Here the Essex wedding planning experts take a look at seven main areas of wedding planning, offering advice and ideas to help when making key decisions.
Make setting a budget your first consideration:
2. Date and Season
The big question: when to get married? Summer is obviously a popular time and whilst you can’t guarantee good weather, there’s a better chance that your outdoor ceremony or reception will be bathed in sunshine. Don’t discount other seasons though. A winter wedding can be a lovely, cosy affair. Think of roaring log fires, scenic snowy wedding photos or even ice sculptures to set off your venue. Getting married any season outside summer is more likely to land you your preferred date and venue and discounts too, so it’s worth considering.
Draft your guest list and think about how much you can realistically afford to spend. Then and only then start looking at possible venues. Think about location: is it accessible for all guests? Is there accommodation nearby for all budgets? Is there capacity for your full guest list or will it be too vast for a smaller gathering? Are there facilities on site for you and your wedding party to stay or get ready? What are other couples saying in their reviews? Do your homework but also go with your gut instinct: if you get a good feeling when you visit, that stands for a lot!
4. Style of Wedding
Wedding styling is where your flair for finer detail can kick in, but don’t forget: focus on the core aspects first. Setting a main theme is all you need to do at this stage. Gathering your accessories and working out your décor – the fun part - comes later. Your choice of venue will impact upon how you style your wedding. A country barn will lend itself to a rustic theme and a grand hotel to classic fashioning. If you are starting with a blank canvas, the limit is your imagination. Think about whether you want formal, fun or something in between. A good idea is to let it portray your personality.
Another aspect strongly influenced by budget and wedding style. Would you prefer a formal sit down meal, or a more relaxed buffet or BBQ? Discuss catering options with your venue; they’ll work closely with caterers and will have a recommended list they’ll share with you. A good caterer will offer consultation and tasting sessions to help you choose your food and wines. It’s one of the most fun parts of planning your big day! If you are trying to stick to a budget, consider a homemade buffet (rope in some willing budding master chefs to help sprinkle some gourmet into the mix!) or hire out a restaurant or a section of a restaurant on one of its quieter nights.
It is vital to be absolutely clear on how you want to preserve your special memories before you choose your wedding photographer, so you can be sure they offer the service you need. Would you prefer mostly formal pictures, natural shots or a mixture of both? Perhaps you want photos taken of certain family members together? Do you want pictures taken at the ‘getting ready’ stage as well as during the ceremony? And at the reception too? If you are on a limited budget, ask around to see if anyone knows a semi-professional or student photographer, but do check their past work for your peace of mind.
Here’s where you’ll want to pander to your own tastes, but also consider how you can keep everyone entertained too. If you have an eclectic mix of guests you’ll need to think of ways you can please all the people. Think outside of music too: consider magicians, garden games, bouncy castles, a casino or a photo booth with amusing props for guests to pose for their own fun photos. Remember that good wedding entertainers get booked up a long time in advance, so make this one of your priority decisions.
How a Wedding Planner can Help
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