3 Tips to planning a stress-free wedding

3 Tips to planning a stress-free wedding

We are officially in engagement season. This is the biggest time of year for wedding planners for enquiries and bookings after Christmas, New Year and upcoming Valentine’s Day being the most popular time of year for couples to get engaged. 

If you got engaged recently, congratulations! Once you come back down to earth after being on cloud 9, the reality of wedding planning may start to kick-in, so keep on reading to find out my three top tips to planning a stress free wedding. 

1. Know your budget

I can’t stress enough how important this part of the planning stage is. So many couples that contact me don’t even know how much their budget is. Your budget will more or less determine everything else, especially the venue and guest list which is why you need to set the budget at the start. Ok so you may be thinking, ‘I have no idea on how much certain things will cost?!’ But knowing what your overall budget is will help you when it comes to allocating your budget to different suppliers. Keep a spreadsheet of all the suppliers and expenditure for your wedding day, this will help you ensure you haven’t missed anything, as well as helping to manage your budget as you go along. Make sure you get quotes from at least three different suppliers, however a little warning here, if one is a lot cheaper than the others maybe explore why, ask around for recommendations of other couples who have used them, as well as asking other suppliers. Unfortunately I’ve heard too many stories of people being let down by so called wedding suppliers - you generally get what you pay for. 

2. Consider hiring a wedding planner 

Ok, so as a wedding planner you’re probably thinking, of course I’m going to recommend hiring a wedding planner! Well yes wedding planners are a god send to our ideal clients, but no not everyone has the budget or requires a wedding planner. However, if you are feeling overwhelmed and not sure where you are going to find the time to plan a wedding as you have a busy job or run your own business, or maybe you’re getting married somewhere you don’t currently live then consider looking at finding a wedding planner. Most wedding planners, including myself will offer free initial consultations which last anything from 1-2 hours. It’s important you like your wedding planner and feel that you will be able to work well together and trust them, which is why it is best to meet them face to face, or at least via Skype! Wedding planners also offer different services so do a bit of research and see the types of services we offer. On-the-day co-ordination is a popular service for people who are getting married in dry-hire venues or having a marquee wedding. 

3. Know what you want 

This third tip links back to the first one. What are the things that are non-negotiable to you? Perhaps you love flowers, live music, or you want the best photographer to capture those moments you’ll treasure for a lifetime. Knowing what you want will help you decide how much budget you are going to allocate to certain things, as well as knowing where you can save money. Brides, don’t forget about your groom here, it’s important that your wedding day reflects both of you as individuals, as well as a couple. It’s also a good idea to create a Pinterest board as this will help you gather together images of the things that you like from colours, venue styling, cakes, wedding dresses etc. Remember it is your day, don’t do something just because you think that’s what ‘should’ happen or you ‘should’ have at a wedding. Weddings come in all shapes and sizes so stay true to who you are and your vision for your special day. 

Need a helping hand? From a venue search, styling and design, full wedding planning and on-the-day co-ordination. Contact me at hello@carolynlouise.com for prices or to book a free consultation.