Faced with the daunting prospect of actually starting to plan a wedding, I did the only logical thing and spent a silly amount of money on glossy magazines, stationery, notebooks and guides. Basically anything to avoid having to actually do anything. Good start.
After reading the aforementioned magazines, it seemed everyone was telling me that the first thing we needed to do was a set a date. Well that’s easy isn’t it? you just pick a date and that’s it don’t you? In short – No.
The more I read, the more things I realised you have to take in to account.
- What year – you need to pay for a wedding and leave enough time to book everything
- What season – this can affect the style of wedding you have and what is available
- What month – this can determine what sort of flowers and food you have (apparently)
- What day of the week
- Birthdays/anniversaries of friends and family
- Guests who may only be able to attend at certain times
- The phase of the moon, your star sign, the direction of the wind at that time of year…… I joke but you get the picture
My head spinning, I gradually discounted dates for various reasons and found hardly any were left.
In the end, we decided to pretty much ignore all the magazine advice and just picked a date in a month we liked the sound of, so 29th July 2017 it is.
So the first part of the planning was done and it was time to celebrate. Shortly after starting a glass of wine, feeling very smug, did I realise that picking a date was only the beginning. The date means nothing unless something is booked for that day. Great.