As you all know, I got married earlier in the year & when it comes to planning a wedding, it is easy to let stress get on top of you. Sometimes it can be difficult to look forward to the day itself because you are so caught up in all of the minor details. That is why it is important to take a step back and evaluate the situation. Anything is possible; you just need to plan ahead. If you are wondering where to start, you will need to read on. Below is the ultimate wedding checklist.
Decide on a venue
In order to get your invites out on time, you will need to prioritise the selection of your venue. Make sure that you choose a location that you are truly in love with. You should be aiming for a venue that you are happy to remember for the rest of your life. If you are struggling for options, why not look online? This will make the process much simpler, as you will be able to filter your search results. Say you are trying to find wedding venues in Northamptonshire, there are plenty of incredible locations for you to choose from.
Select your refreshments
If you are going to show your guests a good time, it is vital that you have plenty of food and drink to offer them. Make sure that you attend tastings when you are making your decisions. This will save you from being disappointed on the big day. It will also help you to pair together your choices. Don’t be afraid to ask your loved ones for advice. Try to find someone who is especially picky, as this is a great way for you to be certain of honest feedback.
Nearly 1 year ago, Bob & I got engaged.
We knew we didn’t want a particularly long engagement and set a rough timescale to be married in the next 12-18months.
Then came the difficult part: deciding on a venue and one that wasn’t going to break the budget at that.
The first thing I would definitely do when looking at venues is have a budget in mind. It’s really easy to get caught up in the awe of venue hunting and not keeping the price at the forefront of your mind. We have paid for the wedding ourselves so we knew budget was important as well as it being the right location.
I ventured to a few venues myself to check them out but always brought Bob with me for a second look around. As much as he wasn’t bothered by wedding planning much at the early stages, Bob’s opinion mattered and it made me realise that the early venues weren’t the right ones.
We actually found our venue when Bob was golfing one day with his friend. He mentioned he was planning his wedding at the reception desk and the told him to have a look round and see what he thought. Needless to say he fell in love and immediately told me I would love it too. A few days later I took my mum to see the venue and we both admittedly fell in love.
Fast forward 12 months and we have the venue booked and the church down the road planned for our ceremony. It’s all fallen into place but not without some back and forth between the church – venue. There are some incredible venues out there depending on what you are looking for and definitely something for everyone. I stumbled upon One Events when looking for unique wedding venues and forgetting to narrow my search to Yorkshire rather than nationwide. They offer some truly beautiful venues for weddings and could definitely make your day even more special.
If you’re in the middle of looking for the venue then good luck finding your dream wedding destination.
*This has been a collaborative post, all content is my own as usual*
It is now the final countdown until D.Day….. Our wedding.
For those of you who don’t follow me on social media, my big day is May 20th the same day that Pippa Middleton is getting married. (I booked my wedding before she announced the date of hers, I’ll have you know)
We got engaged a year ago (Easter Sunday) and its been a whirlwind 12 months planning the wedding and deciding what it was we actually wanted. Now it’s almost here, I am thrilled with how everything has come together and am confident it will be exactly what we imagined.
It’s difficult not to get sucked into those perfect Instagram/Pinterest weddings you see online and when you finally realise they aren’t always realistic, you start to plan what’s right for you and not others.
Some of the useful items I’ve had along the way to help me plan the big day have been my Busy B Wedding Planner and Rock My Wedding by Charlotte O’Shea.
I would definitely recommend getting a planner of some sort as it reminds you of all the little details that really do become easily forgotten as you get into the swing of planning. This planner is fantastic as it has lots of different sections and asks for budgets and breakdowns of costs to help keep you on track. We have managed to cut costs in certain areas such as invites, tables decoration and the table plan itself. I can’t wait to share some of the photos from the big day and share my secrets to cutting wedding costs.
Rock My wedding started off as a blog back in 2009 and as a blogger myself, I found myself leaning towards wedding blogs for inspiration on real life weddings. This book is a great read and has some real life weddings in it as well as colour schemes, hairstyles, makeup, dresses and lots more. I will be keeping hold of this for any of my friends/family that get married in the future as I know they will love the inspiration it provides.
In 5 weeks time I will be a married lady and can’t wait for the day to arrive. Please stick with my blog as I share a few more tips and posts as will as photos from the big day when it gets here.
*Some of the items in this post were sent to me in exchange for an open and honest review, all thoughts and photos are my own*