[Sharna Sellars Photography]


Wedding planning can sometimes feel like a whirlwind of emotions, logistics, and never ending to-do lists.

But don’t stress, lovers!
We’ve got your back with our best wedding planning tips to make the process as easy and enjoyable as possible to help keep your sanity intact.


set your wedding budget and stick to it


Now, before you dive headfirst into the world of bridal dreams and Pinterest boards, let’s talk about the moolah.

Your wedding budget will be your trusty sidekick, guiding you through the vast sea of decisions ahead. So, it’s time to give it the attention it deserves, right from the get-go!

First things first, if you’ve got generous family members itching to contribute to your special day, have a cozy chat with them and find out what they’re comfortable spending because.
But if you’re footing the bill yourselves, take a deep breath, grab a cup of coffee (or wine!), and dive into those finances. Set realistic expectations, research costs, and make informed decisions without breaking the bank.

Once you’ve decided on that magic number, swear an oath to stick to it and budget like a boss!


your guestlist

Your budget and your guestlist go hand-in-hand so naturally, considering your guestlist is one of the first steps in planning your day.

If you have your heart set on one venue, check with them what their capacity is so that you can work around that. If you haven’t got a venue set, then you can work your venue around your guestlist.

If you have a family member who is contributing a generous amount it is a good idea to ask if they have any expectation that their money will pay for certain people to be invited. This will help avoid any surprise invites and give you a clearer picture of your overall budget.


Digital Wedding Planner

 [Sharna Sellars Photography]



start early

Start your planning early.

Wedding venues, Celebrants and Photographers can sometimes be booked out for dates 12 – 24 months out, so it’s important to get in quick for those “must haves” that you have your heart set on.


Bridal Gown Image


keep everything together

Streamline your wedding preparations by keeping all your wedding planning business in one convenient spot.

Whether you’re a fan of checklists, spreadsheets, Pinterest boards, as long as it helps you gather and organise everything in one place, you’re on the right track.
You can go old school with pen and paper, or go digital with online tools and apps designed to keep you on top of your game.

We can’t help but boast about our Little Wedding Books. They’re handy, reliable, and have been a favourite among Australian couples who are planning their wedding since 2016. However, if you prefer a digital approach, our Excel Wedding Planning Workbook might just be the ticket for you.


hire a pro

If you’re not keen to DIY and the planning feels too overwhelming, I recommend hiring a wedding planner/coordinator to take some of the pressure away.

“From venue selection, designing your concept, sourcing all your vendors, from catering to florals. We will ensure all supplier selections are customised to meet your individual needs for your wedding day.

We will work together will you and take the lead on delivering a beautiful wedding that will reflect both you and your partner.

With several packages to choose from, you are sure to find one to suit your needs and budget.” – Bonnie White from Gathered Events (Ballarat Wedding Planner).



Bridal Gown Image

[Photo by LRO Photography]



Share the workload with your partner, bridal party, and trusted loved ones. Assign specific tasks and use your planner to track progress. Remember, teamwork makes the wedding dream work!



chill out


Take Time to Relax. Amidst the planning chaos, prioritise self-care and quality time with your fiance. Schedule regular date nights or pampering sessions, and don’t forget to mark them in your planner!



Ballarat Bridal Expo

[Her Golden Point]


don’t sweat the small stuff


Trust us, not everything will go exactly as planned.
If it rains on your wedding day, don’t worry, we’re all waterproof! 
Embrace the unexpected and remember that the most important thing is celebrating your love. Let go of perfection and enjoy what it is all about, celebrating your marriage.

Happy planning, lovers!


Little Wedding Book


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