3 Top Tips for Planning a Wedding

Planning a wedding is no easy task. From booking a venue to seating plans and even flowers – oh the lovely flowers! There’s such an abundance of great wedding resources that it can be quite difficult to know where to start. So I wanted to share some initial tips for planning a wedding to help ease some of the stress you may have…

Booking a Venue

This is first on my list, and for good reason! It will most likely be one of your most expensive costs for your big day. And although buying our first house is still a top priority, we have also got ahead on our wedding planning. This includes saving up for the deposit for the venue.

Wedding party

Don’t forget you may also need to book a reception and ceremony venue. Some places can do discounted rates if you book both through them. You should also be clear on capacity for both. In some cases, the ceremony venue is much smaller than the reception. So it’s not always safe to assume that everyone who comes to the reception can come to the ceremony.

You should also check out alternative days for the big day. Weddings are traditionally on Saturdays, but you’ll be surprised how much the venue hire goes down for Friday and Sunday.

The Perfect Dresses

Wedding dress

No I’m not talking about the dress unfortunately. But I’m not going to lie, I’ve already chosen multiple options for my dress. I also have the added bonus of marrying into an Asian family, which means I get to wear an Asian wedding dress! But more on that later… I’m actually talking about your bridesmaid dresses.

As much as I would love to have bespoke designed dresses for my bridesmaids, the costs can really add up. So buying ready to wear is much more efficient in this instance. Luckily, a lot of stores that cater for bridal and bridesmaid dresses offer different designs in matching colours and materials. Which helps ensure you can stick to your wedding theme without asking your bridesmaids to wear the same style.

I would also suggest for budgeting for shoes for your bridesmaids as you will want to ensure that they have comfy and gorgeous footwear to match their lovely dresses.

Get Visual

Wedding pintrest

My final tip is probably my favourite – create a Pintrest board! I started my wedding Pintrest board before we even really started talking about getting married ha! I just can’t help but see something and think ‘ah, that would be perfect for a wedding…’. So it’s been great to save potential ideas for our own wedding.

It’s also made me realise how much more there is to planning a wedding! There’s so many little details that you can easily forget. Which also makes it very easy to underestimate budgeting and numbers for things.

A great example of this is wedding favours. Its something I would have probably easily forgotten and not included in my budgeting and planning, had I not seen a really cute pin on how to create handmade wedding favours.

Are you engaged or planning a wedding? Have your own tips to share? Let me know in the comments below.

Disclaimer: This is a collaborative post with Coast.
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  1. 19th January 2018 / 11:38 pm

    I really loved planning my wedding but it was in the days before Pinterest, so I had tons of magazines and a big mood board of all the elements I liked, it was very old school but worked. I bet it would be even more of a joy nowadays with everything being so readily available online now. Mich x

  2. 20th January 2018 / 8:47 am

    I think Pinterest will be my go to resource when I start planning my wedding. If I get married in the UK I already know the venues I want lol but if not well my mother will handle it. Great tips though

  3. 20th January 2018 / 3:44 pm

    I’ve heard how stressful planning a wedding is, however now it’s made so much easier with the help of Pinterest. Can’t wait for my day to come, and Pinterest to be my side 😂

  4. 20th January 2018 / 10:52 pm

    This year will be my 25th Wedding Anniversary (I got married at 19) It was suggested that we had a vow renewal and I immediately shut the idea down.
    The wedding/renewal game is totally different to when I got married. I had a big meringue style dress, a horse and carriage, a reception at the local community centre where everyone pitched in and did a huge buffet. It was an amazing day and looking back was not too stressful (although at the time I thought it was)
    Since then I have been part of several bridal party’s and the organisation/stress/decisions have been horrendous.
    These tips are fabulous and if Pinterest had been around when I was planning my wedding, then it might have been a lot more involved!! 🙂

  5. 23rd January 2018 / 9:49 pm

    Ooh how excited that you’ll be wearing an Asian dress! Does that mean the bridesmaids will also have Asian inspired dresses?

  6. 30th January 2018 / 9:17 pm

    I am just looking for a house now as we are buying our first home together and then we will start saving again for our wedding. I am so excited to start planning but know I need to concentrate on one big thing at a time!

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