Planning a wedding can seem like a daunting prospect, even if you’re excited about every second. With that in mind, we’re here to help with this useful guide. If you’ve just said ‘yes’ to that all-important question, this is what you need to do next!
Shout it from the rooftops
You’re engaged and it’s time to share your wonderful news with family and friends. No doubt, this is also when you’ll start thinking about planning your wedding and imagining just what you want your special day to be like.
Do the sums
Before making any bookings, it’s crucial to work out your budget. After all, there’s nothing romantic about starting married life in debt. If you think your families might contribute, it’s a good idea to have a conversation with them. With your wedding budget in mind, you can think about what you might like to allocate to each aspect of your wedding, spending on areas that are important to the two of you and always allowing a little extra for ‘contingency’.
Ask your attendants
Bridesmaids, groomsmen and the best man all play key roles in your special day and you should put some thought into who you are going to ask. While they are obviously going to be close friends or family members, you might also consider whether a potential best man will be happy to make a speech or a chief bridesmaid will be well organised and helpful. If you plan to buy dresses and hire or buy suits for your groomsmen, there is also an impact on your budget.
Plan your guest list
It’s time to sit down and write that all-important guest list, enabling you to choose the perfect venue. Bear in mind that you’re likely to spend the largest portion of your budget on catering so you might want to limit this list or invite additional guests to an evening reception only. You probably also want to consider whether or not to invite children to your wedding day. If you are concerned about rising numbers, it’s completely acceptable to have an ‘adults only’ wedding day or just to invite children who are part of your family.
Look at Venues
With your budget and guest list in mind, the fun really begins! When considering potential venues, you need to answer the following questions:
1. Will it accommodate your number of guests?
2. Does it offer civil ceremonies or is there a church nearby?
3. Does it suit your budget?
4. Is the location right for you?
Of course, your chosen venue also needs to be somewhere you love and where you can incorporate your wedding style. You might like to find a venue with overnight accommodation, like Curradine Barns, and you need to make sure you’re happy with important details like the catering options.
Set the date
If you have a date in mind, check availability with your chosen venue and make your booking. It’s worth bearing in mind that certain dates can be less expensive than others. With the date in the diary, you’ll need to confirm and book the church or registrar and secure both venue and registrar / church with a deposit.
Book your Suppliers
As soon as you’ve booked your venue, you can look for key suppliers from caterers, florists and photographer to videographers, cake designers and entertainers. At Curradine Barns, our catering team are based on-site and will be delighted to assist you with details of other suppliers whose work we admire. Always choose suppliers that you get along well with, who understand what you’re looking for and can work within your budget. Our Events Team are here to help you every step of the way, making your wedding planning a thoroughly enjoyable process.
Go dress shopping!
There’s nothing not to love about trying on wedding outfits. No doubt you’ll already have found ideas and inspiration online. Always book appointments before arriving at bridal boutiques and be sure to try on a range of styles. Allow plenty of time to find ‘the one’ as you’ll need to return for fittings and alterations. And, of course, don’t forget the accessories, shoes and wedding rings.
Plan the details
At this stage, it’s time to think about the details, imagining how you would like your day to flow and planning your menu, drinks, décor and other personalised elements from favours to floral arrangements. Liaise with your suppliers, discussing all possible options and finalising practical ‘on the day’ arrangements.
Organise the pre and post-wedding celebrations
While the best man and chief bridesmaid are traditionally responsible for organising the stag and hen celebrations, you might like to drop a few hints, letting them know what you’d like to do! When it comes to the honeymoon, bear in mind that you don’t need to jet off as soon as you’ve tied the knot. In fact, there’s something rather lovely about spending time planning this special adventure which might even coincide with your first wedding anniversary.
Send your invitations
Plan to send your wedding invitations between 8 and 12 weeks before the big day. If you’re inviting guests from overseas or marrying over the Christmas or summer holidays, it can be a good idea to send ‘save the date’ cards before that, giving people a little longer to plan.
Take time out
There are numerous last minute tasks in the week running up to the wedding, from collecting decorations to having a manicure! Consider having a few days or a week off work, enabling you to enjoy every second and having time to relax. Your wedding day is just around the corner…
If you have yet to visit Curradine Barns, we would love to show you all we have to offer. Simply give our friendly team a call on 01905 670039 or contact us online. In the meantime, we thought you might like to hear about how these couples knew that Curradine Barns was the perfect venue for their special day.