Planning your wedding day can be a fun, stressful and creative process all at the same time, but with so much to consider it's easy to take your eye off the ball and focus too much on one thing. Below are some of our top tips when planning your wedding day.
Stick to the Budget
We all know it's important to start with a budget but how much should this be and how best to allocate this? It's important to have your dream wedding day but this doesn't mean you need to break the bank, don't spend more than you can afford if it means paying back credit cards for the next two years. Plan your spending carefully and focus on what really matters to you both.
The venue is obviously a big one but if you can't afford your dream castle then take a step back and consider other options, your village hall may have huge potential with a little big of creative décor, or perhaps a marquee at the in-laws will create the homely and personal environment that you're looking for.
With photographers, wedding dress and live wedding music taking up another big chunk of your budget it's important to decide what's most important for you both, is it a live wedding band for a rockin' evening of dancing or is it a beautiful set of photos to keep forever – with a little bit of research you should be able to find a compromise that suits you both.
Avoid asking friends and family to be your wedding suppliers!
Your cousin is an amateur photographer, your best man's friend is in a band? It's always nice to save a few quid here and there but when it comes to taking on the services of friends and family I would usually recommend against it. For such an important day you're going to want to be 100% certain that you won't be let down and so using professionals is a must; without a solid contract in place, friends of friends may well let you down as soon as a highly paid job comes in. If employing a family member they may also decide that they'd rather be part of the wedding than experience it through a camera lens.
Remember why you're getting married!
It's all to easy to get drawn into the all-consuming process of wedding planning but try not to forget why you're getting married in the first place. It's not for the big party and it's certainly not to impress your friends, if it starts to get on top of you take a step back and put things into perspective, it's only one day of your life and what's to follow is the important part. Take time to enjoy the planning process with your partner and if you have different ideas, there's always a compromise to be found.
Relax and Enjoy the Day
It's the biggest day of your life and the nerves may start to get to you. When the day comes, try to forget about the year of planning gone by, there's nothing you can do at this point and the day is in the hands of your capable suppliers. Enjoy every moment, try not to stress and take in every second.
Allow more time in your schedule than you think
When putting your schedule of the day together, it's easy to mid-judge how long everything actually takes. The wedding ceremony may be over after 45 minutes but ushering old friends on to the next venue can take longer than anticipated. Speak to your wedding planner about times and always add on longer than you think, weddings almost always run over time but it's nice to keep things to a rough schedule on the day if possible.