The fact you’ve clicked on this article about practical wedding planning tips shows me you’re A) getting married and B) and efficient person. I fully support both of those things. Below I’ve written six of my top wedding planning tips which you can actually put to good use. If you’re looking for light-hearted advice on how to make things pretty, this isn’t the right post. I literally reference bird shit. But you might find that in one of my other posts so check them out.
Practical Wedding Planning Tips
1. Read your contracts
The first of my practical wedding planning tips isn’t so fun (sorry). It is, however, very important. By spending some time reading your contract you can avoid potential problems and stresses further down the line. Every venue has different rules from the next, and each photographer may ask for different requirements. Your contracts are the best way to get all of that information. Some common venue contract lines to look out for are the use of real candles, fixings to the walls, sound limiters, and supplier lists.
2. Invest in a good photographer
If you follow my Instagram, it won’t come as a surprise to you that I think investing in a good photographer is one of the most important parts of your wedding day. Let’s be honest, once you’ve spent all the money, everyone has left and is tucked up in their beds, and the day is over, the photos are all you have to help remember the day. It sounds dramatic, but you can’t restage your wedding. If you really trust your friends to know what they’re doing and get high-quality pics, then by all means. But one of my biggest wedding planning tips is to hire a professional.
3. Write a schedule
I’m dyslexic, so having to remember a load of information is difficult for me. Sometimes I can be chatting with a few different couples at a time, and there’s a lot of detail involved in my job! The way I get around this is by writing a schedule. It doesn’t have to be anything complicated, just who is doing what and at what time. When you can download the information out of your brain and onto a sheet of paper, it will make you much less stressed out simply because the pressure is off your brain to remember it all. It’s also a really useful tool to send around to your suppliers to make sure everyone is on the same page. Apps like Asana are also the dream for helping you get organised.
4. Ask for help
My next top wedding planning tip is to ask for help. People love getting involved in weddings, so don’t feel like you have to do it alone. This can be anything from asking Aunty Sue to make your cake, to asking your bridesmaids to help you pick the favors. Most of the time, people will be more than happy to help you. I get more complaints from family and friends about not feeling like they’re doing enough, rather than having too much to do! Even professional wedding planners like myself have a team of people to make sure we get the job done right, so why should you be expected to do it all by yourself!
5. Don’t make quick decisions
I’ve been talking about this a lot recently. I think that’s probably because all the shops are running their end of wedding season sales! Quick decisions when planning your wedding can often lead to regret. That regret might be something small, like buying a guest book you no longer like. Or it could be more of a problem, such as having second thoughts on your £8k dress. Making hasty decisions can add to stress further down the line, and it can also be quite wasteful. Sticking with the “end of season sales” as an example, you may buy a guest book for £10, a pair of socks that say “Groom” for £2, and a set of place cards for £1. Then, as you get closer to your wedding, your style may change. You might decide you don’t like them anymore, which is totally fine, but it leads to buying another. And buying another isn’t a big deal when the original guestbook was only £10. You might have all good intentions to put the original book on Facebook Marketplace, but in reality, you’re losing money and it’s probably going to go to landfills. Just something to think about.
6. Wedding Day Kit
The final one of my top wedding planning tips is to prepare a wedding day kit. Not as glamorous as it sounds, trust me. Particularly useful to those who are getting married in venues which are less polished, a wedding day kit should be full of useful things you “wish you had”. Bin bags, anti-bac wipes, hair ties and grips, a cloth and a sewing kit are a few things which I include in mine. There have been a few occasions where I don’t use anything, but there have been days where I’ve been in and out of that suitcase constantly. It might seem like a lot of effort, but it will be worth it if you end up needing something. Plus, if you turn up to your barn and the pigeon have got in, someone needs to clean that up…
So there you have it. I hope you can put some of these practical wedding planning tips to good use. Guess what? I’m writing a book! Did you like this article? You’ll probably like the book full of juicy wedding planning advice I’ve got coming. If you’d like to know when it’s released, sign up for email notifications here! If you’d like to see if I can help you with your wedding planning, let’s have a chat.