Here are 10 little top tips that you may not have thought about when planning your wedding.
1. Budget for Everything
So setting a budget is not very romantic but you don’t want to over spend and allow the costs to spiral out of control and end up starting your married life in debt. It’s how you spend your money that counts and not how much. Use our handy Wedding Budget spreadsheet to keep you on track. See our previous Blog Wedding Planning Budget.
2. Space When Choosing Your Venue
Once you have asked all the usual questions about your dream venue and you know it can accommodate your numbers, make sure to check if there is space for other elements of your celebration that you want to include for example is there room for a dance floor / live band/ bucking bronco (if that’s your thing). See our previous blog 10 Top Tips On Choosing Your Wedding Venue
3. Don’t forget the legal stuff
Which comes first the chicken or the egg…..you have found your dream venue and picked your wedding date, now you need to contact your local Register Office to make sure they are available to conduct your ceremony on that date! You must give ‘notice to marry’ (a legal declaration that you are both free to marry each other) to the registrar in the district where you live. If you both live in different districts then you each need to give a separate notice to the registrar in your own district. The notice will be displayed publicly in the register office where you live. A notice is valid for 12 months and you cannot give notice until your ceremony venue is booked. See our previous Blog Top Tips on Planning Your Civil Ceremony.
4. Don’t Let Dieting Take Over Your Day
Keep your dieting goals realistic and sensible. Do not set a weight goal and definitely do NOT buy a wedding dress two sizes too small thinking you will diet to get into it – this is putting too much pressure on yourself. If you starve yourself, or spend every waking moment in the gym, you will be exhausted and hungry by the time the wedding arrives and in no mood to party. Remember that your fiancé loves you just the way you are.
5. The ‘Gift List’ Dilemma
Gift list or no gift list? As most engaged couples are already living together, gift lists are now more about upgrading to things you’ve always wanted but may not be able to afford. It’s a once in a lifetime wish list for your dream home. Or perhaps you would prefer money towards a honeymoon, home renovations or donations to charity but feel uncomfortable asking your guests to bring actual cash on the day? A solution is Prezola, the wedding gift list company. Just sign up online at https://prezola.com/why-choose-prezola/ and enter code PZABVDYULVG to receive £50 credit to spend and free gift list cards to send out with your invitations. Don’t feel guilty about asking, as your guests really do want to buy you a gift. Let’s face it, they would rather you had something useful than something that will get put in a cupboard (or on eBay) and never see the light of day! (Coochicoo Cards accepts no responsibility and will not be liable in anyway if you sign up to Prezola. Any agreements and contracts will be between yourself and Prezola. Prezola Terms and Conditions apply, please see their website.)
6. Strategic Seating Planning
Do not wait for all your RSVP’s to come in, start organising your seating plan as soon as possible as you do not want it to be a rush before the big day. You can always alter it nearer the time as late RSVP’s come in. See our previous Blog Strategic Seating Planning
7. Break In Your Wedding Shoes
Wear your wedding shoes around the house before the big day to make sure they are comfy. No one wants blisters on their special day. Wear them only indoors to make sure you keep them clean.
8. Prepare for the weather
Check the forecast – OK so the weathermen don’t always get it right but its best to be prepared. All good wedding car suppliers should have a couple of umbrellas in the car just in case it starts to rain and to keep you covered but make sure they do. Why not ask your ushers to take old towels with them to the church so they can dry the floor once the guests are seated so your dress doesn’t end up covered in muddy water.
9. Don’t Forget to say ‘Thank You’
Make sure to give your guests a personalised wedding favour on the day and always send ‘Thank You’ cards afterwards. You don’t want them to think their attendance and wedding gifts were not appreciated. See our previous Blog Top Tips On Picking Wedding Favours
10. Make Every Moment Count
What I hear time and time again from brides is that the day flew by and went too fast. So make sure you enjoy and savour every single moment and get your photographer and videographer to capture as much of the day as they can so you have the memories to last forever.