You’re engaged! YAY!!!
These seem to be the first few thoughts that cross people’s minds once that proposal is accepted. Did you know that “How to plan a wedding” is one of the most google-d questions in the world?
We want to help
Here’s some tips given by our Office and Wedding Coordination Teams themselves:
Eleanor’s tip: from the get go, take your time, and enjoy the process.
Planning your wedding is a once-in-a-lifetime (we hope!!) event – and we want you to make the most out of it and enjoy it. Don’t worry, we know this is easier said than done. Try to not get caught up in all the nitty gritty bits to start out with. Secure the basics first.
The most important thing is, before you look at any venues yet, is to get a rough idea of what you want, and how much you can afford. Sit down with your partner and sketch out your budget, as well as an idea for how many guests you want to invite (including any children, but forget the random plus ones for now) and the time of year. However, …
Asha’s tip: don’t pick your date around the weather
The number 1 thing you cannot control is the weather. Especially in the UK when it can be unpredictable AS! Of course, we can hope for glorious sunshine, but you cannot guarantee that for a summer wedding, or snow for a winter wedding. Think of the season you want in a different way – whether that be a vibe, a special day for you as a couple, or even other factors. For example, we see that a lot of teachers look only for the summer months when they have that 6-week break.
Now that you have that, then the best thing is to know YOUR tastes as a couple.
Martyna’s tip: you do you, it’s your wedding
Weddings come with all sorts of pressures, and a lot sadly could come from your guests. You should be clear to yourself that while they can advise you, they cannot tell you what to have, invite x amount of family members you don’t see, or whatever comes your way.
When you have an idea of what wedding you want, then start looking at venues. Our tips when looking at venues, whatever your budget, or whatever vibe you’re looking for are:
- One that has an open & friendly team, and helps take as much of the strain of wedding planning off you as possible
- One that can work all year around, and has a plan if the heavens do open
- One that is open to giving your stamp to your special day, and isn’t too restrictive on decorating the space
Whatever venue you search, have these 3 tips in mind. Happy hunting!
Then once you have secured your venue and date, it’s the next big step…!
Charlotte’s tip: once you have secured your date, decide on your photographer
This is because a) you want someone good and b) they sell out quickly. Your venue will hopefully give you some recommendations.
Once you have that sorted, then everything else kind of falls into place!