So, you’ve decided on the date. And now you’re realising just how much there is to do before the big day arrives! Here at The Elms hotel, we’ve been delighted to help countless brides and grooms with their wedding preparations, and from all my experience as a wedding coordinator, I’ve put together a list of wedding planning tips to help you get started with what is one of the most important and exciting days of your life.
Start planning early
I cannot stress enough the importance of getting stuck in with the wedding planning and preparations as early as you can. Your wedding day might not be for a year or so, or perhaps it’s in just a few months. Whatever your timescale, make good use of it and remember to enjoy yourself along the way.
Develop a wedding planning checklist
You’ll find no end of helpful examples online and you can use these to create your own wedding checklist to work from. Do remember to list the little things as well as the key tasks. So, think about when to see your hairdresser to discuss styling and plan some time consider the type of photos you’d like taken on the day.
Wedding insurance for peace of mind
Whilst the vast majority of weddings take place without any problems, it can be costly and upsetting if something does not go to plan. With that in mind, taking out wedding insurance can be worth its weight in gold. It’s a decision to make early on, so that you can then enjoy all of the preparations with your friends and family, comforted with the knowledge that you’re protected financially, should it be necessary.
Make good use of your wedding coordinator
If you book a venue like The Elms for your wedding, you can be assured of plenty of support and expert help. We have done it all before – many times. At The Elms, Vicky and I are on hand with ample support and enthusiasm. Make good use of our knowledge, expertise and contacts – we’re here to help!
Let trusted friends and family help
It’s not all down to you so let them help. But be clear on what they are doing and how you would like it to be done. There’s lots to plan and organise during the run-up to your wedding and those closest to you will be happy to get involved. Remember to ensure that the groom has his tasks too!
Make time for yourselves during the preparations
This is an important point where wedding planning tips are concerned. The months before your wedding day can be a busy time and you don’t want to spend all of your spare time discussing the wedding plans and nothing else. Whether it’s a trip to the cinema or a meal out, time as a couple is vitally important. You might even consider a spa day at The Elms or perhaps afternoon tea with a handful of friends? Your wedding doesn’t need to be just about the day itself, so enjoy the journey as you work towards it – and pace yourself!
Keep an eye on your budget
Whatever size your wedding, it’s important to be clear on the costs. Be sure to add even the tiny things to your list so that there are no surprises further down the line. If different family members are contributing to the costs, try to be as transparent as possible so that you avoid difficult conversations later on.
Have a plan B
Any list of tips for wedding planning should discuss plan Bs. Things like the British weather for example, can always let us down; even in the middle of the summer. It’s therefore important to be prepared for extremes such as downpours, gales and heatwaves. Have a stock of umbrellas to hand and think about the impact of a windy day on your plans. If you’ve thought about it before, it doesn’t need to cause undue stress if it suddenly happens. For example, plan locations for both indoor and outdoor photography if you can and have some flexibility on whether the welcome drinks are outside or not.
Make it personal
At The Elms, we love a wedding with a bit of a difference. There really are no rules and it’s important to make your special day your own. Discuss your ideas with us and we’ll help you make it happen. You might have thoughts of something really rather lavish or a much more intimate affair. We will always try to accommodate special requests to make your day as personal as you want it to be. We’d recommend that you spend plenty of time at your venue so that you can truly understand how every aspect will work, ensuring that it fits with your personal needs.
Finally…wear your wedding shoes before the big day
Perhaps the most practical of my wedding planning tips, but most important. The last thing you want is sore feet all day, so get those lovely shoes out and wear them around the house so that you’re confident of comfort as well as a fabulous outfit!