Getting married is one of the biggest decisions a couple can make together, so it’s important to get it right. Whatever you want from your special day, thinking about the details well in advance is the best way to make sure of a memorable, happy ceremony. There’s so much to think about, though, that it’s a good idea to have a series of checklists during the run up to the wedding so nothing gets forgotten. Here’s part one of our guide to planning your event.
At least 12 months before the wedding:
- Choose your engagement ring.
- Announce your engagement. How you want to do this is up to you – some couples mark the occasion with a party, others by spreading the word on social media. If retro chic is your style, you could even put an announcement in the newspaper.
- Sit down with your partner for a chat about what you’d both like from the ceremony. Modern weddings can take practically any shape or form, from skydiving novelty to traditional church, so decide what will suit you both. This will also help you work out the budget.
- Now, you can go through the budget with your partner and family and decide who’s going to pay for what. While it’s traditional for the bride’s family to pay for the majority of the wedding, these days there are no set rules and many couples pay most of the cost themselves.
- Now you’ve got the budget in place, you can start deciding on a date and looking at venues. This could include a church and a reception venue, or one location where you’ll be married and hold the celebration.
- Finally, you’ll need to find a wedding officiant and apply for a marriage licence. There’s plenty of information about how to do this on Cheshire East’s dedicated wedding website.
If you’re looking for something unusual for your wedding, at the Swettenham Arms we have a stunning lavender meadow that’s perfect for creating those photo opportunities. Our Lovell Suite holds up to 150 guests for the reception and we can also offer outdoor marquee options during the summer. We’re also fully licenced for civil ceremonies. To find our more, visit our Cheshire weddings page.