How To Plan A Wedding

About 1 and a half years ago I married my best friend. It was one of the most amazing, but stressful, days of my life. Organising a wedding can be an extremely stressful and crazy thing to do, especially if it’s your own as you want it to be perfect. Luckily I had some amazing help from my Dad (and when I say help, he pretty much did most of it!), but having a plan is key.
There is so much that needs to be planned/booked for a wedding, from the legal stuff to the lovely extras that make the day amazing. I constantly flicked through wedding magazines trying to get an idea of when I needed to book things and I was very overwhelmed! Now that my wedding has been and gone, I’ve designed my own ‘Wedding Timeline’ to help anyone who is organising a wedding. This timeline is obviously optional and is how we organised our wedding, but I wouldn’t recommend doing any of these later than I’ve written.

Here are a few key points to remember when organising a wedding;

It’s very important to search and book your venue and photographer/videographer early if you have a set date in mind, as things get booked up FAST. We had a date in mind and we we had just under 2 years till this date and it was already booked! So if you have your heart set on a date at a certain venue with a certain photographer, get in there as soon as you can. 

I would strongly recommend looking for your dress and getting that ordered as soon as you find the one you love. This gives the dress maker plenty of time to make any adjustments closer to your wedding day, as you don’t want to walk down the isle in a dress that doesn’t fit!

To round it up, all vendors prefer it when you book with them early. It gives them the piece of mind knowing they have lots of time in case there is any mistakes or any changes need to be made. Doing things last minute can cause stress on their behalf and your own!

It’s incredibly important to register your marriage. This is a legal thing you must do in the UK to get married. If you don’t do it, you can’t get married. It’s a very simple process, just pop down to your local registration office and ask to book an appointment to declare your wish to marry. You’ll be asked some simple questions like your name, date of birth, job title etc, and you will also be asked for your partners details too, just to make sure it’s not a scam marriage.

Always check with your chosen vendors whether they’ll require a meal on your wedding day. This is completely normal as when you think about it, they’ll be at your wedding for a long while so they’ll need feeding too. Ask them their requirements and make sure you include them in your final list and calculations.
Another thing that really helped me plan was attending wedding fairs. These are fairs that photographers, videographers, decorators, stationary companies and many more attend to display their products. These are perfect because you get to see their work in person. We found our wedding photographer at a fair in Cambridge and we booked them immediately because we loved them so much. If you’re based in the UK, Wedding Fairs is a great website that shows lots of fairs that are happening soon.

The most important advise I can give you though is to remember to enjoy this time in your life. Planning a wedding can be hard at times but it’s also exciting. Time will go quickly, believe me!

I hope these tips help you towards planning your own wedding! Let me know if you have any more questions about any aspects of organising a wedding, or if you think I’ve missed something let me know!

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