How to plan the perfect wedding 

Are you on the road to getting married? However you hope to celebrate, you’ll want to ensure this special event goes without a hitch. Discover how to plan the perfect wedding that promises magical memories you and your partner can treasure.

 

Discuss your ideas

Once you make it official with an exquisite engagement ring, don’t wait too long to discuss your ideas for the wedding. Planning a wedding will take longer than you think, whether you’re celebrating with two or two hundred people. Share your thoughts about the big day, chatting through any must-haves and areas where you’re willing to compromise. You must make sure you’re on the same page with essentials such as style, season and size before you start designing your wedding.

Set a realistic budget

The next step that you must not miss is to set a realistic budget. Between the venue, food, outfits and other essentials, the cost of getting married can quickly add up and without a budget could spiral out of control. The average wedding in the UK costs £18,000 but you can have a beautiful celebration for much less! Agree on how much you can afford and split this between each key cost, looking for ways to reduce your spending and leaving some aside for emergencies.

 

Follow a timeline

To plan the perfect wedding without feeling stressed, you must follow a timeline. This will help you stay on top of your preparations, get your preferred options for the best price and spread out your costs into more manageable payments.

First and foremost, secure your venue and vendors as early as possible. These are the most pressing components as they can get booked up months if not years in advance, especially during the most popular months for weddings like June and August. They usually require a significant deposit but early birds can take advantage of discounts.

Key vendors to book in advance include caterers, florists, transport providers and specialist wedding cake bakers.

Once these elements are organised you can start putting together the guest list with the help of mixbook.com, sending out ‘save the dates’ and invitations and planning the outfits for your wedding party.

Make sure that your timeline is realistic. For example, don’t leave securing the wedding gown and bridesmaids dresses to the last minute. You need time to  schedule fittings and alterations—yes, another thing to add to the list.

For some brides, choosing bridesmaid’s dresses is often rushed—almost treated as an afterthought. Make sure you give yourself ample time to find something that totally fits the vibe of your big day. Unsure where to look? Check out boutiques like Bella Bridesmaids. They have an incredible variety of gorgeous options for every aesthetic and theme.

Add notes to your to-dos, such as links to the websites of possible vendors or fresh and fun ideas to make your big day extra special. By creating and sticking to a timeline, you are less likely to suffer from overwhelm.

 

Wedding Photographer - Mark Shaw
Image captured by Mark Shaw, award-winning destination wedding photographer

Prioritise photography

Finally, make sure to prioritise your wedding photography for your big day. Getting married is sure to be one of the most memorable moments of your life, and you’ll want beautiful photos to treasure forever.  Browse a range of wedding photographers to find someone who captures weddings in a way that is most attractive to you. The best photographers are gifted at portraits as well as candid shots which reveal the personalities and happy energy of you and your guests. A good idea is to search Google for wedding photographers in the area you are getting married in.

 

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