Ultimate wedding tips for every engaged couple! What a total privilege it is to look back over the last 6 years and know we’ve seen over 100 couples get married! That’s over 200 families we’ve seen join together to celebrate, on average 200 bridesmaids and 200 best men and groomsmen, and a massive number of guests come to celebrate the love of two people. Now that’s some pretty awesome stats!
We got thinking about all the people we’ve had the pleasure of working with, all the amazing things they have all done, some of the things we’ve seen people do that’s a little different and some of the common lessons we’ve noticed along the way. We want to share that with you!
So get comfy and check out our ultimate tips for every engaged couple!
Big doesn’t mean better!
This applies to not only to the size of your wedding but also to your budget. Throwing a ton of money at your wedding doesn’t guarantee a great wedding, and you can do so much without spending a fortune. Likewise, a small intimate celebration can be such an amazing vibe for your wedding. It can make things feel more relaxed, your budget will go a lot further with a smaller guest list and you’ll know that absolutely everyone invited is pretty blimen special to you!
Keep it simple.
This applies to every aspect of your planning journey! It’s so easy to feel like you need all the things, that you have to do more… when in reality often having too much feels too much! If you are on the fence about something, really think about how you’ll feel if you don’t have that certain thing, will it make a huge difference, will your guests even notice? Will you notice??
Pick Your Priorities and Do Those Really Well
I talk about priorities a lot, and that’s because in my experience, your priorities help you so much! Taking time to work out together what is really important to you both for your wedding is essential. These are things that you both know you want your wedding to have, things that are at the top of the list. It can literally be anything, but this set of priorities will start to give your planning structure. It’ll help with your budgeting, and if things hit the point of being overwhelming, coming back to the list of priorities will help you to refocus and remember the things you have both agreed are important.
Let Go of Worrying About the Weather
Forget worrying about the weather, you will be so blimen happy to be getting married that the weather won’t stop that feeling. I know, you want the best weather, that’s understandable, but know that even if it rains, you’ll still be married surrounded by those closest to you and have an amazing day. No amount of worrying or stressing is going to change the weather, so put that energy into something you can control!
Focus On What’s Important
Accept that things may happen that you hadn’t intended. Sometimes the best laid plans just don’t come off, and if anything, the last 2 years with Covid has 100% proven that! We’ve seen weddings where some details haven’t been quite as planned, but in the grand scheme of things and in the current climate the world is in, couples are just happy to be able to get married and celebrate! Even in a non-Covid situation, our ability to control absolutely everything is just not possible, letting the small things go will make your life much easier.
Do What You Want To Do
It’s you and your partner’s wedding. Make it personal. Make it unique, make it traditional, but most importantly – make it about the two of you and what you both want to do. Your guests will love attending your wedding that truly reflects the two of you and your love, so don’t be afraid to incorporate something even if it isn’t traditional for a wedding. Weddings come in all shapes and sizes these days!
Take Steps To Reduce Your Stress and Worry
Make life as easy as possible in the lead up to your wedding and on the actual day. You do not want to be rushing, organizing or stressing in those final days. Think about how you’re likely to feel in the days before your wedding. Are you prone to stressing and worrying? Or are you pretty easy going and go with the flow?
If you feel you might be worried about details and organizing things, or running around, consider how you can change this. Can you delegate tasks to friends and family?
Photo credit: Paul Wilson
Can you hire someone to help with the detailed things on the day? Can you stay at your venue? Can you arrange someone to deliver food to you? It’s money well spent if it means you are calm and relaxed and can enjoy the preparations and have fun!
Take Your Time
Following on from the last point – don’t cram your timeline for your wedding. This is one day you especially don’t want to be rushing. Slot 15-minute gaps into your day including during preparations and throughout your actual wedding. These little timeframes act as buffers for anything that runs over time. Trust us when we say some things take a lot longer than you think they do! You don’t want to be stressed by a really tight schedule and have to cut things like speeches short as your dinner is ready to be served. Give yourself a buffer and allow things to unfold a little more naturally.
Choose Your Vendors Well
You want to engage people you can trust, people you like and people you can rely on. This is a big day for you and having a great team of vendors in your corner can make all the difference to your wedding. If you don’t gel with a vendor or you’re unhappy with things, make sure you do something about it. Canterbury has such an amazing array of wedding professionals, so you’re likely to be spoilt for choice.
Here’s to the next 100 weddings, we can’t wait! Keen to read more? Our blog page is full of lots of advice for your wedding planning!