Welcome to the first installment of Wedding Planning Tips From Real Couples who have already made it down the aisle. Don’t forget you can sign up to our newsletter to get even more tips directly to your inbox. Who better to give you advice, eh?
Don’t stress, it isn’t about the favours or even the flowers, the day is 100% about marrying the man of your dreams. On the day you wont care if your colours don’t match or if you forget to buy something.
Stay relaxed about it, things don’t always go to plan but that doesn’t mean it won’t turn out right in the end. Its less stressful to go with the flow.
Get a great photographer you feel relaxed with and who has a style you love
Find a great florist that does the style you want and let them run with it.
Agree on a budget and stick to it as best you can, there are so many lovely things you can have but before you know it you’ve gone over the amount you agreed. Definitely keeping on top of our budget was a must because we had a fixed amount that we couldn’t go over. We made a pretty geeky spreadsheet with an estimate for all of our spending in different areas, and then another column for expenditure as it happened. It really helped and we didn’t overspend at all because of it. It also helped us keep on top of the overall financial picture and move spending from one thing to another, save in some areas etc.
Remember that the day is just about the two of you getting married and try and bring everything back to that!
Get a spreadsheet of costs with dates invoices are due so you don’t get any nasty surprises come in.
Think through the running of the day from the evening before to the end of the reception so you can imagine your wedding day and think of anything you may have forgotten.
Try not to stress in the week of the wedding. What will be, will be. All of your suppliers have done hundreds of weddings before so even if something doesn’t go quite to plan your guests won’t have known what to expect any way.
Keep some secrets, try not to tell everyone all the details of your wedding so they can have some nice surprises during the day.
Imagine you are a guest at your own wedding. Do you think it would be a good wedding to attend?
When you start dress shopping, try about 8 dresses on which are all completely different, even ones that on the peg you’re not sure about. You might be surprised at what suits you and what doesn’t, but equally trying too many can be confusing.
Choose your venue first. This will influence and help you choose everything else by helping to give you a theme, for example a vintage wedding may not look right in a modern hotel. Try not to stress, easier said than done we know but honestly come the day you won’t have a care in the world.
If you are undecided about venues, go back to look at your favourites again, ideally on the same day, the right one will show itself.
Start planning straight away, it soon creeps up on you and there is lots to do.