10 Tips for Stress-Free Wedding Planning
Start planning way earlier than you think you’ll need to
The sooner you start planning, the easier the planning process will be. Planning a year ahead will give you plenty of time to chip away at the organising little by little, and before you know it, you’ll have everything in place!
Decide a budget before you start
Before you do anything else, brainstorm a list of everything you’re going to need to pay for. Work out how much you have available to spend, and then allocate sums to each item (if money’s tight, this may involve some compromises – you’ll need to work out which things you’re willing to spend more on, and which aren’t so important to you). This will give you something to refer to when you talk to suppliers.
Book the venue before everything else
Popular venues get booked up years in advance, so visit lots of different venues and get one booked before you move onto anything else. Do this as early as possible so that you stand the best chance of securing a venue you love. Suppliers will also want to know what venue you’ve chosen, as it may affect how much they charge if they have to travel a long distance.
Consult those closest to you before setting the date
Venue availability may partly dictate the date you choose, but you’ll also need to discuss the date with the key people you definitely want to be there – think immediate family, bridesmaids and best man. Discussing the date with them before you’ve set it in stone means you’ll avoid having to change the date of your wedding if someone important can’t come, which could prove costly.
Go to wedding fairs
Many wedding venues hold wedding fairs a couple of times a year, so look out in your local paper to find out about fairs near you. These are a great source of inspiration and a place to meet suppliers, from photographers to hairdressers to magicians to fireworks companies. You’ll probably get a free glass of bubbly and cake samples to boot!
Don’t sweat the small stuff
Contrary to what the wedding magazines might have you believe, you don’t actually need to get bogged down in tiny details like what confetti you’ll scatter across the tables. How many people are actually going to notice or remember after a glass or two of Champagne? Instead, focus on the things that will affect guests’ experience of your day, such as the food and entertainment.
Don’t forget the logistics
In the midst of dress fittings, menu tastings and guest list dramas, it can be easy to overlook the logistics of the day, namely how you’re going to get from A to B in style. As well as your own wedding car hire, you might want to think about how your guests will get to the ceremony and reception venues and where they will park.
Keep everything in one place
You’re going to accumulate a lot of flyers, contracts and other documentation as you plan your big day. Keep it all in one place so you don’t lose anything – perhaps set aside a wedding box to house everything.
If all else fails, hire a wedding planner
If the thought of planning a wedding by yourself really doesn’t appeal, you could always bring in the professionals. We’re very happy to recommend Niemierko, Isobel’s Weddings, Cranberry Blue wedding planners.
Enjoy yourself, and never forget why you’re doing it
People may tell you that wedding planning is stressful, but it doesn’t need to be. It’s something you’re (hopefully!) only ever going to do once, so try to relax and enjoy the process while it lasts. Throw yourself into the cake samples, menu tastings and dress fittings with gusto, but never lose sight of what it’s really about. Your bridal gown, table plan and flowers are relevant to just one day out of the whole lifetime you’re spending together. Keep that in mind and you won’t go far wrong!