A wedding is a fantastic opportunity to get excited, go shopping and start planning everything associated with your dream day. However, without a detailed action plan you’re going to get stressed, mistakes will be made and things might not go as swimmingly as you might think.
This week, we’re going to go through a number of proven planning techniques and thought processes to make sure that everything is in place for your big day.
Speaking from experience, if you’re planning a wedding, you’re going to want to consider all of the following throughout your planning process:
- How you can create a plan of action
- Understanding what you want from a venue
- Making sure that you can make it your own
- Considering the weather
Making sure that you’ve created a detailed plan of action:
As with anything, if you’ve committed time to making a faultless plan of action, then you have a better chance of things going your way. So first things first, schedule some time during the evenings or even a Saturday morning to sit down with your partner.
Start discussing absolutely everything that you can think of. A good way to stay organised is to create a list of potential wedding venues and rank them from nought to ten with ten being your preferred location and zero being your least.
Once you have your list of venues you can start contacting the site managers and event organisers to arrange viewings and discuss costs, dates, layouts and everything else associated with your wedding day.
Know exactly what you need from a venue:
Unfortunately, it’s no secret that wedding venues are extremely expensive and finding an affordable location can be very difficult. However, if you know exactly what you’re going to need from a venue, you’re going to give yourself better room for negotiation and potentially save yourself some cash.
When you sit down with your partner to discuss potential locations you can use this time to list everything your going to need from the venue itself. Most wedding receptions will traditionally include the following as standard:
- A basic package that includes food for a set number of guests
- A function room
- A basic entertainment package
Now most couples will want to make their wedding unique. For items such as decorative props, you’ll need to arrange them privately but also make sure that the venue is happy with you decorating – some may try to charge you a little extra.
Wedding entertainment is a big thing right now. The basic packages will usually include a house DJ for an hour or so. It’s definitely worth arranging your own wedding entertainment to keep your guests happy. Our wedding photo booth packages in London are usually a very popular choice.
Customising your chosen location:
A wedding is a special day that celebrates two people expressing their love for one another – so why would you all want the same thing? Many couples go through a lot of stress and planning to ensure that their day is unique to them.
When deciding on a wedding venue, make sure that the site managers are happy for you to make changes to certain aspects. Providing small but subtle changed such as personal decorations can make all the difference.
Most wedding venues will want to charge you extra for this bonus. Unfortunately, all wedding venues will do what they can to get the most out of your budget. Of course, negotiation is available but it all depends on your haggling skills.
Be aware of the weather conditions:
Take into consideration the weather conditions for the time of the year that you’re planning your event. If you have chosen a venue that is typically used for outdoor events – you may want to reconsider if you’re having your wedding in the latter stages of the year.
Consider a wedding venue that is able to tailor to both – if the weather appears to be holding out with sunshine breaking through, then there’s no reason why you cant have an outdoor wedding.
Make sure that it’s easily accessible:
One of the biggest no no’s for a wedding venue is poor accessibility. A wedding party will have guests arriving from all sorts of different locations, some here in the UK and some arriving from abroad.
It’s important to make sure that your guests are able to find and access your chosen venue easily. If it is a little “out of the way” make sure that they are able to provide sufficient directions for travel listing nearby bus stations, train stations, motorways and any airports for those travelling from long distances.