13 Easy Steps to Planning a Wedding
How to plan a wedding in Sydney. Wedding NSW walks you through 13 easy steps to planning a fabulous wedding in Sydney and New South Wales.
Are you looking for the perfect Sydney wedding coordinator/planner? Look no further than Wedding NSW! We have been helping couples plan their dream weddings for over 20 years, and we know what it takes to create a truly unforgettable day. We offer a comprehensive range of tools, from image galleries and real weddings for initial inspiration, budgeting tips and articles with unique ideas, through to info on Sydney’s best wedding suppliers. Browse sample packages, special offers and more. We make it easy for you to create a personalised Sydney wedding that fits your unique style and budget. Find the best vendors for your wedding and know that your wedding day will be amazing, from start to finish. Follow our social channels for all the latest tips, specials, offers, and open day info. We look forward to helping you make your Sydney wedding fabulous! xx
1. Enjoy being engaged!
Be in the moment and enjoy this special time together. Start storyboarding your ideal Sydney wedding day. Discuss it together. What do you picture? Casual or Black Tie? Rustic or Fairy tale? Local or Destination? Wedding NSW has real weddings you can browse for inspo.
2. Tell your family and friends
Announce your engagement and discuss your wedding plans with your family and friends. Find out if any VIPs (parents, potential bridal party members) have commitments that would rule out certain dates for people you really want attending your wedding in Sydney.
3. Decide on the style of wedding
Your Sydney wedding style will narrow your venue choice. Sydney wedding venues often book many months, or years in advance. Once you have your wedding style, then it becomes easier to pick your venue. The most popular styles are:
Fairytale = city ballroom
Rustic = country or winery
Beach = coastal or water views
DIY = community hall, sporting venue, private home
Destination = somewhere with great views and accommodation.
Check out the Wedding NSW venues or catering companies and make some enquiries as to availability and pricing.
4. Set your budget
Once you’ve received info on potential wedding venues in Sydney, you can think about your budget. Talk to your parents and see if they plan on contributing towards your wedding. Think about how much you can save and afford to spend on your wedding. You might like to open a separate account for wedding savings and spending. Once you have a rough budget you can consider how many people you can afford to have at each venue. Of course, it’s also an option to ask people to donate cash in lieu of a gift to help off-set the cost. Wedding NSW has a budget planner you can download to help you out.
5. Start booking!
6. Photographers, video and cars!
Your choice of celebrant can make or break your ceremony. Meet with a few and make sure they make you feel relaxed and confident. This will help with any nerves on the day.
8. Flowers, Decoration, Decor, Hire, Cake
What are you going to need to make your Sydney wedding venue fabulous? Do you need to hire chairs and crockery for a DIY wedding? Will you have floral arbors and centerpieces? Some venue packages will include decorations – check what is included – it may be centerpieces, chair covers, etc. They may also include a wedding cake.
Consider a floral theme – it could be colour or style based. Remember that you’ll be holding your bouquet throughout the ceremony and photos – they can get heavy!
Will your wedding cake be used as dessert? This will determine what size your bakery will recommend. You can also get different tiers with different flavours! Heavenly! xx
9. Music and Entertainment
11. Guest list and bridal party
Work out your guest list. Select your bridal party. It can be less stressful to select your bridal party closer to your wedding date, eg 3 months before. It’s easier to not select someone, than have to un-select them. Wedding NSW has a guest list and seating planner you can download to help you out.
Invitations! Send out invitations for your hens or bucks party, and then the wedding. Typically Sydney wedding invitations are sent 3 months in advance. Although this is flexible, and sometimes a save-the-date is important especially for friends or family that might need to travel a long way, arrange time off work, or save up to attend!
Yay! This can be any time you like. Soon after your Sydney wedding day, or some time later. Many travel agents offer a honeymoon registry and can be an easy, but fabulous gift from your guests. If you are planning on changing your name, ensure you have your passport and travel documents in the same name! It might also be necessary to have a credit card in this name too, especially when confirming bookings or collecting tickets.