How To Prepare For Your Big Day

5 planning tips for your perfect wedding

Organising a wedding can feel overwhelming at times, but our planning tips will help to keep you on track.

Getting engaged is one of the most exciting and happiest times of your life. But once the celebrations have died down and you no longer spend every spare moment staring at the sparkly rock on your left hand, it’s time to start thinking about the wedding.

While it’s undeniably exciting, planning your wedding can also be ever so slightly overwhelming. That’s why we’ve put together some tips to help you prepare for your perfect big day.

Make a plan

There are so many things to consider when planning a wedding that you need to be organised. So, the first thing you need to do is to sit down with your other half and make a plan or checklist for your big day. Brainstorm and write down every task that you need to complete, and assign responsibility and a deadline (colour coding optional!). It may sound like overkill but it can really help to keep you on track when things start getting hectic.

Find the perfect venue

One of the most urgent things you need to do to prepare for your wedding is to decide on a venue, as the most popular ones tend to get booked up months and even years in advance. If you’re looking for great wedding venues in Essex and the surrounding areas, there are plenty of options, so narrow down your choice by considering factors such as your budget, and what size and style of wedding you’re looking for. It also pays to do your research by speaking with recently married friends and looking up online reviews for your preferred venue. Once you have a venue and a date fixed, you can move on to securing your other wedding suppliers.

Hone your guest list

Drawing up the guest list can be one of the most difficult elements of wedding planning, and can often cause friction, so try to tackle it as early as you can. You may find that your parents and in-laws have strong opinions on who should be invited (especially if they are footing the bill) so, to avoid conflict you need to manage expectations and have some open and frank discussions early in the planning process. But at the end of the day, it’s your wedding, so don’t be afraid to be firm if you feel their demands are unreasonable.

Ask for help

Organising a wedding can quickly become all-consuming, particularly if you’re planning lots of DIY details, so don’t be afraid to reach out to family and friends and ask for help if you need it. They can be a great source of advice and inspiration when you need to bounce some ideas around, and those friends or family members who have a creative side can be invaluable when it comes to pulling together your invitations, wedding favours, or table decorations – and in our experience, loved ones are usually more than happy to get involved.

Make time for each other

It’s all too easy to get caught up in the excitement and pressure of planning a wedding, spending all your time on table plans and wedding favours instead of spending quality time with your spouse-to-be. So, in the run up to the wedding, particularly as the big day draws ever-closer, make the time and effort to reconnect with each other. Take a break from the wedding madness by scheduling in regular date nights where all talk of weddings is banned, giving you the chance to focus on each other.

Of course, there is a lot more involved in planning a wedding than what’s listed here (remember that checklist we mentioned?). However, these key pieces of guidance are a great starting point and will help to set you on the right track for planning the perfect wedding you’ve always dreamt of.

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