My Tips for Planning your Wedding
If you're a newly engaged couple, this is for you.
Tip Number 1:
Enjoy the engagement. Throw a party, make a big deal of your promise to each other. Let it sit. You don't have to jump straight into the planning, as it can become stressful.
Talk about what you both want. Get all your ideas out in the open, come to compromises, land on ideas that feel exciting and fitting for your love story.
Tip 3: Budget.
In 2021, the average wedding in the UK cost £17,300!(Hitched ) Consider your own budget and make a list of priorities: elements you're willing to compromise on and the elements that are a top priority.
Tip 3: Research
Start thinking of your ceremony; do you want a faith led ceremony? Do you want a council registrar? Do you want a wedding celebrant to design a bespoke ceremony with you?
If you chose a wedding celebrant, next, you:
Decide on your venue/location. Remember that with a celebrant wedding it can be ANYWHERE, indoors (not necessary to be a licenced venue unless it’s for a visiting registrar) village hall, in your home, wedding barn/manor house OR outdoors, on a beach, in a forest, up a mountain or in your garden!
Book the venue/location first. (if it’s a wedding venue – tell them your plans about your celebrant led wedding.)
Contact the council to enquire about booking a ‘simple registrar marriage ceremony’ usually a couple of days before your celebrant wedding ceremony date. (you may have to ‘give notice’ with your local council at least 3 weeks before your intended marriage ceremony)
Contact your Wedding Celebrant to make an appointment for a first meeting. Make sure they are available for your chosen date!
Check out wedding advice blogs and sites for ideas on : Wedding outfits Themes/colours/styles/ Eco/sustainability concerns Transport
Send out ‘Save the Date’ notices
Speak to VIP guests e.g. attendants/ bestpeople / family about their role
8. Keep having fun as engaged couple and don’t let the planning take over your lives – keep it fun and relaxed! Speak often to your celebrant with any concerns.
If any of this looks overwhelming – consider hiring a professional wedding planner who can do it all for you!