Planning Your Wedding – Our Top Tips

Arranging your wedding is a huge job with a mountain of small details to plough through and hundreds of little decisions to make. Many people choose to make use of the services of a wedding planner to assist in the organisation but there are still plenty of things the two of you will need to sort out yourself. So here are some tips from those who have done it.

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1. Have an overall plan

It sounds very grand but the best way to organise a wedding is to plan it from the top to have an overall plan that covers all the main elements and to which all the minor ones can be added. Write a list each of what you want to include or exclude from the day then put your heads together to combine them.

2. Get the right help

Whether you choose to use a wedding planner, family members or get your friends involved, getting the right help in organising the day can be crucial. You can get people looking at different elements for you, so for example if you are getting married in the capital, get some friends to scout venues in London for information then you can go through what they find, or if your budget can stretch to it, consider hiring a professional like G & D Events to make tings easier and maybe even track down the perfect venue that you didn’t even know about.

3. Consider your guests

While the wedding day is about the couple, your guests make up a crucial part of the event and won’t be the same without them. So when you begin choose venues, consider how people will manage to get to them. Can people group together and share a minibus? Is there plenty of places to park?

4. Look at your menu

The menu on the wedding day seems to end up being one of the biggest issues for some couple. Firstly, there is special requirements to consider such as gluten-free or vegetarians. Then there is budgetary issues to consider – be realistic about what you can afford!

5. Spend a little time at the venue

If you are going to have your most important day there, make sure you are comfortable and happy with the venue. Many places will offer a menu-tasting option, a sort of trial run of your menu – make sure you do this!

6. Make use of freebies

There are a huge amount of resources available online to help with aspects of your wedding and most all of them are free – make use of them! Whether it is to help with menu options, presents for guests or even table layouts, get Googling to see what you can find.

7. Consider handmade

For items like favours and even invitations, if you are crafty or know someone who is, then consider going handmade. This creates something unique and special and can sometimes be more cost effective.

8. Make sure the wedding is what you want

Too many people end up over considering their guests and end up with a day based around others. Make sure your day is about the two of you and that everything is as you want it.

9. Scrutinize speeches

Make certain you know what is going to be said during the speeches to avoid trouble or at least brief the speakers on what not to say – it is one of the biggest causes of family arguments!

10. Have a wedding day to-do list

If you have a list for the day of things you need to do for each of you, then you aren’t left with that sinking feeling you have forgotten something. Start the list as you are planning and add to it as you go.

So there you go, our top ten tips to help make your wedding easier to plan and cheaper at the same time.

The Devil’s in the Details

When planning a wedding, there are hundreds of things to consider and for many couples, it is the small things that are left to the last minute. But as the saying goes, the devil’s in the details and getting these finishing touches right can really make the day. One of the most popular small details are wedding favours. But what are they and how to do you tie them into your wedding theme?


Wedding favours have a long and distinguished history. Back in the 16th century, couples gave a love knot made from ribbon and lace to each guest to represent their love and as a favour. A fancier version was used by the aristocrats in France and Italy and was called a ‘bonboniere’ or ‘bomboniere’. These were also used at birthday parties and other special occasions and were a small box made from crystal, precious stones, metal or porcelain that had a small sugar delicacy inside. This was the idea that led to the modern wedding favour.

Weddings were themselves considered lucky at one time and by giving a ‘bomboniere’ or other treat to guests, the couple were sharing their luck. Five almonds or pieces of candy were usually given to represent fertility, longevity, happiness, wealth and health. Later the combining of sugar and almonds was used and the treats were wrapped in paper or other pretty material.

Favours around the world

Today, there are many different traditions around the world that have their roots in the wedding favour. In Italy, sugar coated almonds are still used as well as chocolate covered ones while in Spain, guests receive a ‘detalles’ – this is a small gift for the ladies and a cigar for the men. In Russia, a favour will be a tiny picture or a candle and a small trinket while in Irish weddings, small bells are given as favours. Finally, in India, a handcrafted elephant is given to guests to share the wedding couple’s good luck.

Modern favours

Wedding favours has become big business around the world and this means there are a huge range of ideas to choose from. Some people also choose to make their own, sometimes with a specific gift for a specific guest.

If you are giving favours only to the ladies, another common tradition, then instead of sweets, why not give a small, scented soap? Little soaps come in various scents and colours so can be coordinated with the colour theme of the wedding or with the flowers in the bouquet.

Rather than traditional almonds, small heart shaped pieces of fudge are another modern version of the wedding favour and putting one in a small box with a coordinating ribbon around it makes for a pleasant sight on the tables. Even tiny cupcakes and macaroons are being put into little boxes for a delightful sweet treat and these can be given to the men as well as the women.

Another less ornate idea for the wedding favour is to buy each guest a Lottery ticket, roll it and tie it with a colour themed ribbon. Of course, don’t forget to make them all promise to give you a share if they hit the jackpot from the ticket!

The Perfect Wedding Venue

Choosing the ideal venue for your dream wedding can be an exciting time, but it can also be a stressful one if the couple aren’t too sure what they’re looking for in a venue. Make the endeavour all that more enjoyable by considering what requirements you have in relation to the wedding.

How Many Guests Will Be Attending?

This is very important, as a venue too large will give an empty atmosphere, whereas a venue that’s too small will feel uncomfortable. You also need to consider as to whether the venue will be furnished, or whether you will need to consider table and chair rentals. Having an idea of how many guests will be in attendance helps make the choosing of a venue all the more easier.

Couples should also check what times are available, and choose one that’s suitable for the guests as well as themselves.

How Mobile Are Your Guests?

Weddings abroad are just as popular as weddings at home, but in either event the mobility of your guests should always be considered. Of course, it can be difficult to meet everyone’s needs, but if a large group of elderly people is attending, it makes sense to book somewhere with easy access.

Will You Want a Religious Ceremony?

The mixed culture of today means that there are many different types of weddings, so if you have a traditional ceremony in mind, it’s always worth checking that the venue is able to carry out your desired ceremony.

Many traditional religious ceremonies have to be held in a place of worship, so always ask the question when making enquiries. It also makes sense for the couple to consider each other’s religion. While many couples have the same religion, there are those who may have a different religion. If this is the case, then the necessary discussions should take place where both parties are happy.

How Much Are You Willing To Take On?

Everybody wants their big say to be perfect, so it makes sense that couples give it their all. But taking on too much can be very stressful, not to mention detrimental to the day itself. Firstly, a couple should consider what is vital for the day, and concentrate on these first of all.

Making a list in order of priority means that much of the hard work is done in advance, meaning the lead up to your big day is a less stressful affair.

If more help is required, you may wish to consider the services of a wedding planner. While some only offer assistance for looking over the whole wedding, there are some who will deal with certain aspects. This means that you can stay involved with the wedding, while getting some assistance to ensure everything goes to plan.

Overall, the booking of a wedding just requires research based on factors decided between the couple. Once the couple knows their budget and what kind of venue they will need, it makes the selection process a much quicker and easier process.

A Dream Wedding…On a Budget

Wedding On A Budget

Most brides dream of their wedding day with their beautiful dress, adorable bridesmaids, gorgeous venue and mouth-watering food. Most of these dreams don’t come with a budget included and when the reality comes along, the cost of a wedding can mean limiting your dreams somewhat. But there are some tips to help make the most of the money you have to spend on your wedding to fulfil your dream without breaking the bank.

Expensive traditions

When you say yes to that engagement ring and the two of you decide on a date, the mind starts turning to both the big things like the venue and the wedding clothes but also the little things. These days, gorgeous-looking diamond engagement rings are just the start of the spending on your big day. There will be plenty of other little things you will need to buy before you’re married and, just like engagement rings, these little things can cost a pretty penny, so a level-headed approach to them is essential.

Wedding favours is one such example. The tradition of giving guests a small present to share the good luck of your marriage dates back hundreds of years. In recent years, all sorts of fun and funky ideas have emerged to replace the traditional sugared almond for a favour. And while coordinating with your wedding theme is great, be wary of how much money you spend on them. Guests will thank you for a small sweet or a lottery ticket, something small and fun but don’t get too involved in the moment and end up ending £10-20 per guest on a novelty item that they will never use again after the day.

Bridesmaids and groomsmen are an essential part of the wedding but be stern with yourself about how many you really need. Every bridesmaid is a dress, accessories, presents and other expense and while this isn’t the reason for not including someone, try to be practical about the number of people included in the essential wedding party.

Extraneous extras

There are many fun items to get for your wedding day but sometimes you need to regard them with a harsh eye. Buying a present for your groomsman and bridesmaids is a long-standing tradition and a great way to show your appreciation. But go for something useful or that you know they will like rather than a ‘jokey’ present that might get a laugh for 5 minutes, but will then never see the light of day after the wedding.

Even buying items for yourself, it is easy to get involved in the idea of having ‘bride’ or ‘groom’ emblazoned on everything but are you ever going to wear it again after your wedding day? For the bride, beautiful underwear is a must-have but also think about what you will wear again in the future or it is money wasted.

Wedding cakes are great fun, beautiful and varied but can also be very expensive. One of the best ways to have the cake you want while keeping within your budget is to buy a cake that has the right number of portions for your guests. So if you are inviting 50 people to the wedding, get a cake that offers 60 portions so everyone gets one and there are a few left over – don’t fall into the trap of buying a 100 portion cake and seeing almost a half go to waste.

These might all seem like little things, but combined, they can help you have a great day, without breaking the bank.