Planning a wedding is never an easy task. There are so many decisions to be made from finding the perfect venue, choosing your dream dress, deciding which flowers to use and deciding who to invite. The list is endless and it can seem like a daunting task at first glance.
However, planning your dream day should be enjoyable and a period that you will look upon with fond memories.
So, what are the main things to consider? Read our top 10 tips to ensure your day goes without a glitch.
1. Budget – with the average wedding expected to cost more than £16,000 in 2013, it is important to consider your budget before even thinking about planning your wedding. Be realistic and firm with yourselves once you have agreed on a figure. Make sure you include absolutely everything in that budget to avoid the numbers creeping up.
2. Get help – as much as you may think you are the queen of multi-tasking, there is no way you can plan your wedding without any help. Whether you go down the professional route and hire a wedding planner, or whether it’s drafting in friends and family, make sure you get help and advice from people you trust to lighten your load where possible.
3. Do it together – planning a wedding often ends up in the bride’s hands and grooms either don’t get a look in or like to stay well away. It’s important to remember that what you’re trying to organise is the first day of the rest of your lives together. Make decisions together so you both get involved in the planning process. It can be really fun when you get stuck into it together and you will both enjoy the day much more if you’ve both had a hand in making it special.
4. Plan strategically – make a list at the very beginning of everything that needs doing. Think realistically about how long everything will take and plot things on a month by month, or week by week timeline, to ensure nothing gets missed. You don’t want to get to a couple of weeks before the wedding and realise you needed to book the DJ a month ago.
5. Compromise – wedding planning can cause tension between you and your partner, or your wider families, as everyone usually has an opinion. While it should be about you and your partner and what you want, it’s worth listening to family and friends and trying to compromise on certain issues to keep everyone happy. Deep down they just want what is best for you and wouldn’t we all like to avoid any arguments if possible?
6. Book your registrar, minister, rabbi or celebrant before securing anything with your chosen venue – get written confirmation from them for your chosen date before you sign anything with your venue. Most venues require a fairly large deposit to secure your date and the last thing you want is to lose that, because you find out you haven’t got anyone to perform the ceremony!
7. Re-confirm everything the week of the wedding – you may feel confident in the final couple of weeks before the wedding that everything is booked, but, it is probably worth confirming everything with your suppliers in the run-up to give you peace of mind on the day.
8. Give personal thank you gifts – traditionally gifts are given to both the mother of the bride, the mother of the groom and the bridesmaids. Put some real thought into these gifts and try to give something with a personal touch. These are the people that have likely carried you through the last few months and they deserve a special thank you for all their hard work.
9. Make lists for each member of the bridal party – to ensure that the day runs without a glitch, write a list for each member of the bridal party outlining their key responsibilities and make sure everyone knows who is doing what. It is your special day and you want to be able to enjoy the day knowing every detail is in good hands.
10. Enjoy the process – enjoy planning your wedding! The planning process will lead you up to one of the most important days of your lives and the start of your life with your husband/wife. Work together, share ideas, include family and enjoy it!!
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Content provided by Stanley House, hotel and spa specialising in weddings in Lancashire.