As we launch ourselves towards a brand New Year, with it comes fresh hopes for the future so today I would love to share some wedding planning tips, and how a Wedding Consultant can help you.
If you have become newly engaged over the Festive period let me congratulate you and wish you all the best for an incredible future.
Here are just a few pointers I will pass on for some things you should think about at this exciting time.
1. Work out your Priorities.
Right at the start of your planning, it is important to sit down as a couple to work out the priorities you both have in respect of your Big Day.
You need to decide what elements you really can’t do without, and what you are willing to comprimise on.
It is highly unlikely that you will agree on everything, but it is important that both of you as a couple work together as this will be the most important day of your lives so far.
2. Set your budget and set a date.
With respect to your budget consider any savings you have and how much comfortably you will both be able to put towards the marriage pot per month.
Also consider any outside help ie. family input.
Remember that this is your day though, and family money does not automatically mean they get to make all the decisions.
With respect to loans and credit cards, this is bet avoided if possible as better not to go into marriage in debt, you don’t want to be paying it off 5 years down the line.
With respect to a date, this may be a day that is particularly special to you like an anniversary or to commemorate a loved one.
Be aware however that a winter/off season wedding, a Sunday wedding or a Midweek wedding will usually bring you substantial financial savings in comparison to a high Summer Saturday wedding.
3. Choosing your team.
It is important that you have people helping you that your trust implicitally, and who you know won’t let you down, whether it is family or friends [consider this when choosing your Bridesmaids and Best Man].
Remember too that it is lovely to involve family or friends in your day if they have a special talent as this can make your day more personal and save you money.
4. Don’t freak out.
Remember always throughout the planning stages that all Brides and Grooms get frustrated.
Your planning will have its ups and downs and because it is such an important event, every issue can seem like a giant obstacle to overcome.
Remember when everything seems like it is spiralling out of control, that not getting the exact colour of napkins you want is not a National disaster,and what is really important is love, health and happiness.
In view of this, its important to take a step back to recharge your batteries.
As a couple its important to have regular date nights so that you remember the real reason you are getting married in the first place.
And it is also important as the Bride or Groom to take care of yourself.
So try to take time out one night a week to pamper yourself or have a good night out with your friends where wedding chat is banned.
5. Getting some help.
You, of course may love wedding planning, but for some, all the organisation that goes into such a special event may be a nightmare and they may have no idea where to start.
This is where a wedding consultant can be vital. They can assist you in all the nitty gritty and logistics of creating a day the way you envision.
Weddings are a major stress inducer, even when things are going well, we always have that fear in the back of our minds that something will go wrong or we will have forgotton important details.
If you imagine your wedding as a project, and each part of the planning as working towards project completion, and your wedding consultant as a project manager , they will do what a manager does best ie. management.
Your wedding consultant will deal with suppliers, doing all the leg work and research for you, negotiating discounts for you and finding you the very best for the best prices, and to your direct specifications. In essence be your P.A.
This leaves you the time to relax in the run up to your special day knowing that someone is making your day top priority.
A Wedding Consultant such as myself can help you with as much or as little as you wish for your Big Day, giving you reassurance without the ” Celebrity Price Tag”
Statistics show that it can take up to 250 hours to plan a Wedding.
These day’s people can have the commitments of work, raising children and running a home, and have little time to plan.
To a point, though not quite as time consuming, this applies to Events too.
The choice to have a Wedding Consultant is a really personal one but can be really worth it for the reassurance it brings.
My job is to act as your own personal Event P.A.
I will do all the legwork, such as doing the research, making the calls, negotiating, and taking care of all the little details.
With so much choice and possibilities you may become overwhelmed ie. What photographer ? Is this venue right for us ? My job is to bring everything back to complete clarity.
With my contacts within the Events Industry, I have access to a multitude of fabulous suppliers, therefore making me well placed to assist you with choosing suppliers that are right for your needs.
Sometimes organising a Wedding or Event can seem like an enormous and impossible task.
My job is to be right there to lend support, whenever and in whatever way you need it.
I pride myself on being a people person with a really good ear.
Weddings and Events can be expensive, there’s no doubt about it.
A Wedding Consultant such as myself can actually save you money through discounts obtained from contacts in the industry.
I specialise in working within your set budget, and strive to work my fee into this through savings made.
Attention to detail
Everyone likes to be unique, and bring something personal about themselves to their event.
I will help you bring about those little touches so that your Event will stand out and be truly memorable.
NOTE: A Wedding Consultant deals with the administrative side of your Wedding, while a Wedding Planner deals with the administrative and on the day aspect.
This means hiring a Wedding Consultant is ideal if you want to deal with the actual day yourself but you want someone to deal with the behind the scenes parts of the Wedding Planning Process.
I hope these tips are helpful to you, and if you feel that you would like some assistance at any point of your planning journey, I would be honoured to be of assistance.
I also hope that the Plans and Presents Blog can be of help to inform and inspire. If there are any areas of Wedding Planning you feel would be helpful to your own experience please get in touch.
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