Planning the Best Events to Celebrate Your Marriage

If you’ve recently become engaged, you’ll be well aware of all the exciting events heading your way: engagement party, bridal shower, lunches, dinners and most importantly, the wedding itself! With so many events to organise, and many different factors within these events, it can be only too easy to become overwhelmed. Luckily, this ‘Getting Married Events Guide’ will give you everything you need to know about planning the best events to celebrate your marriage.

Whether you’re on a tight budget, or you have a big budget to work with, you can ensure you are well informed when it comes to choosing everything for your event: catering, venue, entertainment and more. Doing your research well in advance for these events will not only take a lot of stress away, it can also save you money. Read below the image for more information.

Celebrate Your Marriage

What events are expected before/during/after marriage?

Funny enough, there is no ‘expectation’ when it comes to the events of a marriage – even the ceremony itself! While there are some out there who are happy to pop down to the courts, sign the paper and call that their ‘wedding’, others choose to celebrate their marriage with all the stops. Events common with getting married include:

  • Engagement party
  • Bridal shower
  • Bachelorette party
  • Bachelor party
  • Wedding ceremony/reception
  • Anniversary celebrations

There are no expectations to how many events you plan, so it’s completely up to you as to whether you do one, two or even all of these things.

What kind of budget should you set for each event?

It’s important that you set a budget for each event you are planning. Without one, you may end up overspending on one event, resulting in less of a budget for the other event/s.┬áThe budget you allocate for each event will depend on how many events you are throwing. If it’s an engagement party and a wedding, you could allocate 20% of your overall budget to the engagement party. If you’ve decided to just have a wedding ceremony/reception, your entire budget can be focused on that.

It’s important to keep in mind all aspects of each event when working on your budget. For example, your wedding ceremony/reception budget needs to include the catering, decorations, entertainment and wedding venue in Melbourne.

Creating some sort of checklist/worksheet will allow you to easily track any costs associated with your wedding events. If you’re using a spreadsheet of some kind, you can set up formulas to keep track of how much budget you spend (for example, you can set up a formula where every time you enter a cost, it subtracts it from the overall budget).

There’s plenty of resources online for checklists and worksheets – check out this great Wedding Budget Worksheet by Real Simple.

How do you chose the best companies for your events?

Nowadays, there are plenty of ways you can find out whether a company is reputable, reliable and trusted or not. Whether you’re choosing a local Melbourne wedding cake maker, party entertainment or wedding invitation makers, you’ll want to make sure you’re dealing with someone you can trust for a top product or service.

It’s easy to find reviews from past customers of any company – take a look at their Google Plus page, their Facebook page and even their website. If you can’t find any reviews through these sources, you can visit or ring the company and talk to them direct. Ask them for any testimonials, reviews or testimonials they may have on hand.