Wedding planning tips – make those lists!
This week, as we think about all our lovely summer brides to be, we thought it might be good to share a few wedding planning tips that we have learned along the way.
We hope you find it helpful, but remember we are always happy to help with any aspect of your planning. Even if it’s just useful to bounce ideas around – call us!
When couples first look round Godwick, one piece of advice I always give them is to start off with is have an idea of what your budget is. You may need to speak to a few places to get quotes, whether from caterers, venue and of course and very importantly booze and the bar bill!
It may help to try and get a feel for this by calculating on a per head basis. So I have a guest list of 150 and I am planning to spend £50/head or £100/head for example, or somewhere in between. Or far more, or far less. Breaking it down can make it easier to formulate your budget, and also help control your guest list. Great lost aunt Auntie Mable may not make it on the list once you have a per head budget!
First things first: Important things to get sorted before you can get underway is the date and to find a venue that can is available on that date. If you are getting married at the venue, you need to ensure that the registrars are available on that day too. If it’s a church wedding, likewise check your churches availability. Once these are done, you can relax a little, but if you have a set florist, photographer, band or caterer you really want to use. I recommend getting these booked up as early as you can as well.
Lists, Lists and more Lists: We love a list. They are really useful because they help organise your thoughts and make a plan of action. They help you work out how much time you have and make sure you don’t feel overwhelmed.
Also, it feels SO satisfying as you tick off your items, and see your wedding plan coming together.
Divide and Delegate: It’s often tempting to feel that you have to do everything on your own. But you may forget that friends and family WANT to help. By asking for assistance with jobs, you will make people feel part of your wedding and take some of the pressure off too.
Relaaaaax: Planning for a big event can be stressful so try to book days off into your schedule. Even if it’s nipping to the pub with your fiance in the evening, it’s important to make time for yourself and make sure you are still having fun.
Be an inquisitor: Before visiting a venue or supplier try to make a list (yes, another one) of questions that you need to ask. It’s frustrating to come home and realise that you forgot to ask half the things that you were wondering about.
If that does happen though don’t be worried about calling back as many times as you need… remember you’re the client.
Keep it personal: Events work best when they are a reflection of a couple’s individual taste.
At Godwick we really want to work hard with you to make sure that you have the wedding of your dreams. If you want neon flamingos dressed in Manchester United tops and acrobats serving ice cream, we’ll do our best to source them for you!
(Originally written by Miranda Durrant and updated by James Garner)