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Chris, I am confused! Where do I start?

27 March, 2017

Dear Chris,

I’m getting married in June 2019 and I do not have any idea from where should I start. Shall I book the venue first?

Sharon B.


Dear Sharon,

The moment that the feeling of getting married sinks in, one of the most common questions that springs to mind to most of the engaged couples is, ‘Where do I start?’

Brides start dreaming about their big day, surfing online for information, saving nice pictures of beautiful weddings. All this is good and necessary. In fact, during this stage, you will actually see what you like and what you don’t like.

First thing you need to do? - Create a Budget!

The first thing you need to do, before you start booking anything, is make a realistic budget of how much you want to spend. There are couples who pay all the expenses of their wedding themselves; others might seek out for their parents who are willing to pay for the whole wedding. If you never discussed this with your parents, you can ask them. Nothing to be ashamed of.

When you do know your budget, make a list of the invitees, so you have a rough idea of the number of guests. Let me give you an example; if your budget is €20K, and you want to invite 400 guests, that means that your budget is already absorbed in catering, drinks and rent of the venue. So, now you have an important choice to make; you can either reduce the number of guests or increase your budget.

Another factor you should consider when you are working on your budget is the duration of the wedding. The longer the duration of your wedding day, the higher the expenses.

After you tackle the above three tasks, you will have a clear picture of your requirements for the venue, and how to proceed further. If you have no idea how to budget your wedding, or you feel really lost, then I suggest you contact a wedding planner.

I always suggest that if you choose an outdoor venue, make sure that it comes with an indoor area, acting as a backup plan in case of bad weather. Due to climate change, no one can guarantee a sunny day for your big day, even in summer. So, better safe than sorry!

When your budget is set, then you can start scouting for the perfect venue …

Chris X.