In association with Pamella Dunn
As experienced wedding planners and designers we make wedding planning look easy. It’s our passion and we wouldn’t want to do anything else.
However this is possibly your first time planning such a big event, and when you consider an average of 240 hours are spent researching, and couples spend 50 percent more than their original budget, you can understand why so many couples find the planning process less than exciting.
There are considerations and plans you can put in place though that minimise the stress and look after the budget. Here are my top five tips:
Hire a professional to manage part of your planning, and consider on-the-day management to ensure you are not answering your phone or chasing up suppliers. As the very unsexy ‘wedmin’ (wedding admin) mounts, nearer to the date hand over the time-consuming emails, RSVP chasing, travel, logistics, and dietary requirements to a trusted and experienced planner, or share the workload with a close friend or relative.
Highlight five key areas that are important to you both and allocate the lion’s share of the budget to these. You will make the most impact and look after your budget if you’re not tempted to book everything that you fall in love with at shows, in glossy magazines and on Pinterest. Discuss vendor sourcing at a complimentary consultation with a planner, and learn how you can save money working with them, and save hours researching trusted suppliers.
Plan to spend the day mingling with your guests together as a newly married couple. Everyone will say the same: it really is over in the blink of an eye, it’s a whirlwind of love and celebration, and often you can spend so much time seeing your friends and family that by the end of the day you have spent hardly any time together as a couple at all.
Have a contingency budget for unforeseen expenses. Additional costs, especially as it gets closer to the day, can come as a big surprise, adding stress at a time when you should be getting excited and looking forward to your special day. Factor in hot meals for suppliers. The photographer, videographer, and musicians will all be on site for a long time and it’s often in their T&Cs. Florists too can be working through the night and will appreciate your thought. The band may require a tab behind the bar, and a meal before they go on stage. Thank you gifts, beauty treatments, hair and makeup, meals and drinks the night before are all a possibility. Unpaid hotel bills, breakages and corkage could also be your responsibility.
Practice your walk down the aisle, take your time, listen to the music and breathe. Hold your bouquet hip height to show off the narrowest part of your dress, and remember to eat little and often. It’s a long day with little opportunity for you to eat, so have carbs and sugary drinks on stand by. But most of all, relax and have the most wonderful day