Your wedding is meant to be the best day of your life, you are agreeing to spend the rest of your life with someone that you love and the wedding is a celebration of this. With so many things to plan,you’ll find great benefit by planning for the big day as early as possible. Here are a few things to bear in mind when beginning to plan for the biggest day of your life:
Firstly, think long and hard as to whether realistically you have the time?
Wedding planning can take up a lot of time; you need time to check out the venue and the dress and you spend half of the time on the phone sorting things out. If you have a demanding job or you work full time and then have to look after your family you may want to consider hiring a wedding planner. They handle all of the time consuming stuff for you and all you have to do is turn up on the day and get married.
What’s your budget?
Weddings can be expensive; you have to pay for venue, dress, suits, travel, accommodation (if your wedding is not local), decorations, bridesmaid and page boy outfits, flowers, hair and makeup, a venue for the reception and catering and of course, a hen and stag do.
Be realistic when starting to make your wedding plans when it comes to the finances. Big churches and extravagant wedding dresses don’t come cheap, make a few calls to gauge costings before making any commitments.
Initially we would recommend considering the venue. The place of choice for your big day could very much be swayed by the time of year you’re planning on having the wedding. Obviously, setting the date is the first thing to do, of course, but when done consider the environment in which you want family and friends to gather.
Do you like the outdoors on sunny days, or are you more homely and like open fires with cosy and yet extravagant décor? These considerations require thought and discussion so you end up both feeling happy about the place you will wed.
Are you expecting legions of family members and friends to rock up or are planning for a small crowd of close relatives and friends? A small venue with a close bunch shouldn’t need too much planning whereas a grand ceremony shall.
The number of attendees will also dictate how soon you should send out your invites. If you have family scattered across the globe then a ‘save the date’ invite with plenty of time warning of the impending big day should be put together. Friends or family flying in across from the Atlantic, or wherever will have to consider holidays from jobs and their own other family commitments. Personalised invites are great and we would recommend them, they can become an unexpected expense if you have a few hundred to produce though, so bear this often overlooked detail in mind. Getting the word out for your big day and how you go about doing it sets the tone for guests to your wedding.
Once all agreed on time, location and numbers you can then discuss the venue for the after-party celebrations. We would find a summers day in the beautiful English countryside difficult to beat, and luxury wedding marquee venues provide excellent facilities for a wedding party. Marquees provide fantastic facilities even during winter months with sophisticated heating systems, wooden floors and interior fittings that wouldn’t look out of place in the swankiest of hotels.
Once you have committed to your venue, take a look at our free online marquee space planner. You can plan the entire floor plan for your wedding party now online with us.
Food & Beverages
Once you reach the point of menu and drinks selection you’ve almost completed all wedding plans. Location and time of year can have a direct impact on food selection. Will caterers be brought in, will they be on the premises already and included in the venue or are you bringing in a team of chefs?
The hospitality at weddings can be varied and going away from the traditional two choice menu is becoming more common as newly-weds look at new and varied ways to make their big day at little more memorable. Hog roasts, extreme buffets and varied menu selections add a little more to the average big day.
Planning a wedding can be extremely stressful, there is so much to think about and organise that it can be very overwhelming. If you have never organised an event or a party before and you have no idea how to go about it then maybe a wedding planner would be a good choice for you. That way you won’t have to worry about making mistakes and you know that everything will run smoothly. However, many couples go it alone and it is a great idea to ask your friends who have already got married for tips and advice. Most importantly, make sure you enjoy your wedding day.