As soon as you announce that you’re planning to wed, the questions start coming thick and fast from family and friends.
Keep calm and follow our helpful wedding tips…
Don’t feel pressured
People asking questions is a good sign as it means that they are excited. Try not to stress about this; it may be helpful to have a stock answer in your head until you and your partner are absolutely decided on what you’re doing.
Work out your budget
Discuss this at length with your partner and agree on a realistic sum that’s not going to leave you both living like paupers! Credit cards are very useful when it comes to weddings but make sure things don’t get out of control.
Say ‘I do’ to your perfect venue
Here at High Barn we will always show couples around before you book to ensure that it really is the right place for you and that you fall in love with it. Do your research, make enquiries and make sure that you are both happy with the venue choice.
Leave yourself enough time
A shotgun wedding is exciting but don’t leave yourself so little time that the whole run up to the big day is a headache. The planning process should be enjoyable so don’t rush for the sake of rushing. It also gives you a bit longer to work out your finances.
Don’t invite everyone you know
When you’ve just got engaged it can be very tempting to invite everybody you speak to along to the wedding (as well as asking ALL your friends to be bridesmaids). Sit down and start a spreadsheet with names of all your prospective guests (and start collecting their addresses/ email addresses as you go). Only when people drop out can you invite more. Have a magic number that you don’t want to go over (like the budget) and this will make things much easier further down the line.
Dress to impress
It’s a good idea to research wedding dress and suit options early on. Buy magazines, look online and try on styles you like so you can see what suits your shape.
Food for thought
Think about weddings that you’ve been to and think about what you liked about the catering. This should help you to decide what you would like and what you’re not so sure about. Food choices will depend on numbers, type of venue and budget. Talk to your venue’s contact about what they can offer you… Tasting sessions are a great way to suss out what works for you (and they mean that you get to sample some rather delicious cuisine, too!)
Delegating is the key to a stress-free wedding. Match people willing to help with their skills set. Think about the big day itself and how your nearest and dearest can help out to take the stress out of the big day.