BY SARAH DE RANGO
You’re engaged, congratulations! We have no doubt that there are a million thoughts, questions and ideas swirling through your mind right now about what the next steps are, so allow us to lay it all out for you! We’re experts in planning and executing epic events, so we know a thing or two about what goes into this process. Eager to learn more about what to do once you get engaged? Keep reading
First things first, you and your lover need to take a seat and decide what the most important aspects of your day are. This could be anything from the venue, to your outfits, florals and styling, or a kick-ass DJ – the things that are really going to elevate your wedding day and make it totally unforgettable.
We talk more about this in the Nudo wedding planning checklist.
We recommend compiling a list of all of these items and ranking them from most to least important so that you can clearly see where your priorities lie, and where you’ll want to spend the bulk of your money. If you’re struggling to distinguish between a few key players, ask yourself “Will it make a difference to the day?”. Think about those special moments or additions that you and your guests will remember for years to come – beautiful blooms by Anatomy of Flowers, perhaps?
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As big as your dreams may be, they can only stretch as far as your budget so you need to be logical about what your wedding day will look like. Now that your priorities are nailed down, this is the point in the process where you can begin allocating what you’re willing to spend on each component, as well as your overall budget. Right here, it’s all about being realistic. It’s not uncommon for one lover to be more willing to loosen the purse strings in order to ensure their day is exactly what they’ve envisaged, down to the finest details – that’s where the budget is important. Discussing each and every detail of the budget ensures that you won’t end up bickering about minor aspects of the wedding, and you’ll know exactly where each cent is going.
Perhaps the venue of your dreams falls in a higher price bracket, but you’re not willing to part ways. That’s completely okay! This is where your list of priorities come back into play and will help you make decisions. If transportation isn’t overly important to you, for example, use this avenue to penny pinch and opt for something subtle and paired back that won’t break the bank. Once all of this is realistically ironed out, then it’s time to start saving. We know that may not sound romantic, but every dollar counts, especially when your dream honeymoon is on the line!
Your venue is arguably the most important aspect of your day and requires significant thought to ensure it’s the perfect spot to host your dream nuptials. Start by doing some research into what your ideal aesthetic is, whether it be rustic, romantic, modern, or coastal, and narrow down a list of a few iconic spaces that you’re eager to visit.
For example, if you’re loving the modern warehouse vibe, get in touch with the team at The Wool Mill to be immersed in the magic yourself. Or if an intimate loft-style wedding is calling your name, say hello to Chapel 1885.
The team will run through each and every question you have, outline all of the features of the venue, and paint a picture as to what your wedding day will look like at their venue. Our tip – be sure to check out a variety of different venues throughout this process – you never know what will catch your eye.
Once you’ve made the choice, secure your date and get excited – the countdown begins!
With the largest part of your wedding locked in, it’s time to sort out the nitty gritty details. We’re talking about locking in those vendors that are going to transform your space and create the ultimate experience for your guests, including your florist, styling, catering, and entertainment.
Catering has got to be one of the most crucial parts of your wedding. Whether you choose a formal sit-down meal, mouthwatering grazing table, or casual cocktail soiree, you’ll want to ensure that guests can enjoy your celebration with a drink in hand and a full belly, brought to you by a team of experienced chefs and local delicacies. Refresh is our pick when it comes to choosing a caterer that ticks all of the boxes! Allow them to create tailored menu experiences that your guests will never forget.
You could even shock them by planning a surprise wedding!
Next on the list is floristry and styling. While your venue may be a blank canvas beauty that shines on its own, there’s something so magical about bringing your personality and style to life in the space.
Need a recommendation for a team of trend-setting stylists and designers? Meet The Goodsmiths. Whether you’re looking for candles to add a romantic ambience, soft table linens, or custom signage to welcome guests to your event, the experienced team will work closely with you to elevate your venue and take it to the next level. The highly praised Planners will guide you through your wedding planning journey, eliminating any and all stress, and allowing you to sit back and relax on the way to your wedding day.
Allow us to introduce you to Anatomy of Flowers, because what is a wedding without beautiful blooms? Creating everything from flourishing floral table arrangements to iconic ceremony installations, Anatomy of Flowers is poised to create an unforgettable backdrop that will leave you and your guests speechless. Perfectly blending bold colours with textural elements, you can bring your visions to life, or allow the team to dream it up for you, guiding you throughout the entire process all while staying within your budget.
This goes without saying, but most importantly, now that you’re engaged, it’s time to get excited!
While there are plenty of decisions to be made and aspects to consider, don’t forget that your wedding day is meant to be special, romantic and memorable, full of everything you’ve ever dreamed of. Savour every moment of the process, do what makes you happy and begin the countdown to your big day. And remember, if you need a helping hand to make the journey all the more enjoyable and stress-free, don’t hesitate to get in touch with The Goodsmiths, who are bound to create your ultimate wedding day.
Good luck, lovers!
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Nudo is a wedding planning service based in Melbourne that looks at weddings a little differently. With a complete collection of the best vendors in Melbourne under their roof, they offer thoughtfully crafted, complete wedding packages for couples who love the creative, but hate the logistics. From a wedding planner, to design team, florist, photographer, celebrant, cake, DJ and even transport – Nudo offers everything you need for an incredible wedding, without the stress. Completely customisable, couples can add or remove as many of the vendors as they need.
If you’re looking for a wedding planner in Melbourne and would love a team of dreamers and doers on your side to guide you through the journey step by step, drinking glasses of bubbles, and making wedding planning fun, then contact us to learn more.
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