Planning a wedding can be a daunting task for even the most organised bride to be. And, with the average cost of a wedding in the UK being £27,161 according to The Huffington Post, it’s not something you want to get wrong.
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To give you a steer in the right direction, here are my top 7 tips for planning the perfect wedding.
1. List Your Must Haves
Start your planning by writing down what you both absolutely must have. It could be your dream venue, your favourite band or getting your Uncle Malcolm ordained to perform the ceremony. Be strict but true to your dreams. What’s on the list stays, everything else is up for debate.
2. Create A Budget
You need to know what you can afford before you get carried away with looking at all of the pretty stuff. Make sure you work out what your budget is and what it covers. Don’t forget things like the honeymoon – many couples ask for some money towards their dream holiday rather than gifts and cut your cloth according to your measure – quite literally when it comes to the dress.
3. Get You Guests Sorted
It’s time to be realistic. You can’t invite everyone you’ve ever met and nor do you probably want to. Start with your core list of nearest and dearest and work your way out from there.
Remember you will likely spend a lot on food and drink per person so if you can’t cut your list down then you might have to increase your budget. Remember, it’s your day and you are not required to invite anyone that you don’t want.
4. Define Your Day
Are you going for a massive all-singing all-dancing tech-themed wedding or a quiet affair? It’s best to have an idea early on as to what you’re hoping for to help you plan your perfect day. Once you’ve got an idea of what size wedding you’d like you can start to look at venues and whether they can accommodate your plans.
5. Prepare For Every Eventuality
It’s best to be prepared when you’re planning your dream day, especially when it comes to the weather. Don’t give up if you’re dreaming of an outdoor wedding but always have a plan B. At very least invest in a colour coordinated umbrella each for you and your guests – I had a lovely white one just in case!
6. Hire A Wedding Planner
Whether you’ve got no idea where to start or think you’ve got it all covered, a wedding planner can help. Most importantly they can take away the stress so you can focus on enjoying the build-up to your big day.
8. Write It All Down
When you’re planning a wedding you need to embrace the humble list. Write down everything you’ve agreed on and try to stick to your decisions.
The most important thing is to try to enjoy the process of planning. You’ll get lots of advice along the way but make sure you stick with what you want.
If you have some more tips on how to plan your day I’d love to hear about them, let me know in the comments below!
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