Wedding planning is notoriously stressful. There are so many things to think about and fit into your limited time-frame and budget, how is it all possible? Before you go into complete meltdown over how much there is to do, take a look at our handy tips to help you get through the planning process. That way you can just sit back and enjoy the experience!
Visualise your wedding on Pinterest
After the engagement, the wedding planning begins and with so much to organise, where do you even start? We recommend starting with Pinterest. This has become the go to website for wedding planning and is perfect for gathering those initial wedding inspiration ideas to see what you want for your wedding. You can pin all your favourite ideas to a personalised wedding board, helping you to visualise your big day and kick-start the planning process.
Set a timeline
Some parts of your wedding are more time sensitive than others, which is why creating a timeline will help to ensure that you have thought of everything and are not leaving anything important till the last minute. Things like booking the wedding venue and deciding on a guest list needs to be organised early on, however buying the rings and writing your vows can wait until closer to the time. Putting it all into a clear timeline will remove the stress of figuring out what to do next or the nagging feeling that you have forgotten something important.
Delegate wedding tasks
Planning a wedding is a huge task for two people and whilst you know your friends and family are there to help, putting your wedding in the hands of other people can be almost as stressful as doing it all yourself. The secret is finding the right tasks to delegate to other people. Things like organising the make-up and hair can be left to the trusted bridesmaids, whilst your mother-in-law could help to make the decorations and the best man can book the wedding transport. It’s a lot off your plate and we’re sure they will be happy to help!
Stick to your budget
Overspending on your wedding is easily done, but it is important to stick to your budget and not splash out on extras you don’t need. If you find yourself spending more on things like the venue or catering, see if you can make cuts in other areas, such as the wedding favours or flowers. Keeping to your budget will make things a lot less stressful in the long run, it’s just about finding the right balance. Prioritise the essential wedding costs and be a little bit more flexible with the things you don’t absolutely need.
Have a back-up plan
Because you are having to organise so many things at once, it would be a miracle if everything in the run-up to the big day went smoothly. Mistakes or miscommunications happen all the time when planning a wedding and these are usually the most stressful times for the bride and groom. Being prepared and having back-up plans for when things go wrong might sound a bit over cautious, but you will be extremely thankful if you need to use them! You don’t need to go too over the top, but just having a plan B in the back of your mind could save you a lot of hassle later down the line.
Let your venue help you out
Wedding planning is hard but you don’t have to do it alone. Let the organisers from your wedding venue help you where they can. Perhaps they can provide information on local caterers or transport for your guests? At the Longhouse, we provide couples with details of local B&Bs and taxi numbers for the wedding guests as well as a list of trusted nearby caterers. We have found that this is a huge help to wedding couples who are planning their big day.
If you would like to know more about weddings at the Longhouse, please get in touch via the details on our website.