So you got engaged this Christmas or New Year? Congratulations! You must be so excited and eager to start planning your Leicestershire wedding!
I hope the proposal was as romantic or as down-to-earth as you always dreamed of. Were your parents thrilled to bits? Your friends wild with jealousy and squealing with delight?
So what’s next? Where do you go from here?
Planning a wedding can be a huge undertaking, particularly for someone who hasn’t had much experience of planning events. But don’t you worry. Just take it one step at a time and you’ll find that breaking it down into manageable chunks makes it all seem so much simpler.
And… I’m here to help as well. As a Leicestershire wedding photographer, I’ve attended a fair few ceremonies in my time and I like to chat about all the finer details with my couples along their journey toward the big day too.
Here’s where I would suggest you start:
Set a Date
If you and your partner have a fair idea of when you would like to marry (or an exact date, if it has special meaning to you), then this is the best place to start. It may depend on finances, work timetables, family situations or quite simply be that you’d love to wed during your favourite season. Having at least an idea of the date is vital before you can make too many more arrangements.
Venue – Leicestershire Wedding
We are so blessed in the county of Leicestershire to have so many beautiful wedding venues and such a wide range too. We have some beautiful, yet simple, registry offices (Anstey Frith House) and some large, grand hotels (Kilworth House Hotel) and stately homes (Prestwold Hall). We have outdoor locations (Bradgate Park) and country-style tipi wedding venues (Bawdon Lodge Farm), elegant, city-centre, Georgian Banquetting Halls (The City Rooms) and countryside barn conversions (Barnsdale Lodge). If you have something specific in mind but are having trouble finding it, I’d be happy to help you out with a chat over a cuppa.
It can be tricky to discuss money at times, but if the two of you are going to spend the rest of your lives together, it’s about time you talked finances. You may be lucky enough to already have had an offer to pay for your wedding by your parents or other relatives. If so, it’s still important to know what their budget is and then, if necessary, what you can afford to spend on top of this. You should also decide if the “wedding budget” will include the cost of a honeymoon or not as this can be an expensive element in itself.
If you’d like to cherish the memories of your special day for years to come, it is important to have it documented professionally. A professional will have insurance and experience, two absolutely vital qualities for such a huge event where the person running the show (you) is also the star and needing to be able to relax and enjoy proceedings, rather than micro-managing. For a great photographer (too modest?) take a look at my weddings gallery. I’d be delighted to recommend some of the videographers I have worked with at Leicestershire wedding venues too when we meet up for cake!
Once you have discussed all of the above, made enquiries, pencilled in dates and locations and then finally made some decisions, you’ll be ready to move onto the next stage. Focus on the above big four first. Then you will want to apply for the right to marry either via your church or the registry office local to your civil ceremony venue.
For some, photography and videography would feature in this list of secondary requirements. But for me, and I very much hope for you too, the capturing of your day is actually so very important. You could marry wearing jeans and trainers with total strangers as witnesses but you would still want to capture that special moment forever as it MEANS so much to the two of you.
Good luck on your journey. I hope you will invite me to be a part of it. But most importantly, don’t get carried away with details, extravagances or other people’s expectations. Remember what is important to you and why you are doing this. Right there, you’ll find the answers to any issues that arise along the way.