The A-Z of Wedding Planning
A – Add up numbers of your guest list as you go and stick to it. Add all your names to a spreadsheet and be careful that you only invite the names that are down. It sounds harsh but otherwise your numbers may start to spiral. Both agree on your magic number that you don’t want to go over.
B – is for Budget. Like the above, this can snowball – very quickly. Do sum sums, talk about it and agree what you can really afford. Of course, give yourself some leeway but don’t get yourselves thousands of pounds in debt for the day of your dreams.
C – Compile and collect ideas from Pinterest, instgram and other wedding websites, as well as magazines.
D – Deviation: delegate the main jobs out to your best man, usher(s) and bridesmaids; after all, that’s what they are there for.
E – Energy on the big day: make sure you get a good night’s sleep the night before and eat enough before the wedding. Adrenaline burns calories!
F – First dance. Think it through and pick a song that means something to you both. Listen to suggestions on Spotify and get some inspiration from other people’s playlists.
G – Give your best man (or maid of honour) a list of rough time frames and the order of play. The day will be so busy they will thank you for this later on.
H – Hotels: make a list of hotels or air b and b’s and put them on the invitations. This will save you and your guests time later on when they’re looking at booking accommodation.
I – Invitations. Whether you make your own or buy them pre-made there are loads of great ideas out there: from vinyl invites to postcards of where you’re getting married, the invitations are the first time that your guests will get an inclination of what your wedding will be like.
J – Jot down instagram hashtags on a chalk board so that friends and family can upload photos of the wedding. It’s your very own photo booth (free of charge).
L – Listen to your nearest and dearest about their ideas and suggestions. Even if you don’t agree with their suggestions it’s always refreshing to hear another perspective.
M – Music is one of the main components: whether you choose a D, band or both, really think about budget and what you want. If you’re making your own playlist soul and motown are always good choices to get – and keep – the party moving!
N – Nail the dress: research, research and more research. Give yourself enough time to find out what suits you and what doesn’t. If a dress is way out of your price range don’t try it on. You will know when you’ve found ‘the one’ but don’t panic if that doesn’t happen straightaway…
O – Order your accessories in time. There’s nothing worse than worrying your bits and pieces won’t arrive in time. Check order delivery dates if you are ordering online.
P – Presents. If people give you presents and money have an allocated space to leave cards and gifts. When you open them all keep a pen and notepad close by to make sure that you have noted down what you have received and who from; this will make the thankyou process much easier!
Q – Quickly. Time will fly! So enjoy every minute of your big day.
R – Rings. ‘I thought you had them?’ Funnily enough, this is one of the things that most people forget in the wedding planning process. Do some internet research and shop around: remember that some outlets require time to resize and order in your bands. If you are buying them already made, then make sure you both get your wedding fingers measured (most jewellers will do this for you FOC).
S – Speeches: the only rules now are that you make your own rules so feel free to break with convention; mix up the order of play, keep them brief or don’t do them at all. But whatever – make sure everyone is clear on what you are doing, especially if you have asked them to say a few words.
T – Trust a member of your family or your chief bridesmaid to be in charge of your bag or belongings and ensure that they keep an eye on them and keep them safe.
U – Utilise the space of your venue. Speak to your wedding coordinator about what to put where; their experience will mean that they know what they’re talking about as they’ll know what works and what doesn’t.
V – Vino: make sure there’s a good range of wines: red, wine and rose – many venues will invite you on wine tasting days which are a great way of picking the perfect wines for your big day.
Weather – Ahh yes, the great British weather can surprise at any time of the year. If you’re planning an outside do really consider a marquee to make it wonderful and less of a wet weekend!
Y – Yuletide. If planning a Christmas wedding give guests ample notice as this is one of the busiest times of most people’s calendars.
Z – ZZZZ – Make sure there’s a space for babies, children or the older generation to enjoy a quick cat nap.