Planning your special day can be a tricky affair, for your wedding or civil ceremony to go without a hitch when you get hitched, you need to think about many component parts. Bringing all the parts together can make your day the special day you have spent years thinking of, planning is very much the key to success for your day.
Planning your wedding requires a handful of qualities, be organised, disciplined and be trusting!
Timing Is Everything
Put simply, start planning early, whether you have two years or six months until your big day the time to start planning is now! Do not delay, sit down with your other half and discuss how you both want your special day to be and how much you can afford to make it the day you have dreamed of. Once you have an agreed date, it is a great idea to send out invitations, if you have time on your hands, send out save the date cards so that family and friends know the date well in advance, you would hate for your day to clash with another event meaning those who matter to you most cannot attend the day.
It Is Your Day
When it comes to your wedding or civil ceremony, you will know what you want so avoid getting swayed by others. This may well sound simple, but with influences from blogs and magazines, not to mention family and friends making suggestions, it is easy to veer off track and end up with a day you had not planned.
It is your day, make sure it is as original as you two, the happy couple, and that it represents your unique personalities. If you do not want to conform to tradition and feature bridesmaids, do not have them. If the thought of a big, formal and expensive wedding or civil ceremony scares you, avoid a day like this.
With the average UK wedding now estimating to cost anything from £25,000 to £30,000, it is important to set a budget at the beginning and stick to it. Although, you may not think it possible, there are a few ways to keep costs down, venue hire in winter months is far cheaper than summer months for a start.
Venues and wedding or civil ceremony suppliers are in less demand during the winter months so take advantage. If a quote is more than you hope for, negotiation is an option, compromise and try to work towards the budget you had in mind – all it takes is an honest conversation, it is worth trying.
Never Too Soon…
- Book your ceremony venue
- Book your reception venue if different to the ceremony
- Book your photographer and videographer
Six Months To Go…
- Order your flowers
- Order your cake
- Order your invitations
Two Months To Go…
- Send out your invitations
- Set up your gift list
- Undertake your hair and make-up trials
Place Trust In Your Suppliers
Once you have invested in your suppliers, it is important to let go and trust them to work their magic on the big day. Have a pre-wedding or civil ceremony meeting with your suppliers including photographer, videographer, caterer, florist and venue co-ordinator so that they know what you want on the big day.
These meetings will help them to understand your vision but do not forget it is their job, they are the professionals and they work on weddings and civil ceremonies all the time, day-in, day-out. As a result, listen to their advice, they might be able to give you some handy hints and tips to make your day one to remember.