Planning a wedding can be daunting and stressful, but it doesn't have to feel that way! Here are some of our favourite tips for making the process as smooth- sailing (and beautiful!) possible.
Where should we get married? Who pays for what? Is it okay to ask for money in place of a wedding present? Which supplier should I hire first? How much should we spend? There are endless questions and to-do lists you’re likely making sense of during this time.
Whilst it can seem scary and overwhelming at times, planning your wedding can be a really enjoyable time especially when you are armed with a few expert tips and the advice to hit the ground running.
Start by Creating a Budget and Sticking to It!
Once you have your budget set for your wedding you are able to get onto the fun part . . . spending it! Your budget will determine a large portion of your decisions going forward through the planning process such as how many people you can invite, what time of the day you’ll get married and where it is you say your I Dos. Once your budget is set you are then able to start to plan in an organised way and not have any unexpected costs or bills.
Be Yourself and Decide What’s Important To You
Your wedding day is your day. It’s not a day for your guests. Read that part again.
If you have always dreamed of having a certain aspect to your wedding, whether it’s an orchestra or a horse drawn carriage or you’ve fell in love with a particular venue then go for it – and if you need to – make savings elsewhere. Also don’t feel that you need to have a particular element in your wedding day – just because it’s the norm. It’s your day, do things your way! It can be difficult to say no to parents and well-meaning relatives who will all have opinions on how they think your wedding ought to be, but ultimately it’s your wedding day and not theirs. Have a clear vision of the type of wedding you both would like, be open to suggestions that fit into this and ignore the rest!
Trusting your gut also applies to the people you hire for your day. If something sticks out to you as a red flag – don’t be afraid to ask more questions, do some more research or walk away. You will always be able to find someone else who will make you feel at ease and comfortable with the vision of your day.
Hire Wedding Suppliers Fully Support Your Wedding Day Vision
When looking for suppliers to hire for your wedding day be guided by their work and their style as to whether they are right for your day. You’ll usually get a feel of their work from their website, Instagram feeds or Pinterest but you’ll get an even better understanding of them, their business and ideas for your day if you have a coffee with them. Whether that’s virtually or in-person, no wedding supplier I know will turn down a coffee and the chance to talk through plans for your day and how they can enhance that experience!
Pick a supplier that compliments the ideas you have for your own wedding any you’ll enjoy the process a lot more and it’ll mean you get to work on something truly magical together.
Trust your gut instincts when researching the suppliers you would like to hire for your wedding day. If something sticks out to you as a red flag – don’t be afraid to ask more questions, do some more research or walk away. You will always be able to find someone else who will make you feel at ease and comfortable with the vision of your day.
Try Not To Stress Over The Small Stuff
When it comes to wedding planning, it's important not to stress about the small details. After all, your wedding day is supposed to be one of the most joyous days of your life! Instead of getting caught up in all the minutiae, focus on the big picture. Choose a venue that you love, pick out a dress that makes you feel beautiful, and assemble a wedding party that will support you through thick and thin. The little things will fall into place, but it's the big decisions that will really make your wedding day special. So take a deep breath, relax, and enjoy the ride!
Don’t forget to take a wedding-planning break when things get too overwhelming. A simple romantic date night can help bring your focus back on what truly matters and the bigger picture.
Finally, relax and enjoy your hard work. Don’t worry about things that you can’t control…. such as the weather! Focus instead on the reason why you’re celebrating – your marriage to your partner and the start of the rest of your lives together – the rest will fall into place!