30 Best Wedding Planning Tips

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We have rounded up 30 best wedding planning tips that will really get your wedding plans off to the best start. Essential wedding advice in manageable chunks means you don’t have hours of reading ahead.

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Best Wedding Planning Tips at a glance

  1. Focus on the Ceremony
  2. Trust your instincts
  3. Be honest with your opinions
  4. Start with a budget
  5. Make your guests a priority
  6. Ensure Guests will be comfortable.
  7. Practice self care
  8. Enjoy the process of planning
  9. Make lots of lists
  10. Think and plan the details
  11. Confirm all communication in writing
  12. Don’t assume anything when organising double check.
  13. Repurpose your flowers 
  14. Think about Marriage as a priority for the future.
  15. Keep things personal
  16. Don’t redecorate the venue
  17. Don’t get hung up on issues or problems 
  18. Cut the guest list to cut the spend.
  19. Learn the art of negotiation, ask for upgrades rather than discounts.
  20. Plan meals for your wedding suppliers serving your wedding during the day.
  21. Schedule the wedding setup
  22. Go over ground rules for your Ceremony and at your venue.
  23. Keep a contingency fund for extras.
  24. Make an emergency contacts sheet for suppliers on the day.
  25. Have a Plan B for all your key wedding details.
  26. Book the best photographer
  27. Enlist people early on to help.
  28. Don’t lose sight of what is important on your wedding day. 
  29. Create the best menu you can its the one thing guests, talk about hopefully for the right reasons.
  30. Don’t spread your budget too thinly, go for quality rather than ticking all the boxes or having everything

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Wedding Planning Tips

Focus on the Ceremony

It’s important that you do not lose sight of what is important and putting the Ceremony at the heart of your event can often keep things more grounded and personal.

Trust your instincts

To avoid plans going over the top and financially out of control, listen to your voice of reason.

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Be honest with your opinions

It’s important to be on the same page so be honest with each other regarding the important aspects.

Start with a budget

The best way to keep control of the purse strings is decide how much you have or can spend on your wedding. This figure may or may not need adjusting but at least you will be thinking about what is affordable for you.

Make your guests a priority

Keep your guests at the forefront of wedding planning will ensure for a successful event. Guests care about the food closely followed by entertainment anything else is just window dressing.

Ensure Guests will be comfortable.

Small details are important for example, if your expecting guests to be outside Ensure there are warm blankets or umbrellas to hand.

Practice self care

It’s easy to forget to take time out for yourselves both individually and as a couple. Think about healthy eating, drinking more water, getting outside more and think about a good skincare routine.

Enjoy the process of planning

With all the excitement it’s easy to get everything booked and ticked off within minutes of the engagement being announced. Its a great time to reflect and think about the new chapter ahead.

Make lots of lists

Staying super organised is key. Love your lists.

Think and plan the details

Take your time and think in details, typically couples overlook setup details ie what times people will drop things off and setup and who will be on site when this happens and who will have the setup instructions so suppliers know what goes where.

Confirm all communication in writing

This should be practiced vigilantly, all communication should be followed up with a response so no one can say they didn’t receive it.

Don’t assume anything when organising double check.

Absolutely double check everything because this is often where missing communication occurs and things go wrong as a result.

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Repurpose your flowers 

Use bouquets for your cake table and top table arrangements is a great way to save a few quid.

Think about Marriage as a priority for the future.

I have mentioned this a couple of times but planning a wedding is one thing but planning for your marriage is equally if not more important.

Keep things personal

Having plenty of personal anecdotes doesn’t have to make your wedding more expensive. A hand written personalised note is a lovely way to thank guests when they arrive.

Don’t redecorate the venue

Find a venue that already suits your theme, rather than trying to decorate the venue to suit the theme.

Don’t get hung up on issues or problems 

Try not to stress about the small things and focus on getting married.

Cut the guest list to cut the spend.

If your on a strict wedding budget this is one of our best wedding planning tips. The guest list equals money so as a rule of thumb if you would struggle to write a personal thankyou note to each guest then that says you don’t know them that well and perhaps a rethink should be in order. The guest list is always contentious because there is always that expectation to invite more guests.

Learn the art of negotiation, ask for upgrades rather than discounts.

Times are tricky for individuals and business so it may be easier to offer you an upgraded service or product rather than an actual discount.

Plan meals for your wedding suppliers serving your wedding during the day.

Think about the suppliers that will be on site during the day, don’t assume that the hotel will take care of them or that they have organised this for themselves. Make sure you factor this in to your discussions before booking.

Schedule the wedding setup

The wedding setup is often happening while your getting ready so you will often be relying on people to setup your room while your not around. Great communication is key.

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Go over ground rules for your Ceremony and at your venue.

Best wedding planning tip 101: Don’t order lanterns, organise fireworks etc or order 100s of candles until you have clarified with the venue this is OK.

Keep a contingency fund for extras.

There is always likely to be something you forget or perhaps an extra guest, change of bridesmaids etc. Make sure that you have a contingency factored in.

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Make an emergency contacts sheet for suppliers on the day.

If anyone is running late or you have a last minute query ensure there is a contact sheet for an emergency.

Have a Plan B for all your key wedding details.

In the unlikely event you hairdresser fails to turn up or your wedding cars break down ensure you have thought about these adverse situations.

Book the best photographer

Having a talented and experienced photographer is worth their weight in gold.

Enlist people early on to help.

Learn to delegate and give people specific jobs which will keep people feeling part of your wedding.

Don’t lose sight of what is important on your wedding day. 

Make sure you keep reminding yourself what is important on your wedding day it will help you relax and not stress about some of the smaller details.

Create the best menu you can its the one thing guests, talk about hopefully for the right reasons.

Take your time to source the best food and drink for your budget, it’s the one thing that will be key for your guests. If the food is crop everyone will talk about this.

Don’t spread your budget too thinly, go for quality rather than ticking all the boxes or having everything

If you are on a strict budget you may have to cut back on having everything. The point is its your wedding and you decide how you want it. If you don’t want a cake then do something else instead.

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