Wedding Planning - Part Two

Wedding Venue and Engagement Shoot

After getting engaged and sending out your invites it all becomes more real, scary even! Since January this year I've been in panic mode everyday and a teeny bit anxious to say the least. I'm so excited to marry Paul but it is hard planning a wedding when you've been out of work since the beginning of the year. Job hunting and wedding planning together is tough!

I'm glad we booked our venue and wedding reception as soon as we booked our date. It makes you feel like a weight has been lifted slightly and then the planning can commence. We're having a small wedding at our local registry office which is a beautiful old building in our town. Its currently covered in scaffolding but we have been told it shall all be down by middle of May. Fingers crossed all goes to plan!! 

For the location of the wedding reception we wanted something that wasn't too far from town for our guests to travel from but also somewhere we felt was 'us'. We called around a few that we liked the look of to book an appointment to view the venue. We heard back from a couple so we checked out the first venue and it just didn't have the 'wow' factor. They also told us that we wouldn't be able to stay the night of the wedding reception due to the Grand Prix being on so all rooms were booked out. This was a big put off but I'm glad that happened because once we viewed our reception location we both new instantly it was the one! Its out in the countryside, surrounded by trees, fields and fresh air. It has a pretty garden out the back and the rooms are beautiful too. Its great knowing we can stay the night and also have a family & friends stay if they want too. The photos are going to look amazing!

The next thing we planned was the engagement shot with my dear friend Keri-Anne which you can see here. I recommend any newly engaged couple to have engagement shoot, not only do you have photos to remember a special time but also play about with different styles with your photographer. We plan to have another one before the wedding, just not sure when yet. Its great to try out different locations and styles, Keri-Anne is our wedding photographer as well as being one of my best friends.

Its crazy to think we now only have 2 months until the big day and there's still so much to do!

A few tips -
  • Look at a few different venues
  • Book your wedding venue and reception ASAP
  • Choose a photographer that suits your style
  • Do a couple of engagement shoots so you feel comfortable with the photographer 
  • Get yourself a notebook and jot down any ideas you may have
I look forward to sharing more wedding planning posts to with you!

Much love
Lulu xx

(Photography and copyright of Gingerlillytea - Check out more of our engagement shoot photos here)
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  1. so fun to hear about your planning and your venue sounds PERFECT! can't wait to see it!

    Madlyn xx

    1. Wedding planning is in full on mode now and going to visit the venue next weekend to go over our big day. Exciting!!!

  2. great tips! also just enjoy the time. don't get too overwhelmed or else you miss out on the little moments. remember to keep planning light and fun and enjoy this season! congrats!!!