Planning your wedding day
Planning Your Wedding day
Congratulations on your engagement and welcome to the exciting world of wedding planning!
According to internet experts, the average wedding costs during 2019 was a staggering, eye-watering, astonishing £31,974. See my other blog post on costs.
Weddings remain incredibly rare occasions, and as such, you'll naturally want yours to be as perfect and memorable as possible!
Most couples will start to plan their wedding about a year before the date. However, this is becoming more and more difficult with most venue's and professional services such as the photographer, are now booked up to 24 months in advance, especially during summer months.
Are you planning a summer wedding?
British summertime begins on the last Sunday of March and ends the last Sunday of October.
If you're planning a summer wedding on Saturday, this will give you a window during 2021 of only 14 Saturday to choose.
Are you planning a July or August wedding? Then this will give you a choice of only nine dates to choose.
Why did I choose the year 2021 instead of 2020? It's unlikely you will get your preferred venue and services providers such as your selected photographers, cars, DJ and Bands etc. For example, I'm fully booked for July and August this year (2020) and already have confirmed booking for the summer of 2021.
So essentially, you need to start making them bookings as soon as possible. And don't hang about parting with the deposits. The majority of suppliers and venues will not make a reservation unless a deposit is paid to them.
If you've started to plan or consider your wedding, you may have already developed some ideas and inspiration, but with so much work and planning is often involved. Yes, you can hire a wedding planner, but that's another expense you will need to factor in.
There are several web sites and planning apps that can help take some of the pressure of you to arrange this magical day that you have planned in your mind's eye.
The key to a smooth-running wedding day is in the planning. You don't have to go overboard with it, but get the basics sorted and it will be a big help.
Keep it simple?
Set yourself a realistic budget for your wedding
Draw up a guest list
Appoint bridesmaids / Best Man
Book your venue (based on the number of guests)
Book your photographer and other suppliers
Take out wedding insurance. It's a small price for your peace of mind.
Decide on the dress and bridesmaids outfits
Order your invitations
Order wedding cake
Book your make-up artist and hairstylist
Congratulations. You have made a start on planning your wedding.