Top 5 Things To Consider When Planning a Wedding

18th October 2017

Planning a wedding is easy… isn’t it? That’s what most couples think as they excitedly start to plan their big day and for many, it is a wonderful time. For others though, the realisation of all the work that is involved can come as a bit of a shock and the joy can be replaced by stress and worry.

Today’s ‘average’ wedding can take 280+ hours to organize, that’s over six weeks of full-time work! There are so many elements to think about and as most brides will tell you, they want it to be just perfect. As a couple, it is very important to talk about your expectations and priorities for the day at the beginning and it is something we advise all our clients to do. It often teaches an important lesson for marriage too – compromise!


Susie and Sam’s Tipi Wedding. Tipi by Big Chief Tipi’s

Firstly, most couples focus on finding their perfect venue.  You may have your heart set on a castle, a grand stately home or something more understated but one thing that will affect them all is the number of guests you want to invite. It is a good idea to find out a venue’s maximum and minimum numbers, that way you can tailor your guest list to suit. Then, of course, you need to check the availability of the venue, bearing in mind that the most popular venues will be booked one-two years in advance for Saturdays between May and September. Perhaps you dream of a huge Tipi in a beautiful field or a marquee in your parents garden; with this scenario, you will need to think about the suitability of the ground, logistics of the suppliers getting there and setting up and as mad as it sounds ‘where will you put the loo’s?’. Also, where will all of your guest’s sleep, is there enough accommodation nearby to put them all up?

Tiff and Jack’s Wedding Image: Adam Riley Photography
Louise and Phil’s Wedding. Image SMH Photography

What Kind of Ceremony?

Mel and Chris’s Wedding – Cornerhouse Cinema. Image Miki Photography

If you decide you would like a civil ceremony, make sure the venues you look at hold a civil license and check that the Registrar is available on the date you would like. Or, if your heart is set on a church wedding and you are thinking about getting married outside your local parish, then you will need to find an accommodating vicar who is prepared to allow you onto their parish register. For this, you usually need to habitually attend (once a month) for six months. If in doubt talk to the parish priest, they are normally more than happy to help. Depending on your faith the rules can vary, so it is best to check this out before you commit to a venue.

Karen and Dean’s Wedding Image: Adam Riley Photography

Suppliers – Oh The Choice!

Table Plan encased in Flowers by Joseph Massie Flowers

Then there are all those suppliers to choose from. Which ones are the best? Some venues will have a recommended list – be aware, though, that they may not be recommending them because they are great suppliers but because they get a commission from them. You also need to be very aware of your budget when looking at suppliers – you may quickly realise that you have set an unrealistic budget for what you want and they all cost a lot more than you have allowed.

Tiff & Jacks Wedding Luxury Caterers With A Twist Catering

Design Your Day

Cara and Ben’s Wedding day. Suppliers ~ Red Floral Architecture; Pink Sherbet Stationery; With A Twist Catering

The look and feel of the day is often a high priority for couples and there are a lot of elements to consider. We advise brides to start collecting pictures of flowers, cakes, dresses and colours they like as soon as possible. Websites, wedding blogs and Pinterest are all bursting with ideas and colour combos to help you create your wedding moodboard of ideas and theme. Plus this way you have something to show your suppliers and enable them to spark ideas and use elements to create your perfect day.

Be Organised

Melissa and Mikes Wedding Image: Martin O’Neil

As the day draws nearer, everyone involved from the venue to the photographer is going to want to know what is happening and when, so it is a good idea to prepare a timeline for the day. Then, before you know it, the big day has arrived and there is so much to think about – is it all going to happen as you planned?

Still Sound Easy?

All in a day’s work!

Maybe not that easy… that’s why an increasing number of couples are turning to professional wedding planners. A wedding planner doesn’t need to organise the whole day; many can just take on the elements that concern you the most. However, with weddings now lasting entire weekends, wedding planners are now seen as an essential part of the planning process. We’ve been known as ‘Fairy Godmothers’, ‘The Calm in the Storm’ and ‘a much-needed friend’ as sometimes things really don’t go to plan and families can be tricky at the best of times.

Knowing with complete confidence, that someone else is going to make sure everything happens as it should, when it should and just as you both wanted, allows you the freedom to enjoy the whole process, not just the big day. We do all the worrying so you don’t have to!

If you have any questions then please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
Andrea 07985 829 590
Debbie 07702 002 516

Or contact us via our website

Main Image: Phil Drinkwater

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