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.
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.