Monday 16 January 2017

Top wedding planning tips

Celebrating a Christmas engagement? Congratulations! No doubt you are still basking in your new engagement glow, but soon will come the realisation that you have a wedding to plan, which begs the question, "Where to I start?" While there are some things that are good to know, such as trends and colour schemes, there are a few things that you definitely need to know. Before you panic, we're here to lend a helping hand. Check out our top wedding planning tips.

Let's talk numbers

The first step of your planning process is to begin with the number of guests. Believe us, if you get this out of the way first and foremost, it will save you many headaches! Before you begin looking at venues, determine your guest list so that you only look at venues which can accommodate your party size. Many venues now can host different group sizes so don't rule anything out just yet. And remember, as a general guide, 10 to 20 per cent of invited guests will decline, so take this into consideration when you are crunching numbers. If you find it difficult to cut guests out, check out this guide from Pinterest on who should and shouldn't make the list.

Determine your style

Another important aspect to consider is the style/theme of your day. Sit down with your other half and throw out some ideas together. What have you always envisioned for your day? Are you dreaming of a fairytale castle setting or is a more relaxed affair typical of your style? Do you want a religious church or civil ceremony? Remember, this is YOUR day so it should reflect your personality together as a couple.

Timing is key

You also need to consider when exactly you'll have your wedding. Are you a spring or summer bride, or do you prefer the autumn and winter months? As well as the season, you should think about the year. Don't risk planning a wedding in 6 months if financially you need longer to save. Finally, when it comes to location, think about whether you want to host your wedding close to home or if a destination wedding is calling out to you.

Focal points for your wedding day

Weddings can be an expensive affair and while you might have your heart set on various different things, the fact is that you may have to compromise a little. The best way to determine that you don't miss out on the things that are most important to you is to think about what it is that you both love. If you're fans of food, this should take priority. Or, if you love music, a live band will move higher up the list. All about the details? Focus on the finishing touches. 

Listen out for tips

The great thing about the wedding industry is that there are tonnes of amazing vendors out there. Our advice is to let one great person lead you onto another. Your wedding venue is the perfect starting point, as they'll be able to recommend loads of people they work with locally. These people are the best in the business so listen to their advice and you'll pick up plenty of tips along the way.

Stay organised

With several elements to plan for your big day, it's easy to feel overwhelmed. The best way to combat this is to stay organised at all times. It's time to get that wedding folder out and use it to keep a record of everything, from invoices to ideas, inspiration and lists. Fill it with everything related to your wedding and you'll never miss a thing.

Don't neglect the details

If you want guests to leave with a lasting impression of your big day, wow them with the finishing touches. Our tablecloths and runners are the perfect way to inject some magic into your wedding setting. From marvellous metallics to luscious lace, sparkly sequins and pretty petals, add a unique touch to your wedding day. For more information, click here.

Have fun

While wedding planning can prove a stressful time, don't forget that it should be fun. Never lose sight of why you are getting married and involve your partner as much as possible. Our favourite part? Definitely cake testing.

Happy planning!