Let’s face it, it’s one of the biggest days of your life and one which you’ll want to treasure forever. So, when it comes to planning a wedding, you’re bound to feel just a little overwhelmed.
Whether you’re newly engaged, or finally feel like it’s time for both of you to tie the knot, our handy guide to wedding planning will help you figure out those first steps and put you on the right track.
Create a checklist
First up, begin by creating a wedding checklist. There’s so much to consider when it comes to planning a wedding, and a working checklist will help you stay on top of everything from budgeting to timelines.
Translate your initial ideas from your Pinterest board (because let’s face it, you’re bound to have one) into a spreadsheet as you begin to hone in on confirmed details and finalise pricing. And when you’re calculating final costs, we recommend adding a 10% buffer for any unexpected or last-minute splurges.
Pick your priorities
When it comes down to it, what does your perfect day look like? Perhaps you have your heart set on a summer wedding. Maybe the location isn’t so much of a deal-breaker, but a 150-strong guestlist and a venue that offers fine dining are. Whatever you feel makes your day special and unique to you as a couple, outline it from the beginning so you can move forward with planning.
Remember, things such as live bands can be booked up quickly between the months of May to September, so if these kinds of details are important to you on your big day, don’t make them an afterthought.
Do your research
Whether you’re scoping out venues, searching for florists, or hunting for the perfect tailor, never settle for the first thing you find. Not only will you get a better idea of pricing, but you’ll find out if it’s what you initially had your heart set on.
And don’t draw the line at Google. Talk to other married couples, visit your venue in person for a showaround, and speak to the wedding coordinator. They’ll have witnessed countless couples tie the knot, and can offer great advice when you need it the most.
Involve your partner and others
It can be tempting to keep this as secretive as possible in order to wow your loved ones on the day, but believe us, a second opinion can be invaluable during times like this. Bounce ideas off your partner, bridesmaids, or groomsmen, and, during the early days of planning, always have alternative options – you won’t want to be left disappointed if things don’t pan out the way you expected.
Consider how to make things easier
Planning your wedding can be wonderful, but it can also be pretty hectic. When the big day arrives, you want to relax and know everything is taken care of, so take this into account during the early days of planning.
Your budget may not stretch to a wedding planner, but choosing an all-in-one venue, or opting for exclusive use, means that everything from catering to accommodation is taken care of. Plus, you’ll have your own wedding planner on hand from your initial showaround right through to the day of your celebration to ensure everything goes without a hitch.
Want to find out more about exclusive use weddings at Seaham Hall? Explore our exclusive use wedding package or book a showaround to see our event spaces for yourself.