Our 6 easy steps to kick-start your wedding planning process
In addition to not being able to tear your eyes away from your freshly acquired bling, you’re going to want to shout your new status from the rooftops. Deciding whether to first call your best friend or your mum right after the proposal could be one of the hardest choices you’ll have to make – and it surely won’t be the last.
Celebrating your engagement should be savoured for as long as possible, because after that, there’s a lot of planning to be done. When you’re ready to kick off your wedding preparations, here’s six all-important pieces of advice from LENZO to get you started and help you on your way.
1. Plan Your Engagement Party
Before the bridal shower or the hens night out, there’s the quintessential engagement party to plan! An engagement party can be as formal or as casual as you want it to be. In fact, more and more brides are going down the route of having a huge engagement party, and keeping the wedding much more intimate for immediate family and close friends. It can be hard to know where to start, so check out LENZO's Ultimate Guide To Planning Your Engagement Party for tips on how to pick engagement party venues, photographers, decorations and all the rest. If this all sounds a little scary, why not hire someone to give you a helping hand? That way, you can sit back and enjoy the party without the organising and fuss – because trust us, there’ll be more of that to come!
2. Your Turn: Bridal Party Proposal
For many people, choosing your #BrideTribe is up there as one of the most important decisions you’ll make (besides saying ‘I do’)! When you’re ready to pop the question to your bridesmaids or maid of honour, do it in style with Bridal Proposal Boxes or keep it simple with a cute bridesmaid proposal card. A cute ‘Can’t Say I Do Without You’ hamper is a unique and creative way to ask your girls to be by your side as you walk down the aisle.
But this gesture isn’t exclusively for the gals – the groom can also join in on the fun with gift boxes from The Hamper Emporium.
3. Decide If You Need a Wedding Stylist
Before you pick your gown or go for cake tastings, look at the big picture: what kind of wedding do you want? Is it a casual boho style or a lush warehouse wedding? From the colour palette to the floral design, the furniture, props, table centrepieces and even lighting, there’s a lot to consider when it comes to creating a theme that balances all your elements.
Enter a wedding stylist: they’re here to lessen your load by ensuring your wedding day looks polished from the moment your bridal party wakes up through to the end of the night. Securing and including a wedding stylist into your wedding planning as early as possible is one of the best ways to take the stress away and pressure off you on your day.
4. Book Your Wedding Venue
Once you’ve agreed on The Date, you need a venue that will perfectly reflect your theme – it’s especially important as the location will be your backdrop for most of the day. This is the single biggest decision you’ll make during this process (besides choosing your partner for life!).
Whether you’re looking for a vintage outdoor wedding setting, a beachside venue or even a unique wedding venue to decorate, there’s tons of options to choose from. Keep in mind you’ll need a rough estimate of how many guests you’ll be inviting, because it can be heartbreaking to discover your favourite venue only caters to a certain capacity. And, just like the wedding photographer and videographer, don’t be surprised to learn the most sought-after venues are booked up to two years in advance – so, you’ll have to be quick to secure your date!
5. Hire A Wedding Photographer + Videographer
When it comes to capturing your special day, not just anyone will do. Your wedding photos will be nailed to your living room wall, shared on social media, and the first thing people will want to see. So, you need professionals who can capture every sigh, blush, and smile – and will do it to your taste.
Wedding photographers and videographers are usually booked 12-18 months in advance, so this is something you might need to secure early to avoid missing out on hiring the best. Our tip for choosing the right wedding photographer and videographer? Make sure your personalities click, as you’re inviting them along for one of the most important days of your life. Our go-to Melbourne wedding photographer? We love Kas Richards’ meticulous eye for detail.
6. Send your Save the Date!
You’ve had your engagement party, you’ve locked in the essentials, now it’s time to build they hype! Once you’ve picked your ideal wedding theme and venue, you can work on the finer details, like your wedding stationery. From Save the Dates to RSVPs, place cards, menus, and invitations for the bridal shower, hens night and wedding, there’s a lot to take in! Fortunately, LENZO is here to offer our recommendations of the best in the business to perfectly complement your theme, and set the tone of what your guests can expect on your day. Our fave picks? The Sundae Creative for their #TooCute custom designs and Yesterday Creative for a touch of vintage letterpress.
Of course, we haven’t mentioned all the other tasks that we also think are up there in terms of importance, including getting a manicure (your ring – and those fingernails – will be in the spotlight for the next couple of months!) and browsing Pinterest for #WeddingInspo. Our first six tips should at least get the ball rolling, so remember: above all, relax, find the time to reconnect, and enjoy the ride!
Love, LENZO x
Written by Melbourne blogger Maree Mikhaiel