it’s all in the details: wedding planning in five steps

Morning lovely readers!  Hands up if you got engaged last year? Over Christmas or New Year? Congratulations to you!  I bet you’re super excited and wondering where on earth to start?!  In the first few days and weeks after your engagement you’ll probably be desperate to get started with the planning, but there’s few things you should stop and consider first.

One of my mantra’s is Mies van de Rohe’s phrase “the devil is in the detail”, considering all the small things that make up the bigger picture and make it work together seamlessly.  When planning your wedding details aren’t just the pretty decorations that adorn your reception tables, but the time, effort and planning that’s gone into your day.

So today, I thought I’d share five basic details you need to cover before you can even begin to think about the pretty stuff ~

{DIY Wedding by Blink Photography}

1. Budget

Yes, I thought I’d get the money one out of the way first.  Without a budget (big or small) you can’t make any decisions.  Sit down with your fiance, your parents, whoever you think may be contributing to your celebration, and work out two things.  What you can realistically afford and an idea of what things realistically cost.  Firstly, I understand that your wedding is the biggest day of your life, but seriously, you don’t want to be paying for it for the rest of your life either.  Remember your wedding lasts a day, but marriage lasts a lifetime, and you want to enjoy it all!  Secondly, how many stories have I heard of brides with unrealistic budgets?  Do your research, contact suppliers and get some ballpark figures that will give you an idea of how much you need to allocate to each aspect of your wedding and help you set your expectations of how much your dream day is actually going to cost.  Once those numbers are written down, stick to them!

{Rock n Roll Wedding by October Ward Photography}

2. Venue

I’m sure this is the first thing you want to go out and do! Do your research, do you want to get married indoors or outdoors, a traditional venue or a modern one, do you need a venue who can look after everything for you or a blank canvas that let’s you express your creativity?  Some venues will offer a whole package including catering, cake, flowers and music, coordinating on the day and letting you enjoy your engagement hassle-free.  If you choose to go this route make sure you are still getting what you want, and not what’s easiest for the venue.

{Modern Vintage Wedding by Cat Hepple Photography}

3. Photographer

I would recommend starting this search early, not only do the best wedding photographers get booked up early, I can pretty much guarantee that the ones you love will be more expensive than you think.  Photographs are the ever-lasting memories of your day, you can’t replace or recapture bad ones, so please make sure you pick the right one!  There are lots of ways to find your photographer, look in wedding magazines, on blogs and search directories.  The Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographers (SWPP) has a great list of all their members on their site, who are all true professionals.  It’s also worth considering the extra value your photographer can add to your package , such as engagement shoots and beautiful wedding albums.

{Homemade Vintage Wedding by Blackbox Photography}

4. People

This may seem like an odd one, but the people who support and guide you during your planning process and are there at your wedding need to be the ones who care as much as you do about your day.  This means choosing with care the wedding suppliers, from caterers to DJ’s, bridal boutiques to cake makers as well as the friends and family, your bridesmaids and groomsmen.  If you need some help with this I am always willing to share some of my favourite people with you, get in touch and tell me what you are looking for!

{Elegant Mountain Themed Wedding by Jamie Delane}

5. Theme

Finally I’m going to unleash you into a world of wedding pretty! Start thinking about your colour palette and theme as this will set the tone for your day.  From your dress and shoes, to the flowers and cake, remembering your initial theme will help make those difficult decisions easy!  To start with, why not check out some of my inspiration boards, or search some of my favourite blogs to get the ball rolling.


After a decade-long career in corporate interior design, I took a giant leap of faith, left the security of an office job, and founded B.LOVED in 2011 as a platform for romantic and beautiful wedding inspiration. Thanks to a whole lot of creativity, hard work and passion, my gamble paid off and B.LOVED became one of the leading wedding blogs in the UK.

I'm also a co-founder at The Brand Studio, where I design and curate beautiful photoshoots for wedding and lifestyle brands, as well as running wedding industry community the B.LOVED Hive where I support and nurture wedding pros building industry leading businesses. Yep, I definitely have the best job in the world.

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Interesting read Louise. For me it was pretty much the same Date + Venue + Dress + Photographer : )
Once the big things were decided the little things, the details, were easier to fit in and more managebable. x