There’s no doubt about it – planning a wedding is a big job. There’s a lot to do and a lot to remember, particularly as the big day gets ever closer. Quite often, it’s the little things that can catch you out when you least expect it. So, to help you plan like a professional and enjoy every aspect of wedding planning, here’s our guide to the important little things to remember.
Start a spreadsheet so you can keep track of your finances and don’t forget about the little costs when you work out your budget. Elements such as postage, gifts for the wedding party and dress alterations can all add up so try and make sure you include everything in your figures.
Don’t forget to include yourself in the guest numbers! Far too often, couples forget to include themselves so make sure to put yourself at the top of the list!
Always remember to check quotes and contracts from suppliers and ask questions if something isn’t clear.
Organise your wedding insurance before you book your first supplier. It’s important to have this in place to protect you right through until after your wedding day. Find out more about why you need wedding insurance here.
Create a wedding day schedule that includes all your suppliers. At Upwaltham Barns your wedding co-ordinator will help you do this. Remember to include all your suppliers contact details in this so we can reach them if necessary.
If you’re thinking of preserving your wedding bouquet, arrange this well before your day so that it can be sent away as soon as possible once your wedding is over.
During the planning stages make sure you and the Nibbles2Nosh team have a detailed Plan B in case the weather isn’t kind.
Arrange for your wedding suppliers to be fed on the day of the wedding. Photographers, videographers and suppliers who are with you all day will really appreciate this.
Keep a spare wedding invitation and set of ‘day of’ details to one side so that your photographer can capture them on of the morning of the wedding.
Last minute essentials
Pack an emergency kit containing hair pins, a sewing kit, snacks, plasters, tissues and anything else you think you may need to have to hand in an emergency. You can keep this in Jasmine Cottage throughout your day just in case!
Have your engagement ring cleaned so it doesn’t look out of place next to your wedding band.
Create a wedding morning playlist. Every wedding morning needs it’s own soundtrack so choose some music that will create excitement and set the tone for the rest of the day.
Designate someone to be your go-to person on the day. You shouldn’t be answering the phone, answering questions or dealing with anything that crops up on the day itself. Give someone your phone and let them look after everything for you.
On the day
Leave more time in your wedding day schedule for each element than you think you’ll need. You don’t want to feel rushed so give yourself time to relax and enjoy each part of the day.
Grooms, nominate someone to pin your buttonhole onto your lapel and make sure they have a practice before the day.
Aim to be ready 30 minutes before the ceremony so you can have your registrars interview in Jasmine Cottage wearing your dress before walking across to the East Barn for the ceremony.
Once it’s all over
Arrange for your wedding dress to be cleaned and don’t forget to store it somewhere where it can hang freely without creasing.
Ask someone to come to Upwaltham Barns the next morning to help you load any personal items into cars.
For more wedding planning tips, take a look at these ideas to help you save money on your special day and don’t miss these top wedding planning tips from real brides.
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