Where to start with wedding planning

1st January 2017

Happy New Year all,

I hope you all had a fantastic Christmas with your loved ones.  So, how many of you joining us got engaged over the festive period?  Congratulations.  I hope you are taking some time to enjoy the after proposal bliss –  and hopefully that new sparkly rock on your finger!

If you just can’t wait to get going with your wedding planning then here are a few key tips which will help you get off to a flying start.

1. Don’t panic

Being engaged is a fantastic time in your life, relax and enjoy it for a little while without feeling the need to rush straight in to the planning process. Celebrate with close friends and family and when you feel ready make a start, do so together. The planning should be part of the fun!

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2. Talk about figures

The money sort! This crucial step is often overlooked by couples and it is one of the most important decisions you will make. You need to think about the general budget for the wedding. How much money do you have to spend? The answer to this key question will impact on lots of later decisions such as venue and supplier choices. You really need to set a realistic budget.

If several parties are providing contributions it is best to open up the dialogue with everyone from the outset. Money can be a difficult issue to discuss but you will find that everyone is much happier once cards are on the table.

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3. Think about the type of wedding you want

As a couple you should chat about your likes and dislikes. Think about weddings you have been to in the past and which aspects of them you liked or hated. Remember your wedding should be a celebration for both of you so be understanding and patient with each other. Try to incorporate both of your personalities in to the celebration. You do not need to finalise a theme but try to decide the basics like, grand and luxurious or small and intimate. This may be dictated by your budget but it will certainly help when it comes to the next step.

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4 Choosing a venue

Do not underestimate this step. It is one of the most important decisions you will make. The venue will set the scene for your whole day and it needs to tick all or at least most of the boxes on your wish list. Some venues are booked up a couple of years in advance for summer and popular dates so if you do not want to wait that long for your big day consider being flexible with your dates. Think about whether you could go for a weekday, Sunday or out of season date. If so it is likely you can negotiate a better deal.

Things to think about when booking a venue; look and feel, you have to fall in love with the place since you will be there all day. Size, how many guests can you invite? Food, what style is it and can you taste it? Is there on site accommodation? Disabled access? What is the distance from the ceremony location? Are there any licensing issues? Are the staff happy, friendly and helpful?

When you are happy with your decision make a booking and move on to step five.

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5 The details

This is when you start to bring things together, booking suppliers, buying dresses, deciding on colour schemes and themes. Do not feel like you have to do everything all at once. Hopefully you will have a good amount of time in which to complete the planning. If you have a tight timescale consider enlisting the help of a professional planner. Our suggested order of priority when it comes to booking suppliers is as follows:

  • Wedding planner
  • Caterer (marquee weddings)
  • Photographer / videographer
  • Entertainment
  • Stationary designer
  • Florist
  • Cake maker
  • Transport
  • Hair and Make up

The details

Hopefully this has given you an idea how to make a start and our 3 top tips for those couples just starting out are:

  • Be organised
  • Do your research
  • Enjoy the process

If the above brings you out in cold sweats, find out a bit more about how we can help you to design and plan your perfect day.

Debbie x

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