When it comes to getting married there’s a lot to organise between saying ‘yes’ and ‘I do’. We caught up with Merivale wedding event manager, Charlotte Rauzan, on those very first steps toward planning your big day.
They asked, you said yes (!!!) so after shouting the news of your engagement from the rooftops, what next?
The first thing you need to do is make sure you’re on the same page as your partner. Have a think about what’s more important to you both and align your ideas of what your dream day looks like. Also, if your parents are going to be a big part of the process – whether from a monetary standpoint or other – I highly recommended getting them involved from the beginning and sharing your initial ideas.
If you have a date in mind what do you need to lock in first and fast?
Definitely the reception venue. Venues get snapped up so quickly and if you have somewhere in particular in mind then you don’t want to be disappointed. You should also look at booking the church or location of your ceremony, photographer/videographer and your celebrant or priest as they are in high demand at peak wedding times – their Saturdays fill up fast. But no matter what, always be prepared and have a back-up plan, even if you have your heart set on a particular venue.
From ballroom weddings to cocktail weddings and restaurant weddings – there are so many options. What’s the best way to choose a place that’s right for you?
Most couples I deal with have been to a wedding at a Merivale venue and absolutely loved it, so word of mouth or experiencing it for yourself is the ultimate way to choose a venue. But, if you haven’t got a specific location in mind, all I can say is research, research, research! Think about the style of wedding you would like then consider logistics like how you get from the ceremony location to the reception. Weigh up the pros and cons of each venue too, that way you know you’ve made a well thought-through decision.
What are some tips to beat feeling overwhelmed during the planning process?
Breathe! Write lots of lists, understand that excel is your friend and rely on your venue as they are always more than happy to help. It’s also important to remember that you can’t control everything. Just know that it always comes together on the day.
Finally, what’s a good way to collect wedding inspo?
Definitely Instagram. Pinterest can be very overwhelming for a bride to be, there’s too many different options. I also find it’s good to screen grab imagery and file into folders to share with your event manager, stylist, photographer – everyone involved.