Top 10 Wedding Planning Tips
Planning a wedding, whether a small low-fuss ceremony or a grand occasion with hundreds of guests, requires plenty of organisation and a system for keeping all your plans in one easy-to-access place. Read more to find out my top 10 wedding planning tips.
- Stay organised. Keep a folder or binder with all your wedding plans, or use project management software to keep everything in one place.
- Prioritise the most significant expenses to make the most of your budget; a great venue will set the tone for your wedding, while professional wedding photographs will last a lifetime and may end up being passed down as precious family heirlooms.
- Make use of suggested ‘planning calendars,’ many of which are easily available online – they’ll help you know when you should have decided on your dress, when you should send invitations, and much more.
- Don’t get carried away – you can have almost anything on your wedding day if you have the money to spend, but is the horse-drawn carriage or the £10,000 dress really necessary?
- If you plan to have a hen’s night and stag’s night, plan to have them well before the wedding – and definitely not the night before (have you seen The Hangover?)
- Be smart about delegating tasks to family and friends – if you hate your future mother-in-law’s taste in interior design, she’s probably not the best person to ask to help you with decorating your reception space.
- Don’t be shy about creating a registry for wedding gifts – most of your guests will appreciate guidance to select gifts you’ll actually use and truly love, and as long as you don’t go too wild (strike the £700 coffee machine), they’ll appreciate the convenience of not having to think of a gift they hope you might like.
- If your bridesmaids have very different body shapes, allow them to choose different dress styles in the same fabric, so they feel comfortable and beautiful on the big day – or be even more accommodating and just choose a colour theme (blue, for example) and let your bridesmaids choose any dress they like that’s within the myriad shades of your chosen colour.
- Look for cost savings for your wedding breakfast or reception – can you BYO alcohol? Will a buffet be more cost-effective than a sit-down, full-service meal? Do you have a friend who is a talented cake maker and is willing to create your dream wedding cake on a budget?
- Make sure you confirm and double-check all your bookings with service providers in the weeks before your wedding – if a supplier has an issue and can’t provide their services as planned, you want time to find another supplier who can.