While there’s much about Gibraltar weddings to get extremely excited about – think the sentiment underpinning your big day, as well as the chance to celebrate your love with your nearest and dearest and the unforgettable sight of the Rock itself – a wedding in Gibraltar, like any other, also needs to be carefully planned. That, in turn, necessitates leaving ample time for said planning.
According to the findings of one recent survey, the average time from proposing to getting married is 20 months, with 13 months spent on organising the wedding.
There are, however, a number of factors that will influence how much time you allow for the planning of your own wedding in Gibraltar or elsewhere. Here are some of the most important ones.
Your wedding budget
Yes, it’s one of the least glamorous aspects of planning a wedding, but it’s also one of the factors that most underpins everything. So, this is something that you will need to discuss with your sweetheart and respective family members, before you even decide on a realistic timeline.
It might be the case that your parents and/or other relatives can make a financial contribution that affects the form your wedding ultimately takes. Regardless of what the situation turns out to be, including your beloved’s own wishes and expectations, it is important to be sure of all of this as early as possible.
The theme that you have in mind
This is, of course, closely linked to the money side of things, as deciding on a theme or style for your wedding as soon as possible will help you to avoid spending money on all manner of extras that don’t suit the all-round ‘feel’ of the wedding you ultimately go for.
It will also, however, enable you to save time, by giving the two of you a clear vision for your wedding from the outset. So, whether you decide you want a traditional or contemporary wedding, and opt for an understated or extravagant ceremony, the sooner you decide, the earlier you will be able to get on with all of the other firm decisions that need to be taken for your big day.
The location of your wedding
Again, if the two of you know where you wish to get married the moment you get engaged, you will be able to swiftly contact the relevant venue owners to ask whether you will be able to book a wedding for a few months’ time, a year or two’s time, or whatever date you have in mind.
If you were hoping to get married fairly soon and the venue that you had your heart set on isn’t available for the date you intended, it pays to be open-minded and flexible. Perhaps you could book for a midweek wedding instead of a weekend one, or for the autumn rather than the summer?
You might even find yourself accounting for other aspects of wedding venues as you compare your options, such as how quickly and conveniently you and your likely guests will be able to get to the venue, or even how the backdrop of your wedding photos and video footage will look at the given location. In doing so, you may find that your preferences shift towards wedding venues that just happen to be more easily available than those you had initially considered.
Did you know, for example, that even the legendary wedding of John Lennon and Yoko Ono might have never happened in Gibraltar if the Beatles singer and multimedia artist had been able to fulfil their initial wish of marrying on the cross-channel ferry to France?
It just goes to show that, however soon or long you have to wait to get married, there’s still a strong chance that everything will work out just fine. So, why not start comparing some of our own wedding packages here at Sweet Gibraltar Weddings, or contact our team directly to find out more about how our expertise in Gibraltar weddings could benefit your special day?