The Do’s & Don'ts of Wedding Planning
When people find out I’m a wedding planner, one of the first questions they will ask me is what are your do’s and don’ts to remember when planning a wedding. I love this question and I thought it was the perfect topic to write a blog about, so here it is, my do’s and don’ts of wedding planning a wedding!
Do keep track of your budget:
This one is a biggie and one of the most important things to remember when planning a wedding. People tend to book the big and more expensive things first, venue and caterers, florist, photographer - however the little things do add up. Top tip: don’t forget that more guests equals more money and not just in terms of food but with on-the-day stationery and the drinks reception, all these things add up.
Don’t compromise on things that are important to you:
Ok so this doesn’t give you permission to go diva on us but your wedding day is one of the most wonderful (and expensive) days of your life. I purposely put this point after the one about the budget as they go hand in hand. Make sure you know what suppliers/items are really important to you and that you don’t want to negotiate on, these are the items that will need to be allocated and marked on your budget. Many couples don’t want to negotiate on a wedding photographer or videographer as these are the suppliers that will capture the beautiful memories throughout your day. If you aren’t really bothered about flowers then this maybe one supplier you are willing to compromise on. Knowing this at the start of your wedding planning journey is really important, you don’t want to realise later down the line that you don’t have enough money to spend on a supplier that is really important to you. Top Tip: Make sure you book your non-negotiable suppliers as early as possible - if they are a sought-after supplier within the wedding industry chances are they will get booked potentially a year in advance.
Do spend time finding a stationery designer you love:
Your save the date card or invite is essentially the first glimpse and impression of your wedding day to your guests. A lot of couples will now create their save the date cards and sometimes invites themselves or find a design they like on Etsy, whilst there is no problem with doing this make sure that they can also provide you with potential on-the-day stationery that you’ll need this will ensure that everything is consistent and is aligned with the style of your special day. This includes signage, order of service, table plans, name places, menus, table numbers. Most of your on-the-day stationery will need to be done as you get closer to the date of your wedding, therefore getting this sorted earlier on in your wedding planning journey will also help reduce the stress of finding a design/designer for your on-the-day stationery you like closer to the date of your wedding. Top tip: this is also a cost that people forget about so make sure it is included in your budget!
Do schedule in alone time with your new husband/wife:
This a Jewish wedding tradition called Yichud which I personally think every couple should adopt. After the ceremony, schedule in some alone time with your new husband/wife which gives you a chance to take everything in, soak in the atmosphere and just be in the moment together away from your guests on your special day before all the celebrations begin!
Don’t forget to enjoy yourself:
As a professional wedding planner I know that even with the best planning in the world sometimes things that are completely out of your control will go wrong on the day. Hiring in a professional wedding planner will help eliminate some of the things that could go wrong and they will also have a contingency plan for certain things like wet weather for example, as well as having the problem solving skills to sort things out as smoothly and discreetly as possible whilst you continue to enjoy your day.
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