When you get married can depend on the season you wish to tie the knot, this typically is summertime when the weather is warmer and more options are available to you as to where you have the wedding. Maybe you choose to get married around the time you first met, or when you had your first date or when you were proposed to. Think about getting married at a local venue or outside of the summer months and during the week to save money, if the current cost of living crisis affects your wedding budget.
When sourcing a wedding venue, and before you start booking in viewings, create a list of your venue priorities, and what they must have. Consider the minimum and maximum capacities and shortlist the venues that allow for your maximum guest numbers, factoring in safety and comfort. Don’t opt for big venues if you have a smaller guest list as your guests will feel as if they are in too big a space and it won’t feel like an intimate occasion.
Under current legislation in the UK, outdoor weddings are permitted in a range of locations as long as the venue has a civil ceremony licence for legal wedding ceremonies. With this make sure you have a wet weather backup option that is not far from the ceremony area, think of tipis, marquees or a barn for your reception if having your ceremony outdoors.
When it comes to the guest list many couples say this is one of the most stressful aspects of planning their wedding. The following tips may help. Think about having separate guest lists with your first-choice guests on one list, second-choice guests on another, and maybe split the ceremony-only guest list and reception guest list. You could send out your first choice guest list before sending out more invitations so to better gauge your guest numbers if that helps. Decide if you want children there or adults only, plus ones you only know, with friends you occasionally see and work colleagues limited to the evening reception only. Maybe you set precedence with your family from the start of your wedding planning as to who you would like to attend from the family at your wedding.
Consider your priorities, and have a good idea of what is most important to you and where you want to allocate the budget. If the venue and a photographer are most important try not to under budget for this, look at other areas where you might be able to spend less so you can allocate more budget to the priority ones. Be realistic about the current average costs for each category of your budget. Maybe look at several supplier average prices if that helps. Think about wedding rings and attire being gifts from family members or separately budget for these.
Choose suppliers who are local and have good reviews, even if they only have good reviews from other wedding suppliers, this is important as it shows that they have worked together well on a wedding or styled shoot and their styles and visions merged to create them. Check that your suppliers have previously worked on the wedding style you are thinking of for your special day, and see images of their work. Source local suppliers for sustainability and use the venue’s preferred supplier list if sourcing them becomes a struggle. This is where the expertise of a wedding planner can help to source the suppliers on your behalf, sometimes they will be suppliers a planner will have previously worked with and can recommend from their own preferred supplier list, and this will be invaluable to you to find the right suppliers to pull together all the elements of your wedding day. This is one of many things a wedding planner can assist with see my blog https://www.twobecomeoneweddingplanner.co.uk/post/have-you-ever-wondered-what-s-the-difference-between-a-wedding-venue-coordinator-a-wedding-planner to read about why you would hire a wedding planner to assist you with your wedding planning or wedding day.