddings of all budgets:

Annnnd you made it to the end! A lot to digest, but I hope that you can take something away from this little download. Let me know if you would like to see more on this subject, or have any questions for me.

Congratulations, Enjoy, and Good Luck!


Until next,

With love, Lucy_4 Grey.png