After speaking to so many lovely Brides & Grooms-to-be recently it got us thinking maybe we should do up some tips for planning your wedding from our own experiences. We are definitely not perfect wedding planners by any means but thought these tips may be helpful
– The Beginning
It’s totally normal to feel overwhelmed when you first start looking around at wedding suppliers, bridal magazines & wedding expos. After all it’s the biggest event you will most likely ever organise. Don’t be surprised if you think about eloping at this point (again totally normal). The trick is to take it one day at a time and give yourself plenty of time to organise suppliers & save money so there is not as much pressure on you as a couple and you can enjoy the experience.
– Wedding Suppliers
Don’t just settle with wedding suppliers, just because a venue offers you a preferred wedding supplier list doesn’t mean you have to use that list. Make sure you feel comfortable with all your wedding suppliers & meet them in person if you can. They are a very big part of your day and the weeks leading up to the big day. Try to choose suppliers who are reliable, organised, professional & easy going. The last thing you need is a supplier stressing you out on your big day.
During your wedding planning you are going to have lots of family and friends giving you advice about what you should or shouldn’t do for your wedding, what they did for their wedding etc. Don’t get me wrong some of the advice will be helpful & some of it not so much. At the end of the day just remember its about you two as a couple and what you want for your day, they’ve had or will have their own turn.
You will definitely need a wine/beer/shot when you start talking invitations for your wedding. Our number one advice – Don’t care about what other people will think, just invite who you want to invite. Ask yourself this question; will I be hanging with this person 5, 10, 15 years from now? If the answer is no you know what to do, you will have to be brutal with the list unless you are a millionaire. Kids are always a hard topic with weddings; whether you choose to invite kids or not make it fair which means all or nothing.
Try to keep a close eye on your budget as weddings can get out of hand very quickly with supplier costs. DIY is also another great option there is so much you can do with your wedding to save money. Best of all your wedding will have a handmade, personalised touch. We designed all our own wedding invitations and made our own Chef Favours for our Bomboniere gifts. We also hired a student videographer instead of hiring a big expensive company. We planned all our own honeymoon and accommodation. Also pay for as much of the wedding yourselves as you can, don’t spend your parent’s retirement fund money. Of course your parents will want to chip in but make it fair, it’s not about how much money you spend it’s about celebrating with loved ones.
Plan to go on your honeymoon soon after your wedding, trust me you will need it and look forward to it so much. You need that time off to enjoy being newlyweds, it really is bliss!!!
Favourite Wedding Quote:
“A wedding is a party, not a performance. If at the end of the day you are married to the one you love, then everything went perfectly”