Wedding planning is a pretty exciting chapter in any bride or groom to be’s life, however, if we’re going to be honest here? It can also be pretty overwhelming at times.
When planning mine and Adam’s wedding last year, my inner dialogue went something like this:
‘How much for flowers?! Do we really need flowers anyway? I should probably send the invites out soon. What if no-one turns up?? Will the venue make enough vegetarian options? Do I really have to invite Uncle Bill who I haven’t seen for 20 years? What about bridesmaids?’
These kinds of thoughts dominated my brain on a persistent loop, day in, day out. So what did I learn throughout this process? Here a just a few examples:
If you’re currently in the midst of wedding planning then first of all, congratulations! I imagine that you may have already set a budget at this point, however, my advice would be to only spend what you can actually afford. Weddings can range from cheap and cheerful to grand and extravagant. When you discover that the dress of your dreams is actually £900 over your original budget, it’s tempting to get caught up in the moment, throw caution to the wind and splash out, but ask yourself if it’s really worth it. There are so many ways to save on wedding decor and accessories (Pinterest became my best friend) and you’d be surprised at the hidden talents of your friends and family once you begin asking around. Starting your married life in debt to pay for a designer dress or extra table decorations isn’t an ideal scenario and taking out a loan to pay over the odds for one day seems rather extreme.
The cost of a photographer actually made me wince when we first began getting quotations. I mean, it’s easy to just ask a family member to take pictures, right? Wrong. I’ve seen so many sad examples of couples who decided to skimp on the photography and spend more elsewhere, only to be left with nothing but with blurry, mediocre images once the day was over and the confetti had been swept away. We invested a large portion of our budget in this particular area, choosing to cut out little extras to justify the expense, and it turned out to be the best thing we did. Our photographer was amazing, captured our day perfectly and gave us high quality, professional photographs that we now have to treasure for the rest of our lives.
It can be difficult to do but it’s crucial to step back every now and again to remember the core meaning of a wedding. It’s simply two people in love, choosing to make a lifelong commitment to one another. The rest is just frosting on the metaphorical wedding cake!
If you’d like more advice or insight from those who have recently tied the knot, then head over to Twitter on Monday 30th January for more ideas and to join in the wedding chat, using the hashtag #BeforeIDo. Don’t forget to tag @weddingshow2017 and you can also give me a wave over at @thatbritblog – I have plenty more tips to share!
Wedding shows are a great way to meet potential new suppliers, find inspiration and get a solid idea of what you do (and don’t…) want on your own big day.
Bride: The Wedding Show will be returning to the beautiful Tatton Park, Knutsford for the 15th year running on Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th February 2017 from 10am to 5pm. Advance tickets are priced at £10 each (£36 for a group of four) or £15 for VIP tickets. With catwalk shows, live bands, champagne, free copies of Cheshire Bride magazine and much more, you won’t want to miss out!
I’m giving one lucky reader the chance to WIN a pair of tickets to this wonderful event. To enter, simply follow the instructions below via Rafflecopter. Be quick though- this giveaway ends on 29/01/17.
If you can’t wait until then, I also have a discount code that will give you a whopping 50% off when you book your tickets online – you can find the link here. Just enter the code ‘BEFORE‘ at the checkout.
*T&Cs apply. Ends 29.01.17 at 23.59 (GMT)