Planning a wedding can be one of the most stressful things a couple will go through. There is no blueprint of what should be done and what should not be done. That said, with a few tips, you should be able to get your wedding beautifully organised and ready to unveil on your special day!
Our wedding guide has been created to help you organise your to-do-list with the most important tasks that both of you must check off one by one. Our planning guide will help you manage every step and keep you from becoming overwhelmed!
Know What Your Budget Will Be
Before you can move forward to other steps, you need to know how much money you can spend. You should both sit down and talk about your finances. This allows both of you to have a good idea how much you both can afford to spend and how much you can save up over the next couple of months.
If your parents will be helping out with the cost for the wedding, you need to sit down with them early on during the planning stages so everyone will be on the same page and what each of you will be chipping in. Not having a clear understanding of what your budget range will be can lead to a great deal of stress and eventually disappointment because you will have to cut corners.
Attached you will find our Budget Planner that will help you estimate your expenses and record what you are spending as you go along. We will offer tips for saving money, some free wedding ideas, and even Do-It-Yourself thoughts to save on costs and even make your wedding unique!
Decide Where Your Wedding Will Be Held
After you have figured out your budget, it’s time to start thinking about where your wedding will be held. This includes not just the location but the time and how many guests will be on your list. This step is very important, so take care of it as soon as possible and then scratch it off your list.
Before picking out your location, sit down and talk about what both of you want for your wedding day. What if the bride wants a castle out of a fairytale but the groom wants a rustic, great outdoors surrounding? Sitting down and talking about it can bring you both to a nice compromise. Maybe the bride would like being a wood elf! Probably not, but you never know!
Other factors to take into consideration include the weather and if you have guests coming in from out of town or how many guests will be attending the evening event. You need to know what their accommodations are. Will you be taking care of your own catering or will they cater? Once you have the answers to these factors it will make it easier to find the best location for your wedding.
Browse through beautiful locations throughout the UK to discover your perfect wedding venue. You can search by the county you want to be married in or the various kinds of venues that you would both like. You can also search for caterers, what places will be able to accommodate you and your guests, and what their parking situation. This will help you find the best location for your wedding day.
Today, the average wedding in the UK will cost approximately £27,000. Although £27,000 might seem like a great deal of money, if you calculate in the location for your wedding, the catering, your wedding dress, drinks, and other essentials, you will discover how fast everything adds up! Understanding the cost of your wedding will ensure you will always be prepared for any mishaps or changes that might come along.
Get Your Bridal Party Lined Up
You might already have your bridal party lined up from the maid of honour, bridesmaids, best man, flower girls, etc. If not, you might need a little more time to think it over. Whatever you do, don’t rush through this step, take your time and keep in mind, these people will be your support throughout the entire wedding day.
You will also have to calculate the cost for your bridal party including their outfits, bouquets, thank you gifts, etc. Keep in mind, the larger your bridal party, the more it’s going to cost. If you don’t have a large budget and the people in your bridal party are your close friends, many times they will chip in some money to help pay toward the gowns and tuxedos.
Putting Together Your Guest List
In many cases, couples haven’t a clue where to even start while others already know whom they will invite. If not, start putting together your guest list as soon as possible. You will probably need some time to sit down and think about it. You need to decide who will be invited to the day event as well as the evening event. You also have to be careful to not offend someone in your family tree or an old friend from 5 years ago, It’s not the easiest list to put together as family and friends will have their opinions, though you two have the final word. Also, consider if you will be inviting people from your place of work.
Get a rough list and then consider the location of your wedding and what your budget will allow for. Your guest list might depend on how much you are able to spend on each guest. Please use the Guest Manager tool and start putting together your list of guests. Starting off, list everyone you would like to invite, then you might discover you’ve gone over your limit, so start cutting back.
You Might Consider Buying Wedding Insurance
You might want to consider buying wedding insurance from the time you first start planning your wedding and spending money. Wedding insurance will give you great peace of mind so you can get this out of the way and just concentrate on your wedding planning.
It’s Time To Get Your Wedding Suppliers
The location where your wedding will take place probably has a list of suppliers for you to look through. Even if they do, you should still do a broader search for other suppliers and their options to make your day a little more unique. Before booking with anyone, make sure you know what they offer, such as customized stationery suppliers. Also look into additional offerings such as prosecco vans, photobooths, and food trucks. Once you’ve created a list, choose the ones who seem to fit what you are looking for and contact them. Both you and your partner should then sit down and compare the costs and services they offer and decide on those who fit your style and your budget. Above and beyond all else, don’t just grab the first supplier that pops up, shop around!
Put Together Your Wedding Gift List
As strange as it might seem to let guests know what you want for gifts. A gift list is actually a great idea because it will make it so much easier for your guests to shop. As guests are going to want to buy a gift for you, knowing what you would like will take the stress out of their shopping experience and trying to figure out what you would like. You should put this list together before you send out your invitations.
While online, you can set up a fund for your honeymoon or post your gift list. You can also have a gift list for a specific department store. Check out our list of suggestions.
Your Wedding Gown
This is probably the most important and exciting moment in your wedding planning. If you are going for a designer gown, it can take up to 6 months to have it made, altered, etc. So make sure you give yourself plenty of time in advance to find the perfect gown and get it to you. Browse through our list of bridalwear to find bridal shops and get some inspiration from their gown displays. Once you have chosen your gown, it’s time to think about your maid of honour and bridesmaids’ gowns. You want to choose dresses that will compliment your wedding theme, your gown, and the groom’s suit. This is a very special day so don’t cut corners, get what will look absolutely amazing!
It’s Now Time To Send Out Your Invitations
Even though everyone within earshot or halfway around the world knows you are getting married, it’s time to send out the invitations! Plan on sending out your wedding invitations anywhere from 3 to 6 months in advance. You want to give your guests plenty of time to mark off and save that day on their calendar. This also gives them plenty of time to ensure the date is wide open. Hopefully, by now, you should have already chosen your stationery for the invitations through your wedding supplier.
Planning And Booking Your Ultimate Honeymoon
This has to be the best step in your planning! It’ll be a lot of fun and exciting because you are literally planning for the most fantastic, ultimate holiday ever! If, back on step one, you budgeted your expenses and already brought in the costs for your honeymoon then go ahead a book it! If, on the other hand, you are still a little nervous about your budget, plan on a short holiday directly after the wedding. You can just relax, escape from all the craziness surrounding the wedding, and just enjoy your moment as a newlywed! Afterward, you can both start saving up some money and have the ultimate honeymoon later on. Maybe you would like to visit Brazil’s lavish festivals around the Christmas season, or fly off to Maui when it’s the dead of winter in London!
Your Invitation Responses Pour In – Start Planning Your Table Layout
You have sent out all your invitations and now some responses are coming in before the deadline cutoff. Keep in mind, there will be guests you will have to track down for a response. Once you have the final count, you can start planning your table layout.
Planning who should sit where and with whom can be a little challenging but our Table Planner will help you out. Place your wedding guests into groups of family and friends and then juggle them around to see who should go where. Also, consider guests who will need easy access in and out of the room such as those who are elderly or have very small children. In most cases, these guests should be located closer to the doors.
Once your layout is in place, decide how you want the tables displayed or decorated. If you have a rather large guest list, you could give individual tables names and have a list in a place that the guests can view.
Are Plans In Place For The Future Bride And Groom’s Night Out?
In most cases, these events are planned and taken care of by your bridesmaids/maid of honour, and the best man. Just in case, you might want to touch base with them to make sure everything is set and whether there is anything you need to take care of such as contributing to the payment that should be included in your budget. Chances are, everything has been taken care of by your support team!
You must make sure that the date is good for both you and your partner. Absolutely no one has a stag or hen party the night before the wedding! Those days are long gone by! We also have some great tips for helping out with the bridal parties with some awesome step-by-step plans that will be awesome for both the bride and the groom!
Hopefully, this step-by-step guide has given you a good understanding regarding your wedding planning. There will always be moments of stress and becoming overwhelmed that’s nothing new. If you take your planning one step at a time, you should have everything ready for the big day! Just remember, give yourself plenty of time to line up your location, your caterers, your stationery, and of course your amazing wedding dress! Do not put anything off to the last minute or you will end up in a total frenzy!
Once you have sat down with your partner and made a good list, split up the tasks so it won’t seem as difficult to get through.