Wedding Planning: A Guide to Planning Your Big Day

Mark Stapleton

17 June, 2020


What a beautiful day
Set a Budget (and try to stick to It)

Likely the first things to think about when planning your wedding is your budget and how much you can afford. We have been through a tough time with #CoronaVirus and the economy is weak.
Sit down together and have an good chat about your finances, how much you can both afford and how much you have now, or will be able to save, and act on that. Look ahead. Tough financial times are coming.

Talk to your parents early in your planning stages so you know exactly what they might be able to contribute. Not planning a wedding budget can lead to a lot of financial stress and disappointment later on in the process.

Choose Your Theme.

Whether you choose a few key colours or an actual wedding theme, like a festival theme or a vintage theme, it’s important to choose something to base your wedding around.

Making supplier decisions will be much easier once you know what you’re after, and it will be much easier to ensure everything matches. Once you’ve decided on a theme, stick to it, and try and ignore anything which doesn’t fit in.

Find Your Perfect Venue.

Your wedding venue will possibly determine your wedding date, location and guest numbers, so make choosing your venue a top priority.

Think about other important factors such as whether you want to have a wedding venue with accommodation, whether you want to use your own caterers and what your evening guest number is likely to be. All these factors will play a part in determining which wedding venue you choose.

Buy Wedding Insurance. Life often takes us by suprise.

According to our National Wedding Survey, the average UK wedding costs just under £32,000.

While it’s not very romantic to think about what might go wrong with your wedding, it’s always best to be prepared. Purchasing wedding insurance from the moment you start spending money on your wedding could really help with peace of mind for both your wedding and honeymoon spend.

Licence.

This might not be one of the first things you actually need to do, but it should be in the back of your mind from the off-set.

Research what you need and start to gather the necessary marriage documents from early on in your wedding planning process.

If you’re planning on getting married abroad, the paperwork you need is likely to be different and slightly more complex. Just remember, marriage licenses are typically only valid for a couple of months so you’ll need to plan accordingly!

Choose Your Bridal Party.

You may instantly know who your maid of honour, bridesmaids, ushers, best man, flower girls and page boys will be, or you might need a little bit of time to think about it.

You may also want to consider the cost as your bridal party will need outfits, bouquets, buttonholes and thank you gifts, so the more people you have, the more this could impact your budget.

One of the most fun parts of wedding planning is often asking your chosen girls if they’ll do you the honour of being your bridesmaids!
Plan Your Wedding Guest List.

Decide who to invite to the day versus the evening and what to do about the trickier guest problems such as plus ones and colleagues.

With your wedding venue booked, you will have a rough idea of how many people your venue allows and how much budget you are now able to spend on catering. Your guest list may need to be determined by how much you want to spend per head

Choose Your Wedding Suppliers

This covers everything from photographers to caterers, entertainers, florists and more.

Start by making a list of all the suppliers you’re going to need to hire. Your wedding venue may already have a list of recommended suppliers which is a great place to start, but make sure you widen your search if you want something a little different before you book and pay deposits.

To be continued......

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