I hope ye are all keeping well.
This is my first post about planning a wedding and everything that comes with it.
There is so much to do and so many places where you can start. It is hard to pick a point on where to start, we started with the basics.
- The Date – A lot of people often pick dates that mean something like a deceased loved ones birthday, their anniversary, the day they first met etc… But the last two can cause a row – if you both remember different dates! We went with a random date in February… Why February? It’ll be cold and you won’t get the weather for great pictures… We are getting married in Ireland, so we aren’t exactly guaranteed the weather for photos outside in the middle of July anyway so why should we pay top dollar for the same venue in July when we can get it at 20% cheaper in February Plus we like the cold – LOL
- Church or Civil Ceremony – There are so many different ways to get married not to mention, humanist, interfaith & non legal ceremonies.
- Church Ceremonies – The policies on conducting marriage ceremonies vary from church to church, so when you’ve decided on the church you would like to have your wedding in, it is essential to meet and discuss your request with the priest of the parish to ascertain whether your request can be granted. It’s important to confirm the dates 3 months in advance, you also have to arrange an appointment with the Civil Registrar of Marriage 3 months ahead of your day to get your Marriage Registration Form. You will also need baptismal certificate, confirmation certificate and a letter of freedom from each parish you have lived in since 18. You will also need to do a pre marriage course and present the certificate to your priest upon completion.
- Civil Ceremonies – Meet with your local registry office in advance. For civil ceremonies you must meet with the registry office in the county you intend to marry in. If you wish to marry outside of a registry office make sure that your venue has a licensed for civil ceremonies. Each registry office in each county has different rules so check with them to make sure they can perform your ceremony on your required date.
- Budgets – We found this online wedding budget planner you input all your expenses into this calculator and it comes up with your budget. It is a great way to see how much you need to save and it helps you keep track of what money needs to go where.
Next up is:
- Wedding Rings
- Wedding Singer
- Suits, Dresses & Shoes
- Wedding Favours
And the most important thing to do is enjoy every minute of the day & the run up to it with the planning.
Each time we have another aspect of our wedding booked I’ll write a post on how we did, where we went.