From the moment news of the engagement is spread via telephone and social media, the pressure is on to plan the perfect wedding day. Or is it? Are you the kind of couple that revels in the limelight, or do you prefer a quieter life?
Whatever kind of wedding you choose, we’re here to oversee your celebrations, and to ensure your big goes smoothly. We’re adept at offering advice along the way, and below are a handful of our most helpful hints. While you’ll no doubt be offered all manner of information along the way, when it comes to weddings, the most practical advice never changes.
Do your maths
Planning your wedding hinges on one thing, and one thing alone; your budget. Before booking anything, it’s essential you crunch the numbers and work out what you can afford. Will anyone else be contributing to your big day? Do you have any savings set aside for it? How long do you have to prepare?
It’s very easy to swept away by the excitement of it all, and to start booking vendors and suppliers without thinking things through. This is the time to be firm with yourself; make a note of the things you absolutely must have and the things it would be nice to have, then allocate your budget accordingly.
Choosing your venue
Once you’ve worked out what you can afford and decided on numbers, it’s time to choose your venue. From the dress and flowers to the photographer and entertainment, everything will fall into place around the location you choose for your nuptials, as the venue you decide on will dictate the theme or style of your day.
Essex wedding venues like Maison Talbooth in Dedham are perfect for intimate ceremonies and celebrations, while a Suffolk wedding venue like Kesgrave Hall near Ipswich has the architecture and parkland to impress.
Nobody enjoys admin, but it’s essential to keep a paper trail while planning your wedding, as it enables you to track what you’ve booked and what you’ve spent. File every quote, confirmation and receipt you get, and keep important emails in a designated folder. Not only will this ensure you’re on top of things, it will also help you if anything gets lost or is misunderstood.
Can you do it yourself?
Ask yourself this: can you do it yourself? Rather than enlisting the services of a stationer, could you create your own invites, seating plan and orders of service? Are you handy with a needle and thread, and able to create seat covers and bunting? Could you produce floral arrangements, make table centrepieces and hang fairy lights?
Weddings can be expensive, especially when it comes to the finishing touches, which is why DIY favours, decorations, and stationery are common. If you, your spouse-to-be, family or friends can take care of some of details, you could have your dream day for a fraction of the cost.
This may seem a little obvious, but you’d be surprised how many couples sacrifice what they want in order to appease family or friends. By all means take advice from those you care about into consideration, but don’t let suggestions from others put you off planning your dream wedding. It’s your day, so make sure one you remember for all the right reasons.
Milsom Weddings offers packages at some of the most breathtaking wedding venues in Essex and Suffolk, providing unrivalled scenery, ambience, food, and accommodation. With 60 years’ experience in the industry, we can help make you dream wedding a reality. Whether you’d like to view or a venue, or are simply looking for a little advice, please get in touch.