Tips for planning your wedding day
So you have recently got engaged… Now the fun starts with planning your wedding!
These are my top 5 suggestions you should cross of your list first.
1. Set a date
Whether you want a winter wedding or decide to have a summer day of celebration, plan accordingly for the chosen season! For summer weddings you’ll need a plan to cope with bad weather (you all know what the weather is like here!). A winter wedding is guaranteed to be cold, and possibly wet. Discuss with your venue potential areas to take indoor photos – although I have plenty of ideas for photos if we are stuck inside so no need to worry. And don’t forget to remind your guests to dress accordingly. So whatever the weather, you’ve got it all planned.
2. Set your budget
Every wedding has a budget so it is important to set this out from the start. Your budget will usually guide you as to how many guests to invite and if you both have big families, this may be high on your priority list. Once you have a budget, you can keep track of your spending. Be willing to be flexible in order to meet your wedding budget. If your perfect venue isn’t available when you want it, try a midweek wedding instead – it is often cheaper than Saturday weddings. But do consider that a mid-week wedding means guests will have to take a day or two off work which isn’t always convenient and may mean some guests won’t be able to attend. Check out my prices that I’m sure will suit whatever budget you have in mind – www.mmcphotography.co.uk/price-list.
3. To do List
Visit the wedding fairs to help tick certain things off your list and to get extra inspiration for your wedding day. In planning a wedding, you will find there are a million things that need to be arranged. Save the date, invitations, venue, flowers, cake, stationery, music, ceremony, dress, bridesmaid dress, favours, photography…the list is endless! Which is why you will need to keep a track of what to do and when to do it and an excel spreadsheet with a plan of action is the perfect way! It’s also a good method of keeping track of your budget; the more detailed the better. Trust me, this kind of organisation will save a huge amount of hassle further down the line and keep your wedding plans in check! People usually book me around 12-18 months in advance but depending on the time of year I could have availability. Feel free to get in touch to check out my availability – www.mmcphotography.co.uk.
Behind every beautiful bride are her fabulous and super supportive maid of honour and bridesmaids! Don’t take on too much and delegate what you can to friends and family who have skills in areas you need support with. Do you need help setting up your wedding venue the night before? Or perhaps decorating the church with flowers? Write a list of tasks for people to help you do to make your life easier. As long as you give them plenty of notice, you can put your trust in other people. Nobody will know if the table arrangements are not exactly what you had in mind, but everyone will notice a stressed out bride!
5. Contracts and negotiations
Lastly, when dealing with wedding suppliers try to negotiate the best deal, but don’t sell yourself short on important things just to get a better price. If something is unusually cheaper than other quotes you have gathered then there is usually a reason why – avoid at all costs! My photography packages include no hidden extras and all my packages include full day coverage from bridal preparations until the dancing and everything in between as well as free canvas print, DVD slideshow and all images taken on the day edited and provided full resolution.
Hopefully these tips will help you get organised and feel less stressed about the whole planning process. It’s easier said than done but try not to worry about the small stuff and enjoy every moment. The day will whizz past so fast, so be present in the moment and enjoy your special day!